pat- you seem to have a great perspective on it. When I do get an lgd I will be looking for one from someone similiar to yourself. good proven working dogs as parents. don't care about papers or breed standards other then what is neccessary to do their job. so many working dogs look like they have been ruined by show breeders. I also worry about some of the fancier lgds. seems alot of people breed them just because they can get lots of money for them because they are somewhat of a novelty,(I suspect) not because they are superior working dogs.
I think this may be one of those unusual cases where the more you pay for something the less likely it is to actually be what you want.