Yes, vet bills can add up, but they can for any active working dog.
In Connecticut, which is an expensive state to live in, the bills for Finn, for the 2-1/2 months I've had him have been about $500.00 to $600.00, but that has been three office visit, all shots, examinations, heartworm, and tick preventatives, fecal samples, urine samples, and blood work.
Once Finn is an adult, he will see the Vet twice per year. Each visit will run about $200.00-$300.00, but I do some elective stuff with my dogs, beyond just a wellness exam. Finn will get Heartguard and the feed through tick and flea preventative for the rest of his life, so that cost is there also.
These are very active dogs,working dogs,and as such they are prone to injuries, which can add up if severe enough. One of my dogs was always getting hurt, the rest were just the occasional bumps,bruises, and thorns in paws.
Don't let them eat things they shouldn't, or chew on toys with loose fibers, small parts, and ribbons.
Pick their toys very well! Always look at a toy and ask yourself, what part of this toy can they swallow, not pass in a stool, and the vet will have to go in and remove.
When you register your puppy with the AKC, there is a 30 day, no cost, insurance trial. Try that and see if it works for you. Might save you cost of one of the first office visits.