We've only had two dobies, but they were both just plain crazy lol. They need a lot of attention, despite all the "bad" things I've heard about them, dobies are really great people dogs. Jax came to us from a doberman rescue, he was once a firefighter dog lol. He liked having his own space, but he still loved to be around everyone. I think it depends on the doberman, some are really good with other dogs, but I've met a few that just can't tollerate other dogs. Lexi my best friends doberman is like that, she loves small dogs, but any dog her size is a threat to her. Dobies do take a lot of work when it comes to training, well mine did anyways. I would deffinatly recomend obedience classes for first time dobie owners and their dogs. It's not so bad if you have no control over a lab, or golden, but when your dobie thinks he or she is smarter than you, watch out. spend some time with a minpin first, then multiply that by 50 lol!
I have had them all my life and they are GREAT dogs. There great with kids as well as other dogs. There laid back and i dont think they need a lot of attention at all.They also listen very well and train easy.I think there the only dog to have, i lost my last little guy just over a year ago and soon will be looking for anouther. My hubbie got me a rottweiler 5 days before preston Died but its not the ssame i miss having my dobie around
I have been thinking of getting anouther one, im just so worried im going to get anouther one who will leave me so soon. Preston had heart problems as well as Vonwillabrands "i know i spelt that wrong".
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I had one about 10 years ago and she was the BEST dog I ever owned. Honestly. She had her *quirks* such as she was very people oriented, had to be near you ALL the time. They are not dogs to be ignored :) She went through the typical puppy chewing stages, etc.
But SMART!! And loving and LOYAL! My mom had Lou Gehrig's disease and she couldn't talk or really walk but that dog learned to come when she clapped her hands once, if she pointed her finger, the dog sat, if she clapped twice it meant go lay down, it was AMAZING. She was so very sweet.
And I have never gotten another Dobe b/c I would always compare them to my Misty and it would NEVER be the same :) But I agree that they are WONDERFUL animals....
Julieh your dobbie is beautiful, I love the red. Sorry about your loss. I had researched Dobermans for 8 months and wanted one so bad. I'm not great at discipline and I have a soft heart for big brown eyes. So, I decided against a Doberman (now I have a 2 pounder - lol), but some day, I will have one.
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I've had two dobies in my life (not at the same time). The first one was the sweetest-heart you'd ever know. The second one was, well, weird and spooky temperament-wise.
We got both of them as puppies. The first was from a pet store (the owner of the pet store bred dobies), the second was from a BYB. This was WAAAY before I knew about the dangers of purchasing from either place. We lucked out on the first one...not so lucky for the second, although we loved him too.
The best advice I can give is to research breeders thoroughly. Dobies, I think, have been way overbred in the past, and if you don't do your homework, you're in for a crapshoot when it comes to temperament.
My boy is the best dog I have ever had. the key,as with any breed,is a great breeder. there are some lines with issues. google dobermantalk for a lot more stuff. They are not for everyone but I will never be without one.
ah so dear to my heart. Own 4 of them.Breed them. they are wonderful dogs, and yes they require a lot of attention, and if they think they're not getting enough will come up with some rather imaginative ways of getting it. They are the most loyal dogs and that's because they were developed for that reason. They are big clowns that make you laugh alot and will sit quietly by you when you cry. Your children need never fear anything with their Dobe next to them. I never lock my doors...don't need to. They need to be exercised and mentally stimulated, and have keen thought processes, they are analytical in their thinking and can tell you your next move. The down side, they eat alot! they hog up the bed and take the covers. And when it's time to go to the big doghouse in the sky, they will break your heart, but don't let that stop you from having one. They are the best large/medium dog there is. Get one. You won't be sorry. None of my clients are.
Wolf...That's funny that you compare those two breeds because I also have a Siberian Husky and will in about three weeks have a Doberman...So i'll be dealing with both sides of the spectrum really soon :)
gothusky2 - really? lol I actually remembered that, plus your screen name helped. :) IMO sibes and dobes are two of the smartest breeds. By now I'm sure you have experienced your husky doing exactly as he pleases. My dobe was the same way. She would sit on command, if it suited her. My sibes are the same way, unless food is involved. ;) Best of luck with your new addition.
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i don't own one because they make me break out whenever i pet them but i just adore them. i have to agree with everyone who said they need lots of attention. a co worker of mine has a female and she is just about the neediest dog i have ever met. i would love to own one.
I grew up with Dobies and currently own one now. They are so sweet and loving. They NEED attention from their family but somewhat aloof to strangers. I love Dobies becuase they are very predictable and loving to the family but can protect me if a situation arises.