We really appreciate all of your answers - we're getting a real education!
Where we live, for the past couple of years, it seems ALL the breeders are taking a percentage of the cost, I guess you'd say a downpayment, for the next litter BEFORE the dam gets pregnant. So we're kind of a captive audience - that's why it took so long for us to find another available planned litter of pups.
The first Doberman pup we got about 6 years ago, we found on the internet and called the breeders. They were all 9 weeks old, it was a litter of 12, and they were all black and tan. We met the people at their home, 4 hours away, and were told which pups were available (we had a choice of 9 pups). When we went inside their gigantic kennel they (the pups) all untied our sneakers - they were really cute
! Then one just came over to us and sat right next to my husband. He was beautiful! So we got to play with him and asked if we could have him - he seemed to have picked us! He had no problems and was absolutely gentle, loving and gorgeous. BUT We lost him, last November. I spoke to you guys about that as we were going through it and you were all so wonderfully understanding. We still thank you all for that.
But now, things have changed throughout the state, and we figure there must be an extremely large demand for Dobermans. I grew up with a best friend whose family bred Dobies, and one of them went with us wherever we went as young kids. He was like a best friend. So now we have our own but she can use a friend. We play with her all day and she's never home alone.
I do have to say that these breeders have absolutely NO complaints that we can find on the internet. That's why we went with them. We also said we wanted a male, black and tan, or red. This litter had both colors. That's probably why they were giving certain males to certain people.
So that is the way it is here. We have to say we really love the education you're giving us and appreciate your input. We are getting daily pix and will be visiting the pups soon. We're 2 1/2 hours away from them but cannot find any others in the state. My husband did meet with the breeders and liked them and the dogs very much. We're just not used to all the changes, including the ability to adopt a pup, right now.