Questions to ask the breeder.
---- If above is good ---
- Age and cause of death of 5 recent generations. If they mention
cancer, ask for the type. Some such as osteosarcoma are genetic. Of
the deaths are under 8, it may run very high in the line.
- Age and cause of death of siblings in 5 generations.
- Ask to see test results. Not just take there word. When was a heart
echo and holter done. If parents are under 5 years ask for results on
You want to see hips, eye, thyroid, liver panel, Von Willebrands (vWD), heart echo and holter*
- Ask for the contact information on previous litters from same parent.
If first litter, as for info on parents' siblings.
- Do they breed fawns and/or blues?
- The size of the dogs breed. The Doberman is a medium size breed. They
should nor exceed 28 inches tall nor 90lb. 100lb+ warlocks should be
- What was your goal in choosing this breeding pair and having this litter? This question is important as some breeders are in it for the money. They have no interest in improving the breed.
- How many Champions have their bred? Are the litters parents Champions? What success do they have in conformation, obedience, or sport
Remember you are interviewing them, don't feel it's you who is up for
the approved home test. Your not rescuing a dog from a breeder, if
they are a bad breeder you are supporting their actions and they will
breed again. A good breeder and bloodline is hard to fine, but they
are out there!
- What titles do the parents hold. What titles do previous litter mates
- How are the puppies weaned? Many breeders wean too early to get the
bitch back in show or trails. Some may wean to late allowing the puppies to have teeth and not properly associate with food.
- How are the puppies socialized? You want to here they are socialized
individually away from the security of there pack.
- How do the do there temperament test to choose the right dog for the
- Are the ears, tail, and declaws done? If so what age, what vet?
- Is the litter going to be registered?
- They should have just as many questions for you!
- Read the contract. You want one to protect you, not just rants to
- Can you keep the dog intacted?
- What do the consider genetic health problems? Do you need to return
the dog if one develops in the time line of the health guarantee? Are
you offered another dog from a different line or you the price paid
without returning the dog?