Developing a gyp into a dog worth breeding takes time and money. Doing the health checks(hips, eyes, etc.)on the female is not inexpensive and may knock a dog out of the picture after all the development work has already been done...which sucks.
Breeding to a proven stud is not inexpensive and my involve significant travel or veterinary expense. Raising a litter "right" is also expensive and time consuming. And when everything lines up just right...you could lose the whole litter, and the mother due to complications at, or shortly after whelping.
If we are talking about a "for profit" business model, if all a breeder could get for a well bred and properly raised puppy was $300 - $500, they would be insane to pursue that business because they would, very shortly, go broke.
I do agree that, for many folks, a well started youngster for $1500 or $2000 makes a lot of sense and is probably a wise and efficient use of funds.
But if you are looking for something special...you need to start with a puppy because that "something special" dog will probably not be for sale unless you have very deep pockets...and maybe not even then.
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