I'm like Johnny Rescue on here sometimes I think. I'd highly recommend going for a rescue dog in your situation and here's why. You want a dog that's not going to be prone to health problems. Unfortunately, you can run into this with both rescue and breeders. Rescue dogs you can (sometimes) get a good health history of that particular dog though. Of course just because a dog has been healthy in the past doesn't mean it will be in the future. With a rescue you usually get an older dog do you know exactly what their temperament is like. A pup is always a crap shoot and sometimes laid back puppies become active adults and vice versa. Don't make the mistake of thinking that all breeds fit their breed standard. I own a cocker spaniel who's a couch potato and I ran into basset hounds that were highly active. With an older rescue dog you can (with a good quality rescue) get a good idea of the dogs activity level. There are doberman's who are lounge lizards.After seeking advise and doing online research I finally decided a Doberman is everything I'm looking for in a dog. Their super-protective and loyal nature combined with a love of attention and affection is exactly the right combination. I also appreciate their active lifestyles becaus I want a dog I can go running with or just be active with in the park. Plus I just love the way they look. I have a couple of questions.
I plan on buying as a puppy and I prefer to buy from a rescue so I can "save" a dog. Plus it's probably a lot easier on the wallet. But I also want to make sure I can buy the qualities that I'm looking for. First, and foremost I want to avoid buying a dog that will be proned to health problems. Aside from the cost invovled I also don't want to feel bad all the time because my dog is sick or not feeling well. I also want to make sure it is truely a pure Doberman and has the right temperment. I prefer one that is not overly aggressive but is also not shy, timid or passive. I've read that the latter is generally against their nature, but you can find some in that category.
I think being able to consult with a quality breeder would give me a better chance at getting what I'm looking for. But at the same time I'm not helping the problem with homelessness and I'm (guessing) they will probably run in the $1000 range? I don't mind spending the money but if I can fair just as well from a rescue that would be my preference.
The other factor to consider is location. We're stationed just outside Fort Bragg, NC and I would only want to buy a dog from a quality breeder or rescue. I'm willing to drive long distances within reason.
On an unrelated note; is it considered crewl to crop the ears and bob the tail? I plan on leaving mine natural but I was just curious. It seems to be a common practice.
As a side note with you being in the military and moving on a regular basis I would not consider owning a house to be a good move until you've mustered out and settled down in one place. Has nothing to do with owning a dog, but just my two cents.