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Hi everyone! I'm new to the doberman breed, but not new to large dogs. I had a 100 lb Weimeraner who was all muscle, but could be a little dense at times. I couldn't stand getting another Weim because it would remind me of how much I miss my buddy. So I started a researching for new breeds. I loved the doberman breed. They have great temperaments/good-natured and super intelligent.

I found a good breeder, Stonebrook Farms, and picked up my little guy this month! He just had his ears docked today at 9 weeks old. I'm excited to go pick him up and hopefully he won't hate me. :praying: His name is Axel. He has a GSD friend at home, Wendy, whom he loves to harass daily. She's finally getting a taste of her own medicine from when she was a puppy years ago!

I hope to meet some other dobie owners here so Axel can find some like-minded playmates!
 

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Welcome to DT from Central Pennsylvania! :) We have a cat named Axel and he's ROTTEN as can be! Hopefully it doesn't come with the name ;)
Haha! I hope not! I picked the name because it means "Father of Peace."

My sister just moved down here from Hershey, PA. Loved it there, especially around Christmas time in Hershey Park!
 

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Welcome from Texas and hugs to Axel.
I hope you stick around and learn all that you need.


Also, ears are cropped while tails are docked :] Just so you know.
 

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Welcome from Texas and hugs to Axel.
I hope you stick around and learn all that you need.


Also, ears are cropped while tails are docked :] Just so you know.
I'm learning already! Weims just have the docking. I'll get there soon enough and later I'll be teaching the newbies.
 

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I'm pretty certain they're just breeding for pets, which is what I wanted. I won't be breeding Axel (he'll be neutered when he's old enough). My Weim was much larger than standard, too, and he was absolutely beautiful.

He'll make a wonderful pet, but not for competing.
 

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Welcome to DT! Hope you post some pictures soon :)

This is a great thread to read to give you an idea as to the kind of breeders DT supports:
http://www.dobermantalk.com/breeding-breeders/47441-reputable-breeders-new-folks.html

Also, this link is about the health issues that this breed is plagued with (DCM being a huge killer):
http://www.dobermantalk.com/dt-educational-archive/8774-health-problems.html

Your breeder doesn't mention any health testing on their website, but I hope they are at least doing annual holters/echos on ALL breeding dogs, along with knowing the occurrences of DCM in the pedigrees of each dog (NO pedigree is free of DCM).

Hope you have a happy, healthy, long lived dog :)
 

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Welcome and congratulations on your new pup!

It's funny that you crossed over to Dobies, my mom recently lost her Dobie and couldn't stand the thought of getting another one, so she got a Weim pup she named Heidi.

I recently kept a puppy from our last Belgian Malinois litter who harasses my Dobie daily. They are the best of friends! :)

Good luck with your new addition!! Can't wait to see some pictures!

Sam
 

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Well, I've gotten several dogs before from breeders similar to this one and always had wonderful, healthy dogs. I knew this breeder wasn't breeding for standards, and I was okay with not getting a standard.

I'm kinda paying the price now, though. Axel has a carpel (sp?) something-or-another deformity where he's got that knuckling-over condition. My vet spoke with a specialist at UT today (he sent him pictures of Axel's legs). We're thinking with proper nutrition to slow down his growing and limiting types of physical activities of Axel for a little while will straighten him out without having to consider corrective surgery just yet.

After the problem presented, I called the breeder to ask about it, and I'm then told that all their dogs have this problem and always "outgrow it". I actually found an owner of one of his littermates on this forum that is going through the same thing. Both dobie parents looked GREAT. The living conditions were great. And Axel's temperament couldn't be better. At both vets offices, everyone just goes on and on about what an exceptional personality he has.

The breeder is very nice and responsive to all of my questions. Their dobes are beautiful, and it's very possible all the puppies have "outgrown" the problem. But I don't think I could recommend them to anyone, and I don't predict anyone on this forum would ever defend them.

It has been a difficult day today. Talking with the vet about doing Xrays and possibility of surgery, and it was just too much. This past fall and spring I spent at least $2500 trying to save my Weim, named Titan, from an auto-immune condition he had that was killing him. Countless Xrays and medications and treatments, giving it time. I just don't want to face all this again so soon.

Oh, and Axel has been a champion with his ears! He had to have them reposted today because they popped out of his ear, and he stayed perfectly still while they did it. He is such a good dog already.
 
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