after all health testing and perferably showing is done. If you don't show, then how do you know he is breeding quality? Health testing is the most important, so you have to know what genetic problems run in Dobie's, and test for those things
However if you are just trying to make a buck and really don't care about who you breed to and if the pups end up in the shelter, you can start anytime. In that respect, what does it matter if there are a few more dogs put to sleep in the shelter.
If you are going to breed correctly and actually do what you are supposed to do,(breeding to better the breed), then the health testing is sooooo important.
I really thank you for your reply. My doberman has had his testing(s) and they all came back good. His bloodline record I keep with his paperwork and he has strong Doberman Champion bloodline. I have not enter him in a local show club but I do understand the importance of keeping the doberman breed strong healthy and alive. My doberman trainer has informed me to get him in a showing club to show him off to other well qualifed dobermans. I just had a concern on when to start mating him since the trainer doesnt have much knowledge on dobermans. He just turned 1 years old. I have had offers to have my male mated with a female doberman and they have showed me there paperwork and medical records and there female doberman is 1yr and a half but I just didnt know if my 1 year old should start. I really do appreciate your response once again.
Personally I do with my male mini aussies. I do my hips with Pennhip, so they can be done anytime. I do wait until my boys are at least 1yr, and the girls have to at least be 18months. I do have a smaller breed. I would suggest talking to some Dobie owners, join the club if you can. They would probably have better info on when it is good for them to start. maturity is a big concern, and I do know some larger breeds need to mature. good luck, and it sounds like you have it together.
I'm really curious to exactly what tests you've had done, since he is only 1 year old. And if you haven't even started showing him yet, how do you know how he compares to other dobes? So many people claim that their dog comes from "champion bloodlines"...but how far back? What titles do the sire and dam have? Or were the titles from generations back?
Well, I am going to skip the health exams since they were already mentioned. Guys, read this: "to show him off TO other qualified dobermans" - what's this supposed to mean? You don't show a dog to another dog. What is this, a date? You show it to judges to prove breeding stock.
Anyway, males mature physically at 18-24 months old. Shouldn't breed before that. However, I've seen a pup offered for stud services once: he was 10 months old. I feel so sorry for those dogs.
Finish ALL health clearances, get to showings, raise your boy in a beautiful and healthy adult and then breed)