Is it wrong to buy from a breeder that has been breeding for x+ years, owns the dogs, knows the history of their dogs (life span/health issues/temperament, etc)
does background/reference checks, and genuinely cares where the pup goes even though they may not have done health testing or any kind of titling
Thanks again for any responses.
From Rhapsody Dobermans: THE PURCHASE
The purchase of a purebred, registered puppy is a very important decision that should be considered very carefully.
In the purchase of a Doberman Pinscher (or any other breed), a buyer deserves a dog that is healthy, attractive, mentally sound, and functionally correct. It should be a dog that has the best possible chance of providing years of companionship, whether it be as just a pet... or for show events (conformation) ... or for performance competition (obedience, agility, flyball, tracking, schutzhund, etc)...or work (search & rescue, guide dog, medical assistance, therapy work, etc.) THE BREEDER
All ethical and responsible breeders health test, temperament test, title their dogs, and aim to produce only the highest quality Dobermans, which will better the gene pool.
Responsible breeders are choosy about which dogs they breed – they study pedigrees for quality in conformation, health, longevity, temperament and working ability.
All ethical and responsible breeders health test, temperament test, title their dogs, and strive to produce only the highest quality Dobermans, thereby improving the breeds gene pool.
They try to find the absolute best match for their female, sometimes traveling to great lengths to find the best male. Some people may feel it doesn’t matter which breeder they deal with because all they want is a nice pet...that it doesn’t matter if the parents of the dogs have any conformation, obedience, working or temperament titles. But it DOES matter! A breeder who doesn't health test, temperament test and title their dogs is basically saying that a buyer does NOT deserve any of this.
It's extremely insulting that a breeder would try to satisfy a person with something that requires less knowledge, less effort, less commitment, and less cost per unit. Don't settle for that! THE SEARCH
In your search for the "perfect" dog, you may have noticed that the prices vary widely. Newspaper ads may show one litter selling at $800.00 each and one at $1000.00 each. Though both are AKC registered, you will see through our conversations that AKC "papers/registered" are no indication of the quality of the pup. In this area a well-bred "pet" quality puppy generally starts at $1,500.00. Show quality puppies start at $2500.00 and go up from there.
Breeders set their own prices. Each breeder approaches breeding with a slightly different philosophy and has different regimens for raising puppies. Some are more involved and more thorough in pedigree research than others. Time and effort needed to research pedigrees, find the proper mate, breed and deliver healthy puppies, requires a breeder's time, energy and expertise...and generally speaking the price will reflect that.
If one divided the cost of a puppy over the 10+ years of a dog's life and takes into consideration extra veterinary expenses that may occur with poorly bred pups, the price is not unreasonable. TAKE YOUR TIME
Never settle for less because of time, money or other considerations. Your pup may be a part of your family for ten to fifteen years and compromises now will affect you and your dog for a long time to come. If you are not able to find the puppy you want immediately, a few weeks or months of patience will generally be rewarding. In fact, getting a pup from some of the better litters usually requires a wait - as many are sold in advance of whelping. So educate yourself, look around and see what is available by attending local shows and communicating with other owners. Talk with various breeders about required and expected standards and be wary of faults that are bred into the breed by the "backyard" breeders.
If you still don't get it, then I'm sorry but this might be the wrong forum for you. Please read our manifesto if you haven't already. Our sole concern is the welfare of the Doberman breed. I am in my 20's and am low/virtually no income as I am a student. I purchased my $1500 puppy from a great breeder. The price was nothing compared to all that I got out of the deal.