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Average Price of Doberman Pinschers

November 18th, 2010 Posted in Doberman Health & Care

For people looking to buy a Doberman pinscher, cost is an obvious consideration.  But when deciding on a purebred pup that’s for sale, generally you get what you pay for.  The price of a doberman can range widely and some people may not understand why the difference in pricing.

At the low end you may find a Doberman pup for under $1000.  Beware anyone claiming a purebred for a low price.  A cheap Doberman is not a bargain.  You are probably dealing with a BYB (back yard breeder) or a puppy mill dog.  BYB’s do not place priority on breeding the best dogs. They don’t screen for health problems or temperament.

A reputable breeder depending on how many pups they have available will usually cost over $1200.  This is for a “pet-quality” Doberman.  Note that champion bloodlines are good but what is exceptional is having champion parents. This will increase the price of the doberman, expect to pay over $2000 for a “show-quality” Doberman.  (Also note that there may be a waitlist to buy a Doberman puppy.)

Other things to consider with Doberman pinscher prices is that it may already include ear cropping and cover other costs such as tail docking, dew claw removal and puppy vaccinations.  Doberman breeders have many expenses they need to cover, from feeding to housing to medical bills to registering the Doberman with their countries kennel club.

You want peace of mind knowing your Doberman has been screened for major health problems (which the Doberman has some serious ones).  Testing done may include: hip dysplasia, von Willebrand’s disease (vWD), thyroid disease, genetic eye disease, cardiac health.  You also want to be able to look at your dogs family tree, not only for lineage but to ensure you didn’t get a dog that was inbred. This is obviously serious to the health and longevity of the breed.

Also don’t forget to consider this is just the initial cost of the puppy.  You’ll need supplies, food, a crate, collars, more puppy shots, neuter/spaying, annual vaccinations and checkups, etc.

Do not pay more for a white Doberman, please read my previous article on Doberman colors.  Also do not pay more for “Giant”, “King” or “Warlocks”.  These are dogs that are purposely bred to be larger, affecting their health.  Dobermans should follow the standard for the breed.  The standard exists not only for looks but for optimal health.

If you absolutely love the breed but can’t afford breeder pricing, consider using a Doberman rescue or checking your local humane society. Please avoid buying from pet stores, puppy mills or back yard breeders.  They do not respect or promote ethical breeding and don’t care about eliminating genetic diseases that affect the breed.

I hope you now understand better what goes into the price of a Doberman.  Remember a higher doberman price or cost can give you some assurance that you’ll have a healthy family member for a long time.

What did you pay for your Doberman? In what country?

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6 Responses to “Average Price of Doberman Pinschers”

  1. Jordynn Says:

    I’ve actually considered buying a Doberman from a woman named Susan from bigdobermans.com. Of course I’d have to have the pup shipped but it will still cost a little over a $1000.


  2. callmeWila Says:

    Wow, my jaw dropped looking at the right price. I really love dobes i had a blue doberman named him “Budd” he was just a year old. sadly, he passed away due to food poisoning by some cruel $#%*ing neighbors. The whole family was depressed specially me, the one who beg my parents to buy the dog at a local breeder. We missed him badly to the point that my mom keeps calling his name even though he’s gone(imagine how we loved him). He was a stress reliever, whenever i got home from work and was such great member of our family he was a great loss. I’m definitely getting another puppy by Christmas hoping that the dog won’t suffer the same as my dog did. Once we’ll find the culprit, I’m pretty sure they will pay. To the readers of this site, Please love your dobes be it not a dobe or any breed, love your dog like he/she’s a member of the family. Jah bless everyone. R.I.P. Buddy!


  3. James Williams Says:

    Interesting thought process, but whomever wrote the opinions above are wrong headed. I have seen many fine dobermans in the less than $700 USD, range. Just because someone is not gouging people for dogs does not mean they are fine people. In fact maybe the opposite is the case, and gouging for a dog is never an indication of a good breeder alone.

    There are many factors in breeding to consider. Now what do I know, I been doing this since 1976. In my days I have witnessed line breeding by so called reputable breeders, and high cost line bred dogs. Those who but a dog need to do a little research and understand why the cost is what it is. If the dog comes cropped and docked with a medical checkup and shots then the cost goes up. Just because someone is advertising in a popular magazine does not guarantee a quality dog. Over my years I have known people who so love the breed that breaking even financially was reward enough to them when selling a quality litter.

    Cost alone only tells me they may be taking advantage of people.

    And Willa I hope you find the culprit, and they pay for such inexcusable evil.


  4. Jeff C. Says:

    We paid only $300 for our black female puppy in Michigan 2 years ago. We paid another $200 to have her ears done. It was a back yard breeder but we are not breeding her and just wanted a house dog. Not showing or breeding. She is almost 3 and has a great temperament and is healthy so far.


  5. Rachael Says:

    I know a reputable breeder who doesn’t breed for white dobermans, but doesn’t breed white out of their bloodlines either. They focus on temperament and health, so when they have a white, it isn’t like they’ve been cutting corners with inbreeding or ignoring other factors.

    That said, buying an AKC registered white dobie pup from them with shots, check-up, and docked ears and tail is about $1500, and they do ship them.


  6. Evelyn Says:

    I bought my doverman 2 yrs ago , I paid 1700 plus tax , but his ears and tails nipped , has a chip , shots and a couple of free trips to the vet. I also got a coupon to get him neutered, and his pedigree certificate , w his family tree all included , even free magazine subscription.all this at a very reputable pet store.


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