I honestly think that the way the BYB's are dominating the breed that the good breeders and dogs are not being show cased properly.
I think more awareness needs to be out in the public eye before we start seeing a change in our breed (or any breed that has become "popularized").
It's one of those "hit rock bottom before you pick yourself up" type of situations that I think we are heading towards.
There are some EXCELLENT breeders breeding EXCELLENT dogs, but unfortunately for "Joe Schmoe" that is not what is readily available for them (not talking about us dog people who research pedigrees, breeders, dogs, etc.). But, I also know that there are more BYB's breeding these dogs than those excellent breeders, and the general public doesn't see a lot of well bred German Shepherds who are correct to the standard (in structure, working ability and most importantly temperament and health).
I always make it a point to mention to people who want to talk to me about my dogs or just dogs in general about finding a responsible breeder breeding for the standard of the breed. Or mention temperament traits that people think of as "rare" that are really standard for the breed.
So, only time will tell what the breed becomes.. I know that I will not be a part of it's decline though. I will only support those breeding for the German Shepherd dog.