We charge $150 for puppies and $130 for adult dogs at the shelter I work at. But with that, the money is going back into the shelter to help the other dogs.
The womans problem was probably that she got a Herding breed puppy and children and couldn't handle it. People ALWAYS need to research a breed before they get it.
I have a "designer" dog. But my dog was "designed" for working… I have an Alaskan Husky. They mix Huskies or Malamutes with other dogs to make them better for working. (Like running and pulling sleds.)
Some of the dogs that get put together are just pointless. And some of these dogs have SERIOUS health issues with the mix. Heck, there's dog breeds out there that naturally have more issues than others, and now we're crossing them with stuff?
And then these people want everything catered to them. They think that if I can get stuff specifically for my Basenji, that they can get stuff for their Yorkipoo or whatever. I was a manager for Borders, and we run seasonal calendar places. We have just about every breed the AKC recognizes. And then these people come in with Maltipoos or something and get mad when we don't have a calendar for their dog. I have a Basenji, and I've had Akitas, it's hard to find stuff for those breeds (like mugs, plates, calendars...) and they ARE AKC registered.
I hope that little mutt didn't end up at a shelter. And if it did, I hope it's a no-kill one that will find it a good home with plenty of work to do.