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There are many people out there today breeding Doberman Pinschers, and with the miracle of technology all of them can present themselves to you in the comfort of your home. This incredible blessing can also be overwhelming as you try to sort through all the information out there both good and bad, and narrow down your choice of Doberman Breeders. Understandably, this is not an easy thing to do. Wouldn't it be fantastic if every Doberman breeder out there had to be completely honest? How about if websites could only publish the truth? Sadly there is no such system in place, it is up to you to be informed about your puppy buying decision. You should talk to your prospective Doberman Breeder and ask them questions that matter to you. I feel the European Doberman Pinschers produced by Family Dobes are some of the best Doberman Pinschers anywhere at any price. But even our fantastic dogs are no suited to every home or family. Some families just are not a good fit for Doberman Pinschers, and although some Dobermans may work in some homes, there are other Doberman Pinschers that would be too high in drive or energy, too dominant or demanding for some owners. It is important that your Doberman breeder helps to steer you in the right direction to find a Doberman Pinscher that fits your needs, without trying to just sell you what is available today. More important than the initial placement of the Doberman puppy, is the continued support to help you raise and shape your Doberman puppy. And then if things don't work out for whatever the reason, you need a Doberman Breeder that will be there for you even then to take the puppy back and find it a new forever home. So what should you be doing to make sure that you are working with the right Doberman Breeder? Ask questions!!! Make sure you are dealing with a Doberman Breeder that has questions for you as well since Doberman Pinschers are not one size fits all kind of animals. At Family Dobes we want to pair you with a Doberman Pinscher puppy or Adult that is well suited to your lifestyle that will stay with you for it's lifetime. It is the Doberman Breeders responsibility to ensure every puppy they produce lives out a healthy life in a happy home and we take that seriously. You need to be working with a Doberman Breeder that still answers phone calls and emails long after your new Doberman Pinscher Puppy has arrived. That is our commitment to those who get their Doberman Pinschers from us.
Here are some questions you should consider asking prospective Doberman Breeders.
What kind of life span are you seeing in the Doberman Pinscher lines that you breed?
Here at Family Dobes, the lines we concentrate on are living about 10-12 years with proper Diet, Exercise and Veterinary care. Worldwide when all Dobermans are considered, it is believed that Average age at time of Death for Doberman Pinschers is 9.6 years. I too wish they would live 20 years.
What common health problems or concerns are there with the Doberman Pinscher?
That is a loaded question. It depends on which lines, American Doberman Pinscher vs. European Dobermann Pinschers, responsibility of the Breeder etc. It is my belief that the most common and tragic problems in the European Doberman Pinscher are Cancer and Cardio problems. Both diseases have both genetic and environmental components. We do our best through Health testing, pedigree research and personal experience to minimize the risk, and we encourage good Diet and exercise for you on your end to further minimize the risk. We offer a health and temperament replacement policy in the event there ever is a problem, though we do our best to prevent that. Other health concerns are Vwd or other bleeding disorders, Thyroid problems, Hip Dysplasia, skin issues, allergies, Wobblers or other neurological disorders, or bloat.
What health testing has been done on the Doberman Pinscher parents of the litter?
Health testing is a good tool in making decisions on whether or not to breed. Most importantly in our program, Cardio health since it is heritable, and can be detected by testing procedures is simply a must. Vwd also is easy to test for, and though I have never seen a clinical case of a dog bleeding to death from Vwd (I have cropped, castrated, spayed etc. and they didn't bleed to death. We also dock tails on litters all the time and the pups don't die) because we can breed it out (it is simple Recessive) I feel we should. Hip Dysplasia is also heritable and something we can test for so we have a responsibility to do so. Thyroid problems are something we find to be heritable, but the tests are not conclusive information, they only tell us if a dog has normal thyroid activity the day of the test, not whether or not there will be a problem in the future, just like cardio disease. That is why so many tests need to be ongoing, and good results can not be trusted as conclusive. We can test Eyes in dogs, but we don't often see problems with their eyes.
What Temperament testing has been done on the parents of the Doberman Pinscher litter?
Dogs in Europe are screened through venues such as Schutzhund Sport or ZTP examinations. We train and compete with many of our dogs, many passed their tests in Europe. All of our dogs are exposed to our 4 children complete with an environment of chaos from time to time :) They get exposed to other dogs and people as well. We spend enough time with our Dobermans that we know them very well, and the type of puppies they produce. Not everyone wants or needs the same type Of Doberman Pinscher puppy, and we are able to produce Doberman Puppies of several different drive and energy levels.
What are your goals as a Doberman Pinscher Breeder with this pairing?
Each of our litters has a different goal in mind, our ultimate program goal is to create the proper working family companion. A Doberman Pinscher that will be capable of protecting his family and property, providing other useful Service (such as SAR, Therapy, Assistance, detection etc) and still a dependable stable member of the family. Some of our litters are created with more of a competition level of performance in mind, and others with less becasue not everyone enjoys all the smae things that I do :)
What kind of Puppy Contract do you require?
We have a purchase contract we can email to you when you are ready that covers registration of the Doberman Pinscher puppy with the AKC, our Health and Temperament replacement policy and our first right of refusal if the animal ever needs to be placed again. It also is a legal release from future liability on our part of what a Dog may do in the future after it has left our care.
What do you expect of your Doberman puppy owners before and after placement
Before we place a Doberman Pinscher puppy with you, we expect you to fill out our Puppy application, we expect you to call or email us and ask all the questions you have for us. Do your part to get all the information you need to make a decision that is good for you and your family about whether or not a Family Dobes Doberman Pinscher is right for you. After you receive your Doberman Pinscher puppy or trained adult Doberman Pinscher, we expect you to call and email us often with updates but especially questions. Many problems are often avoided by being dealt with early when behaviors are not set patterns. We intend to be there to support you with your Doberman Pinscher and we can't do that if you don't communicate with us.
What is your replacement policy?
We have a policy for a refund/replace at our discretion in place for any Health or temperament issues the puppy may have.
Do you have references of people who have received a Doberman Pinscher puppy from you?
Yes you may contact many of our references here.
What training, showing or competing are you actively involved in?
We actively train and compete in Schutzhund sport which is a triathlon for the dog in Obedience, Protection and tracking. We also train for and participate in SAR (canine search and rescue).
Are the puppies registered ?
Doberman Pinscher puppies from Doberman Breeder FamilyDobes will be registered with the AKC. Sometimes on our foreign breedings the paperwork can take some time, but it will be taken care of.
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