The DPCA breeder referral is a good starting place, although not all good breeders are on there, and, of course, not all the breeders on there are going to meet everyone's standards.
I'd suggest starting to "network" with some of the good breeders in the surrounding states. In Michigan you have breeders like Melrae (https://dpca.org/breed/breeder-referral/
). I know she had a litter fairly recently, so she may not have puppies but she's always been very easy to talk to and might be able to connect you with some other good breeders. You also have Gorrmae (Home
). Andria Carpenter is in Michigan and, I believe, co-breeds with Melissa of Melrae (she is Andella Dobermans). There are quite a few others in Michigan - Lyndobe (Blank
), Bolero (https://bolerodobes.com/
Good breeders in Wisconsin and Illinois, too, quite a few. Off the top of my head, Element (https://elementdobermans.com/
), A list (http://www.alistkennels.net/
), MOA Dobermans (MOA Dobes, Dobermans, Chinese Cresteds, Wisconsin
), Rhady (http://www.rahdyswathrun.com/)...that's
just a few. They generally all network with each other. If you talk to one and have a good rapport, they are usually more than willing to connect you to another one who is having a litter if they are not.
Edited to add...pricing can vary, but keep in mind that the initial purchase price of a puppy is kind of just a drop in the bucket. It's well worth paying up front for a well bred puppy, because you get great breeder support, and you get a puppy that has been carefully bred for good temperament, and the best chance at health and long life. I highly recommend all Doberman owners get pet insurance. I'll never have another Doberman without it. It does cost breeders a lot to breed a nice litter. The amount they spend to do it right pays off for the owners. The few hundred dollars you save initially if you cut corners on a less well bred puppy could well come back to haunt you if you have a pup that ends up with a poor temperament or a lot of health issues. I've been there, and I won't risk it again.