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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.