What to expect
Depending on the parents used, puppy temperaments may fall in a wide range from calm to active, easygoing to sharp, and various levels of drive. Each puppy will be individually assessed to determine their temperament so that they may be placed in the home that is most suitable to them. Puppy placement decisions are made with first priority given to matching temperament to owners' lifestyle; preferences for certain looks comes second
Physically, F1 outcrossed dogs usually end up being a fairly even blend of their parent breeds. Unless crossed to a dog with tan points, most F1 outcross puppies will not express tan points. Generally, the more back cross generations a puppy is the more doberman-like they will look though it can take a few generations to return coat color to traditional black (or brown) and tan.
Cropping & Docking
Whether a puppy is docked is up to the breeder, as docking done properly is performed within the first week of life long before placement decisions are made. Whether a puppy is cropped is also up to the breeder, though they may allow prospective owners some input. Generally, however, the more phenotypically correct a puppy appears to be compared to a purebred doberman, the more likely they are to be cropped and docked to emphasize this return to type.
F1: Irish Setter Outcross
Rory is a young F1 Irish Setter-Doberman outcross puppy (50% doberman, 50% Irish Setter; DOB 7/20/19). He is active, confident, and smart. He is all about tug, fetch, and following his nose.
Both purebred and outcrossed litters are planned for 2020 and will be announced once breeding is confirmed.