Speedy, prices for puppies of any breed are much more reasonable in the UK and Europe. I don't know why American breeders charge such crazy prices. Maybe vet care is cheaper in Europe, but I doubt it. Maybe American breeders just charge so much because they can.
Wow, that's terrible ! So much for a puppy... I'm glad I live here in UK otherwise I'd never have a puppy!
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You should be able to find a companion pup for around $2000, $5000 is ridiculous. I'd stay away from that breeder; good breeders don't push you one way or another, they try to find the right pup for YOU. How far are you willing to drive, or would you consider having a pup shipped if it's within your budget?
A good working line pup I found was $1200-$1500. Please do NOT go by titles alone!! You can breed 2 titled parents and come up with all kinds of issues if the breeder doesn't know what they're doing! I second recommendations from people here. You want to talk to people who have dogs from that breeder. Don't rush this. You can end up with a head ache beyond belief with temperament and health problems if you do! A good breeder won't push you for anything. In fact, you'll have to 'pass' their interview with you to get one. You'll need to tell the breeder what your plans are for the pup and what you're looking for. Then they can get you a lower drive dog that you'll be happy with. However, these are not couch potato dogs. They require time, training, exercise, mental stimulation, etc. If your reason for getting a GSD is the way they look or something, then I'd highly recommend you do some reading here first. They are a GREAT breed of dog, but not for everyone.
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You defintely can get a quality pet for under $2,000 from a reputable breeder. Stay away from those $5,000 puppies. Where are you located? I belong to the parent club; perhaps I can steer you to a good breeder.
We are located in Southeastern MN (Winona). Thank you all for the information regarding the puppy pricing. I have gotten a few suggestions for breeders in and around our area so I'll start doing some research with them as well.