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Have you shown before? A good first step might to be form a relationship with a breeder who shows their dogs. They can tell you about the show process and give you an idea what kinds of things to look for in a show quality dobermans, and whether a particular puppy you are looking at may do well in the show ring. There are unfortunately a lot of unscrupulous breeders out there who will tell you their dogs are show quality, when they aren't even remotely the kind of dog who will do well in AKC shows. So you really need to know a lot about what to look for.
If you want a good quality dog that you can show successfully you need to be looking at parents who have titles themselves. Some disreputable breeders will say things like "champion bloodlines!" When you look at the pedigree, yup, there may be one or two champions back there in the fourth or fifth generation. That's not good enough—you want to see titles in all or most of the dogs starting with the puppy's parents and going all of the way back. Or at least hear VERY good reasons about why a particular dog was not shown.
If you are new or unknown to reputable breeders in the show world, you may find that they are unlikely to sell you their best puppies, because they want those puppies to go to someone who they know will definitely show the dog to his fullest potential.
Last edited by melbrod; 07-16-2020 at 05:06 PM.