4) Training/Competing. Again, we are back to, are you only doing this so you can breed your dog? I took my puppy through training, we are looking at competing in the protection sport, he is neutered so obviously no breeding in the future. These are choices I'm making for 1) the betterment of my dog and 2) because I enjoy doing things with my dog. If you enjoy showing and would do it without breeding these cost's shouldn't be included.
5) Titling. I just want to touch on this. I saw a person post that "I want a dog that conforms to breed standards and that is why I title." That is great, you know what you want. Most people want a doberman and don't care if he/she doesn't meet breed standard perfectly, most people purchasing for pets don't even know breed standard. If they are an inch to short or 10 lbs to heavy it doesn't bother most people, it tends to only bother people who show because it means they can't show them. Assuming every person that wants a doberman wants them all to look identical is incorrect. Also, on WendyPony's post which is addressed above, who cares about an outside opinion on prove your dog is "perfect." Last I checked breeders all see their dogs differently. The breeder I purchased from preferred her dobermans faces to look a certain way vs another way, both were within breed standard. I looked at the two types of faces and could barely see a different but it was majorly important to her. Most buyers will not notice a difference in the nuaces of the breed unless its very obvious (size and weight for example). Let the buyer decide if your dog is beautiful and if they want a dog that looks like yours. That is how most consumers will decide which puppy to buy, not because some referee said yours is prettier than someone elses.
Yes breeders may all see their dogs differently. Yes people may have different likes and dislikes or attributes within the breed. Slight deviations.
But guess what? A breed standard exists for a reason.
And breeders - the good ones at least. Do their best to uphold the standards to their ability. To conform to it and hope that each litter is better than the last. Is there ever going to be a perfect dog? No. But the good ones are striving uphold the standard.
Breeders are the preservers of a breed. (And yes I know we can all fall prey to fads and whims and what's popular).
And in regards to John Q Public not caring.
It's good that John Q Public doesn't care.
John Q Public shouldn't HAVE to care if they are going with a reputable breeder who has the best interests of the breed at heart.
Because John Q Public wants a doberman right?
Was drawn to the breed for certain reasons right?
And going with a reputable breeder will fulfill those reasons. He won't have to worry that he'll get a Doberman that is riddled with preventable health problems or with an unsound temperament.
But alternately John Q Public not caring and not being informed and going with bad breeders leads to being taken advantage of. Puppy millers and backyard breeders who breed 'Warlock,' 'Superior Size' 'King' whathaveyou Dobermans. Myths of Euros look a certain way vs. American lines look another way. It's why Kimbertal can continue to churn out puppy after puppy and rescues be flooded with its byproducts.
A judge is not some 'referee' most are breeders themselves and have gone through years of study and training to become certified to be able to judge. You acting flippant is not helping yourself at all.
But who cares right? I mean it's only the prettiest dog who wins after all.
I'm pretty sure there's a term for what you're espousing and it's called 'kennel-blindess.'