Originally Posted by detectivekimble View Post
First time poster here. Does anyone know if Hartwell Kennels (Hartwell Kennels - Home
) is a reputable breeder?
There is a pup there that I am interested in, but someone told me not to buy from this breeder because of the fact that they don't concentrate on breeding only dobermans (i.e. they breed GSDs, Belgians, etc.). Obviously, I am not sure what difference that makes, so I just wanted to get some input. Thanks.
Ok Detective... let's start here. Welcome to the forum. Good for you for doing your research.
Now, have you thought about what EXACTLY you want in a new dog? Do you want a male/female, black/red, American/European? Have you thought about what EXACTLY what you want from your new dog? Will you want a pet only, conformation show prospect, Schutzhund prospect, Personal Protection prospect, agility prospect? These are the most important questions that will lead you where to look.
Now, for the potential breeder...
It is weird the pricing of Dobermans. It seems that they range from the bottom of the barrel (in quality and health) at 500 bucks to the outrageous (and not titled or health tested either) 4000 bucks. My advice, look to spend about 1200-2000 for a decent pup. The parents (both of them!) should be titled in a venue that interestes YOU (i.e. don't go to the 100% working breeders if you want a show dog). Also, the parents (both of them!) should be fully health tested. Now different people will say as to what "fully health tested" means. To me, at a MINIMUM, hips, heart, vWD. The other stuff is also important, but is icing on the cake for me personally.
Good luck in your search! Edit to add
Neither of the breeders you listed would be where I would look. The first one... yuck, the second never mentions health testing.