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Hello all you faithful Doberman owners and lovers,
I am from Minnesota. My family is looking for our first Doberman. This will NOT be a show dog, but we are concerned about good health and temperament. I have been working with Margarita Files from MOA. (I have nothing but great things to say). For reasons I do not need to go into here, I am not going to purchase from her. She is amazing to work with, but the timing is not quite right.

We are considering dogs from Sandy Hunter at Bruda (male red) and from Jennifer and Dave Goldfein at Rhady's. I would be interested to hear specific positive or negative experiences with these breeders. I have seen a lot of obscure references on this site to some concerns with Sandy's more recent breeding practices. But I don't have information on them, nor am I interested in obscurity.

Please provide your feedback good or bad, as this is another way to help with my due diligence. I appreciate your kindness and any advice your may have. Thank you in advance.
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As far as the Rahdy litter goes, they are titling their dogs which is awesome. However, you list health as one of your primary concerns. I couldn't find health test results on their website, Dobequest, or the OFA website. This means that it falls to YOU to ask about health testing. Health tests include OFA hip and elbow scores, liver/ kidney/ thyroid panels, recent cardiogram and 24 hour holter results, vWD status, and CERF eye scores. Ask to see the actual documentation, don't just take someone's word for it.

Also, if you plan on getting a pup from the TV themed litter, make sure you know all about how to care for a dilute (fawn or blue) dog. They have a condition called Color Dilution Alopecia (CDA) that causes hair loss.

As far as Bruda, I'm not sure which litter the red boy came from so I can't look up any health testing results for you. The main thing that was pointed out in previous threads was that they were breeding their dogs fairly young. There are a couple problems with this. 1) It doesn't give dogs time to earn their titles to prove that they are worthy to pass on their genes to the next generation. 2) Many common health problems in Dobes don't appear until later down the road, so you don't have a good idea about their future health. The same health tests from above apply to them as well.

Note: I personally do NOT have any affiliation or past experience with either one of these breeders or their dogs. I am not saying their dogs aren't nice or healthy, but it is definitely up to you to do your due diligence. I can tell from the breeders you're looking at that you're looking to do it right and make the initial investment for a quality, healthy puppy. If these breeders aren't living up to the health testing that I listed above, you can afford to wait until the right pup comes along. Best of luck in your search!
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