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View Poll Results: How much did you pay for your German Shepherd?
$5,000+ 8 1.31%
$3,500 - $5,000 9 1.47%
$2000 - $3,499 60 9.79%
$1500 - $1999 115 18.76%
$1000 - $1499 122 19.90%
$50 - $999 293 47.80%
Free 46 7.50%
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The poll is for the topic question but I'll add another one.

How much did you pay for your German Shepherd initially?
And...
How much do your GSDs cost per month? Per year?
What about those of you who compete with your dogs? How expensive is that?

There is another thread like this but the question is more vague and doesn't differentiate between people who have dogs and people who work their dogs. I know there are a lot of fees associated with working your dogs and doing competitions which is why I'm specifying.
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know how much I spend per month or year. I don't keep track. I have no reason to as it doesn't make any difference, it is what it is.
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Let's see, this will be a guesstimate:

Food: $60
Treats, chews: $20
Pet insurance: $22
Vet, shots, etc: $20 average, some months nothing.
Training/classes/club dues: $75
Toys, collars, leashes, harnesses, tracking lines, etc: $30 average
BowWowFlix: $17 (training videos)

I have not entered any competitions except Dock Dogs but I will start in spring.
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I paid $600 for Sinister.

Malice was supposed to be $1200 but I paid alot less for her.

Dog food costs me $120 every 4-5 weeks.

I buy treats and toys every other month it seems and I have no idea how much they cost me in a year and I really dont want to know.
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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To much unnecessary information IMO
All I can say is it has been worth every cent and I will be doing it again..
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Paid $1000 for Kopper and $300 for Rocky.
Spend about $80 a month on food
$60 a month on Rocky's "old man pills."
$80 a month on training classes for Kopper
Roughly $400 a year on Rocky's senior wellness exams with full bloodwork (seniors should be seen by a vet twice a year).
Another $100 a year for Kopper's checkups.
Last year Rocky went into liver failure, costing right at $1000 at the vet.
Another $100 for a minor injury Kopper had.

Taking into account toys, treats, and other miscellany, I spent $6000 on the dogs last year, counting Kopper's $1000 purchase price.
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:58 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Kenya - free
Coke - $120 (rescue, not a GSD)
Nikon - $2300 (included some food and other dog supplies)
Pan - $1800

I pay $100/mo for dog food. Maybe $20/mo for other items like a toy, treats, or marrow bones. $40/yr for heartworm preventative (do my own). I only take dogs to the vet when they need to go. Vaccinations are usually under $20/each. Currently not using any flea/tick. There are other expenses like x-rays for hip/elbow certification, ordering the scorebooks and paperwork for a new dog, and entry fees.
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:15 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Man- I didn't see that this was a public poll. Why is it necessary to see who voted for which option???
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:55 PM   #9 (permalink)
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UGH I don't want to know how much I spend on this dog! I think the training alone is what really kills me, with all the tugs/treats/other supplies. That and food. I don't go to the vet unless I need to (usually just heartworm test, I vaccinate him myself). I only do heartworm meds during mosquito season, and no flea/tick meds, (they make him sick).
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Old 01-20-2012, 03:14 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I think buying a dog is like buying a house. You spend a lot of money on the down payment (initial cost of the puppy) then spend even more money to make it your dream house (dog).

That said I have no idea how much I spend on her. Like some others have said, I really don't want to know! It doesn't help that I spoil the heck out of her hahaha.
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