Trying to figure out how much a German Shorthair Puppy will cost? Well, I’ve done the research and the math to show you the average price of a GSP and what to watch out for.
I’ve really wanted to write an article like this for a while now, because there are so many different prices out there that I really wanted to draw attention to this issue.
If you read my recent blog post about finding the right GSP breeder, then you might remember me saying that sometimes the price of your GSP puppy can be something to be concerned about.
So, whilst this article is about how much a GSP costs, it’s also about how much a GSP should cost. You’ll find numbers much lower than the ones I give here, but be very wary of this.
If it’s too good to be true, then it usually is, and I don’t want you to be ripped off with a puppy that isn’t exactly what you wanted them to be.
Average Costs From Big Breeders
It really depends on what you want from your GSP puppy. If you want to be 100% sure that they are full pedigree, have been registered, and have a strong bloodline, then you need to look for breeders that are registered with the American Kennel Club.
The American Kennel Club monitors every breeder they work with to make sure they adhere to the high standards that the kennel club has, and you’ll get all the papers showing the puppy’s registration and pedigree status when you purchase them.
If you are looking for breeders of GSPs who are registered with the American Kennel Club, then you can expect to pay between 1000 and 1500 dollars, with the higher numbers being puppies that have been bred with a champion bloodline.
If American Kennel Club status means nothing to you, then you can still pick up a GSP puppy who is pedigree but without the kennel club papers for somewhere around the 800 dollar mark.
You may pay more if the breeder has proof of a champion bloodline, but this won’t matter too much if you aren’t planning to show the dog in competitions.
If you just want a family pet without papers, then you can even pick up a GSP puppy for as little as $600 from a still very reputable breeder.
Averaging that out by taking the highest number of around $1500 and the lowest of $600, I make that to be around $1050 as being an average price of a GSP puppy.
When Prices Are Too High
Now, if you’re looking at a GSP puppy from a breeder and they’re asking you for over $1500, then you should be wary.
If they’re a member of the American Kennel Club, have proof of a champion bloodline, and have all the papers to prove registration and pedigree status, then yes, they may ask for a little more than $1500.
But they could still be ripping you off by asking for too much money for their puppy.
They might have all the papers to back up their claims, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a GSP of that status is worth over $1500, so be cautious around people who are asking for much more than $1500, even with all the papers and proof.
If you’re picking up an unregistered GSP puppy, from a breeder that isn’t part of the American Kennel Club, and they want more than $700 – run for the hills. Seriously.
If they don’t have papers to warrant that kind of money, then you shouldn’t pay for it. Breeders do rip people off sometimes, so just look very clearly at what you’re actually getting for the price you’re paying.
If you want to find out how much I paid for my GSP Hank when he was a puppy, then keep reading and I’ll tell you in one of the sections below to give you an idea of the price I thought was reasonable for what I was getting.
When Prices Are Too Low
You shouldn’t ever pay less than $600 for a GSP puppy. If somebody is asking for less than that, then there’s probably something wrong, and it could be any number of problems.
Maybe the GSP puppy is sick, or bad-tempered, or prone to health problems later in life, whatever it is – it’s not going to be good for you.
Listen carefully to what breeders are saying to you too. If they are making grand claims about the GSP puppy being from a champion bloodline, or something similar, but then they’re only asking for $350, then trust me, you aren’t getting a bargain – they’re just ripping you off.
Nobody who knows anything about dogs would try to sell a puppy for less money than they’re worth.
That’s just a fact, so if somebody is claiming to be giving you an amazing deal, let those alarm bells ring and have a closer look at the situation. I’m pretty certain you’ll find _something _amiss.
How Much I Paid For My GSP Puppy
OK. I’ve told you about paying too much, and I’ve told you about paying too little. Heck, I’ve even told you about the average price of a GSP puppy based on my own brilliant math!
But how much did I pay for my Hank?
Well, I bought Hank from a very reputable dealer in Colorado who had proof of a Hunter bloodline for *drum roll please* $800.
Now, like I mentioned in my article about finding a reputable breeder, I had a good feeling about the breeder that I purchased Hank from, and I knew they knew a lot about GSPs as a whole.
This gave me a great deal of confidence, so I had no issue handing over the $800 for Hank, and I’ve been happy with my decisions ever since.
Hank’s proven himself to have come from a good Hunter’s bloodline, he’s got a good temperament, and he’s shown no signs of ill health or poor breeding – exactly what I knew would happen when I picked him up because I knew my breeder was reputable.
You need that same confidence too, so don’t forget to keep an eye out for reputable breeders who are asking for reasonable prices for their puppies.
Something To Remember As You Leave
You shouldn’t pay more than $1500 or less than $600 for a GSP puppy in my opinion, so keep that in mind as you’re looking at breeders.
Paying too much can be just as concerning as paying too little, so make sure you’re buying from a reputable dealer who is asking for a reasonable price for their pups.