Iíve been reaching out to local Texas breeders such as: Double J Doberman, Stellar Donberman, Sullys.
Iím looking for a companion dog who I can work here an there at local working clubs.
I have considered importing so any recommendations would be great. The reason why itís taken me so long is because there was times I felt I was a good time to bring a dobe into the family but ultimately decided not to. I just purchased my new home and I feel Iím finally at the perfect time to add a fur baby to the family.
I totally understand wanting to wait until the right time to bring home a pup. Nothing wrong with planning and being careful.
I've only briefly glanced over the sites of those breeders. Most of the dogs look bulky, they appear to be mostly untitled (there are some IABCA titles, which honestly aren't worth anything), and the health testing ranges from okay on some dogs, to spotty, to non-existent.
For me, personally, health testing is a major sticking point. There are some serious health problems in the Doberman breed. If I'm going to give someone money for a dog, I expect full and current health testing. Its not a guarantee of anything, but it does tell me the breeder is at least aware of health issues in the breed and they're trying to be transparent with puppy buyers about what's in their lines and what they're producing.
Also, I think if you want a Dobe who is primarily a companion but who you can dabble in IGP with, you can certainly find what you're looking for in the US. Really, for most of us who are primarily pet homes but involved in competitive sports with our dogs, we can find a good Doberman here in the US.
I've glanced over the breeders' sites you mentioned and I'm curious why you've picked those three breeders specifically. What are their strengths? What do they offer that check the right boxes for you?
Are they working and titling their dogs in sports? That's something I would be looking for if I wanted a potential sport prospect. Even if I just wanted a pup/dog to learn with, I would want to see a pedigree with dogs who have achieved titles in areas of interest to me.
IGP is a challenging sport. It really isn't enough just for a dog to be a Doberman. You'll want a pup out of proven parents and pedigrees. And the parents and pedigrees will be "proven" through the titles on the breeding dogs. Even if you think you want to dabble, I would encourage you to get a pup from proven parents / lines. Honestly, its not much fun to dabble in a sport with a dog who can't handle it. The only thing you will learn from that experience is that you need a dog who has some aptitude even just to dabble. You don't need a guaranteed podium dog but you will want a dog with some
kind of potential to try it out and learn with them.
I would also encourage you to reach out to your local working club(s) and meet people first. Go to some training events if you can. See how they work the dogs. Start learning now. Its fine to dabble and many clubs will accommodate that but some are less accommodating.
Also, by getting familiar with the sport and a specific club in advance of having a pup, it might help you better estimate how involved you might end up wanting to be in the sport. Because if you find a club you like and you really like the sport, that might change your "wants" in a pup. You might end up wanting a more promising sport dog rather than a dabbling dog, which might narrow your search to a more specific subset of breeders. Or you might realize you're not that into sport and then that will open up more possibilities of lines and breeders for you to consider.
Picking a breeder is a personal decision. There are things that I might really care about that you don't, and vice versa. That's fine. But I do think its important to carefully consider what you want and how the breeders and lines match up to that. It would suck to have waited for so long to get the dog you want, and then to end up with a dog who isn't a good fit and/or from a breeder who turns out to be a snake oil salesman.
For more targeted feedback on trustworthy breeders producing Dobes who can dabble in working sport, you might want to reach out to Artemis or Rosamburg here on the forum. I don't think Rosamburg is on much but I know Artemis pops on every now and then. You might send them each a PM and ask for some breeder recommendations. I'd trust either one of their recommendations.