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I lost my dog (not a doberman)  over 4 years ago and I'm finally just thinking about getting another dog. My potential doberman will be the biggest dog I've ever owned. The past few days I've been reading and researching everything I can. I'm in no rush to get my new dog because it looks like I have a lot to think over. I have 4 small dogs that live in the house. Health and attitude are the most important. Should I buy from a local breeder? How far is too far for the dog and I to travel? I'd like for the breeder to be close so I can check things out and I would guess the puppy would have less stress. I live in Leesburg Florida. This site has been very educational and maybe a little intimidating. Also how is http://www.dobermanpuppybreeders.com/ ok? Thank you for your help.

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Hey Dave,
Feeling a little overwhelmed by all the Doberman stories?
No need, you've landed on one of the friendliest of planets!
The friendliest being the Dobe you find :) if you decide to go with this breed. I think I can speak for many owners in saying thank you for being such a responsible potential Dobie person! Your research prior to making a decision is so important. These dogs can be a very special surprise to a first time owner, considering the general reputation of the breed by those who haven't had the good fortune to personally know a Doberman. Will they turn on you? Not too likely, unless they felt a tremendous amount of fear. But they will turn with you! At every step!, because they want to be with You.
Again, so glad you are doing your home work and ...
Welcome:)

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Also how is http://www.dobermanpuppybreeders.com/ ok?

 

Not ok, not by a long shot.  It looks like a puppy broker site.  Think about a breeder that sells through a broker (or a pet store).  They care so little about their puppies that they don't even choose the homes where they go themselves. 

The prices there are ridiculous for puppies with mystery pedigrees.  One champion grandparent??  You can buy a pet puppy from a reputable, responsible breeder - a puppy that has champion PARENTS and multiple champions in the pedigree for less than what is quoted there.  And goodness knows what kind of health testing has been done on the parents.  You can just do a heck of a lot better. 

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Like Glengate, I don't like the puppybreeders website.  Sounds like a broker to me as well, which provides a buffer between the buyer and the breeder.  You don't want a buffer between you, you want a closer relationship to the breeder. And did you read that "guarantee"?  The only thing it guarantees is that no one will ever get a dime out of the guarantee.  No health testing standards are set.  And apparently they broker many different breeds, they probably have a website set up for poodles, cocker spaniels, etc.  Quite frankly a caring BYB would be a better choice than these jokers and would save you a lot of money too.  As Glengate said, you could buy from a real breeder for less than they are charging for the puppies on that site.

Dave, your story sounds real similar to mine.  We lost our previous collie-mix pound puppy 5 1/2 years before we got Freyja.  I couldn't even bear the thought of another dog for a long time after losing Moon.  Then when I felt it was time for another dog my wife wanted a mini dachshund to be her lap dog.  I finally won the battle and we got Freyja.  Best move we ever made.  Freyja is the most loving dog I've ever had.  She instantly commands respect wherever we go.  And Karen has her lap dog, as Freyja is always laying in her lap eathing up the pats while Karen watches TV.

This didn't come without a lot of work though.  It takes dedication to properly own a Doberman.  If you're willing to put in the time and effort to properly raise and train a dog there is no better breed.  But for someone wanting a dog to just have around, give the occasional pat, and that's it, a Doberman could be a disaster.  One of the most common themes on this forum is how much of a people dog a Doberman is, and I can say from experience I've never seen a dog that loves her people more than Freyja.  For you and the Dobie to be happy they must truly be members of the family.

Good luck with your decision and search for your next dog.  There's lots of great info on this site about the breed. I'm glad you're researching it because it's not a decision to be taken lightly. 

   

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Thank you for all the replies. I had doubts about dobermanpuppybreeders.com. I didn't like that I had to enter in all my information before I could even do a simple search. Thanks for clearing that up. My dad had a Doberman over 20 year ago and I thought he was the coolest. Played hard without trying to kill me (I was a bit drunk) and was snap trained. I "stole" the snap training and put it into my Kayla (german shepherd/chow). I was crushed when I lost my little girl. Even now I'm not sure if I want that pain again. I feel I need a "friend" and that's part of why I'm looking. I've always heard that Dobermans were smart and loyal and that is what I'm looking for. Also getting a dog that will not try to eat the little dogs in the house is important. Over the past 20 plus years I've only had one dog die under the age of 15 so I know I'm a good dog owner who can provide a loving home. I just need to be sure everything is right. I would hate to go through all the effort just to get hurt again. Thank you for all your help.

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If this is the largest dog you have ever had, I suggest thinking about whether or not you have adequate space and time to give a new little doberdevil. As for distance, I suggest within a few states. go to the DPCA website. It may be confusing, but it's worth it. Welcome XD!!!!

~Joelle and Skye~

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Hello and welcome to the forum :oP

Have you considered adopting from a rescue?  There are soo many Dobies who would trly love  plac to call home forever and if you choose adoption, they can be any age and their temperments have been tested.

If you perfer a breeder and Jacksonville,FL is not too far away I can send you the informtaion from where we got our beloved Bella from.. They are wonderful Dobermans and spoiled rotten by the entire family.. ..

Sloppy Dober Kisses from Bella & Mopar

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How small are your 4 'small' dogs and are they male or female?  fixed?  etc.....Male Doberman's tend to be more dominate and sometimes dont' get along well with other males.   also remember the size difference here.  Your doberman will likely be 80lbs or more but still be a clumsy puppy.  Are your other dogs so small he could step on and hurt them?  Not that he would attack them but they don't realize their size and strength.  They come running and plow right into you or a small dog and someone could get hurt. 

 

They NEED lots of time, exercize and training.  without all of those they are very destructive when they get bored..

 

They are the most wonderful breed there is in my opinion but they are a lot of work also.  Be sure you have the time to spend before you commit. 

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I have one Bison, one Chihuahua, one poodle and a Peekapoo. All fixed. 2 boys, 2 girls. Ranging from 2 to 10 years old. 2 of them were bought and the other 2 were rescued as puppies. They are all fairly calm dogs. For the most part they live downstairs and I live upstairs. I would not separate the doberman from the group but he/she would be with me upstairs and run the house as I do. I can clearly see I have a lot to consider. I glad I didn't rush into anything.

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do you know anyone in JAX that can help me post ears?