Thinking of adopting a 2yr old Dobe. I am a little apprehensive as to how well she would adjust to her new enviroment and family. I was told she is a sweetheart, good with kids and pets alike. Please share your experience, and any tips on easing the transition.
I have always had my dobies from 10 or 12 weeks old as I too was a little aprehensive about taking in an older dobe. However, I did just that with my latest. He was a 2-1/2 year old male his original owner passed away and he was being kept in a kennel. This dog was very attached to his original owner as they even slept in the same bed together. Well I bought him from the kennel for $2,500.00 drove home from South Carolina to Jersey in the rain and snow and the entire time was hopping I didn't make a mistake.
Long story short he has been with me for a year now and he is the sweetest loving dog and he lives to please me, I thought he was a bit of a candy a_ _ as my female bosses him around and he just takes it. The UPS guy came to the house and walked in on the dog and I thought he was going to tear the UPS guy apart as I did not escort him in the house I was still outside and let him in to use the bathroom since he is here so much I thought it would be ok oops, my mistake.
But with my family and even strangers if I let them in and introduce them to him he is a lover
My dad had found an adult male dobe when we were growing up. It was obvious the dog had been abused and hopped right into my dad's car. From day one that dog was PERFECT!!
The only problems they (we) had was 1-the dog liked to chew on my hair (it was really long and I was only about 2 yrs old) and 2- once in awhile it would fight with the big dog next door IF the other dog came onto our property barking and snarling first!
It was a large blue dobe but the biggest baby ever! Us kids would put on rollerskates and let him pull us up and down the driveway. He was really quite sweet and very well behaved!
I should add there were 3 kids in the house at the time ages: 12, 5, 2. When I turned 4 I got a kitty and the big dumb dog acted like it was the mom! Gave that kitty baths and slept next to it at night. We also had a small mix dog and they all got along fine together. Blue was at least a couple years old when dad found him and he lived to be quite old.
***Edited By: beagle/basset on 7/7/2006 10:15:09 PM*** Reason: missing info
hi, a time ago, my mom adopted a dobe named sam...he didnt adjust good at all he was supposedly good with dogs, but he attacked both of my dogs, shady and Diamond and nearly killed D... he was scared of everything very like tense and shakey and he attacked my sister and bit her in her nose.....But im sure it was only beacause his owner didnt raise him right i think she mistreated him, b/c when she came 2 take him back he did not want to leave...
Ok, this is going to sound funny, but...my ex husband and his wife adopted and adult dobe several years ago. Now, I don't socialize with them, but of course my kids go over there all the time. This was about 7 years ago and my kids are now 13 and 19. I've met the dog when I have picked up my kids. She is beautiful. Great with the kids and they also have a boston and a 3 lb. poodle! She gets along great with all of them. I have always loved the breed. Maybe someday. If you have a chance to let her around your kids/other pets and see how she does I think that would be best since we all know different dogs have different temprememnts. But, I thought I would share that since it fits your situation. Good luck.
My best friend adopted a 2yr old dobie about 5 yrs ago. She had belonged to an older woman who was moving to an assisted living home and could not take her. She stayed at our vets office for a few weeks before Kaitlin decided to she couldn't live without her lol. Lexie is an ANGEL, and she's wonderfull with my two girls (4yrs and 20 months) The only thing with her is she doesn't like other big dogs, small dogs are fine, but any dog her size she needs to be watched closey. I'll dig through my cd's and fine a picture I have of her on Morgan (my oldest daughter) sleeping on the couch lol.
Like any other breed of dog you have different temperments and personalities in different dobermans.
They are a working dog and they do need to be doing something, keep their minds occupied and give them something to do and they will do it well. Let them get board and they will get into trouble just like any other breed of working dog.
You can not be wishywashy with a doberman, you must be firm and demand they listen and obey you when you give them a command, you don't have to have a perfect dog that has a wide range of commands, just the basics, come, stop, stay and no but you will be supprised just how wide their understanding of commands can be.
They for the most part are protective of their owners and turf and they are all so pleased with themselves when you complement them, good boy or good girl, they get so excited that that little stub wags so hard their entire body shakes.
My female is always thinking, you can see it in her eyes and expression, my male smiles when he thinks he got away with something like when you walk in to the room and see him laying on the bed where he knows he does not belong or when he takes my wife's other sock as she is putting on the first one and goes and hides it.
Bought my first dobie over 30 years ago and have never been with out one ever since.