Old thread, but I didn't saw it before. First of all, I am sorry because of your bad experience. I think that it is not correct to place subject "Don't get puppies from Serbia"
because of only one bad experience. This is a huge forum, and I didn't saw that anybody else had bad experience about a dog from Serbia. I do not know breeder personally, but we have a bad breeders (and people generally) all around the world. Don't we?
Now, I will try to explain what is really happened, based on my opinion.
You wanted a puppy of 2,5 months. Puppy can be vaccinated against rabies at 3 months. (because of vaccine aggressiveness to immune system) Titer test can be done at least 30 days after vaccination. And how do you expect to transport puppy internationally at 2,5 months? I believe that you was informed in advance that puppy will travel with fake Bulgarian passport, and the worse of all, with microchip, matching with this passport.
What is actually going on? We have proven dogs and breeders of Dobermans in Serbia, without a doubt. I do not want to advertise mine or anybody else dogs, but I had many of queries from USA about my puppies. And when I explain that price of puppy is only $XX, and "shipping" is $YYY, All of them are asked for a cheaper solution.
What is actually means cheaper? Cheaper is to send a puppy with somebody who will drive it by van (couple of dogs) to another destination in Europe. Then he deliver it to another person which collecting dogs from different countries from Europe, and send them to couple of another different location in Europe. (France, UK, Hungary...) Because of cheaper shipping rates, from certain countries, to USA or another country.
This all means that puppy spent about 7-10 days (who know where and how) and finally fly in dark and cold cargo space in the plane. Why? Because of $200-400USD.
Now, how can anybody be shore that puppy didn't broke its leg in this whole messy transportation?
Lets elaborate this solution:
Roundtrip air ticket from New York to Belgrade is about 380EUR. (Google for it) Almost all breeders here will wait you at the airport and try to provide you free accommodation for few days. Or really cheap, about $10-15 per night. Come here, to se one beautiful country with great history, and even greater nature. Meet the breeder, meet his family, meet the puppy parents, choose the puppy or LET THEM TO CHOOSE YOU! Than, hug your new baby, your new best friend and take him (her) home. Why this is so complicated?
Paperwork for export is about 400 USD. REGUALAR PAPERWORK! Transport box or cage is about $100. Additional costs for dog (4 moths Doberman size dog) is about 100 more.
Another solution, try to arrange transport by yourself. There are so many agencies around the world.
Summary: If you want a puppy which predecessors are world champions, and have big plans with them, do something to be shore that you really got what you are looking for.
And please, do not place a subject "Don't get puppies from Serbia". Most of us are not breeders which only counting puppies and money, most of us have this wonderful dogs because of love, living with them, playing with them, with their puppies. www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAQ9lB1SKAY