So glad I found this thread. Australdi, I'm looking for a working dobe myself - one that will have the brains and substance for dog sports and am struggling to decide on a breeder. The thing is, I currently own a doberman cross, and I guess I would consider him perfect because he excels in obedience, tracking, agility and protection work, but he's also my pet and I guess I wouldn't be happy without the working ability or the companionship. For this reason, I thought Aeon Dobermanns looked good, because after speaking to her, you can tell that she's someone who values both the relationship she has with the dogs, and the fact that they're not labradors, they are dobermans and can do their original jobs. I'm wondering if perhaps the other doberman breeder you spoke to in NSW was ValleyGem? They use Von Roth's Diablo as a stud. Spoke to her too and she is lovely - she's also an ex police dog trainer so really knows her stuff. They're not having any puppies for the moment though because she's in the process of downsizing to import more European dogs.
I don't know, I'm really looking for the balanced all-round dog - intelligent, confident, good looking, protective, strong work ethics, large, loving and affectionate with his people etc etc and I've been looking for years lol.
Von Roth has a litter at the moment, but the dogs are on the smaller side. They're within standard, and very compact, stocky (powerful) dogs but I guess when you read about the dogs at Valleygem 50-60kg males that are still very agile and live to their teens, well, I guess I'm more interested in them. At Von Roth, the dog is also the half sister of the bitch and whilst I'm not totally anti-line breeding, I also prefer more balanced and varied personalities.
We have 2 dogs in our sports club, both from similar lines but one that is much more linebred than the others. He is probably the better sporting dog, but you'd need a 2nd dog if you wanted a pet (which the guy has). I am willing to sacrifice some working ability for better pet personality - we take our dog everywhere with us and would like to the same with the next one.
Have you decided on a breeder yet? At this stage I'm seriously considering Valleygem and Aeon Dobermanns.