I don't think there's anything wrong with someone in Australia wanting a cropped/docked dog. Not everyone even WANTS to try to "get used" to an all natural doberman, and that's okay.
If I were the OP, I'd talk to a few of the people who are living with cropped/docked dogs there right now, and see what their experience has been as far as pressure or negative reactions from John Q Public, etc. Denise Ball of Aegis dobermans has a c/d male imported from the US. So does Barb Alexander of Walamara dobermans.
Both of these ladies imported young adolescents, since they chose the "no quarantine in Australia" option, and went through the six month wait between rabies titer tests in the US. I think that's the best option for the dog, I agree that putting a 12 week old puppy in quarantine isn't in their best interests.
I do think it's going to be difficult to find a responsible breeder who'll be willing to sell/export a puppy to a newbie.
If nothing else, maybe the OP would be willing to compromise and purchase a docked puppy with natural ears. Maybe not the ideal to them, but at least 1/2 there. It's certainly possible to buy puppies who fall into this category in Australia.
Last edited by Murreydobe; 08-11-2011 at 03:20 PM.