I find it odd that, at other times, a price of "only" $500 is a warning of a bad breeder because it is too cheap. That the breeder isn't going to be doing enough to weed out bad buyers by charging such a bargain basement price. Shoot, here, even BYB pups out of nothing but pet lines start at over $400. Some of them don't even LOOK like GSDs. Right now, we have a litter of mixed breeds that is being sold for $175 a pup and, yes, people are buying them because they are cute. (Actually it was over Christmas and they sold out in only a couple days) In some places, the city pound charges a couple hundred for a puppy.
In this situation, however, $500 is suddenly a HUGE amount of money and way too expensive?
I guess that I'm not getting the double standard.
I don't see my view as a double standard. I wouldn't expect a breeder who has a quality "oops" litter (say, two adults they would consider breeding together anyway get together unplanned) to charge any less than the value of the pups.
For me, a bigger issue is the immaturity of the mother. As I said I'm not a dog breeder, but in horses I have worked with the offspring of too-young mothers and often they are stunted and not good performance animals. When the mother's body is still growing, it's hard for the developing fetus to get the resources it needs, even with top-notch care. All of the good horse breeders I know will abort an accidental pregnancy in an immature mare (even if she's physically capable of carrying it to term without significant danger to herself) for this reason--but abortion also seems to be easier in mares than in bitches. In addition, due to their ages these dogs don't have any testing done regarding dysplasia and other health issues if I understand correctly. Taking a puppy is a big gamble in that case.
So I would have major reservations with buying one of these pups as a working dog. However, it also seems like their breeding makes it likely that they will be too intense for a casual pet. To me, that isn't a dog with much value. If the bitch was older, my answer might be different.
And since I was the one who brought up the $500 and relative prices, I do just want to be really clear...I didn't say I wouldn't
pay full price for an accidental litter, even a brother-sister one. I would just feel the need to do a lot
more research into the breeder and owner in order to make sure this was someone I felt comfortable giving money to. My stance on that issue has less to do with the dogs themselves, and more to do with the fact that I want to be sure I'm not supporting a pattern of irresponsible breeding.