Tennessee Breeder of mild Dispositioned, Socialized, Healthy and Loving Dobermans
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First Doberman breeder in Tennessee to be USDA/AWA Inspected and Licensed
We are proud to be the first Doberman breeder in Tennessee, and the third dog breeder overall, to have passed the rigorous USDA/AWA inspection. You can see our entry on the official government A.C.I.S Search tool by typing Baptist Ridge Dobermans in the search box and clicking on the search button.
October 19, 2014 – Reservations are Closed
We have received quite a few questions about how to reserve a Baptist Ridge Puppy. Right now, all reservations are closed. You cannot reserve a puppy at this time. We keep all of our reservation lists small to avoid disappointing people if our females have smaller than expected litters. When a litter is born, and there are more puppies available than we have reservations for, we send out a newsletter announcing that fact. Typically, the puppies are claimed before we let the public know on our web site pages. When we announced Greta’s litter that way, all pups were claimed within hours, and that was seven pups we kept secret.
If you’d like to know about puppies as soon as their available, subscribe to our newsletter. The next time we will generally open our reservation process will probably be in May or June of 2015 when we plan our 2016 breeding schedule. Also, from time to time we open our reservation process when people drop from our lists for personal reasons. This happens rarely however.
February 25, 2015 – Puppy Pictures
Well, today warmed up to barely over freezing, very unusual for late February here in Tennessee. However, we took the balmy (sarcasm rampant here) in stride and decided to get some puppy pictures. As you can tell, this rogue’s gallery is definitely obtaining personalities based on some of the expressions we caught with the camera. They’re growing like weeds and have the dispositions we breed Dobermans for, mellow and loving. Enjoy the pictures!
February 24, 2015 – Nikita Pregnancy Confirmed
It’s been an interesting week here on the ridge. We’ve had an unusual amount of snow and cold. For much of the past week we’ve not been able to do very much. We even had to postpone the ultrasound on Nikita from last week to today. Actually that tuned out to be a good thing, which we’ll explain. The ultrasound image below is a week later than we usually have them done to confirm a pregnancy. Dr. Ragland performed the ultrasound imaging and used what must be a technical vet term. When we asked him how many embryos he was seeing he replied, and we kid you not, ‘A potload.’ We’re assuming potload is a term learned in veterinary school. Anyway, take a look at the image below carefully. You can click on the image below to bring up a higher resolution image. You’ll see, near the top of the image, what looks like a string of pearls. The pups are growing rapidly now and those are actual vertebrae forming! When we have the ultrasound done earlier we normally don’t see those. So it was rather fortunate that we were delayed a week. Very interesting. For those of you on the Zeus/Nikita reservation list, we think we can safely say you’ll have a large number of pups to choose from.
February 19, 2015 – Kaiser
Kaiser was born to Baron and Zelda a little over a year ago. We received an e-mail today, with an attached picture of Kaiser. Here’s the content of the e-mail and the accompanying picture:
I know it’s been a while since our last report with Kaiser but with our busy schedules and his constant growing we didn’t have much time for pictures or updates. Kaiser is now a year and two months and an amazing dog. He is by far one of the sweetest and most sensitive dogs I’ve ever known, as well as incredibly smart. He also has a very independent streak to him and tends to get a little passive aggressive if his feelings are hurt. But really, we were most surprised with his natural guarding abilities. His sweet disposition can easily be replaced with a dominant stance that he uses to stare anyone down he doesn’t know. Definitely an amazing mix of Zelda and Baron.
He passed his obedience classes a long time ago, to which he flew through. In fact, the trainers were blown away with his temperament and called him the epitome of a dobie ambassador.
He weighs in at 90 pounds and recently gained more muscle. All of us are excited to see his full grown muscle size within the next year or so.
As always, thanks for entrusting us with one of your wonderful pups,
Check out the link above to Kaiser’s puppy page and see the transformation of a small, but handsome pup, into what he is today.
December 12, 2014 – Adult Dogs
While we had the camera out we decided to get some current pictures of our adults. Many breeders don’t show current pictures of their adult dogs, instead relying on past pictures, sometimes years old. All of the pictures below were taken on December 12, 2014. It was a sunny, mild day. Okay, okay, mild for the middle of December, after a very cold morning. The only adult we could not get a picture of was Mishca because she was being very camera shy. Her picture, at the bottom, was taken on December 23, 2014.
October 15, 2014 – Reservation Policy
We receive a great number of questions about our reservation policy, especially at times like this, when our reservations are closed. We want to explain again just what we do and why we do it. On every litter we try to limit the number of reservations to six or seven. We do this because, in most cases, litter sizes are larger than six. This prevents a large number or people from being disappointed. Sometimes it’s unavoidable if the litter is smaller than six but that is rare. Sometimes you’ll see a reservation list larger than six or seven. This happens when the demand for pups is so high that the reservations flood in before we can get the reservation form off our site. This happened in the recent case of Greta. In that case we write to everyone, explain the situation and their chance of receiving a puppy, and allow them to stay on the list if they want, move to another list that has fewer people on it, or request a refund.
So, as of right now, our reservation lists are closed. When we have another litter, Like Zeus/Taucha in December, we will send out a newsletter informing people just how many pups are in the litter, how many people have reserved a pup, and how many, if any, are available. If you’re subscribed to the newsletter you’ll be the first to know and be able to reserve a pup. If you’d like to know before we make the news available on our web site, please subscribe to our newsletter. No, we don’t spam you, we send you news you will be interested in hearing about happenings here on the ridge.
If you have any questions about our policy please drop us a line. We would love to hear from you.
Doing some Doberman research before deciding on a puppy? Great! While Dobermans, also called the Velcro Dog, are wonderful, loyal and protective companions, they are not for everyone. Their high energy levels, insatiable curiosity and dominant personalities will intimidate the casual dog owner. Unless you’re ready for a dog that wants to be at your side at all times, a dog almost as intelligent as you are, a dog willing to put his own life at risk in order to protect you and your family, you don’t want a Doberman. However, if you want a loving dog, always watchful, always vigilant, who will offer your family peace of mind, then please take a look at a few of our informational pages:
If you think the above is just a sales pitch allow us to tell you a short story that happened late spring of 2013. We frequently have visitors here on the ridge and we enjoy showing them around, introducing them to the dogs and pups here, and showing off Dobie Village. Most of the time we’re here in the main yard when people arrive and the visitors are usually greeted excitedly by Baron and Zelda, the Doberman mayor and first lady of Baptist Ridge. On this particular day we had one set of visitors down at Dobie Village showing them the construction going on and the layout of the houses there. We received a call on our cell phone from another family we were expecting to visit, asking us to come up to the main yard. They were nervously laughing and we were totally confused.
At the ridge we have a double gate system so we, and delivery vehicles, can come and go without the danger of letting the dogs out into the nearby state park. The visitors we were expecting came through the first gate, closed it behind them, then drove through the second gate when Zelda greeted them. The driver of the car opened the car door with Zelda sitting just a few feet away. She just offered him a low, menacing growl. He closed the door and watched her. She continued to sit there watching him back. After a few minutes when no one from the house came out he tried getting out of the car again and, once again, Zelda warned him it would not be a good idea for him to do so. He once again closed the door and called us on his cell, hence the nervous laughter. Of course we were nearby, just not in the main yard. Zelda didn’t care. Her people did not say these were acceptable strangers and she was doing her job. Once we arrived and told her they were welcome she was all stubby tailwags, greeting the newcomers eagerly. Did we train Zelda to this behavior? No. This is natural with a Doberman. She was not aggressive but these folks were an unknown to her and, until she was told differently, she was going to protect her owners. This is why we say Dobermans are not for everyone. If you want a dog that will greet everyone with tailwags and a game of fetch, you want a Golden Retriever. If you want to feel your family is watched over by a loving guardian, then a Doberman may be the dog for you.
What Kind of Doberman Does Baptist Ridge Dobermans Breed?
We’ve been asked that frequently. Our answer is always the same. We do not raise line bred or inbreed Dobermans to concentrate on a specific trait such as tail or ears. We are developing a blend of American and European lines, resulting in dispositions we strive for in a Baptist Ridge Doberman. We concentrate on disposition and temperament. We raise Dobermans people want. We raise family oriented Dobermans. We raise genetically sound Dobermans. All of our medical records are online for everyone to see. Every puppy comes tested, individually, for the bleeding disease, common in Dobermans, vWD. If you come visit Baptist Ridge Dobermans you will find yards and fields with Dobermans of all ages, from pups to adults, running about. You will not find confining kennels. Our smallest runs, used for mating adults and to keep adolescents safe when we are mowing the fields, are twenty-five feet by seventy-five feet with an 8×11 full sized house in it complete with heat and air. Every one of our dogs live inside with us, as Dobermans should, some even sleep in our beds! If you purchase a Doberman pups from Baptist Ridge we can almost guarantee that pup will eventually sleep with you too. That’s the kind of dogs we raise. That’s the kind of dog Dobermans are and should be. We invite you to come visit us and see just how your pup is raised. Don’t take our word for it though. A breeder can say anything. Take a look at our testimonial page. Every one is dated so you know how recent it is. Take a look at our waiting list. Sometimes people wait over a year for a Baptist Ridge puppy. That’s no exaggeration. We are so confident in the puppies we produce we offer a 100% refund policy. If you place a reservation with us and your economic situation changes, your living conditions change, or you decide a Doberman is not for you, we refund your deposit 100%, no questions asked. We know someone will want the pup, we have a very long waiting list, so we offer an excellent refund policy. Until you actually select a pup, your deposit is 100% refundable, for any reason. Period.. Here’s a slide show showing the puppies in their element. Note, as you watch the pictures, the intelligence expressed by their eyes. This is a trait of well bred Dobermans.
When you purchase a loving and loyal Baptist Ridge Doberman here’s what you receive, all included in the price of your puppy:
- An up to date health record of your puppy showing all vet visits from our vet, Ragland and Riley.
- A vWD genetic certification of your puppy from Vetgen or Vetnostic.
- Every puppy with a full registration will receive a B-locus and D-locus coat color test from Vetnostic, included in your purchase price.
- A micro chipped puppy that you can take to your vet and have your contact information stored in in case your puppy ever wanders away. This increases your chances of recovering your puppy substantially! This microchip is already activated for you with the database provider so you have no additional expenses to protect your pup.
- Every Baptist Ridge Doberman Pinscher puppy is registered with the American Kennel Club.
- A fifteen pound bag of Fromm Family Classic food, sent to your home or at pick up time of your puppy.
- 8 week shots – Distemper, Adenovirus 2, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis (DAPPL), Deworming
- One Prairie Dog Giant Deer Antler Dog Chew. Our dogs love these and your pup will too.
Our love for Dobermans started with a Doberman named Chi Chi. She was a childhood pet. She was with us at all times when we were home, outside, inside, everywhere! Well children grow and life changes as did ours. We both have a long history of involvement with dogs of many different kinds over the course of the years. For one of us it was Alaskan Malamutes and Rottweilers. The other went for the Poodle fancy and rescue of a Rottweiler. All of them great dogs. In fact we’re proud to say that the snowy paw print of Kira, our last Alaskan Malamute, who passed due to cancer in 2011, graces every page here at Baptist Ridge Dobermans. As stated, we have loved many dogs but never stopped loving the Doberman breed. They are so majestic and intelligent. To us watching our dogs run at full speed is more than just beautiful. They’re magnificent and loyal beyond words. That is what brought us full circle. Here at Baptist Ridge Dobermans our mission is to breed genetically sound, well rounded, socialized and healthy dogs that you will enjoy for many years to come. We have come up with a breeding plan that we feel is superior to any other out there. We do not inbreed or line breed. We realize it is a common practice in many cases, to keep a show line / pedigree. We understand it and not knocking it but… What happens to the breed? Inbreeding is inbreeding, be it dogs or any other animal. Imperfections can take place. It repeats and repeats with the problem potentially growing larger all the while. We do not and will not do that. Reserch has found that inbreeding has caused many genetic health problems that could lead to a shorter life span for many pure bread animals in general, not just dogs . Our goal is to stop the breeding of unhealthy and genetically unsound dogs. We will perform genetic testing of EVERY PUPPY regardless of parent lineage! We want to eliminate vWD, (Von Willebrand’s disease) in the Doberman line, and we will do our part. How? By testing every puppy, every litter, every time. So you know that your puppy’s genetic makeup is superior to most out there. We also never sell a carrier puppy with a full (breeding) AKC registration. Never. Over time this practice will reduce the number of carriers of VWD in the Doberman breed. Please take a moment to look over our site. We have a lot of good information that will help you make an educated decision about purchasing a Doberman. You will find more on our breeding practice and answer questions as to why we breed as we do. Again our mission is to breed genetically sound, well rounded, socialized and healthy dogs that you will enjoy for years to come.
Our adults have attend training classes taught by a nationally recognized trainer. His name is Curt Brock, and he is a recognized trainer of adult dogs and puppies including Doberman Pinschers. You can browse his website at cbdogtraining.com. His male Golden Retriever (KEY) was ranked the #3 obedience dog in America in 2010. In 2011 he won the Golden Retriever National Obedience competition. The following is an e-mail we received from Curt recently we we told him we were planning to get one of our adults the AKC CGC certification.
The web site looks wonderful! Anytime I get people asking me about where to get a great dob puppy I will send them your way. I loved working with you and David. You put in the time and listen to every detail I told you and came out with a wonderful dog! I am proud of all you have done.I am happy to help anyone and email me anytime to let me know how everything is going!Thanks again for raising and training a wonderful dog.