Frequently Asked Questions

Where do the dogs come from?
Most of the dogs are rescued from the municipally operated animal shelters in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We have accepted dogs from rescue organizations in other parts of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana. We also get dogs from people who find them running loose, from owners who can no longer keep them, and from private shelters (SPCA, Humane Society, etc.).
What medical care do they receive?
Every dog is given an incoming examination by a veterinarian. At that time the dog gets a rabies vaccination and is tested for heart worms, Ehrlichia, Lyme Disease and L. Platys. We then take the dog to our rescue shelter and vaccinate against Canine Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, and Bordatella Bronchiseptica (kennel cough). If the dog has not already been altered we spay or neuter it. If the dog has heart worms it receives heart worm treatment with Immiticide. All dogs are placed on heart worm preventive. The dogs are also treated for intestinal parasites and treated with Frontline for flea and tick control. If the dog has any other problem (broken bone, skin condition, wound, infection, illness) it receives appropriate veterinary care and recuperates in our kennels. The really sick ones move into a volunteer's house until they get better. All dogs are micro-chipped with AVID chips for permanent identification purposes.
Do you have any puppies?
We get puppies every so often. It seems like people stop taking good care of their dogs once they get to be a year or two old and that's when the dog ends up at the pound. We do, however, get puppies from time to time. If you really want a puppy, keep checking back with us. We only adopt out puppies (dogs under one year) to people who meet all our requirements, who live in the North Texas area, and who come to Doberhof to be interviewed. The reason for this is that we get over twenty applications for each puppy, and we choose to adopt them to people we come to know in person, and that we can easily visit after the adoption.
Isn't it riskier adopting an older dog since you can't train them from puppy hood?
We don't think so. The personality of an adult dog is much more apparent than that of a puppy, so by coming to our rescue kennels and meeting the dog before you adopt it, you can have a good idea of what the dog is going to be like. Puppies, on the other hand, still have to go through adolescence and can end up quite different from the cute fur-ball you originally fall in love with. Also note that it is our policy to allow you to return a dog that isn't working out and exchange it for another Doberman.
I have small children and am worried about how the dog will behave with kids. Isn't it better to get a puppy so it grows up with my children?
We don't think so. We firmly believe in having you and your kids meet the dog before you adopt. Then you can see for yourself how the dog behaves with your kids and vice versa. You still need to be careful and watch how the dog and your kids interact when you get home. And you need to train your children not to be mean to your dog.
How do you know how old the dogs are?
The vets check their teeth and other characteristics and give us an estimated age. Obviously, we don't know when the dog was born so we can only make a best-guess.
Why do I have to keep my dog on heart worm preventive?
Heart worms are transmitted by mosquitoes. The risk of catching them is very high in North Texas and most of the United States. Heart worms can kill your dog or cause permanent injury. We don't care to have "our" dogs go through that, they have already been through more than a dog should have to endure. So we insist you put them on preventive. A simple once-a-month pill is all it takes.
Do the dogs have papers?
No. Most come from shelters, so there is no way for us to get their papers. When a dog does come in with papers, typically an owner-release, we send the papers in to the American Kennel Club with a letter notifying them that the dog has been spayed/neutered. This is to avoid a puppy mill getting its hands on the registration number and using it to fraudulently register litters. If you want to show your dog in obedience, agility, tracking or other competition other than conformation, you can get an PAL/ILP number from the American Kennel Club. With a PAL/ILP number you can show an un-registered Dobe in everything except conformation.
How much does it cost to adopt a Doberman?
We charge for adoptions to support our rescue efforts. We pay thousands of dollars every month for veterinary care. In order for us to remain in operation we need your support. You will find an adoption price listed with each dog on our website.
What if I adopt a dog and it doesn't work out?
No problem. Bring the dog back and exchange it for another one. We are concerned that the dogs get homes where they fit in and are loved.
I have a Doberman that I can't keep. Can you help me?
Yes, if we have room.
I live too far from Dallas to adopt a dog from Doberman Rescue of North Texas. Is there a Doberman Rescue organization in my area?
There probably is. To help you, we have a directory on our website. The Doberman Pinscher Club of America Rescue Committee publishes a list of rescuers as well.
I've tried in my area, but no one does Doberman Rescue here. Will you adopt to me anyway?
Possibly. As a general rule, we no longer adopt out of our area. You must live within a five hour drive of DFW Airport for us to adopt to you unless we happen to have someone close enough to you who is willing to help if there is a problem with the adoption.
I have more questions!
Call us or send us an e-mail.

The Process

  • Fill out an application.
  • Our screener will contact you with any follow up questions and let you know the board's decision on your application. If your application is denied, we are sorry but it is our policy not to explain why.
  • If your application is approved, come on out to Open House.
  • If our board still has questions, you will be invited to undergo a screening interview while you are visiting Doberhof during Open House, and a decision will be made at that time.
  • If you fill in an on-line application by Wednesday evening at the latest, we can often have our checks completed before Open House the following Sunday.
  • At Open House we will work with you to help you select a dog that we think will work for you. Our goal is a happy adopter, a happy dog, and a lifetime adoption.
  • After deciding on a dog, complete our adoption contract.
  • Make the appropriate adoption donation (cash or check only).
  • Take your new dog home. Please bring a leash and collar so you don't need to borrow one of ours.
  • Protect your pet. ShelterCare Pet Insurance Programs