I found some wonderful breeders off the DPCA but with just starting out some of the prices were a little out of our range, others were too low and then we ran into the probably of being noobs and no one wanted to sell to us since we had no experience in titling dogs at all. I did finally find a breeder and fell in love with one of her little female pups and decided that was my girl. My Milano is almost 18 months old. Her breeder has been just absolutely awesome and is there anytime I have a question or just want to give her a little update.
I've found several breeders that have some very handsome dogs but there always seems like theres something wrong (usually with the breeder and their ethics and tactics and just other things) which then makes me second guess if I should use them. I want to be doing this right so I can help this breed last longer and be able to share them with others that have other opinions on them. I'm just at a loss right now on where to go since I have pretty much crossed off all of the breeders on my list (thanks to this site, that's a good thanks) I want a stud with a low COI to my girl, longevity in their pedigree and breed standards. I've checked on the DCPA and the UDC and just cant find the right place to go. Oh I should also say she's of European decent and not American.
Please I would appreciate not be bashed at all, I know the dog breeding world is already a hard one to get into if you are doing it right. I unfortunately don't have unlimited funds or time like others might have but every spare second or dollar I have goes towards my Milano (my kids will for sure back me up on that one lol). So any info, direction or comments would be so greatly appreciated. Thank you.
I have a few comments about what you said and suggestions. I tried to only put in quotes what I wanted to reply too.
It kind of scares me that some prices were out of your range as you can't put a price on longevity and health with good conformation and the breeder that follows behind it. Also, I don't know very many breeders that will turn their nose to a newbie who wants to show, they may however turn their nose up to someone who's main focus is price and who wants to get into breeding. I'm wondering if you weren't rubbing breeders the wrong way with your approach? Many people do that unknowingly. Many of the first questions out of a potential buyers mouth is price and what all comes along with that price and that they would like to be a breeder and all of that might sound good to you but that's the scariest thing a breeder can hear. Also, surprised to hear that you picked your girl, most breeders pick the puppy for the puppy buyers.
You said you found your breeder on the DPCA website and they produce only euros? I'd love to know who your breeder is as I don't know too many who strictly breed euros. Also, your breeder should be your mentor and helping you find stud dogs as it takes countless hours of research to find the right stud dog. What do they say about you wanting to breed your bitch who lacks titles? I assume their dogs have titles? They should also have connections for you to find the right stud dog. My breeder and I spend countless hours talking about stud dogs and I have no plans to breed my 15mo. old bitch for well over a year.
For more information on finding a stud dog I would also suggest subscribing to the Doberman Network magazine, going to dog shows and trying to make it out to the Doberman nationals in Kansas this October. Although you will be hard pressed to find a reputable breeder, with a titled stud dog that has been proven with get, titles, longevity, health and such that would be willing to breed to a bitch with no titles. I agree with above where they said you need to prove her conformation in the ring wither AKC, UKC, UDC or international and also try getting some obedience titles on her as well. The stud dog owner isn't just breeding their dog to your bitch, they are putting their lines/their name behind your lines/your name. Breeders work too hard, and spend too much money to let their good name be floated around to just any breeder. A woman came to me wanting to breed to Mav, nice bitch, had titles, health tested and I said no. Why? They had nearly the same faults so we would be doubling up on those faults and really not improving the breed. There's just sooooo much that goes into breeding. I hope you can find someone that's in the DPCA that would be willing to be your mentor and spend the next few years joining facebook groups, going to shows, reading all the information out there possible and then decide to breed.
If I'm honest, your post doesn't rub me as someone who wants to learn about the breed, improve the breed, improve health (COI is such a tiny fraction of what needs to go into a breeding program)..... It comes off as someone looking for a stud dog. As someone who's barely tipping my toes into the whole breeding thing I can tell you we get a lot of shady people who walk the walk and talk the talk until they have a puppy and then you see their true colors so we look for things that seem off. Your post seems off to me, not genuine, if you will. I could be reading into it incorrectly but it just comes off to me that you want to be a breeder, not for hobby, but for income. I'm sorry if that's not how you meant to come off but I'm just giving you my honest opinion (It's kind of what I do). As someone who got my first Doberman puppy in 2014 and had no intentions of competing with her, she was just a pet, but one thing led to another and I thought of breeding her. I'm glad I didn't because I have learned so much About myself and what I'm wanting out of the breed and what I'm wanting to give back to the breed... I wish you and your girl much luck. If you have true intentions and thick skin you will learn a lot in the years to come.
Best of luck