Join Date: Sep 2012
Dogs Name: Remington
Dogs Age: 3 yr
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I am with you on the "all natural" Doberman! I wanted a non docked-non cropped boy when I began my puppy search. I could not find any breeders that I would consider even semi-reputable locally that did not dock- and a majority of the breeders I would consider acceptable based on health testing, breeding to standard, etc.. do not sell puppies which aren't already cropped also.
The only pups I could find that fit my criteria were from BYBs, plain and simple- and I will NOT give money to a BYB! I was willing to compromise on the tail, but NOT the ears- so decided to go the rescue route instead.
I do not regret my decision for one moment! The boy we adopted is everything we could have asked for (and more). He is docked, which was quite honestly a disappointment, but is also the perfect match for our family. Will he possibly suffer from health problems or longevity down the road? Sure, but quite frankly health issues are so abundant in the breed that even the best breeders lose dogs to DCM and other health issues! So, if you are truly wanting a natural Dobe (and are like me in that you want to meet your new family member before adopting- which made buying out of country a non-option) then rescue is the way to go.