That answer depends on where you get your sheltie and what that breeder's focus and interest is.
There are many costs to producing a Yankee Sheltie. When you look at these items, you can understand why these expenditures are not for the faint of heart, or for the occasional breeder looking to just have a few litters out of their bitch.
If you want to remove purchase cost of the bitch and dog when using dogs bred here the figure drops to $1691. If I can avoid DNA tests for dogs whose parents have been tested here, I can drop my cost to $1665. If I can produce litters of 5 puppies the cost is $1452.
** "...$7 figure we used as the cost per day to care for each dog... We based this figure on 30 minutes of labor and $1-$3 worth of food, cleaning materials, and water. We consider it to be a reasonable cost figure." (USDA Final Rule on daily cost to house dogs in a shelter). Somehow I doubt a shelter feeds a raw food diet, bath, groom regularly or do other optional things for the dogs in their care.
Generally, a dog and bitch are bought and raised until about 1 ½ years old to 2 years old before being used for breeding. Average is 1 litter per year consisting of 4 pups until about 7-8 years of age average for a total of 6 litters in a bitch’s lifetime.
That means that one can anticipate a total of 24 pups. These figures are for raising and testing a male and female for those 7 years.
It assumes incredibly healthy dogs that require only minimal veterinary intervention.
It doesn’t include
This cost of a sheltie also doesn’t take into account the dogs and bitches grown out, tested and found to be unqualified to use for breeding and sold at a loss as a companion quality dog, etc. etc.
It also doesn’t provide any profit from these efforts.
I bring this up, so as a consumer you can decide if this is a valuable enough process to you. You can decide if you are willing to pay for these measures taken before a pup is even conceived.
In addition, I believe it is time for the myth that responsible breeders shouldn't make a profit, be put to rest. Everyone in the world makes a profit on the products they produce. We should be no different.
If the price of a good, healthy, beautiful dog is too high for the general consumer then simple lack of demand will show that I should stop breeding companion shelties.
As always, I try to be as transparent as possible in my activities because I think it is imperative that any prospective buyer has a right to make an informed consent.
Your decision as a consumer will help me to decide if I should continue with my activities.