Let me add, you are correct (and I 100% agree) not everyone who posts on here is capable of managing their intact dog. For the most part, any owner who realizes this too late, generally will neuter/spay their dog after the first litter. We all, even the good intentioned ones, can make mistakes. However I bet that even those owners that had good intentions, probably made sure that the litter was placed well and not dumped.
This forum, to me, is an excellent resource for all things GSD and I would hate to see sound advice/opinion drowned out by generic save the doggie world rhetoric.
Actually...I don't believe that to be true. We do get plenty of people on here that post about how they want to breed their dog and are looking for a stud/female. 99% of those, you will not change their minds. You can just read it in their posts/reactions after people start asking why. They're going to do it no matter what people say. But there is one every once in a while that "sees the light" and realizes their decision is misguided. We actually just had one recently. I usually don't chime into those discussions...but it is a really fun time monitoring the posts and the discussion that ensues. I did chime in once and had the guy try to rip apart my dog because his dog was so much better. Just proved how little he knew about GSDs as he was taking a 4 month old, gangly picture of my boy and using that as his basis thinking that that's what my dog looked like now. After that guy realized he wasn't going to find what he was looking for on this forum, he just decided to buy a female and he was going to do what he wanted anyways.
But even the "good intentioned ones" you're talking about. Isn't 1 litter...1 litter too many? That's 10 dogs, that hopefully find good homes, but are then in the hands of people that might just make the same mistake their "breeder" did. So even if 2 of those people have an accident, that's 20 more puppies...and it just goes on and on. And when you're talking about 10 dogs, possibly they're placed in good homes and not returned, but the chances of 20 dogs being placed in homes where they won't end up in a shelter are very small. And on top of that you can throw in the fact that you're hoping the puppies do have good temperament and aren't problems. If they have problems, more of them might just end up in shelters.
These dogs aren't going to go to the most knowledgeable of homes. The homes where the dogs will get what they need depending on their drives. I went to what would be considered a BYB on this board. I got lucky, have an amazing dog, my whole GSD club raves about him and I have gotten many requests recently to see his pedigree as some people are considering breeding to him. I'm embarrassed of his pedigree...I know its not the greatest, and I know when people look at it they will probably not want to breed to him anymore (and I have no issue with that).
But here's the truth, he's intact, and if someone I respect comes to me with a female I like and I believe (along with other people at the club) that they would make some solid puppies. I'd have an extremely hard time saying no. In my heart of hearts I believe my boy has no business making puppies when I look at his pedigree, but when I see him work and I see his temperament compared to the other dogs around him that are being bred, I don't really have an issue with it and do believe he should have his genes passed on. I'm also someone that trains/trials/learns about the breed, and not just someone who has bought a puppy, thinks it's the greatest thing since sliced bred because it learned sit within 5 minutes, and now decided I need to breed it because no other dog in the world has that ability.