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Hello!

I am new here and joined because I have been doing my research on Dobermans. My sister is IN LOVE with the breed and everything about them. I really want to get her one for her birthday (which is in September) or for Christmas, because she is in need of a companion in life, and a dobe would be perfect for her.

I am in Washington state, and I guess I was wondering if there are reputable breeders in the area. I have looked around, and found a LOT, and I was curious as to who you guys have gotten puppies from or who you know breeds good puppies. My sister will not be using the puppy as a breeder or in shows, but a companion to go through life with. We are a camping family, love to hike and do outdoor things. I have a chihuahua and a cat of my own, and many of the other family members have dogs of their own. We are a dog loving family.

Thanks so much for any help or advice!
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Can’t give you advice about where to go--but make sure she REALLY wants a dobe puppy right now; don’t just assume that she’d like one because she talks about it. Surprising someone with a puppy often doesn’t work out. And take her with you to pick out the puppy, PLEASE!

You can do something like what I did with my daughter. I knew she wanted to get a cat from the shelter. I made her a “get out of jail free” Christmas card; I printed a picture of a cat on the cover, and put a note on the inside that I would pay the adoption fee. And I took her to the shelter to pick one out so she could get EXACTLY what she wanted. She also had the fun of picking out things for the cat--toys and a bed, and also those necessities like food and cat litter. She got a chance to plan and be totally ready BEFORE she brought a cat home.
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Can’t give you advice about where to go--but make sure she REALLY wants a dobe puppy right now; don’t just assume that she’d like one because she talks about it. Surprising someone with a puppy often doesn’t work out. And take her with you to pick out the puppy, PLEASE!

You can do something like what I did with my daughter. I knew she wanted to get a cat from the shelter. I made her a “get out of jail free” Christmas card; I printed a picture of a cat on the cover, and put a note on the inside that I would pay the adoption fee. And I took her to the shelter to pick one out so she could get EXACTLY what she wanted. She also had the fun of picking out things for the cat--toys and a bed, and also those necessities like food and cat litter. She got a chance to plan and be totally ready BEFORE she brought a cat home.
Oh yes, her and I have talked about it multiple times. She for sure wants a dobe puppy. But I really do like the idea of the "get out of jail free" card, I might use that! Thank you!
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There are some excellent Doberman breeders in your area. Have you checked DPCA?
If you are willing to travel, also in Oregon, Northern California and Northern Idaho.

And, welcome to DT from Utah.

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Welcome to DT! What a loving and generous sibling you are!

It might be a good idea to have a "game plan" for this as I don't think most reputable breeders will sell a puppy on the pretense that it is a gift for someone else who doesn't live with you. They will want to interview the potential owner etc. to be sure that person is the right fit for one of their pups. Mel's suggestion for a get out of jail free card is a good one- or if you are wanting to buy the puppy for your sister (which could be $2000-3000 from a breeder) you could set up a savings account for her and contribute the amount you want to into that account. Remember the training, toys, vet visits etc. area also expensive for a growing pup.

If a puppy is too expensive you might consider working with your sister to adopt an adult dog from a doberman rescue group- Surprise her and bring her to an adoption event one weekend where she can meet adoptable dogs and you can tell her you will pay the adoption fee if and when she finds the right dog. Rescues do sometimes have older puppies.
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Keeping in mind the excellent advice you've already gotten about buying and picking out a puppy as a gift for someone else and how breeders feel about that idea. Washington State has some top notch breeders.

I'd certainly talk to Kim Owen (Ravensown/KO Dobermans, Granite Falls, Washington); Emerald Dobermans (Cathy Ceely, Yelm, Washington; Sherluck (Fay and Gary Strauss, Kent, Washington); Electron Dobermans (Tammy Markey, South Prairie, Washington); Starlaine Dobermans (Elaine Hopper, Renton, Washington); Wyndem Dobermans (Mary Leahy, Brush Prairie, Washington).

I would be happy to choose of puppy from any of these breeders but none of them breed often and I would think all of them would have waiting lists--talking to them in advance would give you and your sister a chance to get to know them and meet their dogs and get an idea of one of them would be "right" for your sister--the good breeders tend to remain in the life of their puppies and are more than helpful to a new (and even not so new owners).

Oregon also has exceptionally good breeders to check out--Foxfire (Michelle Santana, Wolf Creek, Oregon; Heartwood (Juanita Fagan, Talent, Oregon);Rogue River Dobermans (Susan Weitz Lyter, Grants Pass, Oregon); Windermere Dobermans (Katherine Hinds, Central Point, Oregon).

Another group I'd be happy to get a puppy from if they had what I was looking for.

All of these are show (conformation) breeders but check out the sticky "Do I want a pet or a showdog?) In every litter bred hoping for show prospects a breeder might get one, two or three puppies that would be considered show prospects. The rest of the litter will be better than average pets and most of the world would never be able to tell which puppies were which--but the breeders can and it's why they've done things like health testing and why they can tell you about the dogs behind this litter of puppies.

Good luck...
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