Originally Posted by Portlandrunner View Post
Thank you!! We will be in-town the 16th - 20th and would love more information on the dog show.
I would say we are looking for a Dobe that can and will go everywhere with us. Camping, hiking, running, dog parks, walking to dinner...... We want an addition to our family that will be great around our nieces and nephews as well as be protective if we were to ever need it on an early morning run. We would like to work with him (we want a large black male) as a therapy dog. We do not have a background in showing a dog so that has no interest for us, but anything we can do with him as a team to wither compete or give back to our community we are interested in.
We have looked into rescue but our concern is with this being our first Dobe, would we be setting ourselves up for much greater success with going with a breeder?
Do you know anything about Winterridge or Sunnybrook as breeders?
Hi there, you have been given some really good suggestions above by experienced Doberman people that live in the PNW. One other breeder name that came to mind is Wingate. I know a DT person who has a lovely Wingate bitch with a really nice temperament. I don't know of either of the breeders you referenced above, but took a look at their website.
Winter Ridge - did not impress me. No mention whatsoever of any health testing or titling in any venue. My impression is they have a few dogs and churn out litters by breeding their own dogs together. For "prices starting at $2800" at Winter Ridge (per their website) I would think you could get a much better quality pup from any of the breeders referenced above and I am guessing at a lesser price. Also, I notice they got one of their bitches from Britton Farms. I am pretty sure there have been concerns raised about Britton Farms on DT before.
Sunnybrook - Sorry, I was equally unimpressed. Their statement that "We have Beautiful Extra Large Female Doberman Puppies For Sale Now" is a major red flag. Dobermans are a medium size breed and anyone trying to market "extra large" is not a breeder I would personally be considering. Also, $3500 for pups?? Again, I expect you could get a very high quality pup for closer to $1800-$2000... And their "click to add to cart" for their puppies. made me cringe.
Also, as far as running, just wanted to make sure you are aware that you need to wait quite a while until growth plates close before you can run with a dog. I think most recommend at least 18 months, potentially 24. If you want a dog you can take running with soon, you may want to consider a rescue that is a little older. There are some lovely rescues out there and if you go to a Doberman specific rescue they will typically have done some temperament testing and evaluated the dog so you have some sense of what the dog might be like.