Will the puppies be registered?
- Both parents are registered with the AKC, American Kennel Club so the puppies can also be registered.
What is the difference between a “full” and “limited” registration?
- A “Full” registration allows you to show your dog in AKC breed classes or breed your dog. A “Limited” registration means that you plan to spay or neuter your dog and you can show in AKC Obedience, Agility, Rally or other AKC classes except “breed” classes. We give a discount to those who plan to spay and neuter.
Do you have a waiting list?
- I do have a waiting list. We do not require a deposit to be on the puppy waiting list. Once you are on our puppy waiting list you can let us know if you are looking for a male or female or if you have a color preference. I contact those on the list when we breed and, of course, when the pups are born.
At what age can the puppies be picked up?
- We keep the puppies until they are a full 8 weeks of age. It is very important for them to have this time with their litter mates and their mother to learn the dog “socialization”. If we are making the arrangements to have the ears cropped, we keep them a little while longer to do the initial ear care, remove stitches and start the posting process.
When can I come and see the puppies?
- You can see the puppies when they are 5-6 weeks of age. We encourage visits by those on our puppy list. The pups really don’t develop their personalities until they can see and hear and interact with each other, which all come together at about 5-6 weeks of age. One of my jobs is to make sure that everyone gets a healthy puppy. It is possible for germs, particularly the Parvo Virus, to come in on shoes and clothes. Visits by people not on our puppy waiting list will not be allowed until the pups have had their first vaccinations.
Should I get a male or a female?
- This is a tough one! It depends on what you plan to do with your puppy, if you have other animals in your home and your life style. I have found that our males are very lay-back, easy going but yet, they protect their properties. Our females are, shall I say… “busy”. They are the first to see who is at the door or to notice if something is different outside in the yard. They are most protective of their people and are always “on guard”. Both the male and females are “lap-dogs”. You wouldn’t think that of a 75 to 90 pound dog but there you have it! Ask anyone who owns a Doberman. They lean on you, literally! Many people say that if you have a male dog in your home already it is better to get a female and visa-versa. As long as all are spayed or neutered, I think it is more an issue of who is the leader of your pack, hopefully, it is you!
What does the cost of the puppy include?
- At the time you pick up your puppy the tail will be cropped, unless other arrangements were made before the birth of the puppy, the dewclaws will have been removed, the first of a series of vaccinations will have been done and the puppy will have been wormed several times. The ear cropping is optional and there is an additional cost. We can make all of the arrangements for cropping with our veterinarian. Your puppy will stay with us a while longer so that we can change the bandages, make sure the ears are healed and post them for the first time. We will show you how to post the ears, give you written instructions and welcome you back at any time for us to repost them for you. We are available to answer any questions you have regarding the health and training of your puppy. We can help you with the training at any time. We also offer boarding for any of our dog “family”, should you need that service.
Here are some questions we ask you
- Are you familiar with the Doberman Breed?
- Have you owned a Doberman in the past?
- Can you accommodate a large breed dog in your home and yard?
- Is your yard fenced in?
- Are there children in the home, ages?
- Do you have other animals in the home?
- Will someone be home to feed and housebreak a puppy?
- Are you familiar with crate training?
- Do you plan to bring your puppy to classes for training and socialization?