German Shepherd Dog Overview
Did You Know?
German Shepherds are one of the most popular dog breeds in the America. In fact, according to the American Kennel Club, they are the 3rd most popular dog breed in the U.S.
GSD’s are popular due to their high level of intelligence, physical strength and instincts. These traits are the reason they are commonly used in police and military roles.
German Shepherd Health
German Shepherds are a relatively healthy breed with an average lifespan of just over 10 years. However, just like any purebred dog, there are some hereditary disorders and unique health risks you should be prepared for.
- Hip Dysplasia – $4,000 to $6,000
- Hemivertebrae – $2,500 to $7,000
- Luxating Patella – $1,500 to $3,000
- Canine Cancer – $5,000 to $20,000
- Spinal Stenosis – $2,500 to $5,000
- Osteochondrosis – Varies
- Stomach Bloat – $1,500 to $7,500
- Epilepsy – $200 to $15,000
- Cardiac Issues – $1,000 to $20,000
- Aortic Stenosis – $3,000 to $6,000
- Panosteitis – Varies
- MDR1 – Varies
- Cataracts – $2,000 to $3,000
- Corneal Dystrophy – $2,000 to $3,000
- MMM – $50 to $100 per month
- Achondroplasia – $1,000 to $5,000
- Degenerative Myelopathy – Varies
- Elbow Dysplasia – $3,000 to $5,000
- Dog Health Conditions
- German Shepherd Dog Club of America
Pet Insurance for German Shepherds
The only way to ensure you can provide the best care possible for your German shepherd is pet health insurance. Pet insurance covers up to 90% of your total vet bills for accidents and illnesses. Purebred dogs are highly susceptible to hereditary and genetic disorders like hip dysplasia, spinal stenosis and cancer. Here are the most popular pet insurance companies for German Shepherd dog owners.
As you can see veterinary treatment can be very expensive if your GSD gets sick or injured. Here is a list of the most popular pet insurance companies for German Shepherd dogs based on coverage that matches their unique needs.
Key Coverage to Consider
All of the top five best pet insurance companies cover major medical issues like accidents and illnesses. This chart provides a more detailed breakdown.
|✓ Accidents||✓ Illnesses|
|✓ X-Rays, Blood Tests, etc.||✓ Surgery|
|✓ Hereditary Conditions||✓ Hospitalization|
|✓ Congenital Conditions||✓ Prescription Medications|
|✓ Chronic Conditions||✓ Emergency Care|
|✓ Cancer||✓ Specialty Care|
|✓ Diagnostic Treatment||✓ Alternative Treatment|
|X Pre-Existing Conditions||X Preventative Care|
Note: Unfortunately, dog insurance does not cover pre-existing conditions, so it’s important to enroll while your pet is healthy and young.
How Much Does Pet Insurance Cost?
The price you will pay for your German Shepherd depends on the company, coverage, age and where you live. To give you an idea of prices you might pay here are some samples from cities across the country.
- Athens, GA – $46/month
- Nashville, TN – $49/month
- Dallas, TX – $52/month
Source: Pet Insurance Cost