Join Date: Apr 2009
Dogs Name: Richter; Sypha; RIP Shanoa & Simon
Titles: Richter: CAA L1V NW1 L1I L1E L1C NW2 L2V ACT1 RATI WAC; Sypha: NW1 NW2 L1C L1V L1E RATI SOG WAC
Dogs Age: d.o.b. 7/13/2012; d.o.b. 12/6/2015
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My recommendation would be to start saving for the pup you want. I know it's hard to wait, but I also think that you understand that you do, often, get what you pay for. Can you carve out a section of your budget to put money away to create a puppy fund? And, as VZ recommended, can you then also leave that section in your budget as a sort of emergency fund? I've found Dobermans to be...expensive. It's not so much the food and "every day" types of expenses, but I personally won't own one without having pet insurance, for example. If you do some browsing on here, or on some Facebook Doberman groups...take a read through how often people have brought their dogs in for things like potential (or actual) obstructions, upset stomachs, all of those types of visits. My own dogs are pretty darn healthy, but we've had those types of visits for sure. And how often do they happen after hours? And require an emergency visit? Too often! Plus, I very much recommend running annual bloodwork (they call it a "senior panel" at my vet's office) to check liver and kidney function, screen for heartworm and tick borne diseases, etc....)...that runs several hundred dollars every year. Annual echo and holter every year starting at age 2-3...that can run, at the LOW end, a few hundred dollars, and that's if you have a club offering low cost echos. If not, you could easily be at $1k for that. I pay about $175 a month for pet insurance for both of my dogs.
That's not even starting to look at the cost of training classes, and you definitely need to have a Doberman in training...my classes are $150 for six weeks....
I'm not trying to be a downer, I'm just trying to be realistic about the cost of ownership. Do people do it cheaper? Sure. But I so often see people that run into issues because they were very surprised at the costs of dog "stuff."
As others have said, the purchase price of your pup (or adult, or...) is really only a very small part of the cost of owning dogs. I have a spreadsheet that adds up my costs every year, and...it can be a little shocking!
Edited to add - I know you've had a bad experience with rescue before, and I certainly understand that. There are a lot of bad rescues and shelters out there. However, there are also some very good ones, too. If you want to give us your general location, there might be some folks that could connect you with a good rescue. My suggestion there would not be necessarily to go right to the adoption route, but maybe consider fostering - that could give you some of the experience of having a Dobe in your life without the long term commitment. A good rescue would work with you to set parameters - no dogs with "issues" that you can't work with/live with, etc.
Best of luck to you.
Richter & Sypha
Glengate's Mountain Fortress CAA ORT L1E L1C NW2 L2V L2I ACT1 RATI SOG WAC
& Sirai's Golden Masquerade ORT L1V L1E L2C L2I NW2 RATI SOG DOG TKN WAC
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Last edited by MeadowCat; 07-30-2019 at 10:50 AM.