Your argument is flawed. YOUR particular purebred GSD has one testicle so you cannot show or breed -this happens all the time and is an unfortunate result when one wants to breed/show. What is your guarantee? If you paid for a show pup - you should get a replacement or whatever is specified by your contract. If you specifically paid for a show/breed puppy, this should have been an essential criteria when you agreed to the contract. This is YOUR particular issue and not a way to reason/excuse exorbitant prices for mutts.
Purebred showlines out of titled/koered parents WILL cost that much - it is commonplace. But to charge premium prices for mixed breeds that you can find at your local shelter and then to justify breeding/showing a mixed breed? I can't understand that. Same goes for your goldendoodle - I see these regularly at shelters for about 200$ adoption fee. I love my mutts - have 3 in the home now - 2 fosters and a Golden X that is mine. I love her to bits, but I would have a hard time containing my amusement if you wanted to charge me 1k+ for her - she's cute, but those prices for mixed dogs? Wow...
As I added to the other post: TO EACH HIS OWN. The price is whatever the market will bear - if there is a market for oversized mixed breeds, then that is perfectly justifiable for Shelley to charge that for her dogs. If there are people buying it, why not charge it? The breeder sets her prices accordingly because the MARKET will bear it. Would I buy it? No, but what I buy and support is different than what you buy and support. TO EACH HIS OWN. However, when you go to a public board and ask for advice on the breeding/prices, I will give OP my opinion because OP asked for it.
Designer mixed breeds (shi-pom, goodledoodle, labdoodle, king, cockapoo or whatever silly hybrid name they come up with) are just that: mixed breeds. They have no breed standard, organization, and limited to very recent history. They seem to be all the rage these days so the market prices have skyrocketed for these dogs. Golden oodles or poodle retrievers were the fashion a few years back - I have recently heard from more than one Golden/lab breeder that they NO longer do this because there is no longer a market for these dogs. Market no longer demands these dogs - prices have decreased and this designer mix is no longer done as much (at least in my experience and what I've heard).
5 min search on petfinder:
Petfinder Adoptable Dog | Golden Retriever | Mchenry, IL | IL - Bailie
Petfinder Adoptable Dog | Golden Retriever | Marion, IN | DUKE
Petfinder Adoptable Dog | Golden Retriever | Decatur, IL | IL - Clooney
Petfinder Adoptable Dog | Golden Retriever | Wellston, MI | MI - Zoey
There is even a oodle doodle rescue just for these mixes!
Sled dog + GSD mix aka Kings:
Petfinder Adoptable Dog | Alaskan Malamute | Muskegon, MI | Shayna
Petfinder Adoptable Dog | Alaskan Malamute | Kalamazoo, MI | Prancer
Petfinder Adoptable Dog | Alaskan Malamute | Barrington Hills, IL | Nuka
Petfinder Adoptable Dog | German Shepherd Dog | Orland, IN | 'Kota'
Petfinder Adoptable Dog | Alaskan Malamute | Belleville, IL | Morgan, Mandy, Maple
Petfinder Adoptable Dog | German Shepherd Dog | Stover, MO | BEBE
If oversized is the siren call to the King, there are plenty of dogs over standard:
Petfinder Adoptable Dog | German Shepherd Dog | Urbana, IL | Sam
Petfinder Adoptable Dog | German Shepherd Dog | Indianapolis, IN | Bear
Petfinder Adoptable Dog | German Shepherd Dog | Indianapolis, IN | Aries and Gracie
Petfinder Adoptable Dog | German Shepherd Dog | Indianapolis, IN | Alberto (Full Blooded)
Petfinder Adoptable Dog | German Shepherd Dog | Livonia, MI | Lance
Petfinder Adoptable Dog | German Shepherd Dog | Huntingburg, IN | Kodiak
Petfinder Adoptable Dog | German Shepherd Dog | Glendale, MO | Jethro-Puppies for Parole
This is not to push you into a rescue, but here is my point: if you just want a mixed breed dog that is oversized and has a soft temperament for the home, there are plenty of these in the shelter. These dogs cannot be registered with any national breed organization, they cannot show, most have very minimal titles/ratings (if at all), genetics/mix is variable because you are mixing genetics of two completely different breeds, very little history on health certs (go look at OFA site for King sheps - there are a handful listed)...so my question is: why pay premium prices for dogs that have not and cannot be proved/judged in any public platform or venue? We push everyone (even those looking for pure GSDs) to consider and evaluate the breeder based on their history, accomplishment with the breed, and how/if they are judged in a PUBLIC relatively unbiased venue. Shelley calls her breedings the "top" King Shepherds, but shows her own dogs in the club that she founded and is the president of....conflict of interest much?
Anyway....to each his own!