There are many reasons...for one, the cost of raising healthy, happy, well-bred puppies has increased. We started on the internet as the first Schnoodle breeder with a website and we had to repeatedly defend the breeding of Schnoodles to anyone and everyone who questioned it. I spent endless hours on the phone, in e-mail, and on our website providing answers and facts to educate new breeders and the public about carefully breeding a mixed breed dog and how to make a well-bred, quality Schnoodle. We accepted many interviews about the Schnoodle - giving interviews to some very popular and some not so well-known newspapers, television stations, and radio. Probably the most well-known paper interview being in The Wall Street Journal (August 2002). We continue to lead the way in providing real Schnoodle facts and information. Information that we researched with ALL Schnoodle owners so that the information was generalized and not about one or two particular breeders puppies. We continue to look for helpful info that we can share with all Schnoodle owners...maybe in the form of another book or a revised edition some day very soon : ) With all that we have done and continue to do we feel our unmatched commitment, efforts and time are worth something. Have a look at the other breeders adoption fees and ask yourself these questions: What has this particular breeder done for the Schnoodles in general? How long have they been breeding? Do they offer the detailed information available on the Shelbo Schnoodle site...if so where did they get this information? Please consider the fact that most of the Schnoodle information found on the internet and elsewhere was written by Shelbo Schnoodles on our first website. We are proud to be such an important part of the past and future of the Schnoodle. We also purchase the best dogs to breed, feed a super premium food, give top notch medical care, offer a two year health guarantee (which wasn't heard of when we started doing it!), continue to further our breeding program and NEVER just make do with the dogs we have, if they are not 100% health, temperament, structure and personality of what we want to pass on to our puppies, we do not breed them. Our puppies have the most consistency in health, personality, structure and beauty because we are picky about the dogs we breed. You will find most Schnoodle breeders are either just some backyard breeder putting any two dogs they have available together or breeders of multiple different breeds out to make a quick dollar with no concern for the outcome of their puppies. The buyer ends up with a unhealthy, ill tempered and lacking in good structure...leading to one health problem after another. Only the best dogs can make the best puppies.