First, I never said people aren't willing to pay for quality, I said they can't. Most people don't have $2,000+ to spend on anything
If you give them a choice of "purchase a lower quality dog you can afford" or "purchase a breed you don't want b/c you can't afford mind" they are going to go with option one almost every time.
I have to agree with all of the above wholeheartedly, and truthfully the only Doberman I ever laid out any cash for to obtain was my rescue girl Mimi.... I have also tried hard to point people wanting a Doberman to rescues rather than breeders, but unfortunately most reputable rescues have to charge as much or more for a dog than they can buy a cute little puppy for from a BYB or Puppymill.
However I have laid out a lot of money on health issues for six dobermans who are part of our extended family and no telling how many dobermans I have donated money to where the owners were over their heads in health bills.
Personally I am not a show person nor would I ever have the patience to train a dog for any show venue, I just want a pet..... I know that phrase has a bad connotation here so let me explain what I mean by using it.....
I want a dog that has a temperament that can be relied on, good health, as free as possible of genetic disease, and decent longevity. I also realize that I will never be what most really good breeders would want for an owner of a wonderful show quality puppy from fabulous lines. So even having the means to purchase such a pup does not mean I will ever get one.
The sire and dam of Boss were both health tested and when my son bought him he was shown all the test results, none the less we have a much loved boy with DCM although he is vWd clear by parentage and has no other issues and undoubtedly is the most intelligent of all of the family dobies (also the most velcro), He simply became ours because he chose us above all others.
I decided a long time ago that there are far too many dobermans in need of a home for it to be fair (for me) to buy one. But I sure would like to have a puppy that I could reasonably expect to live a normal life span.