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Thank you!I think $4k or so is pretty standard these days. What all is included in that seems to vary, though. For example, my puppy came with all testing done that could be (vWD, DCM1 & DCM2 (not necessary but I like knowing all info)), she was microchipped already, etc. Not all breeders include that, and the testing can add up. Of course the puppy should already be cropped and my breeder does the first couple weeks of ear aftercare, so my pup came home already in posts and partly crate trained. I appreciate the time and effort that takes, and factor that into cost, too.
All that said, I didn't ask cost until the week before we were going to get her because I have an excellent relationship with our breeder and knew the pup was worth whatever she cost.
If I was new to the breeder, I'd likely get a good conversation going and then ask what I should budget for the puppy and all supplies when he/she comes home. There's no shame in wanting to know that.
Good luck in your search! Feel free to ask about any breeders you're considering here, there are many excellent ones in TX!
I’ve done some research but I would be lying if I said I still didn’t feel a little ignorant as a whole to the process.AaronL, you seem to have done your research and know what you want, so my post is a little more for others who maybe aren't as knowledgeable and might read your thread. I paid $4000 for my recent puppy. As a contrast, a friend of mine bought a "Euro" byb puppy last fall for $2900. He had to get the puppy cropped. The byb's dogs are Embark tested, but no echos, no holters done on any of them. No titles, no nothing. The breeder I bought my puppy from has been active in the breed for 40 years, is very well-respected, shows and titles her dogs, has very high standards, and health tests (echos and holters), breeding above all for health, longevity and temperament. Given all that, $4K is a damn bargain.
Others have already provided good feedback on price. I just want to say that I think this is a great list to work from and I like several of those breeders/lines. One of my previous bitches was out of a Mariah-Von Koepsel bitch and I really like those lines. I tend to follow dogs from both and I personally really like what they produce. I can't speak to what every breeder on that list is like to interact with, as I haven't had a dog from most.Thank you!
As of right now, I've got a list of about 7 I've reached out to based on recommendations here & my own research. If anyone has any input on any of them, I'm all ears!
Von Koepsel (Luci Stubbs)
Van Orman Dobermans
I figured this would be a good baseline to start out with & kind of weed down from there.
I absolutely agree with this!! My breeder has been there through ups and downs with not only the dogs she's bred, but my rescues and about everything else.I absolutely think a breeder you can count on is INCREDIBLY important. You can certainly "stack the deck" in your favor when it comes to health, but Dobermans are still a breed where things go wrong, even when you do that. A breeder who is there for you, supporting you no matter what - that's truly what you want.
I never ask the price until I sign the paperwork but I’ve known my breeder for a long time and that she does all of the titles and health testing. I’m in central PA. My current girl was $3,500 in 2022 and a male from the same breeder in 2019 was $3,000. Not too much of an increase.Hi AL.
I am not sure about your neck of the woods... But if it is anything like the West Coast, the price of a quality puppy from a reputable breeder has jumped considerably in the last few years. This makes sense when one considers that the cost of everything in the veterinary world had skyrocketed. Food, healthcare, emergency service, pet supplies. You name it. In 2014, I paid $2500 for a very nice pup from a very reputable breeder. This pup was conceived via artificial insemination using frozen semen, incurring all the additional incumbent expenses. This breeder sends their pups home cropped and docked and older (currently 11 1/2 weeks) than many other breeders. To me, getting a puppy at that age gives me a real advantage. The difference between an 8 week old Doberman pup and an almost 12 week old one is night and day.
My most recent girl, from the same breeder, came to me at almost 6 months old. She had initially been held back by the breeder as a show prospect, but was eventually let go to me as a pet/companion. However, had I gotten her at 11 1/2 weeks, the cost to me would have been $4000.
Honestly... I really am surprised that the price is not higher.