Good morning all as it is 12:30am here I am constantly on the hunt for Doberman information. I’d like to start off by introducing myself to the group as a newbie to the wide world of Dobermans. For the past 3 months I have been in and out of countless pages of the Internet researching everything from bloodlines, health conditions, trainings and everything in between. As well as looking into what it would take to one day acquire our very own family Doberman. I have a Fiancé that is just as eager as I am to find the right “fit” for us and the 4 kids that we have living with us. That being said when I started this journey I had no idea the time it would take to narrow down what we wanted. Not as simple as walking into your local pet shop and pointing. then once that was done actually finding the right breeder to fit our needs. Needless to say 3 months into it and sometimes I feel like we are no closer than the day we started. I have come to these forums for a little bit of guidance and possibly someone to steer us in the right direction. To give a better idea of what we are looking for is firstly our new pup has to be family oriented. As I said before we have a large family and socializing is key. We frequent family gatherings and everyone in the family has their own pet that joins the party. American bull terrier, border collie, and lab. So getting along with other people and animals is important to keeping that family bond. Second, health is a big concern for us as well. What good is the most beautiful Doberman in the world if It had health conditions at age 3 and passes away. This is a future family member, not a work slave for us so health testing and temperament are high qualities. As far as looks go we both like the slightly bigger bulk that might come with the Euro lines. We realize that a true “euro” line comes with both parents being true European in breeding as well as having had some certs in areas such as IPO. So to keep it easy we are looking for the “look” of European not a true Euro. The smaller slender show dogs don’t really appeal to us as much. I would love a dog that has a drive because I was once a border collie owner and we did sport frisbee type of activities and took him on my outings of playing disc golf. Loved the obedience side of the training as well. So family/mildly active working “euro” bloodline is what we are after. The more I look into trainings the more fun I think it would be to get into tracking, dock diving, etc...We always want the option to be there one day that could allow us to breed our own line for others to enjoy so Full registration is a must. If we decide not to breed then we shall have it fixed and be a living part of our family for life. We are looking for a female to start and while not of the highest priority, we are looking for red to be the preferable color. I along with my fiancé have searched for months now like I said and have not really come up with any candidates within our own state of Louisiana that give us that warm fuzzy feeling to say ok, you’re our breeder. So we started looking out in neighboring states like Texas Arkansas and Mississippi. We’ve had better luck, however nothing that really popped out. I’m sure there are some out there that are just harder to find but without the connections we continue to hit dead ends. We are now considering reaching out even further and making a road trip to make the pickup if need be and being just another excuse to have a family outing on the road possibly seeing new places. We have come across a hand full of scammers already which is really quite sad but hey, it’s the world we live in I guess. I trust that a community forum like this would weed them out and I’m looking for anyone that might give us some help with finding our future pup. I think we now realize that the pup hunt adventure we began will be longer than anticipated and being picky is just part of the process. Because after all the good of the breed is what’s important in the end. So again, thanks for taking the time to read this post and any help would be greatly appreciated.