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Hello, my name is Joseph. I had two dobermans growing up and I have been in love with the breed my whole life, unfortunately my last one died suddenly at a young age from cardiac issues. My wife and I are now looking for a healthy puppy, just as a family pet. I have learned a ton about the health issues dobermans tend to have, so the most important thing to us is to have a healthy puppy. Looking at reputable breeders around Southern California, I am noticing that almost all of them come from energetic/working breed lines. I know, especially from my experience, that this breed of dogs generally has a lot of energy and needs plenty of exercise/stimulation, but I don't plan to show my dog or enter into competitions, and I just want a healthy family pet that we can take out on jogs and play fetch with, then just chill at home and relax on the couch. So, my question is where can I find a healthy puppy that is not going to come from a line that is in need of constant stimulation and filled with tons of energy. I know all dobermans are energetic and need exercises, but not every doberman line is the same. Any suggestions?
 

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Yup...

Consider rolling up to the Pacific NW. Lots of wonderful breeders here.

The breeder of our last three boys is in Southern Oregon. My current youngest is healthy, happy and well socialized.I could not ask for a better Doberman. He was purchased as a pet/companion. He is 4 1/2 yo.

Traveling a few miles from home to find the right dog for you is well worth the effort.

PM me if you want my breeder's info. She is on Facebook and has a really informative website.

Best to you your search and thanks for being proactive in that search for the proper pup!

John
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Yup...

Consider rolling up to the Pacific NW. Lots of wonderful breeders here.

The breeder of our last three boys is in Southern Oregon. My current youngest is healthy, happy and well socialized.I could not ask for a better Doberman. He was purchased as a pet/companion. He is 4 1/2 yo.

Traveling a few miles from home to find the right dog for you is well worth the effort.

PM me if you want my breeder's info. She is on Facebook and has a really informative website.

Best to you your search and thanks for being proactive in that search for the proper pup!

John
Portland OR
could u give me the info?? My sister is looking and actually lives southern Oregon! So it would be perfect if she did go thru with it!! And maybe if I get another (which I’m absolutely sure I will lol) I can go thru that breeder too as I’m not seeing any really in Northern California and I actually go to organ to visit etc!
 

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And I absolutely agree with finding the right place to find a dobie.. as I’m learning a lot of what comes with I would never get one another way then thru a good breeder! Also not ever planning on showing (could change my mind someday!) just a family who wants some dobie love in our home!! We have an almost 16 week baby girl!! She’s amazing! But I have learned so much as I also have only been around Dobermans growing up but never had my own.. my grandpa always had one.. my dad and I remember puppies not sure if my grandpa breeded!! But I always remember how great they were! So happy to finally have our first!! Good luck finding the right one!
 

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I would look at Eve Auch of Irongate Dobermans. You can find her contact information on the DPCA's webpage under the Breeder Referral. I know that she has quite a few dogs on the DPCA longevity listings. I'm also going to quote Dobebug from another thread in the Breeder section here on DT:

My last five Dobes have been from Foxfire--in general there is pretty good longevity in the Foxfire lines and also, in general, health has been good. My experience has been that my dogs have been able to do anything that I had time and energy to teach them. They all start out as show dogs (conformation) and all but one was an AKC champion--and all of them had titles in performance venues (obedience, rally, agiliy) and passed the WAE (working ability) so had ROM titles as well.

So I'd certainly recommend Michelle Santana's Foxfire dogs. But Heartwood (Juanita ***an) is breeding dogs I'd certainly consider if I were looking for one--I know her dogs and she has used Foxfire in her breeding program fairly extensively.

Also in Oregon and breeders I'd consider are Susan Lyter (Rogue River Dobermans) and Katherine Hinds (Windermere Dobermans).

In Washington I'd talk to Tammy Markey (Electron Dobermans), Cathy Ceely (Emerald Dobermans), Faye and Gary Strauss (Sherluck), Elaine Hopper Starlaine Dobermans, Mary Leahy (Wyndem Dobermans) and Kim Owen (Ravensown/KO) Dobermans.

I've known all of these breeders for years and would have no qualms about getting a puppy from one of them if I were in the market for one and they had or were breeding a litter.

Good luck..some of these breeders don't breed at all frequently and all of them have waiting lists and I think all of them are still active in showing so sometimes you don't get answers instantly. If you e-mail a couple of times and don't get a response try calling instead.

And as an afterthought--not all breeders even have web sites--so don't make that any sort of criteria of whether a breeder is good or not--some unadulterated puppy mills have lovely websites which may tell you what you want to hear but doesn't necessarily mean that they are telling the truth.
 

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could u give me the info?? My sister is looking and actually lives southern Oregon! So it would be perfect if she did go thru with it!! And maybe if I get another (which I’m absolutely sure I will lol) I can go thru that breeder too as I’m not seeing any really in Northern California and I actually go to organ to visit etc!
Hi MD...

I PM'd you. Get back to me with any questions.


John
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Hi MD...

I PM'd you. Get back to me with any questions.


John
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Goodness I’m not sure how to reply haha! I try and click when in the message and nothing lol!! Thanks so much for the info! And I’ll try and reply in the message when I figure it out haha!! Instead of this thread lol 😆
 

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Welcome and congrats on doing your research!! That said, I hope you do understand that this breed is not known for being layabouts, to put it mildly! This quote gives me pause:

...that we can take out on jogs and play fetch with, then just chill at home and relax on the couch...

I have a six year old that is awake and active much of the day. He is easily bored and requires a lot of exercise to be happy. After 2 rainy days, I fear for my sanity...and my possessions. Sigh...

Seriously, this is an EXTREMELY athletic, intelligent, needy breed. They don’t like to be alone, they WILL find a way to not be bored, and you can’t take them jogging until their growth plates are closed. Many many months you are NOT going to be chilling on the couch when you come home from work.

Dobermans require a lot of training and socializing to grow up as well balanced adults. They are FULL of pizzazz and ideas you often wish they hadn’t thought of. They just aren’t easy. At all. Anybody who has one and is telling the truth will admit it.

Wonderful, intriguing, amazing, challenging, endearing, oh, my, yes. But never really easy. Just sayin’ the truth. I can’t imagine having another breed. But I’m not easy either!
 

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Thank you all for your feedback. It's quite helpful. As a previous owner of two dobermans before, I know very well that these are energetic dogs that require a lot of exercise, but I do know that some breeders tend to have high-strung lines and the word "working line" somewhat worries me (to be honest I don't even know what that really means since all dobermans are working dogs). So my concern is to avoid getting a breed from a line that's constantly restless. I'm looking for a healthy even tempered doberman, which I know will have to come from a reputable breeder. I just don't know which one.
 
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