Importing a dog: doberman puppy cost
Importing a dog from Europe – part 2. How much does a Doberman puppy cost in Europe? (updated 2019).
Cheap Doberman puppies often end up being expensive dogs. Out of all the dogs I had in my life – even well-bred dobermans were the most “high maintenance” health wise.
Read previous post about importing a dog from Europe: part 1 – how to find a breeder in Europe.
Make sure to do your homework – understand Doberman genetic diseases, and more importantly – understand heredity in the pedigree of your prospective puppy. Visit our Puppy for sale page to see pre-screened litters that we recommend.
Overall the cost of dogs is cheaper in Europe than in the US. The dogs are true to the initial breed purpose than those in the US. European clubs require mandatory temperament test for all breeding dogs, which helps maintain stable temperament in Doberman population (read article “American vs European Doberman“). Breeding in the US is more consumer driven and there is no breeding regulation as long as bred dogs are of the same breed.
There are more activities for dog owners in Europe and dog owners are in general more pro-active with dogs – shows, sport trials, training available for any breed. If you go to a breed specific show in Europe you are likely to see dozens and hundreds of dogs. While in the US – you are lucky if there are 15 dogs signed up. European parents of my dogs were competing in dog shows among a hundred or so dogs in a conformation show. Can you imagine the competition? In the US – when I was showing my doberman – he was the only dog in his class.
Doberman puppy cost (as of 2015) comparison is as follows (from cheap to expensive): European breeders of European dogs, American breeders of American dogs, American breeders of European dogs. American doberman puppies cost between $1500 up to $3,000 (and we only discuss prices from reputable breeders here). The lowest cost is for “pet puppy”. Such puppy will be fixed (spayed/neutered) and has a certificate of origin. The show quality puppy is the most expensive; the puppy will be intact, has a proper pedigree, but the dog will be co-owned with the breeder (you won’t be able to breed the dog without breeder’s permission). I knew enough about the differences between American vs European dobermans at that point to know that the best fit for me is a European Doberman.
The cost of European lines doberman puppies in America is ridiculous. I found one website that was offering the pups for over $4500. The average price for European dobermans bred in America was starting $3000 and up. So it was only logical for me to import a dog from Europe.
My dobbies were from Poland. The cost in 2014 was 1100 Euros plus 100 Euros per month to hold a puppy one extra month.
ADDED IN 2019. Dog prices contradict any laws of trade economics. In a healthy economy – a quality product costs higher, a substandard product costs noticeably cheaper. Think about Apple vs Microsoft, German car prices vs US car prices, etc. In dog world the prices almost always contradict the quality – if you consider health and longevity as a top indicator of quality. It is common for mass producing breeders to charge higher price and take advantage of buyers from economically advanced countries. I’ve seen breeders from Russia and Serbia sell dogs for $4000 to the US. And if you look at heredity of those dogs – they have deadly heredity all over pedigrees. But those who truly breed for health and longevity, and have may be 1-2 litters per year – are unknown breeders, and struggle to find buyers. We’ve published a Puppy for sale page to promote litters from such breeder.
Data below was collected with the help of many Dobermann enthusiasts worldwide. Amount of registered puppies per year was collected based on official kennel club publications (either online or printed). If you can contribute reliable data for missing countries, please, contact us.
Doberman puppy prices worldwide
|Brazil||1111 in 2015||€ 500||CBKC|
|Canada||464 in 2017||€ 1,937||Canada Kennel Club|
|Denmark||85 in 2017||€ 1725||Danish Kennel Club|
|Estonia||26 in 2016||€ 1200||Estonian Kennel Club|
|Finland||184 in 2017||€ 1200||Finnish Kennel Club|
|France||886 in 2016||€ 1650||Société Centrale Canine|
|Germany||531 in 2015||€ 1550||Dobermann Verien annual brochure|
|Italy||1401 in 2017||€ 1400||ENCI - National Cynologie Agency|
|Norway||63 in 2017||€ 1875||–|
|Portugal||153 in 2016||€ 550||Clube Português de Canicultura|
|South Africa||138 in 2017||€ 527||Kennel club of South Africa|
|Spain||765 in 2016||€ 1150||Real Sociedad Canina de España|
|Sweden||89 average||€ 1875||–|
|UK||1462 in 2017||€ 1050||The UK Dobermann Club|
|USA||19,394 in 2017||€ 2642||Doberman Pinscher Club of America|
*TABLE FOOTNOTE: Some kennel clubs issue annual reports, where they publish amount of puppies registered per year. Used data is from such resources. However, Kennel Clubs don’t regulate prices. Presented data is a ballpark number provided by breeders from various countries and should be only referred to as “common knowledge”.
Next article in this series is Importing a dog: mistakes to avoid when traveling with dogs internationally.
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