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I would be very reluctant in your situation, unless showing dogs is something you're interested in.
An "occasional weekend" isn't really very realistic. Dogs can go out for weeks or even months at a time, sometimes. Depending on where you live, there might not be many shows in your area, and the dog might require quite a bit of traveling with a handler. The dog will need to be trained, and that either means lots of time in matches, or being with a handler for weeks or longer. A show career can take months to finish a championship, and last 2-3 years if he's worthy of specialing. Some dogs practically live on the show circuit. Who would decide when he's done showing?
And then there's studding. Not many people show a dog to a championship and then have no interest in breeding him. Who would have stud rights? You? The breeder? If the breeder retains unlimited stud rights, you could find yourself without your dog on many occasions. Your dog will have to be taken to be tested for hips, eyes (every year), heart and elbows. Your dog can be taken to a bitch's home for up to a week for a breeding, or the bitch could come to your home or the breeder's home (where your dog would have to live during that time), or he could have to make repeated trips to a repro vet for testing and semen collection. All that takes time away from your family, too.
And what do you get in return for your family pet being yanked away for training, showing and breeding? How much are the "bragging rights" of having a show dog worth to you? Will you go through with this "major investment" only to have years of your family dog being whisked away for goodness knows how long, maybe living with a handler you've never met, and perhaps at the most inconvenient times? Will you have to take the dog to the breeder's or the airport? Are you willing to fly your dog, or ship him with a handler by truck from one show to another? Do you have to pay full price for the puppy? Will you get stud rights? Will you have to co-own the dog with the breeder (and some breeders can be real control freaks)?
I see many downsides to an arrangement like this for the typical pet dog owner, and not many upsides. It might be worth it if you're interested in showing. It might be worth it if you retain stud rights (a very few dogs make good money studding, but they are usually the ones that are shown and titled very extensively, meaning more time away from home). But if those aren't important to you, then if it were me, I probably wouldn't go for that arrangement. It can end up being a really big imposition, and your family member can be gone for a long time, without any control by you.
My humble opinion.