Like I said, just my personal opinion... but if someone is making the equivalent of a brand new Mercedes on a litter of puppies, each and every one of them better be guaranteed not to have so much as an ear infection their entire life and live for 15 years 😂Why should they import? There are plenty of good breeders right here in the states with lower prices. No guarantees on an import. They may be cheaper but they certainly aren't going to send their best dogs over here for pets.
I agree with Steve. Just any dog doesn't make a good pet. I see a lot of really hard to train dogs with zero drive and bad nerves. It's sad to see someone put out 10000% in training and get 2% back with a dog they have to manage for the life time of the dog. As far as I'm concerned, a family pet has to have even better nerves and temperament than a sport dog. Sport people micromanage their dogs and demand higher obedience so can cover some of that up.
I know there are no guarantees on an import but I would rather get one for 10x less and take my chances than pay $5,000 for an 8 week old puppy with even less chances. Dog breeding in North America is pretty much an unregulated free-for-all so unless someone is willing to devote a few months of their life researching where their dog is coming from whereas with an import, anybody can just pick a name from a list and get the same thing.