When I was thinking about getting a dog, a Doberman was top on my list. Here is why: My parents had one when I was young. My father had a farm, and the Doberman, Buster, would work on the farm with him. He did NOT like cats, or other small animals, and they usually met an unfortunate end if he got them. But he used to do this cool thing. In the early spring, when the animlas would have babies (like rabbits), sometimes they would fall out of the little holes in their cage. Not to be to grotesque, but it was still cold out and sometimes they would freeze on the ground. (I may have been the most worried, because I was about 5 yrs old and I used to crawl under all the cages looking for babies.) Buster used to find the little babies (when they were like an inch or two big) and sometimes they really appeared to be dead. And he would carry them in his mouth, all the way from the farm to the house and drop them on our front step so we could save them. He was sooo gentle with them. (my mother would then wrap them in warm towels and place them in the oven. ON LOW, with the door open, don't worry. To heat them back up and she would massage their chests and they would come back from what appeared to be dead) It was the most precious thing!!! Anyway, I fell in love with my dog (lab x) in the shelter, and didn't get a doberman. I just want people to tell me how their doberman acts and what they love (or hate). Just for my future reference..... Buster used to run and run for DAYS on that farm!!!! Are yours like that?? Besides protection, what were doberman's bread for? Buster ran like a greyhound!!! Of course, he died when I was about 8, so the memories could be a bit fuzzy. ;) Good memories......... Thanks guys.
But tehy are the best. No dog is like a dobe. they Are protective but not in a way most dogs are. They look everyone over to decide if they are safe for his family to be around. They read you to see how you feel about them too. They are huge lap dogs:) They can run all day or just curl up on the couch. they can be a challenge to some people. I'll never have another breed:) If you have any specific questions just ask.
I have a Dobie right now,(actually he owns me) but not for long, sadly, Thunder has been diagnosed with lymphosarcoma. It has been an amazing 4 years, him and I, together against the world. I have to say, there is no other dog like a Doberman. He is so close to having a human companion, that I would prefer his company any day. He has an amazing vocabulary, and I can't even spell out certain words-He Knows! The Dobie is called the velcro dog, they go everywhere's you are, even to the point of annoyance at times. They are so in tune with you, they can sometimes even anticipate what you are going to do-before you do. They truly are a special breed, but I would strongly caution anyone to have an appropriate home, and plan on spend most of your days(and nights) with them. They are most definitly not the kind of dog you leave alone for long periods of time. Also it is wise to read up on whatever breed you decide you might want. Dobermans are very prone to cardiomyopathy. I do know that Thunder is such a big part of my life that I honestly don't know how I will make it without him."Our animals shepherd us through certain eras of ourlives. When we are ready to turn the corner and make it on our own...they let us go." Anonymous Helen