I agree with others. It depends on the area of the country. It can depend on the breeding. It can depend on the pup (some breeders will charge a bit more for show quality pups than their pets, not all, but some).
But you should be able to find a well bred pup from a good breeder of NA show lines for around $3,000, give or take.
Thanks John. I was looking around Dobequest and the breeder’s dog seem to live an average of 8 years or so. Is that about standard? It seems that someone breeding for longevity would have pups living 10+ years. Is it a red flag to see a breeder’s dogs passing on at age 8?
There's going to be variation in lifespan across all dogs a breeder produces. Some dogs will live shorter, and some longer, lives than others. That's just going to happen, same as relatives in human families. However, I personally do like to see a general trend of long-lived dogs in a breeder's lines and in the pedigrees of my pups/dogs. (But what I think is "long-lived" might be different than what you do.)
This is no guarantee, of course. But its about trying to increase the likelihood that the dog you bring home will be long-lived.
For me, that means seeing a lot of longevity certified dogs on both sides of the pedigree (this is indicated by the LC-# following the registered name, where # equals the age of the dog once they've reached 10 or older). Longevity certified in Dobermans means the dog has lived to at least
10 years of age (average lifespan being ~9).
So, just my personal opinion, dogs living to 8 yrs old isn't a red flag BUT I, personally
, do not consider a trend of dogs living to 8 years old to be very long lived. Eight years old isn't even making it to the average lifespan for the breed.
You need to decide for yourself if you consider 8 yrs old old enough to be long-lived. One could certainly argue that the DPCA doesn't consider 8 long-lived since they only certify dogs for longevity at 10+ yrs old. Ultimately though, its what you decide.