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Hi,

I am new to this forum. I have been looking to add a show quality Doberman puppy to my family. I need some guidance on importing a puppy to USA like the process and cost associated. Buying puppy locally is costing me around $2500-$3800 but most of the breeders have imported their dogs so thought to check if I can get one too. Also I would like to know the process to register the puppy in AKC. If you knows any reputable breeder that would be really helpful as I read few of the posts and all of them were posted 5-6 years back so thought to repost and ask. Request you to please guide me through the process as I am importing the puppy for the first time.

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Show quality? Then you'll want to stick with AmBred dogs. They're the vast majority of the dogs winning in the show ring here.
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I agree if you want show quality you don't want to be importing a puppy. The prices you mention are pretty normal for a well bred puppy from health tested champion parents.
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Agreed. If you want a show quality winning puppy you'd want to get an Ambred, South American or Canadian dobe. You can find a euro that can win in the US but the odds aren't in your favor.
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I would like to ask which breeders are you looking at? Where are you located? Have you checked the DPCA?

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I am located in Tempe, AZ and I am looking at Doberman Pinscher. I did check DPCA and contacting breeders but most of them responded that their puppies are either already spoken for or they are not breeding this year.
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By AmBred do you mean American Doberman Pinscher or its a breeder? I am new to the terminology you used.
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Do you want a show dog? Or do you want a pet or performance? A little clarification would help us to make recommendations and would also help you when you contact breeders. I think you should reach out to the Desert Valley Doberman Pinscher club or Aztec DPC for a breeder referral. When you are contacting breeders remember to sell yourself! Talk about your previous dog/doberman experience, where the dog will live, what training and exercise you plan to do etc.
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By AmBred do you mean American Doberman Pinscher or its a breeder? I am new to the terminology you used.
Yes, AmBred is shorthand for American Bred.

Since you are in the US, and are interested in a show quality dog, then as mentioned, your best option would be a dog from American, Canadian, and/or South American lines. European show line dogs have a different look, and typically don't do well in AKC shows.

A lot of times, good breeder will have a waiting list of people wanting puppies, and litters are usually spoken for before they are even whelped, which is why it's important to start building a relationship with a breeder early on.


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@greenkouki I want a show dog.
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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.
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Mel gave you great advice. You need to find someone local who can mentor you with your first show dog, whether a breeder or knowledgeable fancier. It is a big commitment especially with a bitch so it's got to be something you really want to do. Expenses and handling fees could be 2-3x the purchase price of the puppy. Then there's the "life" after the dog is shown, that could involve whelping puppies or dealing with people who want to use your dog as a stud dog.
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@greenkouki I want a show dog.
There are a few reputable euro dobie breeders here in US. And I know of 1 or 2 in Europe and Canada.

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There are a few reputable euro dobie breeders here in US. And I know of 1 or 2 in Europe and Canada.

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But if the OP wants to show in the US, then they want to go with an American bred dog, as mentioned.
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