Looking for a breeder!
Longtime lurker, new poster here. I'd like to apologize in advance for the length of this post.
A little about myself...
I am married, and my husband and I have built a modest home with several acres that we plan on moving to in a couple months in the East Tennessee area. The doberman is a dream dog for me, and while I've always known that owning one would be inevitable, and I've been researching the breed and breeders actively for two years, I recently decided that I am ready to welcome a doberman into my life. Allow me to clarify that when I say "now" I mean that I am ready to actively begin looking, and I'd like to clarify that I am endlessly patient and understand that this is not a rush job. I am willing to keep looking and keep waiting for the right dog and the right breeder and when those two align, there is no distance I won't travel (within the US, I have decided against importing) to meet my dog and breeder.
What I am looking for...
I'd like to tell you all that I have titled dogs and am looking for a show prospect, I'd like to tell you that I have power breed experience and need a high drive working line...
But I am neither of those things. I am looking for a dog that has a stable temperament and is within standard. I would have an interest in trying out doing scent or nose work or some type of sport in the future but for now I am confident in saying that I am looking for my constant companion. I am looking for a reputable breeder who breeds selectively and consciously. Someone who propery holters and tests dogs they plan on breeding. Not easy it seems! I understand that there is no such thing as a risk free doberman, but I believe one can stack the odds in ones favor by purchasing responsibly bred dogs!
What lifestyle do I have for my dog...
My work has me alone most of the time in my car (not actively traveling) and I would be bringing my dog with me daily. This is not a first for me as my dog of 13 years came with me every time I worked. Outside of work I live a recreational and active lifestyle. This means that while I plan on keeping my dog idle for several hours (with mini walks and potty breaks), afterwards we're headed for a good hike or engaging and physical activity. My husband works from home, so in the event that I would be going out of town, my dog would not be alone. I also plan on doing professional obedience training, not only to better my dogs behavior, but to engage him and bond with him.
Breeders I have considered so far...
Saying that "I've" considered these breeders seems pretentious because I know that as a potential owner, I am responsible for "selling" myself to be considered for puppy placement.
Protea Dobermans and Miniature Bull Terriers
I have spoken with Helia on many occasions and like how her recent litter has been turning out. She appears to health test appropriately.
I have not had any contact with Mitch besides an initial puppy questionnaire. I believe he recently had a litter. His website is skinny, but I like the pedigree of his recent litter.
In conclusion, I'd welcome any and all comments/questions/suggestions/Reccomendations. Again I am sorry for the length.
And of course, thank you all for taking the time to read and respond.
Happy Holidays to all!!!!