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” dobermans. 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?