Questions to Discuss with the Breeder

Questions to Discuss with Your Breeder

The following are some straight forward questions that are necessary once you have determined the breeder with whom you are speaking is of quality.

Will you have the AKC papers ready with the puppy?

AKC papers refer to the registration papers that certify your Doberman puppy is of full blood and from which parents under the American Kennel Club (AKC). After a litter is born, the breeder sends a litter registration to AKC describing each puppy. AKC then sends the breeder individual registration forms for each puppy. Depending on the location of the breeder and more so on how soon they send in the registration, they may not be in the breeders possession when the puppies are ready to go home.

These papers are important. After you decide on a name for your Doberman puppy, they are what you send to AKC to register it as a full AKC Doberman Pinscher. If it ends up that the papers will not be ready with the puppy, especially if the puppy is being shipped to you, you may want to have the breeder wait until they are ready. Another solution is to write into the purchase contract that the papers are not yet available and the breeder will send them to you once they are available.

When will a puppy be available?

Master Breeders don’t have puppies stocked on shelves. If you have found a good breeder, you will likely have to wait a while before a new litter comes. It is very wise to be patient. Don’t make the common mistake of waiting until you feel ready for a puppy then purchase whatever you can find available.

It is common for breeders to accept a small deposit even before puppies are conceived. Some breeders don’t like to plan a litter until they have a few people committed to taking a puppy. An additional deposit is then usually made once the puppies are born.

Who will crop the ears and how?

Breeders are cropping entire litters less and less so it is a good idea to let your breeder know if you would like your puppy’s ears cropped, left natural, or would like to have it done yourself. Either way, you must also decide what kind of crop you would like. They come in three main styles or sizes; Show, Medium, and Working. The Show crop is the tallest and most difficult to train to stand. The Working crop is short, removing most of the ear, and it usually stands with little training. The Medium crop, wouldn’t you know, varies in size between Show and Working and varies in difficulty to train.

What is in your purchasing contract?

A purchasing contract can be simply a receipt stating this price was paid on this date for a Doberman puppy. Usually with quality breeders, however, the contract has additional functions. Often included is a health guarantee, instructions on puppy care, and stipulations such as requiring the puppy to see a veterinarian by a certain time or be spayed of neutered by a certain age.

With dogs of exceptional quality, breeders will sometimes want to include showing stipulations or breeding rights. If you share with the breeder that you intend on showing your puppy, not only will he choose the best of the litter for the type of showing you intend to do, he will also want a guarantee that he is giving this fine Doberman to someone sincerely planning on showing it.

If the breeder would like the option of using your puppy in his future breeding plans, he may ask for breeding rights in the contract. As with the showing stipulations, the breeder is simply ensuring his breeding activities. If you do not want anything to do with breeding or showing, let the breeder know. He simply wants to place the puppies where they will do the best for the Doberman breed.