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Old 11-09-2012, 10:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, my fiance and I are looking for a GSD puppy to add to our home. It is just us and our current 9 year old female GSD. Like most people we want a beautiful, healthy, confident, and well tempered GSD. We went to a breeder today and they were pushing us towards $5000 dogs which were beautiful dogs, but more than we wanted to spend for a family dog. What can we expect to pay for a GSD puppy? We were hoping to find dogs under $2000 if possible....are we still able to get a high quality dog in this price range? We will not be showing or breeding these dogs...just want a good puppy for us to enjoy as part of the family. Thanks for you help.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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For a puppy you can find awesome choices for under $2000. Especially if you are looking at working lines. Show lines might be a little more. Now if you want a finished adult dog, then you can expect to pay more. I say keep looking, especially if they were trying to "push" you towards any particular dog. Good breeders often sell out their litters very fast and will not "push" you into buying anything.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've seen a lot of working line pups for under $1200-1600 who are top quality and come from AMAZING breeders! I've also seen a couple of showline pups from good breeders for $1300-2000, depending on the quality of the pup (pet, show, sport). Most showline dogs I've seen have been more in the $2500-4500 range though, depending on pedigree, quality, the breeder, if they're older and trained, etc.

I agree with Rob. A good breeder won't be pushy about getting you to buy. They are fully confident in their dogs and will even point you in the direction of other breeders if they feel that the other person would have a dog more suiting to you. (:
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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OMG! Run!
There are a lot of good reputable breeders , that have great dogs, for much less. ( Some are on this on this site). If you want references, say so. We will all pitch in and PM you with great breeders for you to talk to.

They also have beautiful dogs and can match with you with a dog that fits your needs...and price range.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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$5000 is just absurd for an untrained 8 week old puppy. There's plenty out there between $1000-$2000.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The going rate in my area is $1200-$2200 for a working line pup and about $1500-$2500 for a Showline pup. I'm talking about breeders that I am knowledgeable about and would recommend to someone.
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Old 11-10-2012, 01:03 AM   #7 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:47 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I don't like the phrase "pet quality" as it has undertones of "lesser quality".....

that being said - many breeders price all pups the same.....the potential is there and it is up to the owner to make of the pup what they want!!! Good reputable breeders still have pups available for $1500-$2000 from titled parents, with good credentials and production records! I have seen some working line pups at $2500 with no better credentials, but these are more commercial breeders who just import females with litters in utereo....and have revolving doors.....

Find a breeder who treats you as an intelligent person, who knows their own dogs as individuals - not as a recitation of the dog's ancestor's accomplishments, and who is not a big business.

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Old 11-10-2012, 04:52 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I got my border collie for 200 pounds and he's very healthy and well... Here in UK you can find a great GSD puppy for about 500, I dunno where you live though.


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Old 11-10-2012, 08:02 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I got my border collie for 200 pounds and he's very healthy and well... Here in UK you can find a great GSD puppy for about 500, I dunno where you live though.
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.
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