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Ok, but seriously
I have never owned a Doberman before, but would like to get a puppy in early 2018.
I have no experience with the breed, but am very interested in a European bloodline doberman. My main concern is health and longevity of the dog, and good living conditions for the dogs being bred (no puppy mills). I'm mostly looking for a companion in the dog, and will, eventually, move to a city where an intimidating-looking dog that deters burglary would be helpful. There are other reasons why I want a doberman, but I don't think they're relevant to this thread. I just wanted to illustrate why I want a European dobe in particular, and what was most important to me about the dog.
Before someone asks if I'm sure I'm prepared for this kind of dog, I'm confident I am. My parents were Great Dane breeders and I my last dog was a pure bred German Shepherd. I know how to handle dogs and do obedience training, and I know how to do ear posting (in case they already come cropped). Yes, I know each breed and each dog is different, but I'm just saying I'm not a novice here.
Okay, now that that's out of the way, where do I find one? I've been lurking on this forum for a few months but just now made an account. I started my search for a breeder a year ahead of time just so I could have my ducks in a row. Every breeder I find, once I get on this forum, I start hearing bad reviews. Invariably, somewhere down in the thread, someone says, "Run from this breeder!"
Who has had good experiences with a breeder that still breeds? If so, what breeder? I prefer a breeder in the midwest, but if I have to drive out to the coast, I will do it. I care about this a lot, which is why I began this search a year ahead of time.