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Help me select a reputable breeder

I am looking to tap into the wealth of knowledge you guys have to offer. I'm looking for a Doberman puppy from a reputable breeder that would be a good fit with my family and lifestyle. I have owned Dobermans before in the early to mid 2000s and love the breed. Have been without a dog for the past 10+ years and can't think of owning any other breed other than a Doberman

I am looking to move to Montana in the next few months (currently in Chicago) and need a puppy/breeder that will fit the following criteria and thrive in the following intended activities:

-Health testing is a must (what is considered bare minimum vs standard vs above and beyond?)
-Stable and confident temperament
-Not an overly hard headed dog who will fight everyone including the handler
-Not shy and anxious either (my sister had a dobe that had some separation anxiety issues and was generally fearful of new situations)
-Dog will be an indoor dog/family member
-Stay at home wife, no kids yet but definitely in the future
-Will be going out on weekends for trail runs, mountain bike rides, long hikes up to 10 miles with 2000' elevation gain, overnight camping, etc.
-Will do obedience training
-Will de extensive socializing at dog parks, around downtown, friends house, campgrounds, trails, etc.
-May consider doing Schutzhund/IPO if the opportunity presents itself but unsure at this time
-Will not be a show dog
-Will plan to crop and dock

-From an aesthetics standpoint, I'm not a huge fan of the very slender bird like necks and very slim and pointy faces of some of the show lines. Also NOT looking for massive "blocky" (overweight) dogs. Middle of the road with nice wedge shaped neck is what I'm looking for, 80-85lb male or 70-75lb female. No preference for american vs euro as long as it meets the above criteria.

I would love to hear your thoughts and recommendations. I would be willing to drive 8-10hrs from Chicago between now and august. Once I move to Montana I will be visiting family in California in August/Sept and driving back to Montana, I would be able to make a stop between those 2 places.

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Hi Montana! And welcome From the Pacific NW.

We have many fine breeders here in the Pacific NW. The breeder of our last 3 boys is one. She lives in SW Oregon just North of Grants Pass, right above the California border. The dogs are titled and extensively health tested. And I personally find Foxfire dogs beautiful. All mine have had wonderful temperaments. All Foxfire dogs are sent home cropped and docked. My 3 have had very nice crops.

Just for reference and a starting point here is their Website:

Foxfire Dobermans - Breeder-Owner of AKC Top Producing Doberman Pinschers

Michelle is also on Facebook:

The bitch on the top right corner of their Homepage is GCH Foxfire's She's All That "Jewelia". She is the dam of our current youngest (5 1/2 yo). The sire of our senior (10 1/2 yo) is CH Foxfire All Star "Jet". You can find him on his link on the Foxfire website.

I have been thinking about a new pup myself recently! LOL

Good luck in your search

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I would check out Protea, in Nebraska. She fully health tests, and goes above and beyond in terms of raising her puppies, using Puppy Culture and Avidog protocols.
Helia is extremely generous, in general, she's a relatively new breeder but she is already minded in selecting for health and longevity and breeding for a reduced COI and increased diversity, while maintaining structure and temperament.
Her first litter is a litter over a year old now and she just had a repeat, although I believe all pups are spoken for.
She is definitely worth contacting and getting on a waitlist for, I believe she will have the physical type you want, as well as the temperament you seek. She also has Julie Stade from BJF in her corner helping her out and giving her advice.

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