I'm Heidi from Indian Land, SC, just under Charlotte, NC. I have to admit that I am a doberman fancier and I realize this is probably the very opposite of an EBD. I will also admit that as unalike as they are, I'd be lying if I said I didn't find these guys and gals absolutely adorable and full of character. My husband, however, grew up with an EBD and this is his absolute dream dog and he says he WILL have one. Now, if I left it up to him he'd find the nearest newspaper and start his search because "his dog came from the back of a garage and it was perfectly healthy". So, in hopes of learning all I can about the breed and start my research on the standards and pedigrees I am hoping this is the right place to start. Hopefully I'll get the hang of it over the next couple years when we'll be ready to add to our family.
I have looked online hoping I would find a local rescue that I would be able to work with in order to get to know the dogs firsthand. Unfortunately I do not have any in this area and there are actually very few for adoption around here. That is a good thing because doberman rescues are busting at the seams around here unfortunately, but it is a great way for people who are new to the breed to get to know if it is the right breed for them. Even though rescues may have thier own baggage, most of them have no problem letting you get to know their uniqueness. And, as long as I could get an ILP, rescue will never be out of the question, or even fostering if the need should Adminse.
First, what I'm looking for for my family pet. My daughters have expressed interest in starting in the Junior ring. They are now almost 9 and 11. I also would not mind getting my feet wet in the ring and we have a great handling class local to me where I take my dog for obedience. Obviously, I am not looking for a breed that is extremely difficult to be shown by a junior and a newbie (such as doberman). I refuse to get a breed just because they are easy to show since they will always be pet first and foremost and forever.
In my confusing first glances at some pedigrees I've been searching online I've noticed a lot of litters that are not the product of both Ch parents. I am wondering if this is actually common practice and if there is a reason for it. This is from numerous show breeders sites that post health testing and at first glance look to be responsible breeders, so I am very curious about this. I am also having a hard time finding contracts online or even personal policies, maybe they are just not listed online for public viewing but I thought would be somewhat included in a puppy questionnaire of sorts, just enough to give some information.
In looking for my first show prospect puppy I'm assuming that most breeders would be looking for a co-ownership, correct? While I am looking forward to showing, I am not at the moment interested in breeding and will completely admit that I would not even feel the least bit comfortable in breeding without the aide of a breeder who would be willing to mentor me all the way through. I realize that most show breeders would not want to place a potential into a home that was not willing to breed, so I would assume most would want to be on a co-ownership for this reason with somebody who has not show to a championship before. I definitely have the time to get to know some of the dogs in the ring currently so I will be trying to spend some time getting to watch them and hopefully know a little more about what I'm looking for and hopefully get to know some of the breeders in the SE while I'm there. Hopefully even get the hubby to get there with me so he can learn a little bit.
Phew, I'm sorry for my long winded introduction. I'm sure I have tons more questions but I'm still looking up a lot of information and this was basically my first of a long line of questioning.
Thanks for reading my longwinded introduction, I figured I'd just give a little more information than the looking for a bulldog, nice to meet you. So, if you've made it this far, thanks.