Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Durham, NC
Dogs Name: Mercury's Prince of the Universe (Boon)
Titles: CFFII,NW1, NW2, NWE1, CFFIII, CFFIV
Dogs Age: 12/29/12
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As you have a baby in the house and hoping to see your family grow I would strongly advise you to do very sound research on the temperament genetics for any litter you find that interests you (from a respected, quality breeder of course). Many of the excellent breeders of the European lines focus on producing very strong working drives and this can be a huge problem for a pet owner who does not intend to work the dog in a physically demanding sport. You can find well-bred American Doberman lines with good bone if you are patient and diligent in your search. The last thing you need with young children to raise is a dog with lots of drive and no way to expend enough energy each day. It seems like you would want the "closest to couch-potato" on the spectrum of Doberman drives. You can find out a lot about the temperaments of parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles of a litter from a reputable breeder. Ask those questions, you will be glad you did!
BTW, kudos to you for doing your research BEFORE you buy a puppy!