sadder but wiser girl
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Dog Canyon
Dogs Name: Odie & Reyna; RIP precious Annie; RIP beloved Alex & Melody, Rocky baby & darling Willie
Titles: Annie - my angel; Odie - golden boy; Reyna - fruit bat
Dogs Age: b 1/13/13; b 3/13/14; b 7/10/09 - d 1/4/16
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If you find any breeder who has puppies on the ground, or has a litter "due any day", and they aren't already all spoken for, then chances are those are not great breeders. Responsible breeding means not only earning conformation accolades, but also challenging the dogs to accomplish things that show their drive, work ethic, intelligence and focus. So you will find a lot of people have their Dobes certified in agility, barn hunt, obedience, therapy/Canine Good Citizen, etc. Some even have obtained herding certification! There's very little a Dobe can't do.
But also, people who breed responsibly are going to be very careful about choosing a complementary mate, knowing the lineage of both dogs, and have thorough health testing done. Since it has become so tragically common for Dobes to die young, often people will wait until their dogs are at least 3 years old, and keep an eye on the health of the parents, even grandparents, to get a good sense of the longevity in the lines.
Because these people are truly working to revitalize the breed, they don't breed often (some only breed their female 2 or 3 times, period) - they want to see how their pairings work out, and usually will only place their puppies with people who are experienced, who they know or come with excellent references. Many avid Doberman lovers will wait 2 or 3 years just to have a puppy from a specific breeder, or line.
Have you ever considered rescue? Dobe rescuers are an incredible lot - they spend a lot of time with the rescued dogs, evaluate their temperament, socialize them, and look for very stable and loving homes to adopt them into. If you are new to the breed, you might consider adopting (these dogs can range from puppies who are dumped by people who had no idea how to raise a dog, to strays, to old dogs needing hospice love but were given up by people who didn't want to love an old dog). You have some great rescues in Florida. It's worth considering.
their pawprints in our hearts never fade