I just find it hard not to get angry at the people that buy too, for being so stupid. With as much information as there is out there today, how can they not know. But then we see it here every other day and by some intelligent people. I guess it helps if you have been around dogs all your life. It is mainly the newbies to the dog world I guess. I just really hate to see it happen. What gets me are these newbies with children, if any of them get bit that could ruin adults and children, but mainly the children, for life as far as loving dogs goes.
I would say something but I think it might be a terroristic threat.
One thing that comes to mind is that it really does take a lot of research to understand the importance of the things we take for granted, such as health, conformation and temperament. When you think about it, it really takes YEARS to understand things like temperament and various nuances that makes up conformation to the breed standard. Even then there is disagreement, especially in terms of what good temperament consists of. For example as a Schutzhund enthusiast I would have a very different opinion of that means than others might. I would want a dog that has the inherent traits that the breed was originally intended for, such as strong courage, high drive in prey, and defense while another person would think that good temperament would mean the dog is a Golden Retriever in a Doberman suit.
Even the basic information about what health testing is, why it is important and what the real ramifications of health problems are, is information that you have to come across more than once to absorb. You may even have to experience it first hand to grasp it. We kind of take it for granted.
In addition, as a society we have become a throw away society, with a strong obsession with instant gratification. So to be put on a waiting list goes against the grain and has become an almost addictive trait that we have become accustomed to. For most people especially those that are not research oriented, emotion will always override objective reasoning. In fact, in one of my former jobs I use to do personality trait analysis with groups of people. One of the personality types was given the color code of green, representing a person who is inquisitive, and research minded. It was by far the most rare of traits in people.
The seemingly stringent requirements that reputable breeders may have for puppy buyers, can feel intrusive. Perhaps in the case of some breeders a snobbish approach can turn off prospective puppy buyers, and perhaps even intimidate them in their future quest. During my search for a stud male I encountered a couple of such people. Following that experience I would not have dealt with them even if their dog was all that, which they weren't anyway. So along comes someone that has a puppy available, comes across as friendly, the prospective puppy buyer, if they even have done their research and know better (unlikely), jumps at the chance to fulfill their emotional need, their denial kicks in (you see it all the time on here when hordes of Lil pups come on here to defend the honor of their "breeder" who has produced the little being that is the focus of their love) and they overlook the red flags that would send experienced Doberman people running in the other direction.
Another factor is the websites the BYB'ers or commercial breeders put out there seems to satisfy the buyer and overcome their defenses. If the breeder offers a health guarantee (even though when you read the fine print you may see that it is worthless), makes great claims about temperament, fills their website with BS, adds pages upon pages of breed history (written by someone else), then things that are important such as conformation and performance titles, health testing, which are missing from the site (or in many cases is even downplayed or pooh-poohed by the author of the website), are overlooked. Throw on top of that pictures of puppies with children, gushing referrals from new (and ignorant) owners, then it is no wonder that so many people are led to support these people. To me it is a clear case of smoke and mirrors, but to an uneducated prospective Doberman buyer it does the trick.
In my current business (Martial Arts) often the first question people ask is "how much are classes". Many people look at prices of what a reputable breeder must charge and they are turned off. Of course there are some bad breeders that also charge the same prices but that is another issue, many charge a lot less.
I even see it at times with people that have a good reputation (deserved or otherwise). They justify decisions they make both as breeders and buyers that go against what they claim is important. I even understand the temptation to do so. For example, when looking for a stud dog, which I researched for over 3 years, I knew a dog that due to extraordinary circumstances was not yet titled. I knew for a fact he was exactly what I was looking for, IMO is the strongest dog in the country (at least as far as the Dobes I have seen) and as good or better than the best working dogs I saw in Europe in terms of drive and raw potential. On top of that I have a close relationship with the owner and there would have been no stud fee (because of some other circumstances ). My Sch club scheduled a meeting with the executive board to see if they could make an exception to the club policy and allow me to breed to an untitled dog (the TD and the other executive members have seen the dog work). Instead I decided to go with a dog that was titled even though the terms were not nearly as good. I called the TD and told him to cancel the meeting. The point is that is how close I was to going against what I believe in as an important criteria. The point of all that is I think we need to set an example. If we go against what we really believe to be right then how can we expect others to not do the same.
I see other comments on here that kind of piss me off sometimes. Sometimes the double standards irk me. With the insight I have gained and the inside information I have on many dogs (usually from helpers who have actually worked the dogs discussed) I see people make decisions and recommendations on "working dogs" and "working breeders" that leave me absolutely perplexed. You take someone that is new to the breed and MAYBE doing some research, then it is no wonder they would be beyond perplexed at the loads of information (sometimes conflicting) they are receiving.
Sorry for the book I just wrote, but I think these are some important points, and I think trying to understand why people make decisions may make it easier to accept them and not be too harsh with them.