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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-19-2017, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Breeder recommendations? From Chicago.. but not opposed to travel

How many of these posts have I seen already? At least a handful for my area, but some are from 2012 and hey, I wanted my own.

This isn't an intro post, don't worry, I've lurked around for quite some time and know the rules. BUT I will say, it's my first. I started to on and off stalk this website about 2 years ago, when I came home to see Wrigley, my best friend.. so happy to see me, but hardly walking with a severe limp. Within a day or two, she was half paralyzed. Sudden onset of Wobblers, but we managed to kick it's butt for just over a year and a half. I lost her suddenly (heart attack) in January. I don't know why I didn't post during any of those times, but thanks for the support you didn't know you gave!

I miss my girl so much.. but I think it's about that time. I can't fill her space in my heart, but can I build a new space? Yes. Please!

Even though this has been done before:

PLEASE share your thoughts on breeder recommendations -- my main concerns are longevity and temperament. Wrigs was gorgeous, but she required a LOT of training to stop the vast majority of her semi severe aggression and curb her anxiety. Was it worh it? Yes, one of the best choices I've made. As for longevity, I did get 8 years and 3 months (exactly) -- sooner than I planned but longer than so many I've seen. But who wouldn't want more?

Anyway, after all that, the facts: please reach out about your recent breeder recs and any details you can share about the experience. I'm in Chicago, so while I guess the Midwest is preferable, I wouldn't eliminate hopping a plane for the right pup. Ideally, I'd like to get a new bay girl in late May/early June (I'm a teacher, so it just makes sense). It's time to look.

Thanks! Also, sorry I kind of combined three posts into one!
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Hi and Welcome! I'm so glad you introduced yourself. I'm sorry about your 'Wrigley'.
It sounds like you gave her the best of homes. I love her name.
I am probably not one to do any recommendation for Doberman breeders in your area.
There will be others on here to help you in that area.
Share pictures of your Wrigley if you feel like it. I would love to see her.

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Hello and welcome to you, glad to see another Midwesterner on the site! So very sorry for the loss of your girl, I've never owned anything other than a Doberman but they really do make an incredible impact in your life and steal your heart... our 5 year old male is very much an integral part of our lives, he is our son as we don't have children yet.

We got him from Cambria Dobermans in Indiana, drove 9 hours each way to pick him up. I just fell in love with the look of their dogs and Zuko has grown up to be a very sound, healthy dog. The other Dobermans we encounter at the dog park do not compare to his stature and gait. We always get compliments on him, even from our landlord, and we couldn't be happier with him. The process of getting him wasn't what I expected. I'm one of those people that loves hearing updates from the breeder, loves getting pictures and hearing about the litter and puppies and mother, but it was clear to me that Jim does not run Cambria like that.

It's a little hard to remember everything that happened (it's been five years) but I didn't get many updates, one or two total and he lost my email at some point and communication became a bit of an issue. I brought this up on DT when it was happening and many thought I was being a pest about it with bothering the breeder at such a busy time with a new litter, but developing a good relationship with my breeder is important, and now I know for next time to find a breeder more on my level. But all in all, we got an amazing dog with great pedigree, temperament and soundness, we wouldn't trade him for anything.

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I might look into what Gorrmae Dobermans is doing: Home if you want to stay close-ish.

I'm very picky on health and longevity myself...I definitely agree that you don't necessarily need to stay local. Take your time, do your research. It's helpful to learn about dogs in pedigrees and to talk to breeders about the longevity and health in the pedigrees they are breeding. It's also really helpful to go to shows and meet dogs in person to see if their temperaments are what you are looking for in a dog...even better if you can meet several dogs produced by a breeder so you get a sense of what they are producing and if it's consistent. Obviously not all dogs are the SAME but you can learn a lot by meeting dogs and talking to people.

It's also nice to talk to the local chapter club - they know breeders in your area and may be able to steer you in the right direction (or away, if the case may be).

Feel free to PM if I can be more helpful.
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I'll second checking in with Gorrmae Dobermans ([email protected]) in Michigan, also LyndobeDoermans ([email protected]).

In Illinois Rahdy (Jennifer Goldfein, [email protected]), Wendorf Dobermans ([email protected]), Smack-Dab ([email protected]).

Some of these breeders don't produce many litters so may not have available puppies but I'd think they'd also be able to refer you to other good breeders who might have puppies coming up that would be suitable for you.

Good luck.
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I currently have a lyndobe and smack dab. Both are beautiful. Love them to pieces. Personally if was going for overall I would pick smack-dab but if conformation I would pick lyndobe. But I had different preference when I got each one. Lyndobe has more litters planned if breeding take. Both breeders are nice, easy to talk to and have years of experience
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