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My family has been carefully researching dobermans for a while now. Our oldest son is 11 and youngest son is now 4 yrs old getting ready to turn 5. Does anyone have any good suggestions for a good breeder in Missouri? We are looking for a red/rust doberman puppy not for show but for a companion for our family. Also, does anyone have an opinion on male vs females? Thank you!

go the the parent club at www.dpca.org  there is a breeder list by state.  I recommend making a kind of resume about yourself/family/home/dog experience etc..... to send to each breeder.  You can also find shows in your area and go out to meet breeders and see dogs. The best place to find shows is on www.infodog.com  - about a week before the show, you need to find out what time Dobermans will be on as you don't want to miss them.

Even though you don't want a showdog, a show breeder is your best bet as they will breed to the standard and stand behind their dogs.  Bad tempered dogs dont make it in the show ring, so breeding for good temperament is key.  Lastly, show breeders often don't have kennels and don't breed often. Expect to get on a waiting list. The wait is well worth it.

Male Dobermans are notoriously male on male aggressive at maturity - so if your dog will be around other male dogs, then plan on getting a girl.  As far as which one is better with kids, I have to say it totally depends on the individual dog. A good breeder knows the puppies and will pick the puppy for you that will best fit into your family. l've sold familes with young children both males and females successfully - it just depends on both the individual family and the individual puppy.

 

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Great answer from Fitzmar.  Definitely listen to her!

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I don't know about breeders for you. But I've always read/heard the females tend to be a little better with children but also more protective. But as Fitzmar said it most certainly depends on the dog and the people.

Churchill (male, currently 1 year 2 months old) seemed to instinctually know he needed to be nicer and more gentle with children, especially very small children. He's always been good with people in general. I would say whether you get a male or female as long as you're training and teaching correctly then you should have very few problems (because lets face it there's always a few little slip-ups)

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my doberman is 10 months now and hes huge but boy is he gentle! and i find he gets more and more gentle as he understands his body and his size! my youngest son is 3 and a half and he loves the dog and the dog loves him. we have been enforcing gentle since the begining and its paid off! i think you will be very happy with your dog male or female!

heres a pic of them i took yesterday:)

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AWWWWWW!

That is so sweet!

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these dogs have huge hearts:D

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Did you end up getting one? If not, I have a wonderful breeder who has some pups right now.