No, you don't have to raise show dogs but you darn well better raise sound and genetically and temperamentally healthy dogs or you are just adding to the problem. It seems to me you don't want to put in the ground work you just think it's a piece of cake and you will make some extra money with very little effort. I may be wrong but that is how it sounds to me. Just sayin"
Yes, this (the part I bolded) is the essence of the challenge.
While you're right, your synopsis is kind of what it sounds like, most of the harsh replies, while they may be materially correct, are likely to push folks towards two outcomes:
--Doing what they want anyway, and feeling driven-off from the forum, because they feel they're just receiving criticism, not constructive
criticism. Granted, the vagueness of the original question provides little to work with.
--Getting scared-away from the breed. While it takes a lot of understanding to become a good breeder, it's not rocket science, and making it sound terrifyingly complicated just serves to drive folks into the arms of other breeds.
Every breeder has to start somewhere, and will make a mistake here or there. Wouldn't a better approach be to try to convert would-be BYBs into at least aspiring "not terrible" breeders, who avoid the most obvious pitfalls, perform the health testing, and build a foundation for themselves on which they might, someday, become "good breeders"?
I don't see much of that in this thread, or the other threads when people bring it up (over and over and over, these "I wanna start breeding" threads come up so often), I see a lot of what seems to come down to "If you don't dedicate your life to this purpose and learn everything before your first breeding, you're BYB scum". I doubt (and hope) that's not the intent, but it's how it comes across.
I envy the Labrador Retriever's breed ecosystem. The dogs seem to mostly live around 12 years, and while I'm sure they have higher-end breeders, the overwhelming majority seem to be utterly clueless and careless casual breeders who might do some casual bird hunting at best. One will have a reg. bitch, and their friend has a reg. dog, and they figure if they're sweet animals that fetch reasonably well, that it's a good start, so they produce a litter. That people are happy enough with the quality of their not-particularly-well-bred Labs that they keep the breed's popularity high speaks volumes to the overall stability of the breed.
Why is the Doberman such a terrifyingly unstable breed (not referring to temperament, but consistency of quality) for which one needs to be some degree of insane or foolhardy to consider becoming a breeder? Is there any hope that it'll ever become stable enough that even the lower-end breeders would be able to produce dogs that don't bring undue heartbreak, medical expenses, or disappointment?