How Much Does an Australian Shepherd Cost?

An Australian shepherd puppy costs between $400 -$1,500 USD. The price will vary according to:

  • the breeder’s reputation.
  • the puppy’s pedigree.
  • its coat color and markings.
  • the health screenings and vaccinations they’ve already received.
  • whether they’ve been partially trained and socialized.
  • age – older pups tend to be lower in price than younger ones.

Owning an Australian shepherd involves considerable expenses beyond the original purchase. First-year expenses are typically the highest, but you’ll need a budget for every year of your dog’s life, and Australian shepherds typically live 12-18 years.

The average lifetime cost of owning an Australian shepherd has been calculated at $29,810 USD.

Here are just some of the expenses you can expect:

  Average Cost

1st Year

Average Cost Subsequent Years Comments
Supplies and equipment $410 $185 Beds, crate, bowls, leashes, grooming equipment, car safety barriers, etc.


Medical expenses $595 $605 Routine only – including vaccinations, etc.


Spay/Neuter $250 -$350  


Training $175 5 x 1-hour classes


Health insurance $565 $565 Accident-only option: $190


Food $195 $245 Good-quality dry food


Treats $240 $240 Assuming daily treats


Grooming $255 $255 Including ear cleaning, toe-nail clipping, etc.


Other possible costs include dog walking ($20-$50 per 1-hour group walk); boarding kennels ($45-$85 per day); microchipping ($40) and more.

The estimated cost of owning an Australian shepherd in the first year will be, on average, around $2,725 USD, and then $1,545 USD for subsequent years. This doesn’t include optional costs such as boarding kennels and pet-sitting. In addition, if you don’t take out pet insurance, non-routine veterinary expenses can also run into thousands of dollars.