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Welcome to DT, also from Colorado!
If you're looking for a possible therapy dog, I'm *assuming* you're looking for a reasonably calm and stable, sturdy guy. And like you said, there are a lot of gimmicky Euro "breeders" out there you'd want to stay away from. Sometimes too, the folks who are good reputable Euro breeders are looking more to produce a working type who is high energy and a driven sort of dog, who may be a little more than the average person (especially someone who is new to the breed) is prepared to deal with. Euro lines aren't really any healthier than American lines either--the major health problems facing the dobe community today (especially DCM) are present in all dobe bloodlines.
I'm thinking you might do better to look to a breeder who is focusing on steady temperaments that fit into your more typical dog owner's life--with a good dobe temperament but not quite as "gotta work, gotta work, gotta work" as a high energy "working dobe" can be. That may mean that you need to consider the breeders of "American" show bloodlines too. A reputable breeder both here in America and in Europe, prioritizes health and good temperaments, proper size and bone development--I think you can find what you're looking for in American bloodlines too, with less chance of running into one of those "out to make a buck" folks who are unscrupulously marketing the latest fad dog...the dobe with a "Euro" label.
Last edited by melbrod; 02-11-2019 at 12:48 PM.