- How long have they been breeding Dobermans?
- Are they members of the DPCA – Doberman Pinscher Club of America?
- What do they do with their dogs, Obedience, Schutzhund (IPO), Show in Breed?
- Do the litter parents have any titles?
- What health tests have been done on both parents of the litter?
- How old are the parents of the litter?
- How old are the grandparents of the litter? Have they been health tested?
- Do any of the grandparents have Longevity Certificates* from the DPCA?
- How often do they breed, how many litters a year and how many litters from each female?
- Can you meet the parents or at least one of the parents of the litter before the litter arrives?
- Is a deposit required before the litter is born and is it refundable?
- Can you visit to see where the puppies will be born and raised?
- When can you visit the puppies?
- How are puppies selected for prospective families?
- Will puppies be vet checked before they go to new homes and will you get a health certificate.
- What vaccinations will they have done and how often have they been wormed?
- If you want your puppy’s ears cropped, will the breeder be making these arrangements?
- What does the price of the puppy include?
* The Doberman Pinscher Club of America (DPCA) started a Longevity Program a few years ago. Any Doberman over the age of 10 can get a Longevity Certificate. There will be an LC on the pedigree with the age of the dog or the age of the death of the dog.
EX.: LC-11L, means the dog is still alive at 11 years old, if it had LC-11D, the dog died at 11 years old.
There may also be a BFL, Bred for Longevity. This means that both parents of that dog lived over 10 years of age.
The longevity in the lines of your puppy is important so be sure to ask the breeder about LC’s on the pedigree of the parents of your puppy.