Oh - it has lots of merit!!!!!! From right here on this board, there have been quite a few people sent dogs with temperament and or health problems...Look through some of the older posts - people getting disasters from Europe for their first dog....it is NOT uncommon...
It also has merit from personal observation! I have seen people buy from big name kennels in Europe - Germany, Belgium and Czech Republic....sent pups with weak ears, weak nerve, runts of litter....have seen it happen over and over! OTOH - people with a track record, people with contacts, or people who just get lucky have gotten nice pups! I think it is much higher risk for someone with no experience in IPO here, no contacts in Europe and no contacts here for networking to import a pup. At least by going to a breeder like the Wilmoths (whose breeding stock is imported and pink papered!) they have the added advantage of having a breeder close by who does breed nice WGSL dogs.
and frankly - comparing an imported WGSL pup to 2 problematic ASLs .......apples to oranges
There are good pink papered dogs in the US....and many who are titled and koered born here.
Csabre Sch1, Hexe Sch2, SG Bengal, Lynx, Komet, Kira HGH & Kougar v Wolfstraum ~ Ziberia IPO1 ~ ATB Basha, Kougar & Kyra, Fenja, Sch3s, Cito, Sch2, Danger RH & Alice Sch1s ~Kelsey