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BREEDERS PHILOSOPHY When you are looking to get your new Doberman puppy from a breeder, you want to consider a lot of different factors and questions you want to ask when researching and interviewing breeders. It's always recommended that you're able to meet at least one but ideally both of your new puppies' parents and can visit the breeder multiple times before taking your new puppy home. This allows you to get a better sense of the environment they were raised in, and the dedication of the breeder has not just to the breed but to every individual canine that they produce. One of the most important questions you want to ask when considering a breeder for your puppy is how long they have been breeding Doberman's and for what purpose. What I mean by this is are they producing them just to jump on a trend, or because they are a fan of the breed, or are they breeding what they consider to be the best examples of the breed and show them in canine competitions. You want a breeder who has a purpose behind breeding these canines and takes the breed's reputation very seriously. HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS By going and visiting the breeder, you're also able to see the health of the parents and siblings of your new puppy to make sure this coincides with what the breeder has told you is the typical life expectancy for their dogs, as well as see if there are any obvious health issues with the mother or father. Most breeders will screen for a variety of different conditions, so you'll want to look at the records for their siblings, their parents, and other previous litters if possible. Doberman’s are prone to a few more heart, blood, and thyroid issues than other dogs so this is a critical part of the breeder screening process. TEMPERAMENT CONSIDERATIONS One of the best parts about getting a puppy from a really high-quality breeder where you can visit several times is that you get to see the temperament of your new Doberman compared to their closest relatives. With puppies, their personality is often influenced by their early environment. In many cases, it will be quite evident if your visit is the only attention they get or if they are frequently in the home and interacting with the others as they should be. Your puppies' parents should be exemplary examples of everything you hope your new Doberman puppy will be as well when they grow up. You'll want to ask the breeder questions regarding other litters they've had as well as the parents of your new Doberman puppy, where their intelligence and guarding instincts are concerned. Since Doberman's are very protective by instinct, this will give you an idea of what you might expect from your new puppy. Even if the breeder says that the dogs they produce have a low level of reactivity, you will still need to be very thorough and disciplined in their training. No matter how well adjusted and socialized, the Doberman is a quick and powerful breed that absolutely must be well trained and socialized throughout their entire life. Of course, every dog is an individual and has the potential to be nothing like their siblings and parents, so make sure you do your research on the breed in general and have the experience to be the canine leader they need on either extreme of their average temperament. Breeders that genuinely care about the canines they produce will be excellent resources for you and will likely stay in touch throughout dogs' life.  WRAP UP A few of the big things to keep in mind when choosing a breeder is that an ideal breeder will… Have through health records going back multiple generations Have current knowledge of the now-grown dogs from other litters Ask you plenty of questions to confirm you're the right fit Have a purpose to breeding other than just to make money Be dedicated to providing their puppies with many different experiences and socialization opportunities before you take them home Will be a knowledgeable resource for you throughout the life of your new canine companion The real key is to do a lot of research on the breed if you're new to them, and then do an equal amount of research to find the right breeder. Someone who truly cares about the breed and the individuals of each litter won't let them go to just any home and want to stay in touch throughout their lives. Responsible breeders play a considerable role in the success of your relationship with your new Doberman, and it's not a decision to make lightly.

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