What Does A Doberman Cost?

Before you buy a cheap Doberman you need to consider a few things.

For people looking to buy a Doberman pinscher, the cost is an obvious consideration.  When deciding on a purebred puppy that’s for sale, remember 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 will pay more later in medical costs and maybe heartache. You are probably dealing with a BYB (back yard breeder) or a puppy mill dog.  BYB’s do not place a priority on breeding the best dogs. They don’t screen for health problems, temperament and you have no guarantee that you’re not getting inbred dog. These things are extremely important for Dobermans.

A reputable breeder depending on how many pups they have available will usually cost over $1500.  This is for a “pet-quality” Doberman.  Note that champion bloodlines are good to have but what is even better 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 wait list to buy a Doberman puppy. Breeders cannot predict how big a litter will be so plan a purchase months or years in advance. Also, note that some popular breeders may have all the litter on hold even before birth.

Other things that affect the Doberman price,  ear cropping, tail docking and other costs such as 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 country’s kennel club.

doberman puppy on expensive rug looking upThis Is Important

You want peace of mind knowing your Doberman has been screened for major health problems (which the Doberman has some serious ones).  Health testing done should include: hip dysplasia, von Willebrand’s disease (vWD), thyroid disease, genetic eye disease and heart health screening.

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. If a Doberman is “purebred” it should come with registration papers. In some countries, this is legally mandatory. If a breeder claims their dog is purebred but doesn’t provide paperwork, report them to your local dog club.

The other important consideration along with health testing is temperament and titles.  What temperament is the breeder going for? Generally American dobermans breed for a more family-friendly temperament, whereas the European Dobermans want more of a working dog temperament. This is generalizing of course but something to keep in mind.

Lastly, what titles if any does the breeder provide? Does the dog or it’s parents have any recognized titles? This may include conformation or working dog titles.

When you visit a breeder ask all these questions and have them prove it! Don’t just assume they’re telling you the truth. Good breeders document everything so have them show you the paperwork.  Also, be prepared to be interviewed yourself. Good breeders will ask you questions!  They want their dogs to go to suitable homes and not need relocating a second time. Don’t be offended if they ask you lots of questions, this is a sign that the breeder truly cares about his Dobermans.

Here is a handy guide to choosing a breeder. It’s from a Weimaraner website but the questions are applicable to dobermans as well. I hope it helps you.

Dogs Are Expensive

Dogs are expensive, big dogs even more so.  Don’t forget to consider that this is just the initial cost of the puppy.  You’ll need supplies, food, Doy Toys, a crate, training classes, more puppy shots, neuter/spaying, annual vaccinations, and checkups, etc. And emergencies!  Your dog might swallow a sock, it might get sick, it might hurt himself playing. Lastly, even if you do brush your dog’s teeth every day, you’ll have dental bills when he’s old. Don’t let your dog suffer dental pain.

Start saving money now for your dog’s medical care.  Do you have an emergency medical fund ready in case you need to visit the pet hospital or dental doctor?

Don’t buy these, please

Do not buy or pay more for a white Doberman, please read my previous article on Doberman colors.  Also do not buy or pay more for “Giant”, “King” or “Warlock” Dobermans.  These are dogs that are purposely bred to be larger in size, with no regard for their health.  Dobermans should follow the standard for the breed.  The standard exists not only for looks but for optimal health. If you want a big dog maybe get a Great Dane instead.

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. Save yourself the heartache of having a pet you love get sick and die.   Also, these breeders probably won’t give you any after sale support. You should be able to contact your breeder in the future if you have a question or concern with your Doberman.

I hope you now understand better what goes into the price of a Doberman.

Remember a Doberman that costs more can give you some assurance that you’ll have a healthy family member for a long, long time.

Did I miss anything else important about breeders and price?


  1. Clifford Rothband said:

    We used to breed Dobermans, To many were locked up, chained or abused. The ones lucky enough to be returned and socialized. They do come out of it very fast in a new environment and positive handling and kindness.. Years ago Whites, fawns, blues and silver pups were put down if the mother didn’t kill them them first. Blues are susceptible to skin problems.My Blue female made it to almost 15. She went blind at 9 and we changed her diet and her sight [cataracts] cleared. A very smart breed of dog. The handler has to be smarter or they will take advantage. One guy started an argument, my black and tan named Zeus, He jumped out of the truck window and came to my aid, the jerk yelled “What you gonna sic your Mut on me”, Zeus arose, turned around and pooped on the jerks foot. You should have seen his face before he walked away.

    November 21, 2015
    • Jaki said:

      That is a great story! Zeus the pooping defender.

      November 21, 2015
  2. alvin dennis said:

    I have a blue Doberman named Molly, and I got her from a backyard dealer and she is health as a horse. I know him every well and he treats his Doberman’s like his own children. She is well tempered, every well behaved, I have no complaint’s about her. So getting one from a backyard dealer and not paying an arm and a leg for one is not a bad thing.

    August 28, 2015
    • MissJ said:

      I’m glad Molly turned out great, and I do agree you can find a good house pet from backyard breeders, but it’s still more of a gamble on health & temperament.

      August 28, 2015
    • SHERRI KILLMER said:

      Our dog just had 13 puppies, 2 are Blues. So cute, and healthy. Good to hear your dog is healthy, everyone says Blues have problems, I’ve never heard of any.

      May 22, 2016
  3. Nicole said:

    Paid $3,000 for our red female. Both parents are American champions and the mother is a Canadian champion. Mother is from Canada. Dad is from the United States. Health guaranteed for 5 years. High price tag but worth every penny.

    March 4, 2015
  4. Rebecca said:

    We bought 2. They were selling for $300 each and we paid $500 for the 2. Not papered. Beautiful black and tans with awesome temperaments.

    December 22, 2014
  5. Evelyn said:

    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.

    July 13, 2014
  6. Rachael said:

    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.

    March 3, 2014
  7. Jeff C. said:

    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.

    August 27, 2013
  8. James Williams said:

    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.

    February 1, 2013
  9. callmeWila said:

    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!

    November 9, 2012
  10. Jordynn said:

    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.

    December 17, 2010

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