Originally Posted by Jennifer Nomawe View Post
I am looking for a doberman line of strong health, confirmation ( original that Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann was creating) medium and muscular, not huge great dane size, smart, naturally loyal and protective for it's family. I have had dobermans off and non since the 70's. I have met dobermans that let anyone and everyone pet them, like a beagle, I don't want that, I want one that is reserved, discerning, and obedient. I will desire a pup 7-10 weeks, as I have a vet to do the ears as I desire.
I prefer Schutzhund proven ancestry.
I have a year to research so starting the process. Thank you for any input.
I desire a million dollars but that's not going to happen. May I advise you that if you approach breeders stating as you did above you won't find many that actually care about their dogs that will sell to you. All I'm hearing in the above is "I want", "I desire", basically I demand this... These puppies are OUR babies first, you need to sell yourself to me. What do you offer that makes you special enough to own one of my babies? I poured my heart, sweat, time and tears into raising and caring for the parents, and now I've done the same for the babies, don't tell me what you desire and want, tell me what you can do for my puppy.
Finding Doberman with strong health, conformation and a Schutzhund ancestry will be difficult. Trust me, this I know VERY lol. I'm constantly on the search for that unicorn. "(original that Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann was creating)" I don't even know what this means, do you? I actually know the original standard and You're not going to find that anywhere. It's not part of any current standard anywhere. Dobermans were first built to be the size of Mals and that hasn't been a thing for probably 60 years or more. Do you know what health testing you should be looking for? Do you know how to research pedigrees?
Also, if you want a dog that you likely can't take anywhere then you can find a hard core working dog. Once again I would search the UDC directory online. Masaya has great working dogs, Landgraf has wonderful dogs. Swift runs has some nice working dogs with decent temperaments. I know Savannah Langdon has a working litter on the ground. The problem is it's a slippery slope when you're looking for temperament to not get more than what you hoped for. Also, that type of temperament comes with the energy of an energizer bunny that when not worked can become very destructive. My male is a dog that's aloof to most people, not aggressive, he'll come up and sniff them but he just doesn't care. He's more protective than most. My female loves everyone. I can take her anywhere, whereas I can't take him everywhere. She's also very guarded when she needs to be, I have no doubt she will pass any temperament test and she's looking like a great IGP prospect.
In most states breeders can't sell puppies before 8 weeks. You won't likely find a breeder in conformation that will let a puppy go uncropped to be done by another vet and if they do you can bank you're getting the puppy with the most faults. It sounds like maybe you haven't owned a Doberman in a while. As suggested above, I'd go to some dog shows, meet some breeders, maybe call and talk to the breeders above. I can only go based on what you said above but it sounds like you have a lot to learn about the breed.
Good luck and be careful, there's a lot of craptastic breeders out there.