And also, the price, come on! As long as breeder think that $2K plus is an ok figure to charge for a PET. then BYB will flourish.
Ive lived in a home that bred fox hounds to hunt with. I am well aware of the upkeep of breeding dogs. And it does NOT cost thousands. this is pure market forces. Where there is a buyer, there is a seller.
I dont mind paying for a pedigree, if i want a particular breed, but as i dont compete, i dont see how a pup a breeder considers pet stock, not show stock can be sold for $2K upward. Rip off i reckon.