Jean, I am sorry if I put my thought down in a manner that you did not agree with. Why, you ask...
Stella (rip), came to me via a friend (her chow and Stella did NOT like each other) bought her from byb, she had bad hips (diagnosed at 6 months), allergies to food, runny eyes, she was agressive from the getgo. I took her to school, to the vet for needles for allergies, cleaned her ears every Friday, I did my best. She eventually accepted other dogs, but took years. I was told
the place she came from was dirty and smelly, and the mother was fearful. But none the less, I LOVED her with all my heart!
Now, Fritz, I bought from a breeder who shows dogs, he is healthy, friendly, happy.. Sure, sometimes he is a pain in the butt, but I have something I can depend upon.
Maybe Cadillac to Hyundai was wrong.. In hindsight, oranges to apples probably would have been better.
You can purchase from a breeder and still make a value based decision by supporting breeders who treat their dogs the way you'd prefer dogs be treated.
You can get a Cadillac from 2 dealers - one who treats their customers well after a sale, one who doesn't, your research, and what is important to you will tell you which you want to deal with.
You can also get a dog from someone who has the experience of having the dogs in an environment similar to the one you are going to have them live in, and can relate their house manners, other animal interactions, or you can buy from someone who has kennels and staff.
It's your money, so you get to decide what is important to you.