How Much Does a Doberman Pinscher Cost?
The Doberman pinscher was developed in Germany in the last 19th century as a guard dog. This breed is known for its cropped ears, docked tail, athletic build and sleek coat.
How much does it cost?
- Gentledoberman.com indicates that a doberman pup could average around $600, but there are cases that it can reach as high as a thousand dollars or more. A full-bred Dobermans will be the one that is more than a thousand, while a lower quality breed can be around the $600 mark.
- Purebred Doberman Pinschers can cost more than a thousand dollars; usually, those that are below $1,000 are bred by backyard breeders. Buy from them at your own risk!
- Backyard breeders are typically not professionals, and they do not have the best clue on proper screening for healthy dogs and proper temperament training for these animals.
- Reputable breeders for these dogs will usually range, and the prices for these animals should be anywhere between $650 and $1,200.
- For those checking shelters, dogs over the age of three can be purchased for as little as $100.
What is going to be included?
- The dog that is brought at such a price of more than a thousand should be a well-bred and considered to be a purebred Doberman Pinscher. As a pup, training for its behavior will often fall on your hands. However, it must be remembered that some sort of temperament behavior should have been inherited from the parent or the first animals that were bred. If the ancestors of the bought puppy are not genuine Pinschers, then some temperament and behavior issues could be expected.
- Reputable breeders will also include all vet checkups, AKC papers (if necessary), vaccinations, and today, most will carry a health guarantee.
- If you are going to have the dog shipped through the air, the breeder will usually include an airline-approved carrier crate.
What are the extra costs?
- Puppy shots are basically injections that protect the dog from getting sick. The cost for this will be up to $300 for the entire set of shots if they have not been received yet.
- Ear cropping could also be a part of the costs and this would be as low as $400 to as high as $1,500.
- Toys such as bone chews as well as blankets and collars can be part of the added expenses.
- An addition of $1,300 is expected to be invested to the dog besides its initial cost. This is going to include the food, shelter, vet bills, etc. Like any pet, maintenance will be required down the road.
- If you need to have the dog shipped via the air, plan on spending anywhere from $250 to $400.
What are the factors that influence the price?
- Dogs that have been pre-screened to be healthy will definitely add a few hundred dollars to its cost. Pre-screening means that it has undergone the needed injections and has been tested to be free from health risks and issues such as hip dysplasia and other cardiac issues.
- The age of the dog is also a determinant factor when it comes to price; pups aged 7 to 12 weeks are around $500 to $700 while the older pups will be the ones priced at a thousand dollars and more.
- Notably, the rarity of the type of Doberman Pinscher and its color is also a factor that might affect its price.
Tips to know:
- Backyard breeders are typically not professionals, and they do not have the best idea of proper screening for healthy dogs and proper temperament training for these animals. While true breeders may charge more, it may be well worth your extra money.
- Dobermans have a tendency to be violent because of their protective nature. There are many cases of attacks by dobermans, so make sure you train your pet correctly and remember to keep the dog in a protected area away from strangers it does not know.
How can I save money?
- There are plenty of Doberman Pinschers out there that are quite rare and beautiful. It is never advised to pay for a white Doberman as these dogs have been bred with other types. Hence, it goes to say that its life and health can be affected in the long run. If you want to really save on the costs of the dog, it would be best to be a Doberman rescuer. Most dog pounds may have one or two purely bred Doberman dogs that may need a home. Adoption shelters are a fantastic way to give a dog a good home and save hundreds of dollars.
- The DPCA.org and DPCarescue.com are both great websites that can help you find a dog in your area.