With the $2,500 to $6,000 price range, Shelties are actually quite expensive.
The good thing is that, for the most part, they are actually worth the investment. Here are a few of the main things that cause and somewhat justify the price you will have to pay for a Sheltie.
Great Family Dogs
One of the main reasons why Shelties are in such high demand is how good they are as family dogs. They tend to get along really well especially with young children whom they are very patient with and protective over. They are also known for being gentle with other pets especially when socialized from an early age.
Shelties are relatively rare. They are not the type of rare that has some dog breeds classified as exotic or even endangered. However, they are not always easy to come by in most parts of the US or the world in general.
This, paired with the demand, is one of the main justifications given by the few breeders to breed Shelties for their high price.
Compact, Manageable Size
Another reason why Shelties are so popular and subsequently expensive is their size. With their medium build, there is nowhere these dogs cannot fit in and be comfortable. It could be that small starter apartment in the city or a large, country estate with plenty of open, outdoor space.
Aesthetics also play a huge role in determining the popularity and price of Shelties. In a day and age of designer and accessory dogs, unique aesthetics like those in this dog breed are considered prized features.