Dutch Shepherd Prices in 2024: Purchase Cost, Vet Bills, and More!

Written by Alanna Davis
Published: March 1, 2024
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Among all dog breeds, Dutch shepherds stand out among the rest. Originally bred to be herding dogs, this breed has transformed into one of the most beloved companion animals in modern times. Owners describe their Dutch shepherds as utterly devoted, affectionate, playful, and as sharp as a tack. With so many wonderful qualities, it’s no surprise that they’ve come in such high demand recently. Let’s explore how much Dutch shepherd puppies cost in 2024 and explore other expenses that owners might incur during the first year after bringing one home.

How Much Does a Dutch Shepherd Puppy Cost?

Dutch Shepherd puppy with orange collar portrait

On average, Dutch shepherds will live to be between 10 and 14 years old.

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The price of a Dutch shepherd puppy will be influenced by several different factors. Among these, the two primary ones are location and pedigree. That being said, most owners can expect to pay somewhere between $1,000 and $4,000 for a Dutch shepherd puppy. Fortunately, there is a cheaper option for families who are looking for a more economical option. Adoption is much more affordable, and prices can range between $100 and $300. Although it might be cheaper, these dogs are in high demand. Because of this, there’s no question that they won’t last long at a shelter. Be sure to check your local adoption agencies regularly to see if a Dutch shepherd comes in so that you can quickly pounce on the opportunity!

Other Factors That Influence the Purchase Price of a Dutch Shepherd

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Be wary of breeders offering Dutch shepherd puppies for well below the price range.


Although location and pedigree are the biggest factors to consider when determining the price of a purebred puppy, the reputation of the breeder is another great influence. Established breeders who have been in business for a long time often charge more. Many customers can vouch that they have had positive experiences, and in this business, that is invaluable. Another factor that will influence the final purchase price will be any special training your dog receives before coming home with you. Some breeders offer this service while others don’t, so be sure to explore your options before settling on one breeder.

Cost of Vaccination and Other Medical Expenses for Dutch Shepherds

cute dutch shepherd dog looking forard while laying down and posing in front of white background in studio

A proper diet and exercise are the key to preserving the health of your Dutch shepherd.

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After you first bring your puppy home, owners should consider setting up an appointment for an initial health screening. Typically, breeders require this as a part of upholding their health guarantee on their animals. However, it’s important for a myriad of other reasons as well. For example, if your breeder did not provide your puppy with their first set of shots, you can have those administered during this appointment. Medical expenses will fluctuate based on your general location, but as a rule of thumb, you can expect to pay roughly $100 for your puppy’s first set of vaccinations. After this, each set of boosters will cost about $40. Owners can also elect to have their puppy microchipped during this appointment for about another $50. Although it isn’t necessary, having this done is highly recommended as it provides owners with a security blanket if their pet gets lost.

Cost of Food and Supplies for Dutch Shepherds

Dutch shepherd dog on a raft

Although this breed is very smart and hard-working, they can also be very goofy and playful.

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At maturity, Dutch shepherds will weigh between 45 and 80 pounds. Where they will fall within this range will be determined by their gender, diet, and exercise regimen. PetMD recommends that dogs of this size eat somewhere between 2 1/2 and 3 3/4 cups of food per day. This will cost owners between $25 and $60 per month, depending on what brand of dry food owners choose to buy. It is important to note that wet food and treats will cost more. In addition, any specialized diet such as prescription diets or raw diets will also cost more. Talk to your veterinarian about your Dutch shepherd’s personal dietary needs to formulate a meal plan that works best for them.

If this is the first dog in your home, there are some supplies you’ll need to purchase as well. Put aside an additional $300 to $400 for things like food and water bowls, a leash and collar, a bed, a crate, toys, and grooming supplies.

How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Dutch Shepherd

If you purchase your Dutch shepherd from a breeder, chances are that they offer a health guarantee on their animals. This is a grace period, typically around three years, where you are covered monetarily in the event that your puppy receives a diagnosis covered by the agreement. After your dog ages out of this, it’s a good time to begin looking at contingency plans. Pet insurance is a wonderful safety net to have, and plans start at as little as $50 per month. This comes out to roughly $600 per year.

How Much Does It Cost to Train a Dutch Shepherd

Fast extended working Dutch shepherd breed dog running full speed dog agility obstacle. Hollandse Herder at outdoors on dog agility competition. Cute and funny pet runs out from agility tunnel

Dutch shepherds are impressively obedient and intelligent.


Dutch shepherds are wonderful dogs with incredibly sharp minds. They have incredible intellectual capability, and many owners will be pleased to learn that they are easily trainable. In fact, this breed is a popular choice in both the military and police forces. Owners who choose to train their Dutch shepherd at home will find that it comes with ease. Staying consistent and using positive reinforcement will go a long way. However, not every owner has the time or energy to dedicate to this process. Furthermore, some types of specialized training will require a professional teacher. In these situations, owners can bring their Dutch shepherd to training classes.

Puppies should be enrolled shortly after bringing them home. Professionals recommend bringing them in for one class a week for roughly eight months. One class will usually cost between $20 and $80. However, depending on the kind of training you’re interested in supplying, this process may take longer and cost more.

Final Thoughts

Dutch shepherds are versatile dogs that have the capability to fill a number of different roles in their owner’s life. Whether you’re looking for a service animal, couch companion, or just a lifelong best friend, this breed has got you covered. During the first year, owners can expect to pay around $5,000. After this, each passing year will be more affordable at roughly $1,500.

The photo featured at the top of this post is © MirasWonderland/Shutterstock.com

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About the Author

Alanna is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering insects, animals, and travel. In addition to writing, she spends her time tutoring English and exploring the east end of Long Island. Prior to receiving her Bachelor's in Economics from Stony Brook University, Alanna spent much of her time studying entomology and insect biology.

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