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do any of you own a hoytt dobe? how do ya'll feel about the bloodline? I have one who has all hoytt on his dad's side, and several have CD titles. Those dogs are all listed on his website as "grand victors". I have considered buying one from Barry personaly. For pet purposes, not for showing.

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Well, lets see. The website is terrible. It uses frames, it's unorganized, the home page is a confusing entry page, and the ' and " are not escaped so they turn out as ?. That has nothing to do with the quality of their Dobermans though.  ;)

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Thanks Alpha  ::)

I've looked at their website. From what I can tell they look fairly focused on healthy and temperament, which is key. They have an awesome setup over there! We've bred Dobermans for a while and never made money doing it. Hoytt must be independently wealthy or something.

Have you spoken with this breeder yet? You can tell a lot from just a quick chat. Here are some questions you can ask: http://www.gentledoberman.com/buying-4.php

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I haven't had a problem getting around the website, I does seem to have a lot of information. His dogs are beautiful, and well trained. It looks like he dedicates tons of time to their training and earning titles. I also like the fact that he keeps up with the pups he homes, and makes sure they get the correct care. I know I would pay more for one of his pups, even though it would be for pet not show I still want a good looking well bred dog. I would rather that than take a chance on the classifieds and get one from a byb. Does that make sense?

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Very Very Much So!

Buying a Doberman for $350 won't save money, better to pay for quality breeding than vet care. The sad thing is, most people, and I mean non-dog people, think $300 is a lot for a dog. Regardless, even if you pay $2000 for a dog there are other expenses too. When we were breeding our puppies went for around $700 to $800. People would spend twice that on their first trip to Petsmart on beds and bones and all that.

Let us know how things go.

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Well said!

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My father owns a Hoytt Dobe. He & I bought our dobermans at the same time, his is a Hoytt dog, mine was a $400 dog. Mine died of cardiomyopathy after seven years. My father's dog is still active and healthy, he is now 8 1/2 and one of the most clever dogs I have ever seen. Hope this helps!

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My husband and I own a hoytt male. He is a great dog and easy to train. We will be breeding him with one of our females in march. The puppies should turn out gorgeous. I agree with the others. You get what you pay for the better the breed the better the dog but they will cost you. That's why we are confident with our puppies and we 2 make sure they go to good homes

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AlphaAdmin wrote:

Well, lets see. The website is terrible. It uses frames, it's unorganized, the home page is a confusing entry page, and the ' and " are not escaped so they turn out as ?. That has nothing to do with the quality of their Dobermans though.  ;)

Right, it has little to do with that.  Very few breeders have snazzy websites, and I've been to more than a few lately!  I don't hold it against them: breeding is seldom profitable, and the skills we want them to have aren't as web designers but breeders.

In fact, if I saw a breeder with a really bang-up website it would raise a minor (but by no means insurmountable) red flag in my mind: are they more interested in selling than in breeding?

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While I cannot speak to the quality of Hoyt's Dobes as others have here, there are now at least three quality breeders who are on this website on a fairly regular basis and have posted pictures of their dogs. They have also written sincerely about their feelings for the breed and it is obvious that the dogs are well cared for and the litters are apparently whelped in the house. From personal experience that is both a joy and a strain. There is nothing quite as destructive as a litter of 10 7 week old puppies who escape from their enclosure in the corner of a kitchen while you are gone for a while.

I personally have a young 4 1/2 week old red female (Princess) who came from one and I can tell you that the socialization and training she had received before I picked her up at 9 weeks made a big difference. I would go back to horseeatingweeds for another dog in a heartbeat (assuming they had some available and I had room in the house).