Price includes what?
Some breeders will add extra items – toys, tools, training packages, or others – with the final sales price of a Doberman puppy, but at the very least, the following should be included:
- Healthy Doberman puppy
- Veterinary examination – usually done with the 1st set of shot at 8 weeks
- Limited CKC registration
- Puppy’s updated medical record booklet – comes with the veterinary examination
- One or two sets of shots – depending when the puppy goes to its new home
- One or two de-wormings
- Registered microchip or tattoo ID
- Ears cropped – if you so choose *
- Tail docked – if you so choose *
- Dew-claws removed
- A purchase contract – its extent and content varies between breeders, but among other items, keep an eye out for 1) Health guarantee – the average guarantee period usually varies from two to five years; 2) Certification the puppy is VWD clear or carrier – not affected, and; 3) List of health testing certifications completed for parents & grandparents.
* Please note that some breeders will only sell their Doberman puppies with docked tail and cropped ears. If you wish to have a Doberman with natural tail and ears, make sure to mention it in your first conversation with the breeders while you do your research.
* While some breeders will not adjust the price should you ask for uncropped ears, many will agree to slash up to a few hundred dollars, as they may not have to incur the expense.
* Some veterinarians charge a fixed price per litter for ear cropping – as every puppy in the litter will get its ears cropped on the same visit – in which case the breeder may not be able to offer such a discount.