Dobermans are wonderful dogs. The old myths about them have died down a lot, finally, and they are becoming a first pick family dog for many people. Just be very careful who you buy from. "Warlock" and "King" Dobermans are bred too large. Some are bred for certain colours and not for health. Be very careful if your friend is going to a breeder. I suggest going to a Doberman rescue. There are puppies and adults, and adolescents, for adoption. :)
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i think they are wonderful dogs and my friend also wants to get a doberman as well. Her fathers friend had 2 dobermans and they were the sweetest dogs and all they wanted to do is play. It doesnt matter what kind of dog u get, all that matters is how u raise it. They become what the owners raise it to become, even if its by accident or purpose. So maybe your friend should think about getting one because i also volunteer at my local humane society and there was a beautiful female doberman and she was the most gentlest dog i've ever met and she also knew sit and also leash trained. I wish i adopted her but she got adopted by a wonderful family.
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Ahhh. Thats good. Yeah she doesnt have a dog and has wanted a doberman for a long time. Is there a different personality difference between female or male. Is one better than another for a first time owner?
I bought my first doberman 30 years ago and havn't had any other kind of dog since.
I do agree there are many wonderful dogs in rescue but for a 1st time doberman owner I suggest you get it from a breeder.
Do your homework, look to show breeders as every dog in the litter is not show quality and you can pick up a pet quality doberman for about $1,000.00 from a quality breeder.
Make sure you ask if both parents are available and judge the personality on the parents as all puppies are very playfull. Keep in mind a doberman demands a lot of attention and you must give them something to do or they will find something to do themselves and you may not always like what they find to keep busy.
You need a lot of room or you must take them for daily runs as most working breeds they need to burn energy or you will have a dog that will climb the walls.
Don't let me scare you off of the breed they are work, but the rewards are well worth it.
Mine get along wonderfully with the cats, the horses and the wild deer and turkeys, however, they do not like small animals like squirls or rabits. Mine show so they are well are around people and other dogs constantly but they will protect my wife and home in a hearts beat.
I will try to post a couple of photos here (if it takes) judge for yourself.
Dobes are my favorite breed but research it carefully before getting one. there are a lot of bad breeders out there with health and temperment problems. Make sure a breeder lets you interact with there dogs and health tests.
We had a dobie that liked to leap the fence at our shop. He would get caught at the top. We brought him home and discovered he made a wonderful nanny when we were weaning our rot pups. He protected them from possible theft when they were outside and he allowed them to take over his stuff with hardly a whine. Sweet sweet dogs. He lived until he was 17 years old. Only a couple of health problems. He had dry skin on occasion, and 1 ear infection caused by a foxtail.
They sound like sweet dogs. And all those pictures are very cute. Just to see how many people think these dogs are wonderful pets convinces me. I think ill get one my self! LOL. She has already done some research and found some pretty good breeders but she's still looking.
I love dobermanns but they do tend to be a little on the nervous side... nervous might be the wrong word... uhm.. non focused and easily distressed... I've trained alot of dobes and when I'm done training I usually feel jumpy kinda like I've had too much coffee.. (now I've trained problem dobes) still isn't an easy breed. I would not recomend the breed to anyone who hasn't had experience with working dogs, such as rottwielers, GSD, bouceron, or simular breeds..
I'm not saying she shouldn't get one just saying that she should be aware that it is dog that does consume alot of time as any big dog does.. so she really is hounest to herself in getting a dog that suits her not just because she's met a few she has liked and not because of looks.
i love them. if i didn't break out every time i touched one i would have one myself. from myexperience of the breed from ones that my co workers own, they are sweet, extremely intelligent, very fastidious about themselves and their surroundings, they hate going out in the rain, and they like to snuggle under blankets when it is cold out.
the only drawback i can see to the breed, and this is more just a personal thing rather than a true negative about them, is they are very much like a velcro breed. i like a dog with a touch more independence in them.
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aleczandra, I couldn't agree with you less lol. I have a rescued Doberman (I'm sure you've read posts about her) but she is far from jittery, and she focuses very well when it comes to training and me. Don't get me wrong, ahe was a hard case to train at first, but mainly because she is hard headed lol. Before I got Lady I never had any experience with Dobermans, I was jumping in the deep end without knowing how to swim......I had fallen for the breed after my best friend adopted one from an elderly woman who was going into an assisted living home.
Personally I wouldn't recomend a rescue as a first doberman for someone who has never had one, you just don't know what kind of baggage you may be getting. Lady is one sweet dog, but she has her faults lol. For a first time Doberman owner you want to know the breed, what it's supposed be be like, I know Lady is FAR from the breed standard when it comes to her temperment, and her "arrogance".
Doberman's are a great breed, and the horror stories that people hear....well it's just like the pit....the owners, not the breed at all!