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. Bill said:

    My story is not unlike most of the other doberman owners, I was blessed, fortunate to have spent 7 years with my ” soul mate”, his AKC birth certificate Warholas Czar Nikolas, both parents were black tan, huge, muscular, a jumper, he could leap across a 8 ft, coffee table, so much energy he always had, a run in the woods, run full speed into the woods, when he noticed he was thirsty he would rocket back to main path fly past my truck, bee line at 30 mph zoom, the moral of my story is to cherish and fondly remember my best friend or yours, at seven yrs, my buddy developed lymphatic cancer, one day he woke me early, omg, he had swollen lymph nodes size of footballs, his neck, behind his forelegs, every gland in an otherwise healthy beautiful loving dog, he was also had the biggest meanest show of terror, all bark no bite, so popular with neighbor’s, Nico, I miss you good buddy, I always will

    January 14, 2018
  2. Glenn said:

    My red Dobe was a backyard breeder, and paid $750. Had AKC papers and met the parents. I paid whatever to crop as well He is almost 6 years old and no problems. He is the biggest baby, yet he is very obedient and loving, yet stubborn and hardheaded. Hmmm like his Aplha, me!!! We see him starting to age a little. Will start buying supplement s to help prevent hip problems. He is on the larger size at 95 lbs from European bloodlines. Next time I will get a black Dobe, hopefully I can get a rescue sooner than later to give “Flame” a friend.

    October 20, 2017
  3. Terrie L Tackett said:

    Best Dobie I ever had was a back yard breeding. He was so lovely, beautiful confirmation, lovely personality!!

    September 25, 2017
  4. Javier said:

    I paid 2,500.. my doberman has been a blessing. Well worth it. Champion blood line

    August 13, 2017
  5. Hailey said:

    It is very simple they love u and will keep u save just love them and u really want have that much to were about yes I lost My Doberman she passed away in October 21st she was only 8 mouths the people that had her before I saved her abused her I got her when she was 3 weeks

    December 25, 2016
  6. Scott said:

    Where were the ears cropped in Michigan?

    December 19, 2016
  7. Beatrice said:

    Just because there may be a “top-of-the-line”breeder, doesn’t mean they care about the animals. I would be considered a backyard breeder like this article states and I take care of those puppies. Both parents are AKC registered, they eat a raw-diet which promotes their overall health. My dogs have never been sick, the only times they’ve been to the vet was to get their vaccinations. We actually had Fiona’s second litter October 19th, and had people tell us that they went to legit breeders selling the pups for 1500+ and all the puppies were infested with fleas, full of shit everywhere, and overall looked unhealthy. Our dogs are not from champion bloodline, but I have never had any problems with the first litter she had, which were 12 puppies. All were healthy and went to good homes, and in fact we keep in contact with their owners. We get picture updates of them. This time around, she had 8 puppies, and once again, all healthy. All puppies come with their papers, so… not all “back yard breeders” don’t care. We are living proof!

    November 3, 2016
  8. Greg Tits said:

    Paying more than $500 is such a waste of money on a dog. Dog lover through and through, however still logical.

    August 1, 2016
  9. Page Adam said:

    this post should include the difference between akc and ckc registration….. akc is decent ckc might register your cat as a doberman if you send in the paperwork…..

    July 5, 2016
  10. Jaki said:

    I would suggest wait until your budget is better because you want to have money also set aside for vet visits and training.

    July 2, 2016
  11. Tony brante said:

    I have a 4-yr-old ‘re Doberman who has impressed me so Mich with his way above average intelligence, his loving and protective demeanor that I’m sold on the breed. I will stick with them from now on.
    If you’ve purchased from a “backyard breeder” and have had exceptional results I would be interested in contacting you, I just can’t afford to shell out over a thousand dollars for my next pup. Can I put my email address in a post? Is that appropriate? Any advice on finding a quality pup for less than average cost? Thanks in advance.

    July 2, 2016
  12. Ryan said:

    I always wanted a doberman, but my parents won’t let me no matter what. I try to convince them everyday that I will take care and of it. We live in an apartment, but we are going to move soon. Six more years and I turn 18. Can I get some advice for buying and taking care of dobermans?

    June 30, 2016
  13. Grimzborith_Brisingr said:

    What store was it?

    June 29, 2016
  14. Junior said:

    I have to agree with you. I am military retired US Army vet disabled but during my past 30 years watching my father raised Dobermans I decided to do the same with my wife we had a total of 6 Doberman Pinschers in the past 30 years we had a total of 4 letters every dog with well-mannered tempered healthy all shots were given. Consider me a backyard breeder but I can say one thing all my closest friends received elements for $100 white blue black and red Doberman all extremely healthy I guess it’s just the choice of words one person says when they say be careful with backyard breeders. So I guess what you’re saying is if you spend $1,500 on a dog that’s going to be a better dog than spending $100 I beg to differ good luck with your dog Molly haven’t had a doberman in the past six years after retiring out of the military. But my son but me a blue doberman pup at 5 weeks that the mother abandoned. We need to nurture them and brought them back to expect Better Health veterinarian says he’s as strong as an ox his name is Titan

    June 17, 2016
  15. 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
  16. Jaki said:

    That is a great story! Zeus the pooping defender.

    November 21, 2015
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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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