One of the things is that there is more name recognition for the top of the line show dogs, sieger and VA dogs is a concept that is easy to explain and is generally accepted. This was the top dog at the sieger show two years in a row, chosen out of hundreds of dogs. Similar to our Grand Victor, Grand Victrix here. This was the number 6 dog for the year, and in order to get that rating he had to jump through these hoops.
I think that working line dogs, at least from an outsider, you almost have to be a working line enthusiast to have the first idea who is who, what makes a puppy out of this breeding worth more than a puppy out of that breeding.
For a working line dog, you want a dog for this, that or another thing. If you want a dog for police work, the top herding dog for the year is not going to be your first choice, and probably the tops schutzhund dog for the year will not be either. More impressive might be military or police dog in the background. But even then a puppy out of any lines for that type of work is a gamble. And it would make much more sense to by a green dog to train or a trained dog.
But most of the buyers for show line dogs are pet owners. They are more concerned about how the dog looks and acts in a companion way (friendly, easy to train), and you can get a good idea about a pup in eight weeks, at least for the qualities that pet owners are looking for.
So the majority of the people buying working lines for work or serious competition, are buying a young adult, or are raising up dogs out of their own breeding. These greed dogs will probably be started and reflect that in their cost.
People buying a dog for actual show, are often buying an older pup or young adult with promise and will spend more too. But people who want a puppy that looks the part, and has the temperament they want will pay more for show line pups than people who want a working line puppy will, and thus the price difference. It costs a lot for showing and importing or buying dogs with the qualities you want, and if you gamble buying a pup for breeding or raising up your own, there are so many reasons that pup will fall out.
Jenna, RN CGC & Babs, CD RA CGC HIC
Heidi, RA CGC
SG3 Odessa, SchH1, Kkl1, AD
Ninja, RN CGC & Milla, RN CGC
Joy, Star Puppy, RN CGC
Dolly CGC & Bear CGC