German Shepherd is one of the most intelligent breeds. They are adorable, friendly, and easy to train. This makes them a perfect pet for an Indian Family. They are the second most popular breed in India after Beagles. But what’s the price of a German Shepherd Puppy in India?
In India, a German Shepherd puppy costs around ₹18,000 to ₹25,000. However, the price can even go up to ₹50,000 if you decide to get a show-quality pup with both parents of champion bloodline.
The price highly depends on the place you are getting it from. In this article we will further look into the price of a german shepherd in different cities of India, and how much does it cost to raise it.
Best place to get a healthy German Shepherd Pup
There are three places you can get a german shepherd puppy in India, let’s have a look into them and find out which one is ideal:
Breeders are people who raise dogs for their living. A breeder in India raises a dog with a motive to either put him on dogs shows or to breed further and sell the puppies. So the breeder makes sure that he raises a healthy dog so that he can further breed healthy puppies.
To get a healthy and good quality german shepherd puppy, it is recommended to get it from a professional breeder.
Breeders in India: Breeders are a little hard to find in India but not impossible. There are a lot of breeders in every part of India, you just need to find one. Breeders usually give their contact to the local pet stores, so make sure to pay a visit there and ask if they know any breeder.
Cost of getting a pup from a breeder: Breeders use top-notch quality food to raise a dog and take good care when a dog is pregnant. So if you decide to buy a german shepherd from a breeder, then it might cost ₹5,000 to ₹10,000 more. But its all worth it for the quality of the puppy they provide.
2. Pet Stores
The second and most popular place to buy a german shepherd is from local pet stores. Pet stores in India have a network with Breeders as well as pup mills. They are usually profit conscious and could sell an unhealthy pup to you. So make sure to buy from trusted pet stores only and ask them for pups from breeders.
3. Puppy Mills
Puppy mills are the worst place to buy a puppy. Dogs here are raised, kept, and bred in the worst conditions. They are fed low-quality food and kept in an unhygienic environment. You can get a german shepherd pup from a puppy mill for as low as ₹15,000. But I highly discourage this practice. It is necessary to put an end to these businesses by not buying puppies from them.
Health of Puppies from Pup Mills: As I said, dogs are kept in an unhygienic environment and can have diseases and infections which are passed on to their puppies. You might not notice any health concerns in a puppy but it will lead to serious concern later in the future. A high percentage of these puppies turn out to be aggressive dogs. So we highly discourage this practice.
Pet stores also buy puppies from these pup mills for a better profit margin. So it is always recommended to make it clear to pet stores that you do not want a pup from such a place.
Price of German Shepherd Puppy in different Cities
A show quality German Shepherd with exceptional lineage will cost no less than ₹50,000. And if someone is stating that their pup is of show-quality of champions breed and selling just for ₹25,000, then he is probably lying, so ask him to give a proper certificate of the lineage of that puppy. You don’t really need a show-quality German Shepherd, well if you can afford it then, of course, go ahead and get one from a trusted breeder.
To make things easy for you, I called around 150 breeders and pet stores from various cities of India and asked them the price of a Healthy German Shepherd puppy. Here’s what I found:
|City||Average Cost of a Beagle Puppy|
|Mumbai||₹25,000 – ₹30,000|
|Delhi||₹20,000 – ₹25,000|
|Bangalore||₹25,000 – ₹35,000|
|Hyderabad||₹30,000 – ₹40,000|
|Ahmedabad||₹25,000 – ₹30,000|
|Chennai||₹30,000 – ₹35,000|
|Kolkata||₹20,000 – ₹25,000|
|Pune||₹25,000 – ₹30,000|
|Surat||₹20,000 – ₹25,000|
|Jaipur||₹16,000 – ₹22,000|
|Visakhapatnam||₹20,000 – ₹25,000|
|Kanpur||₹15,000 – ₹25,000|
|Nagpur||₹17,000 – ₹25,000|
|Lucknow||₹15,000 – ₹20,000|
|Thane||₹20,000 – ₹25,000|
Monthly Expense of German Shepherd in India
Buying a German Shepherd is just the initial cost. Before making a decision, it is necessary to understand the monthly expenses of raising him.
Feeding cost of German Shepherd
On an average, a male German shepherd weighs around 35 kg and a female weighs around 25 kg. They come under the big-sized dog category and hence they need a proper portion of food. The cost of feeding a german shepherd highly depends on the quality of the food you choose.
Good quality of dog food for a German Shepherd will cost around ₹3,000 per month. Whereas, premium quality food with fresh meat as its primary ingredient will cost about ₹4,000 to ₹5,000 per month.
Cost of Vet and Vaccinations
In the first year, you will have to take your german shepherd puppy to the vet multiple times, for regular checkups, vaccination, and deworming. The fees of vet and cost of all the vaccinations in the first year will easily cost you around ₹10,000 to ₹15,000.
Once the puppy has matured his immunity will get better. After the first year, it will be just regular checkups and couple of vaccinations, which in total will cost around ₹5,000 per year.
Cost of Grooming
Grooming is necessary for a dog’s health. Regular grooming sessions will help you prevent number of health complications in your German Shepherd. A Full Body Grooming session from a professional groomer will cost around ₹3,000 to ₹4,000. It will include:
- Body Bath (shampoo and conditioner)
- Nail trimming
- Teeth Brushing
- Ear cleaning
- Paw and palm care
- Brushing the Coat.
However, it is highly encouraged to do your pooch’s grooming yourself at home. It will help create a bond between you two and save a lot of money.
If you decide to groom your dog at home and buy all the required accessories for a year, it will cost you no more than ₹500 per month.
Cost of Neutering/Spaying
If you do not plan to further breed your German Shepherd, it is advised to neuter/spay him. Neutering/spaying and significantly decrease the chances of breast/testicular cancer in German Shepherds.
On average, this surgery will cost around ₹9,000 to ₹12,000. The price may fluctuate depending on your location and area. Count additional ₹1,000 for medicines and aftercare.
Cost of Toys
Toys are an amazing way to keep your pooch busy when you are unavailable. Apart from that, toys will also help ease the irritation while teething. A good quality toy will last no more than 1 year. And you will have to buy multiple of these toys. It will cost around ₹1,000 to ₹1,500 per year for buying good quality toys.
Cost of Treats
Treats are a must for training German Shepherd. Treats act as a motivation for your dog to learn commands and tricks.
Treats will cost around ₹500 per month. However, you can always use some healthy home-based treats like bananas, mangoes, meat, peanut butter, etc.
Why get a German Shepherd
German Shepherd can become an ideal pet for a family. They are friendly in nature, very intelligent and easy to train, active and loyal to their owners. You won’t regret your decision.