Originally Posted by Rachel Anderson View Post
We have been looking and talking about getting a dog. Narrowed it down to the American female Doberman, watched lots of videos and love them. But..... I’m scared, after reading a few posts they seem rather expensive and prone to very expensive illness.
Maybe I read a couple of the downers posts but really has me spooked .
Can someone please give me the low down.
I have heard that rescues are ok are they?
Thank you from Ohio
Dobermans are a wonderful breed, but they are not for everyone. They are an expensive breed if done right..... and way too often even when not done right. In my area (mid atlantic) the cost of a well bred Doberman from a good show breeder is around $3000 - this does include cropped ears from a really talented cropper. The upside, is that a good breeder will be there for you for the life of your dog - and maybe even beyond.
No matter what we as breeders do, this is not a healthy breed. Heart disease is in every line. We can test and research pedigrees, but it is no guarantee. At least we are trying to breed healthy dogs. Plan on either getting a good insurance policy, or plan on having enough money set by for medical emergencies.
Rescue is a good way to go - especially for a first timer. Just understand that most rescues need work to become that good dog that you want.
I would recommend that you look up some shows in your area and attend - talk to Doberman people. www.infodog.com
is a good place to find shows - about a week before the show, the judging program comes out with the ring number and time for each breed. You want to show up at least 1/2 hour before the ring time. Some people are not super friendly, but there is usually someone who is willing to talk to you and explain what is going on.
Mary Jo Ansel
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