Last Updated on August 3, 2021
You have been researching Australian Shepherd puppies and one of the biggest questions is, “What is the cost of an Australian Shepherd puppy?” The short answer is the initial cost of a puppy varies.
Cost of an Australian Shepherd Puppy
An Aussie can cost between $600-$3000 AUD, depending on a large number of factors, including gender, where you are looking to purchase from, and what the use of the dog will be, such as a show-quality or breeding quality dogs.
Show-quality and breeding quality dogs will generally cost more.
Where to Purchase a Puppy
We always recommend purchasing an Australian Shepherd puppy through a responsible breeder. It ensures you purchase a healthy puppy and are not supporting puppy mill practices. Responsible breeders care for the wellbeing of their dogs which you will see in the level of care they give their dogs. It can also be helpful to have the support of a breed expert when your puppy comes home.
You should know some responsible breeders will charge more for an Australian Shepherd puppy. There are several reasons for this, but the primary one is they spend more on the puppy to make sure it is healthy.
Other Costs of Owning an Aussie Puppy
When you research the breed and cost, make sure to include other financial requirements of owning an Australian Shepherd.
Health Care & Microchipping
Not all pet owners choose to microchip their puppy, but it should be considered. If your puppy ever slips their leash or gets out of the yard, a microchip gives whoever finds them a chance to identify them. While it is not a guarantee, it will certainly increase the odds of your puppy being returned. Microchipping is a one-time fee ranging from $50-150, depending on your location.
Annual health exams, dental cleanings, and vaccinations are general health care expenses for your puppy. Preventative care is a good way to reduce the chances of unexpected veterinarian bills. Talk to your vet about getting your puppy on a de-worming schedule to prevent parasite infestation and the resulting health issues.
There are many different diets to pick for your Australian Shepherd puppy. If you haven’t already read our article on Australian Shepherd Diets, check it out! The cost of each of these feeding regimes will vary. Think about the costs and whether this is a sustainable option for you. Raw food diets and wet food diets are more expensive than kibble.
Toys & Other Supplies
Australian Shepherds love activity and require daily exercise. Finding the right toys (and lots of them) can keep your dog happy. In addition to toys, you are going to need other dog supplies like leashes, collars, puppy gates, etc. If you choose to crate train your puppy, you’ll also need to buy a safe, appropriately sized crate.