Looking for Dobe for my Family

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I have a fiance who owned a Red Doberman female named Missy. She was very devoted to him and his daughter who was around 3 or 4 years old at the time. When she passed away the family was devastated. My fiance and I have been together two years and we are getting married soon. :) I have 3 boys ages 9yrs, 6yrs and 3yrs...my fiance has children who are around periodically and one is a boy aged 2yrs and one is a girl age 16yrs. I have researched the Dobe breed and talked with several people as well as gotten opinions from my fiance. I would like to find a puppy that would fit well into our family and I prefer the red color because of Missy. I am in Kentucky and I would just like some advice on where to find the best puppy. I can't seem to find reputable breeders that are close. I don't mind traveling a little but don't want to have to go too far.

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Casey

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First of all Welcome to the forum!  

Have you checked out the DPCA website?  There is a breeders list there.  http://dpca.org/breed/breed_referral.htm.  I saw a few in Kentucky.  

Finding a good breeder is hard, but totally worth it.  Here is a good link with more information on what to look for in a good breeder.  http://glengate.webs.com/buyingguide.htm

If you could find some shows in your area, that might also be helpful. 

Also, I wouldn't concentrate on color so much.  Really good breeders will match the puppy to you and family and they will do it based on the puppy's temperament.

We got Ellie (not a doberman) from a wonderful breeder and they would not guarantee sex or color when we put down our deposit.  In fact, despite lots of meetings, we didn't know which puppy we were going to get till about 8 weeks (they didn't release their puppies till 10 weeks).  Ellie is a perfect match and I would not have it any other way!

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I second HarleyBear's opinion... don't focus on color as much as temperament. A lot of people do and find that the only place they can get the puppy of their choice is at a byb and then regret getting that pup because of health and temperament issues. I suggest finding a good breeder, get their input on which pup best suits you, and get that puppy... That is the opinion that you should trust most when it comes to choosing your puppy. 

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Thank you for your comments.  I am looking at temperament just as much as color. I'm confident I can find a female red Dobe that's temperament will match our family...even if I have to wait on the perfect one. :)

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Are you set on a puppy??? they are a TON of work and with kids you may have your hands full just taking care of them without a demanding child/puppy, plus unless the kids understand how to handle the dog you could have some issues with inconsistent training. Kids will do their own thing when an adult is not watching and sometimes just to "prove" that they can and it won't do what mom or dad said but in the end the dog is the one to pay the price, so I might suggest looking into a young rescue that already has some training under his belt......any thoughts on a rescue?? so many dobermans are looking for homes and some are just in foster care because their owner was called into military service, moving or allergies so you can find a great dog in rescue, they aren't hopeless cases in fact rescues take dogs that are extremely adoptable they do assessments to make sure they are getting a dog that someone will want.......and you could agree to foster a doberman until you find one that truly fits your situation???

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Welcome to the forum!  There isn't a better, more supportive place for Dobe owners and soon-to-be owners - lots of great information here in past threads.

I echo Tal's thread, but would also add that there are many rescues that have puppies as well!  Many times they are in foster homes that will be able to give you information about temperment and personality, and they come completely vet checked.