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Your German Shepherd Puppy – Upfront Costs A healthy German Shepherd puppy from an expert breeder is not cheap, and neither should it be: Breeding those high-end working dogs is not easy, especially if you take all the precautions needed to keep the bloodlines free from ailments such as hip- and elbow dysplasia. So, if you see offers of German Shepherd puppies “for free” or for only a few hundred Dollars, chances are that these will not be responsibly bred puppies. And the last thing you want to do is to accidentally support puppy mills.  Then, there is the cost for all the vaccinations and additional vet consultations that your German Shepherd puppy may need, as well as all the equipment: To make sure that everything is set and ready before your bring your new dog home, you want to puppy-proof your house, garden or land. And you want to set up everything your little German Shepherd will require, like a large enough crate, a comfortable dog bed, bowls for food and water as well as puppy toys. To make sure you are well-prepared for training your new dog, we from Fenrir have high-end equipment and training guides on offer: The Perfect Puppy Course is a step-by-step video course, designed to teach you how to train your German Shepherd puppy – right from day one. Basically, the Perfect Puppy course will help you to get it right the first time round. When it comes to extra-secure collars and leashes, we have developed an entire product range of virtually indestructible training aids for puppies and adult dogs. Which make a lot of sense to get for a German Shepherd, who is a very strong and energetic guard dog breed. One thing is for certain: With our Odin Leashes and Odin Collars, you will never again have to worry about your dog breaking loose on a walk. Conventional leashes and collars can and do snap, which can easily put your dog in harm’s way, for example if it chases a cat across a busy road. If you are interested in the Perfect Puppy Course, or in our range of extra secure collars and leashes, go to – or simply click the link in the description box below. So, let’s list everything we have mentioned so far, and let’s see how high the approximate costs for getting a young German Shepherd really are: - Well-bred German Shepherd puppy: between $2,000 and $3,000  - Core vaccinations for the puppy: between $75 and $100 - General Vet Consultation: approximately $100 - Crate for large dogs: approximately $250 - Durable dog bed for large dogs: approximately $100 - large dog bowls and brushes: approximately $50 -- High quality Collars and Leashes: approximately $150 - Perfect Puppy Course: $99 - Puppy toys: approximately $100 So, if we are adding up all those costs, we reach a total of initial costs of between approximately $2,920 and $3,950 Next, let’s look at the budget needed to maintain a German Shepherd, and for this purpose, we will list all costs broken down by month. Ongoing Costs when Owning a German Shepherd People always underestimate how expensive owning a dog really is. As we saw, the initial investment is already quite substantial, but make no mistake: This is only the beginning. The much higher costs come later, in the day-to-day feeding and caring for your large puppy, who will become a fully-grown German Shepherd before long. And adult males can easily weigh 40 kilos, which is roughly 88 pounds. Especially vet bills are something to watch out for, as they can easily go into the thousands if your dog needs to have surgery or have expensive. If you do not have pet insurance, you might find yourself in the horrible situation of having to have your German Shepherd put down, simply because you cannot afford treatment.  Also, if you want to save money on the feeding front and you go for a low-quality kibble from the supermarket, you might set your dog up to become seriously ill and potentially even die prematurely. Which is why we at Fenrir encourage owners to feed their German Shepherd a healthy, well-balanced raw diet. If this interests you, but you find all the contradictory information on the net a bit confusing, then make sure to check out our Raw Food Masterclass. You can find this user-friendly manual on or you can simply click the link in the description box below.  To give you a better overview of the feeding costs for the German Shepherd, we will compare the cost for raw feeding with the cost of a high-quality grain-free kibble. Also, we will list expenses that you are likely to encounter when owning a German Shepherd. In terms of maintenance cost for a huge dog like the German Shepherd, we have listed the costs for: Raw Food per month: between $200 and $300 Grain free dry food per month: between $100 and $150 Larger collars or harnesses as your puppy grows, broken down per month: approximately $20 Costs for pet insurance or Vet bills per month: approximately $120 Toys for heavy chewers per month: approximately $10 Doggie Day Care or Dog Walkers per month: between $100 and $500 Boarding for vacations, broken down per month: approximately $40 Adding up all those costs, we reach a total of monthly maintenance costs for a German Shepherd of between $390 on the low end and $990 on the high end.  As we can see, owning a German Shepherd and providing it with everything it needs for a long and healthy life is not cheap. Therefore, before getting one of these energetic guard dogs, make sure that you are in a financial position to comfortably afford everything they will need. If you are not, then build up your financial basis first, then THEN get your German Shepherd puppy.

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