Private Re-homing Tips

Private Re-home Tips

We are so sorry to learn that you are considering re-homing a Doberman. We know that this is a painful and very difficult decision. Prior to considering a private re-home, please reach out to DHDR, to see if we are able to take in your Doberman. If we are not able to take in your Doberman, or you are someone looking to purchase or take-in a Doberman through a private re-home, check out these tips below:
Tips for Owners
  • Avoid Craigslist and other marketplaces at all costs.
  • Ensure your Doberman is spayed or neutered prior to re-homing. There is currently a Backyard Breeder crisis, and many people pose as loving families to get their hands on Dobermans that they will breed and mistreat. If you need help with spay or neuter, reach out to
  • Spend time gathering photos and as much information as possible to write-up about your Doberman. Many people want to know if the dog is trained, does well in a crate, walks on a leash, likes other dogs/cats, etc.
  • Consider microchipping the Doberman so that there is a paperwork trail back to you. You will still need to transfer it to a new owner, but having the history is always helpful should the worst happen.
  • Require proof of identity and address from the person you are selling/giving your Doberman to. Be sure you get their phone number and contact information. Also, ask them questions like:
    • What other pets do you have?
    • What are the ages of those in your household?
    • What are you looking for in a Doberman?
    • What will a typical day look like with your Doberman?
    • Where will the Doberman be kept in the day and the night?
    • What is your training style?
    • Who is your vet?
    • Is your fence secure? (ask for photos)
  • If you want to be extra careful, consider using an ‘Adoption Contract.’
Tips for Buyers
  • Ask for as much information as possible about the Doberman, including diet, history, vet records, and more.
  • Ask if the Doberman has any issues with strangers, other pets, or if the Doberman has ever bitten a person or pet.
  • Meet the Doberman with your whole family and any pets in a public place.
  • Consider hiring a trainer or evaluator to join you for the meeting to evaluate the Doberman.
  • Ask if the Doberman is licensed with the County, and get the license transferred to you.
  • Schedule an introductory vet appointment after you take the Doberman home to be sure their bloodwork looks good, they have a physical exam, and get up to date on any missing vaccinations or microchip.
  • Keep this list of trainers handy – most Dobermans need professional training.
  • Read up on the slow intro and decompression process.
  • Reach out to DHDR at if you have any questions – even if you don’t adopt from us, we are here to be a support in the Doberman community!