Finding a rescue
So you've made the decision to add a Doberman Pinscher to your family - congratulations! Owning and loving a Doberman can be one of the most rewarding experiences you'll ever have - provided, of course, that you've done your homework, educated yourself about the breed, and know what to expect from your new family member, and indeed what they expect from you. Excellent books on the Doberman Pinscher are available in bookstores and public libraries, but there is even more information available on-line - and where better to start than the Public Education pages of the DPCA website. Read and learn before you make the commitment.
If you've decided that only a puppy will do - then where to acquire that new family member? How much to pay? Is there a guarantee? What about the ears? the temperament? the training? Most of these questions are answered by - how much do you want to spend? and how will you occupy its brain for the rest of its life? Top notch breeders will command top dollar, stand behind their puppy and work with you on being a great Doberman owner - and a Craig's List or newspaper classified entry will want to see your cash and your back. Don't let flashy websites, or fancy magazine adverts fool you. If your wallet isn't that thick - be extra vigilant. Newspaper classifieds and Craig's List are like a minefield - there's a way through for the slow and the careful, but heartache for the impatient. Its your choice.
The alternative is Rescue. They usually have dogs 15 months of age and older - dogs that were once puppies but became no longer convenient. Sometimes they do have puppies - so pre-register, and make it known what you are looking for. The dogs in rescue foster homes will have been 'test driven'. The rescue group should be able to give you information as to the dogs background and to its behavior in rescue. If you decide to give a rescued Doberman a second chance - please, do not adopt on impulse. Don't fall in love with a nicely posed picture or a carefully written hard-luck life story. Your Doberman will be a lifetime commitment - don't rush impatiently to acquire the first dog you find available.
Most Doberman Rescue groups are independent organizations run by volunteers. Unlike city or county shelters, these rescue groups are not generally open to the public and do not keep regular business hours for drop-ins or drop-offs. If you are interested in adopting or surrendering a Doberman, you should always call first to discuss your situation and requirements. Often the number listed will be a volunteer's private home or cell number - please be respectful of their time and expenses. Often the Dobermans in foster care will be located in foster homes spread throughout the area served, so unless arrangements are made, do not expect to view the whole 'stock' in one visit.