We recently decided to purchase a Doberman puppy. We have put a deposit down, and have it narrowed down to two 8 week old puppies. The one, a male, was the first to greet us. After greeting us, he proceeding to lay down on a rug next to us and pretty much acted disinterested. The other, a female, was definitely more cautious. The remaining puppies were more cautious. The owner put mom & dad in a room, and the remaining puppies kept going back by the door whining. She had to bring them back in the room about 4 times before they decided they wanted anything to do with us. After that, they were all tongues. The would romp, nibble, etc. normal puppy stuff....then they all decided is was bedtime and piled on top of one another.
Can anyone tell me what type of behavior I should look for? I do not want an aloof dog, I want a connected dog.
There is a great deal to be said on this subject, and I am sure you will get lots of good answers. Here is mine;
Although all puppies are born with a basic temperament, after they leave their siblings, their first home, and their parents, you and your family will play a major roll in how your puppy will ultimately see the world. How you house your puppy, the games you play, your method of training and style of discipline will all come together to create your dog. The puppy that you pick will not be the mature dog that results.
This said, I do believe that you should let your puppy adopt you. Try to identify the puppy that seems to identify with you. This may sound like a small thing and their is really no study to show this works, but I believe it has merit nonetheless.
It seems that the first to greet you was the male who laid down next to you after the initial greeting. I wouldn't take that as disinterest from the pup. I would take it as a level of comfort from the pup.
My suggestion is to visit a few more times and see if this pattern continues.
I also agree that you should allow the pup to pick you and it seems that already happened. Good luck to you and post some pictures when you bring the pup home.
***Edited By: Bordeaux4me on 1/11/2007 7:54:30 AM*** Reason: sp
It really depends on you, the male I wouldn't take because its probly more pushy, I would have taken the female. Always take the puppy that hesitiates a little, but if its cowering and hideing no, don't take it. The male puppy who, runs up to you first is going to be the one thats biteing at hands or pulling on the leash etc. If your an extremely experienced owner you have more options.