I know it seems shocking to pay around $2000 for a Doberman, when you see some selling for hundreds of dollars. I want to make sure you understand WHY that is. I'm going to link up an article you should read. Why do puppies cost so much? | Ruffly Speaking
. Does that help? Basically, if you want a Doberman to BE a Doberman, you need a breeder that is really doing everything to breed quality dogs. You don't want to just look for an "AKC" Doberman, because, unfortunately, that doesn't really mean much. The AKC will register any dog as a Doberman that is the offspring of two other Dobermans. It doesn't mean they have the correct temperament, the correct structure, or that they were bred with any care towards good health. I had an "AKC" Doberman. As much as I loved her, she was NOT a good example of a Doberman. She was not safe around children, she was not safe around most people, she was not safe around other dogs. It wasn't how I raised her, either. It was carelessness in breeding, and it was a really, really sad experience to go through as a first time Doberman owner. I try to educate people so they can avoid similar experiences - I've heard from others that have had similar experiences...their dog died young of a preventable disease, or their dog just wasn't what it should have been.
My two dogs now were WORTH saving an extra year or two for. They were worth waiting for. Their breeders put a ton of thought and care into breeding them. Their breeders are always there for me, support me, answer my questions. My two dogs right now are DOBERMANS. They have correct temperaments. I can take them anywhere and I know exactly how they will behave. They are trustworthy. They are exactly what they should be.
And you know what? You deserve that. If it takes longer, that's okay. Save up your money and wait for a good dog from a great breeder. Or, like Sam suggested, get in touch with your local rescue group and get on a waiting list for a puppy...they do come into rescue. Don't support the types of breeders that don't care enough to breed a quality dog. You deserve better.