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The most expensive pets money can buy

Cheapism Logo By Saundra Latham of Cheapism | Slide 2 of 16: Despite their popularity as a family pet, German Shepherds are a big investment. A well-bred pup runs close to $2,000, according to WalletHub, although buyers less concerned with bloodlines can find one for several hundred dollars or less at a rescue or shelter. German Shepherds also are susceptible to health issues including allergies, cancer, hip and elbow dysplasia, and degenerative myelopathy (a spinal cord disease). The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimates a total yearly cost of more than $1,500 to maintain this breed, including food and veterinary care. German Shepherds also can boost home insurance premiums, as some insurers deem them a risk for biting, according to InsuranceQuotes.Related: The Most Popular Dog Breeds in Every State

German Shepherds

Despite their popularity as a family pet, German Shepherds are a big investment. A well-bred pup runs close to $2,000, according to WalletHub, although buyers less concerned with bloodlines can find one for several hundred dollars or less at a rescue or shelter. German Shepherds also are susceptible to health issues including allergies, cancer, hip and elbow dysplasia, and degenerative myelopathy (a spinal cord disease). The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimates a total yearly cost of more than $1,500 to maintain this breed, including food and veterinary care. German Shepherds also can boost home insurance premiums, as some insurers deem them a risk for biting, according to InsuranceQuotes.

Related: The Most Popular Dog Breeds in Every State

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