My family and I adopted a rescue doberman when I was about 10 years old. He had previously been a show dog in Texas. Something happened and he was no longer able to be showed. His owner tied him up outside and rarely fed him. Neighborhood kids would abuse him and throw rocks at him. We decided that we could make a good home for him. Things went really well for a few months. One day when him and I were watching TV together, I gave him a kiss on the nose. Something about this upset the dog, because he bit my face. My lip was actually in two pieces. We returned him to the rescue, and the foster mom kept him for her own pet. While this may sound discouraging, we did end up adopting a 6 month old doberman puppy after this. She is now 14 years old, and has never snapped at anyone. My dad also has another 8 year old female. While I do DEFINITELY agree that they are nervous and anxiety ridden, they are super intelligent, loving and sweet. I don't think I would rescue a 95 lb. dog because of my daughter. The whole situation kind of traumatized me. BUT, Dobermans are GREAT dogs.
While I do DEFINITELY agree that they are nervous and anxiety ridden, they are super intelligent, loving and sweet. -------------------------------------- So your saying that ALL Dobermans are nervous and anxiety ridden??
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I have had dobermans for over 30 years now and I have not had a nervous one yet. As a matter of fact I would not keep a nervous dog of any breed in my home.
Dogs bite for two reasons. They eigher bite out of fear or aggression and I would trust the aggressive dog a lot further than I would trust the nervous one.
I believe that a dog's temperment is a combination of 40% genetics and 60% environment. Breed an aggressive dog and the best environment in the world would only keep it in check but that dog will resort to aggression when he needs to or feels threatened. You can breed a calm caring dog and put it in an abusive environment and that dog will show signs of aggession. You can't blame a dog for being a dog. dogs will do what dogs do.
I have selected my puppies from parents and grandparents I have researched. I don't mind a bit of protection aggression in a doberman as that is what they were breed to do, however, I keep my dogs well trained because they will do damage if they ever attack.
With all of the above said:
In your case with little kids in the home I would not rescue a doberman or any other larger potentally aggressive breed. I would make sure I research repatable breeders who have breed for calm dogs, these are generally show breeders as many of them have breed the aggression out of our breed.
By the way I believe you were mistaken nervous with high strung, there is a difference. I never trust a nervous dog but don't mind a high strung one.
Maybe I used nervous in the wrong way. They are more high strung. I don't mean nervous like they are sad or just not right. I did not mean it in a bad way. They are actually just more goofy. If you are not petting them when they want you too, they will shake and jump all around. So I suppose that high strung is a better term. But yes, all 3 of our Dobermans were like that. BUT, they are by far the best breed of dog we have ever owned.
I agree, any dog can bite. I actually had meant to post this to the woman who had a question about Dobermans. Oops. I was trying to convey my point about how they are good dogs. Unfortunately, ours had been severely abused and neglected and it caused irreperable damage.
In your case with little kids in the home I would not rescue a doberman or any other larger potentally aggressive breed.
in general i would put more faith in a breed specific rescue group matching the proper home for one of their dogs then i would telling someone to get a puppy as a guaranteed way the puppy will grow up liking and being ok around kids.
one of the benefits of adopting older dogs is that their temperament is known. the foster family knows what each dog likes and dislikes, what type of adoptive environment would be best based on what those likes and dislikes are.
a woman i work with bred, showed and now owns dobermans for eons now. several years ago she had to euthanize an 8 month old puppy she had bought because he mauled her face and left her with nerve damage in the face. this is a woman who knows the breed inside and out, knows breeders and lines and who produces what in the breed. and she still ended up with a puppy that was just not wired right.
situations like that happen in every breed. while rescue is not always the best choice for everyone, its not fair to rule out breed specific rescue, where the dogs are in foster homes and their personalities are known and tested.
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I never ruled it out for everybody. I think that it's great if someone would rescue a dog. In fact, if I did not have a 2 year old running around at home, I would rather rescue a dog then to go to a breeder. With what happened to me, I am just nervous to rescue a large breed dog because I am too nervous that it would snap at my daughter. I am sure that most rescues are excellent pets and never bite their new owners. I am just a little nervous, I'm sure you can understand why.
I'm no expert on dobermans, but my family/extended family has had nurmerous types of dogs over the years. Most of them friendly and passive breeds. My father had a Keeschound(sp?) when I was 9. Had that dog for 14yrs and he was so playful and passive. I was bit in the nose by him when I was about 14. Just innocent playing and it was his way of telling me to back off. Never before and never since had he ever bitten anyone. He just got aggitated. Not necessarily have anything to do with aggressive breed or not. Even the most passive will let you know if they've had enough. My mother-in-law's Schnauzer is also a perfect example. Sometimes I think that one is bipolar. She is a cuddle bug and a lap dog, but if you try and hug her she will growl. If you want a fun loving passive, forgiving animal then do some research and go for ones that suite the temperament. Mine happens to be Boxers. The doberman could have also had a grudge about the past abuse.
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