Thanks everyone! I'm glad I came to this forum prior to getting a pup. You're advice has helped me a lot! Thank you!
I'm in the same predicament as Scooby.
I've been searching for 2 years and I had run into familydobes which I then researched and found out from this site that avoiding this "breeder" would be the very best option.
I'm still currently looking since my last dog (a dalmation) was actually stolen. We had her napping outside when our gardeners decided to come and not notify us. They left the gate open and scared our dog (the lawn mower noise) and she took off. Called the shelters and put up signs but no one replied. I have a suspicion someone has kept her.
So now (about 3 years ago) I've started researching on the doberman and their health issues as well as different type of breed habits. Definitely found the breed to be incredibly fascinating.
I live in Southern California and I am willing to drive to neighboring states or even slightly further to pick up a dobe as well as talk with the owner.
I do a lot of outdoor sports so the dobe will be coming with me and I also do help out with Boy Scouts of America (On-site Medic) so there will be plenty of socializing at an early age.
I just need to know who are the surrounding breeders (preferably a euro since I really do love their look).
Here's another breeder I've found.. Spear-Bar Kennels in Tucson. I've read through their site and to my novice eye found that they are considered a "good" breeder.