I can make this on-topic for you
I think that whether or not breeders make a profit has a lot to do with the marketability of their breed. Some breeds have much more of a market than others. I know I probably won't find nearly as much demand for Turkish Vans as I would for Egyptian Maus. As we trudge through this current economy, I can only wonder at the fate of our less popular but still rare breeds. Fewer people will want to spend their money on kittens, and fewer breeders will have extra income to devote to their HOBBY. For example, one of the only Chartreux breeders on the east coast is quitting breeding by speutering all of their cats. What will become of the Chartreux gene pool is a sad mystery. . .
Abys are still my first love though and I will continue to breed them until I can't!