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I was curious if certain situations are better for adoption or for buying.  Mine for example, I will not be getting another dog anytime in the near future but ultimately I am would love another member to my four-legged family.  I already have a 2 1/2 year old Golden male and a 1 1/2 Doberman female.  Would it be easier to introduce a new puppy to the family or would an full grown adoption acclimate as easily?  Originally I wanted to adopt a dobe (that was before I found my Soleil) but my honey seemed a little nervous about the idea of having a full grown Doberman he did not know living in the house.  Now after much research during the puppy finding page and meeting many dobe owners he loves the breed as much as I do. My two pups are great and I don't want to throw off the balance now but in the future I am just wondering if I should gear my search more towards adopting or to finding a master breeder?   

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In general, puppies always are more easily accepted into a pack. Older dags can too, depending on the dogs you're introducing it to.

With puppies you get the bonding stage. With rescue dogs you get a very thankful dog. The big difference is behavioral problems. You just can't know what happened to an adopted dog. A good vet or animal behavioralist can do certain tests to see if any dangerous problems exist - but you still can't be sure. Remember, more dogs are put-to-sleep because of behavioral problems than physical problems. That's a lot. These dogs come from irresponsible owners who almost certainly got their dog from a shabby breeder. That's we need to keep people away from bad breeders and make them think and LEARN before they bring home a pretty dog.

Adopting a Doberman is great. It's best to be experienced with the breed you're adopting and already be good at training and keeping a high alpha role. I know the breed. I'm pretty good at training. In our house - there is absolutely no question that I'm the alpha. BUT - I have still found the abused Dobermans that have come through our house very challenging.

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Hmm.. maybe a puppy will be the way to go.  I did pretty good with Soleil and I got her as a puppy. Although I am the Alpha of the house I don't know if I have enough experience/ knowledge of the breed to adopt... YET.  One day I might be able to but it seems like I should master training from a clean slate (puppy) before trying to adopt an older dog.  Or maybe I will get lucky, I have seen puppies at the Doberman rescue before.  Wow I never thought I would say it but now that Soleil is almost two and not as rambunctious as she was as a puppy I almost miss it a little troublemaker of a dobie puppy running around the house...

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I miss puppies too.

And yes, luck is important when adopting a rescue dog. So are behavioral tests.

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I'm new and just wanted to add my 2 cents.
I am a Reg. Vet. Tech. and have 6 rescued dobermans.  I got 5 as adults.  3 are CGC (2 will be tested soon), 2 are therapy dogs with TDI, 1 has Wobblers, 1 was tossed from a moving car beacuse the shelter was full and couldn't take her in (she had a shatered pelvis-but is doing great now), 1 is my service dog (she was 4 when we got her), and my SD in training came through a rescue as a puppy (her mom was turned in pregnant). 
I paid $250-350 for my Dobes (spayed/neutered, shots, HWT, and I got to see what their tempermant was-fully developed). 
Most rescues have you meet the dog, have your family meet the dog, have your other pets meet the dog, do a home visit and vet checks, and some do reference checks.

There are alot of dogs, not just Dobes, out there.  There are good breeders and puppymills.  There are good rescues and ....

Good luck which ever way you choose!