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Hello,
this is my first post. I was the doberdad of a lovely black and tan boy for nearly 7 years that was the love of my life. Unfortunately he passed away tragically from an inoperable tumor that I could do nothing about. After a few years of mourning and coming to grips with what happened I feel I am ready to fill the void he left, and am in a place again where I can dedicate my time 24/7 to his training. I did not know enough about dobes when I got him(though I thought I did), and although he was a great euro dobe with titled Schutzhund parents, I had no idea about DNA testing, holter etc. at the time. I am looking for a breeder that emphasises longevity as I want to avoid the nightmare we went through with my sweet boy as best I can.

I am aware of the DPCA | The Doberman | Breeder Referral list. However most of the breeders sites are lacking info, or haven't been updated for years. I know this site has the foremost dobe experts, and I have learned a ton lurking here for years. I would like my dog to be bred for longevity, as well as temperament and working ability. He will be trained in tracking and a volunteer search and rescue dog with light use, but will be a snuggle dobe/dobe ambassador the rest of the time. Any personal referrals would be much appreciated.

It's been 4 years and I still can't even think about him without completely losing it.
Rest in peace Norman my sweet sweet boy. I will never forget you, nor will anyone who knew you.

 

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Welcome to DT. Can't offer advice on breeders as I live outside the US, but there are lots of knowledgeable people on here. Would love to see a pic of your Norman if you feel like sharing.
 

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Welcome! The DPCA has some of the best breeders located in Oregon and Washington.

Several members here have purchased from Foxfire Dobermans.
Others on the DPCA breeders list are still active and available to research.
 

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OK.... The Pacific NW has way more than its share of very responsible Doberman breeders.

That being said.... Anyone that knows me, understands that I am a one trick pony. Our last three boys have come from Foxfire. My youngest (just turned 3yo) Is truly the best dog we have ever owned.

Here is their website: Foxfire Dobermans - Breeder-Owner of AKC Top Producing Doberman Pinschers

If you like what you see. Reach out.

John
Portland OR

BTW.... Welcome!
 

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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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Thanks for the info! Here is Norman.

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I completely understand how you feel. The dobe I have is my first, and he is the light of my life, too. I’ve had him for 9 years this month. We rescued him from a shelter in Denver in September of 2009, and he was already a young adult dog, though we have no idea exactly how old. He was just diagnosed with a nerve root tumor, and he is getting progressively more lame in his front left leg, and it’s breaking my heart. We have very little time left with my best boy. Your Norman is an absolute beautiful beast, and I can completely understand how it could leave you so devastated to lose him. Please keep us posted if you decide to purchase a pup from a breeder. I would love to see pics of your Doberpup!
 
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