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Hello everyone! We are hoping to buy a Doberman puppy in a few months and was looking for some advice regarding where to purchase from? We’ve never had a dog before but as our two boys are now 8 and 12, feel more confident that we will be able to dedicate the time to a new addition. We have a large garden backing onto a field and parks very close by which we hope will enable us to socialise the puppy adequately. Hope to hear from all the great owners on hear as we are a little nervous! Thanks.
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Welcome to DT from Oklahoma.

Have you had Dobes before? If so, where did you get them? I am the nosy neighbor wannabe around here.



Forgot to say I have been Doberless for about 4-5 years now.
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HI! Welcome to DT from Colorado!!

What is it about dobes that attracts you? Do you know anyone who has one...I mean, have you gotten to know any dobes personally? I'm wondering what you're looking for in a dog.

Whereabouts are you? How far would you be willing to travel to find a good breeder?
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Welcome to dt. Where are you located?
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Hi Nasman! And welcome from the Pacific NW...

So... what a few others have asked:

Are your familiar with Dobermans? They are a bit of a breed apart, requiring much more attention than many other breeds. (Especially as puppies).

Me, having owned Dobes since 1974, I equate "dog" with Dobe male. LOL.

They are my breed for life, yet, they are not for everyone.

Do your research. Make sure this is the breed that you are willing to dedicate the time and $$$ to. If you decide this is the breed for you, please purchase your baby from a recommended (reputable) breeder who titles and health tests. One with whom you can develop a good relationship with. This is very important.

What part of the country (world) do you reside in?

Edit to say: Again. Nice to have you here

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Welcome from Florida.......lets see.......life with a Doberman......
So you have 2 children that are reaching maturity......so when you get a Doberman puppy.......you have just brought a newborn into your home.
Pups....like babies can cause interruption in your sleep patterns........and you have to puppy proof your home to keep them out of trouble and prevent them from developing bad habits. And return to getting up at night to so they can take care of business so to speak.
Theses dogs get big and are powerful.....so everyone in your home and in contact with your dog would have to obey your established training rules. If one Human is breaking the rules that sets you back in training......so your have to think about that with your kids and their friends that might be visiting your home. If you want no dog on the couch.......everyone must adhere to that rule or the dog will be confused .
Yes......Reputable breeders are important but even with all the testing and everything they do to ensure the dogs they are breeding together are healthy.......the pups they produce can still have some health issues. So do your homework and make sure financially you are prepared in the event something does happen down the road with your new pup. Many of us carry health insurance just in case. Looking for ward to more posts from you during your search.
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Welcome 78 from Indiana ! Lots of good questions and advise from the above posters on here !

First off - get off on the right foot - like the others said - get your pup from a reputable breeder ! If you decide on a dober - you will not pick it up no sooner than 8 weeks - some will keep them longer - anybody that weans them before and have you pick them up before - like 4 weeks or so - RUN !

The most important thing is a good fenced in area ! I don't know any good breeder that would let there pup's go to a new home without one - Like a chain link fence works good - and they will cost some good money to put one in - for example - ours is a very good size - ( Sorry - can't remember the true size }- but that cost 5 grand back many years ago .

Di said it right - they are just like kids ! lol They all have a different personality .

The world famous Dobershark ! This is were they go threw teething - them little puppy teeth are very sharp ! Everything is fair game too ! Tags on pillows - on beds , toys - and on YOU are game on ! This goes away when they get there adult teeth - but them weeks before will be hell - lol Trust me !

I'm not big on dog parks - period

As John said - Dobermans not only need attention - they demand it - lol Example - as I type - Mr. Business is laying across my lap and Ali is laying next to me - taking her nose and bumping my elbow = wanting rubs - lol this is not all the time but they sure like to be close to yeah . I would never change that -

They are beyond smart ! And figure things out quick - good and bad - OB is a great way to start off with your new Dober pup .

They are in a league of there own - If you do decide to get one - you will then understand .

Our motto here is --- Where one goes --- we all go - This too you will learn if you get one .

I know I'm being bias here - But they are the best thing to happen to us - But like John said - they are not for everybody - Patience is a big key - lots of love - did I say lots of patience ? lol Time set in to train - to let them out for potty breaks - In the end - you will be rewarded with more Love than you though possible in life - again - you will understand what I'm saying , if you get one !

I think for your first time dog - you really need to read as many posts on here as you can -concerning health - training - general problems and most important - jump in here and ask questions ! Many - Many great posters on here - covering training - health - and day to day advise .

Best of luck in your path for a pup .

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Welcome!

Good for you for doing your research first. I think it is a really good first step to go and actually meet some Dobermans in person if you aren't super familiar with the breed. This is a great time of year to start going to dog shows - that's a wonderful place to meet the dogs, and the breeders/owners. You can talk to them about their dogs, what it's like to live with them, figure out which breeders might be a good fit for you.

If you give us a general location, we can help you find some shows to attend.
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Welcome from Florida.......lets see.......life with a Doberman......
So you have 2 children that are reaching maturity......so when you get a Doberman puppy.......you have just brought a newborn into your home.
Pups....like babies can cause interruption in your sleep patterns........and you have to puppy proof your home to keep them out of trouble and prevent them from developing bad habits. And return to getting up at night to so they can take care of business so to speak.
Theses dogs get big and are powerful.....so everyone in your home and in contact with your dog would have to obey your established training rules. If one Human is breaking the rules that sets you back in training......so your have to think about that with your kids and their friends that might be visiting your home. If you want no dog on the couch.......everyone must adhere to that rule or the dog will be confused .
Yes......Reputable breeders are important but even with all the testing and everything they do to ensure the dogs they are breeding together are healthy.......the pups they produce can still have some health issues. So do your homework and make sure financially you are prepared in the event something does happen down the road with your new pup. Many of us carry health insurance just in case. Looking for ward to more posts from you during your search.

Well said, Di!

Except in my case, dogs each have their own couch and the cats sleep wherever they want. (Kitchen floor safe place for cats. Kitchen counters, not so much)

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Well said, Di!

Except in my case, dogs each have their own couch and the cats sleep wherever they want. (Kitchen floor safe place for cats. Kitchen counters, not so much)


Such a good Mom..........
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