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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   Matt^Brown

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Posted August 11 2009 - 03:24 AM

After a good amount of research I believe that I would like to buy a Doberman for my first family dog. I have read tons of stuff about them from various sites but would love to find a good forum to discuss them more. I have tried calling a bunch of Vets in my area to recommend breeders but none of them seem to care where I buy my dog. I realize that I can just google dog forums or Doberman forums but I was hoping to find a forum that someone here used and enjoyed.

Thanks for any help you can provide.
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#2 of 7 OFFLINE   Greg_R

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Posted August 12 2009 - 08:32 AM

I would talk to a local Doberman rescue organization.  They will know who the responsible breeders are in the area.  Also, you can consider picking up one of the rescue dogs.  The rescue org will have already evaluated the dogs temperament (i.e. good around kids, other pets, etc.).  My wife and I got an Akita using this method and he has been a great pet.  If the rescue organization asks you a lot of questions then that is a good sign.  Many families are not ready for large, strong (physically and mentally) dogs and need to be steered to a smaller animal.


#3 of 7 OFFLINE   Johnny Angell

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Posted August 15 2009 - 03:51 PM

Google is your friend.  Try googling "Doberman Rescue" or "Doberman Forums".

Years ago, our next door neighbors had a doberman.  Once mom and dad introduced us to Diva, she was a sweetheart to us.  An absolutely wonderful dog.

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#4 of 7 OFFLINE   Adam Lenhardt

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Posted August 16 2009 - 04:40 AM

Here are a couple Doberrman Rescues in your area, according to Google:
Doberman Pinscher Rescue
Murray, KY



#5 of 7 OFFLINE   DaveF

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Posted August 16 2009 - 11:05 AM

Another avenue is to find / meet owners in your area, and ask what breeder they used. Then go meet the breeder and see if they're good or not.


#6 of 7 OFFLINE   Matt^Brown

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Posted August 17 2009 - 03:35 AM



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 I realize that I can just google dog forums or Doberman forums but I was hoping to find a forum that someone here used and enjoyed.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

Google is my friend.  I know I can Google Doberman Forums but I was looking for a site that you guys had experience with and used. I can Google Movie Forums and get many hits but I would argue that this site is the best that I have ever used. <br /></span>
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Thanks for all the information and phone numbers to the Doberman Rescue Centers in my area. I am really concerned about getting a dog from a rescue center because I know these types of dogs can be mean if they are not treated correctly. Is all this information disclosed by the Rescue Center??
					
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#7 of 7 OFFLINE   Philip Hamm

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Posted August 17 2009 - 08:23 AM

Rescue organizations do their best to check the dogs termpermant before putting them up for adoption, they have experts.  Especialy with a breed like doberman I would think they do due dilligence.  However, many times you just don't know the history of a rescue.  

There are a lot of reasons for rescue, only one of which is abuse/neglect.  Sometimes dogs just don't get along with the families they live with, sometimes older folks have to get rid of dogs when they go to retirement living situations, sometimes younger people move to apartments and have to get rid of dogs.

Personally I would never get a puppy. Rescues and adoptions are almost always already house-trained.  Puppies pee, poop, and puke in the house because they don't know better.  Also, puppies need someone home with them 100% of the time. - Keep that in mind.  One of my dogs was a purebred Adoption from a family he just didn't work out with and one was a full-on rescue (dropped off at the pound heartworm positive with suspicion of neglect).  They are both precious!

I had a friend years ago who had a doberman - what a sweetheart that dog was!!!!  Good luck!
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