I'm SO glad you pointed this out as I was wondering if anyone was going to get around to the fact that the OP said this puppy is a "gift". To clarify, ALL dogs are gifts, but they are definitely NOT presents.
Look into rescue. Good luck.
Just using your post as a springboard, BV, 'k?
I've seen "look into rescue" thrown out there quite a number of times, on this forum, and it just does not give me the warm-fuzzies.
If a potential buyer does not care about the health of the puppy, and is not willing to spend X amount of money on "just a dog," well, then--they would not meet my personal screening criteria for adopting a rescue, either.
In other words, if they do not meet the requirements for screening of a reputable breeder, then they surely should not meet the requirements for adopting from an ethical rescue, right?
I know the rescued Dobermans aren't as "pretty" or as "fancy" as well-bred Dobermans, but they are living beings who had a rough start in life, through no fault of their own, and they deserve the same care and consideration in being placed in adoptive homes as those well-bred pups do being placed in purchasers' homes.
Sorry dear, I meant AKC with the DNA testing on the parents, I know CKC is a joke, I registered a red healer/pit cross as a doberman with a picture and they sent me papers back. I was under the impression most of your puppy mills used CKC especially for their "designer breeds" as AKC would not allow this. Seems they have lowered their standards if she is correct.
Speaking of lowering standards, are you kidding us? You are openly discussing committing registration fraud, here on DT.
I don't even care to know why you obtained fraudulent papers on that dog, esp. as you've repeated several times that you don't care about papers unless you have a specific purpose.
Please tell me I'm reading that litter page wrong, and they did not have 18 litters in 2012.
You actually got several polite responses from a number of members, myself included, telling you that you're not going to find what you are looking for, for under $1000. We certainly could have given you breeder recommendations in your State, but your criteria will not be met.
So here you go. Check with the following breeders in Texas. If they don't/won't have anything available, they can probably refer you to someone that will.
Google the kennel name + dobermans and you will find them.
I will tell you up front, however, that not only will pet puppies from these breeders be in excess of $1k, they will have their ears cropped, and their parents will have had all of their health testing and not just whatever is important to you. In addition, all puppies will be AKC registered and come on limited (must be spayed/neutered) registration.
I am glad to see that you came back to this thread and I hope you will realize that people are just trying to help you in your search. You can repeat "it must be possible to get a pet puppy for under 1k" over and over and over.... and the reality is that it IS possible, but not from the kind of breeder you are interested in. As you are probably aware, you can get cheap puppies all day long from any number of breeders on the JD facebook page.
Contact the breeders I mentioned, be open minded and hear what they have to say. What they do, why they do it and so forth.
Once again, good luck!
^^^Saintly levels of patience.
Which I don't have, after all this time.
SGranger, still not even close to sure you have one or two or seventeen PhDs, but I am quite sure you have an FOS.
Try entertaining yourself some other way, rather than sparring with the good folks here, who have dogs to train, and rescues to foster.