I visited Heidelberg Shepherds in Spring, Texas back in the 90's. Pretty dogs. Well maintained kennels, spotless in fact. But a commercial kennel, it was a business. I also was friends with a lady that had a Heidelberg dog which is why I visited the kennel. I wanted one but could not afford the price at the time as I was a single mother with a small child to feed. lNo problem with a business or a profit but I think we owe the average Joe an education. BTW my hubby is named Joe and is really not average, he is well above.
Keystone I see you are in OK. I am in McAlester, a little bitty run down gritty dirty rednecked town 100 miles south of Tulsa. ( I love it here - NOT!). I work for the DOD and move all over the world. I am NOT from McAlester (thank goodness) and maybe I am arrogant but pride myself on being a bit above the average. I bought my first GSD from a BYB in Haskell(near Tulsa) on my first tour to McAlester. Kayos came from a breeder in Rush Springs, near Lawton. Lydi came from a breeder in McAlester (no she is not form here either....). There are good breeders everywhere but they have a moral obligation to advertise and educate the public that is trusting them enough to buy a puppy.
So calling your dog large because that is what the public wants is no different than breeders breeding the dog the judge thinks is prettier (as in the AKC breed rings) instead of breeding to the standard.
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PTE,AG2,AN,URO3,UCD Xtra!Xtra! V TeMar "Havoc" CDX,GN,RE,CGC,HIC,TC,BH
UACH,URO1 Tidmores Rising Star Lydia "Mayhem" CD,BN,AX,OAJ,NF,RE,HT,TC,CGC,
Lucky, Wolf, Max