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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She's a cutie and I LOVE her name! Welcome to the forum.
Even though it's uncomfortable to address, a less than reputable breeder has left the serious health issue of ear cropping up to you, a novice puppy buyer. That means it is highly likely that many other important breeding concerns, such as appropriate health testing of the parents, were completely ignored by this backyard breeder.
My advise, speaking from a $14,000 perspective of money spent thus far on emergency medical care for my three year old, is to buy pet insurance ASAP! Although my boy Boon does not have any genetic issues identified and came from an extremely reputable breeder, he's had more than 12 emergency room visits and hospitalizations – nobody can get into trouble like a Doberman can.
All Doberman owners should prepare for the possibility of required treatment for genetic health issues, we know that about our breed. In your case, when you purchased a puppy from a less than reputable breeder, your chances of future health problems were greatly increased.
It's just a fact – your breeder did not bother to get an experienced veterinarian to crop the litter. Unlike reputable breeders, she did not do any crop aftercare for the litter. Based on that, I would bet a good amount that she also did not properly health test the parents or research the pedigree for the potential health issues she may have been creating in the match-up of that particular dam and sire. I'd also bet money that the cross she decided on was based entirely on availability; that is, she had a live reproductively intact female and there was a live, reproductively intact male Doberman easily available. Bloodlines, health status, none of that likely mattered or was considered prior to allowing the two dogs to mate.
So, you'll love your sweet, adorable, bouncy, mouthy puppy, of course you will, but it's also wise to invest in pet insurance and start a rainy day fund. Just makes sense.
Hope you don't take this information negatively as I don't mean any of it to be personally against you or your puppy. It's just that we get frustrated here seeing so many litters produced under less than reputable conditions and the fallout being the future health of the puppies.