I live in Switzerland and am doing my 'homework' already for getting my future Dobermann.
Cropping and Docking is illegal in most western European Countries and I can therefore not import a Dog from the States that is cropped or docked ( I can't even adopt one!).
The laws are very strict here and the dog is confiscated and the owner is fined heavily. It is considered cruel here, but that is another topic.
I admit that the Dobermann looks more regal cropped, but I also have to say I LOVE the natural look and I love how the Dobermann expresses himself with the natural tail (never mind how fast he can swim with one!). Anyway as I already wrote, that is another story in itself.
The reason why I do NOT want a Dog from Germany and Switzerland is because of their Temperament. American Dobermanns are calmer and not as nervos and hyperactive. Since I want to train my next dog as a Therapy Dog, it is vital that I get a calm and even tempered dog.
I went to the Swiss National Dobermann Day last Sunday and saw many European Dobes and that was enough to convince me yet again that I definitely do not want a Dobe from a European bloodline (unless of course there is a breeder that breeds a totally different 'version' of the European Dogs).
Now my big problem is finding a reputable breeder that will sell me a dog that is 'natural eared and tailed' and of course one that takes Health testing seriously. This is proving to be VERY DIFFICULT!!!!!
Once I find the right breeder, I will visit them at least twice before choosing the puppy. I am trying to do everything correctly and taking a lot of time to do research etc. about health issues, training etc., but it is so frustrating that up to now every American Breeder that I have contacted shuts the door in my face when they hear 'natural tail'. Some even react aggressively. I just don't understand this.
PLEASE HELP!!!! :confused2
I would greatly appreciate your feedback on possible Breeders.
Thanks so much!
Greetings from Switzerland