2) I'm trying to introduce how most American's are approaching purchasing a dog. We live in a society of "this is what I want and I will get what I want." If people want a Doberman, they will buy one they can afford, they won't get a breed they don't want because it's "the right thing to do." People don't even purchase dogs to match their life style, plenty of active dogs are purchased by owners who are to lazy to walk them simply because they want that breed.
And honestly, that's not
something to encourage. Doberman are an active breed and they need to be worked. I have seen large active breeds in quiet/lazy/elderly/whathaveyou homes and I can very plainly see that the dogs are NOT happy there. While dog purchasers (not just in America) will say, I want what I want and I'll get what I want, that does not make it right and it doesn't mean we have to support those people.
If they want a lower cost doberman that they know will fit their lifestyle, there's always rescue to consider. There ARE puppies in rescue, I think I've seen at least 3 foster mommies posting on here in the <1yr that I've been on this forum, all litters of 5 or more. There's likely more where that came from too, just being fostered by folks that don't have an account.
Now for where breeders/consumers will disagree. The cost of showing and and other training. I have no idea of the price of this as it will vary from breeder to breeder, I'm sure it can exceed $10,000 per dog. As a breeder you incorporate the cost of this into your puppies.
Now as a consumer I might have a problem with this. This is not a direct cost of breeding your dog, testing it for genetic defects, etc. This is your hobby, you enjoy doing this, and you want the people who purchase your puppies to pay for your hobby. If the only reason you show is to increase the price of the puppies you sell then you aren't selling "pets" you are selling "show dogs."
There are others who have posted links quoting prices that are much much higher than what you've guestimated. But this I have a bit of a problem with. People don't title their dogs in order to make the prices higher. People don't breed their dogs to make more Doberman. They do both of these things, to make sure the breed stays to standard, and to improve overall performance of the breed.
It is, actually, a direct cost to the puppies. To produce quality you must first prove that you have quality in the first place. Using your car example (though comparing mechanics to living creatures = not so good), there's more to a BMW's price than just the fancy name and passing minimal inspection, right? The car should move, feel, drive... like a BMW, not like that little old lady's station wagon down the street. A doberman is a breed that has a specific look, temperament, and overall "feel" to it. They should not look, act, or feel like your average byb lab.
Like a BMW being tested at a manufacturer, a breeder first has to run their dogs through a bunch of tests to see if they're even able to be considered breeding quality. While I don't personally care about conformation as much as a show
breeder, a doberman needs to look like a doberman. In order to do this, they need to keep to the standard. In order to judge how well they keep to standard, they go to shows and obtain championships and grand championships.
A doberman also needs to act
like a doberman, otherwise you have a cheap knock-off slimy used-car-salesmen overpriced lemon BMW- a car that looks cool but handles real poorly. Doberman are a working breed. I prefer seeing working and obedience titles- I believe that you need a sound dog to "work" anyway. In order to prove working ability, breeders also title their dogs in sports such as schutzhund/ipo, and folks a little less interested in working sport go for agility/rally/obed (and there's a whoooooooole debate about THAT waiting to happen). I also look for temperament tests, because I want a dog that's stable both in the house and out and about everywhere I go.
Now what does this have to do with breeding? Well, temperament, drive, working ability, conformation, all of those things are passed down from parents to puppies. Breed parents with bad temperaments, you'll likely get puppies with bad temperaments. Part of this is in raising, but remember that you can raise a puppy with poor genetics perfectly and still get an unstable out of control dog. All of these tests and titles are to prove that the breeder knows exactly what they're producing, and will be passing these traits down to the puppies.
And all of this does get VERY costly! Aside from entry fees you also have training and travel costs- puppy kindergarten alone in my area is like $100 to start, you want to get competitive in anything you pay a LOT more than that. You have to buy equipment to train, that's not cheap either no matter what sport you might be getting into.
I'm just trying to bring a different perspective to the forum. I'm not saying I agree or disagree with what I've said above. The point I'm trying to make is if you want to solve the problem, your solution has to address the issue. If the issue is price, then your reasoning about quality or bettering the breed doesn't apply. People who are purchasing a pet care about these as much as they want a pet. 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.
We've had this "different perspective" presented many times before
We're not saying, if you can't afford or don't want to spend 1500-2500 on a doberman get a lab. We're saying, go with a rescue! Spend $200-500 on a doberman instead, that's about how much you'd be paying from a BYB anyway and it's the same quality you're going to get, except instead of helping poor breeding practices continue you'll be helping dogs in need.