I'v said it before and I'll say it again 40/60 genetics/environment. 1st time doberman owners should not get their dog from a rescue, especially if their are kids in the home.
I love the breed and would recommend it to anyone but I also say it is not a breed for everyone as well, but most working dogs are not for everyone.
I correct myself, I am not a doberman owner, I am owned by my dobermans.
And Alekzandra, they should not be nervous, I never trust a nervous dog. But I think you are mistaken nervous with high strung. And I do agree the attention span of a doberman pup is very short and they do get distracted easly.
Renorey, I agree. I have 7 adults and currently have 17 puppies. I would have no other breed. They are the best companions in the world. I am blessed to be owned by my Dobies. Beacuse of them, I moved to a big old farm house, with 4 fenced in acres and of course a doggy door. I would die without my Dobies. I will send you to my website to see them after my puppies are all sold. I do not crop, prefer a more natural Dobie. I would also suggest a puppy.You will be the one to do that 60 percent environmental thing. Anyway, Dobies are the best, they smile, kiss, do "chop chop" ( my personal favorite), and they are SO smart.And loving, my Dobies would do anything for me. And I them. Heck, that is whay they have 2 Lazy Boy recliners and I sit on the floor!LOL! Dobermans have a undeserved bad rap. I hope we all who love them are working hard to change that. Renorey - beautiful pictures. I don't show, no time, but wish I could. I just do obedience.
I have never showed before these two and it is a long story how I got roped into it. I actually find dog shows quite boring, but I do rather enjoy watching my own dogs, the transformation in them as they walk into the ring is amazing. My black female is a handfull, a puppy that never grew up but the minute she walks into the ring her head is in the air, her chest pops out and she is in there for business.
My female is one major away from her CH. I then intend to do obedience with her. I want a double title and a ROM on her.
Renorey, I would love to see that! My Kiera, she is magnificent, I would love to show her. You will have to share sometime how that rope got on you! I do breed them, I wish I could direct you to my site, but with puppies for sale it is against the rules. Your dogs are beauties. I couldn't stand to be without my Dobers! I will keep your girl in my prayers for that CH! Very cool!
I have to say that the best way to know what you are gettinng in any dog is either by looking at the parents or how they interact with other animals for a couple of days.
I had two red dobies growing up totally different attitueds from totally different breeders. One turned out to be a loving family dog the one were we met the parents, the other a bit rough around the edges and a little nippy, the one we recieved from a pet store. BOth lived as family dogs and were given firm dicipline along with positive reinforcement. With carefull consideration of the temperment of the dog you will find a loving friend.
Another possible consieration is adopting and older one through a foster care system in your area. These dogs usually have gone through the puppy phase and not all of these dogs come from horrible situations. Some simply couldn't be kept due to moving, divorce, etc. Just something to check into =)