Post # 1
Fiance and I are thinking of getting a Doberman puppy. I know puppies are a ton of work and can be very frustrating to deal with. Dobermans also tend to have health problems. It’s a big decision. The temperament is what worries me the most.
For Bees with a Dobe, can you tell me about the dog?
Is the dog purebred or a mix?
What age was the dog when you got it and where did you get him/her?
What kind of training has the dog received?
How does your dog respond to: being startled, strangers, small animals and other dogs? Any behavioral issues?
What do you do for exercise for the dog?
Any health problems?
Post # 2
My best friend has a Doberman that is an absolute sweetheart. She looks intimidating but honestly, I am much more suspicious of her chihuahua! The doberman is high energy but she is good with kids (our 4 year olds play there together) and she is fine with the chihuahua and their cat. I’ve told her if she ever couldn’t keep the Doberman for any reason that I would gladly take her!
Post # 3
I dont have a dobie, but I’ve met plenty and they’re on my list of future dogs I wouldn’t mind having. All the ones I’ve met have been friendly, but in your face friendly. More reserved and watchful, but not aggressive or timid. They’re very smart and easy to train. Would probably benefit from basic obedience and puppy classes. Both for learning and for socialisation. I’d say for exercise a hour of walking/playing/fetch/ect would be ideal.
Again though, I dont have one, so this is just from what I’ve heard from other owners and research I’ve done.
Post # 4
countingstars: I don’t have a dobie either, but a friend does. When I first went to her house, he was fenced in to the kitchen while I was in the livingroom. She told me that he’s a very nice dog, but he’s intimidating which is why he was fenced in. I said, let him out then! And darned if that dog didn’t just lean up against me and want to be petted the whole time. Haha! She said even her neighbors who know him well are intimidated by him and will cross the street when they see her coming with him. Soooo… I’m sure they can be very good dogs, but just know some people might be a bit freaked out by him.
Post # 6
I have to say it doesn’t really matter the breed, they will all have different tendencies. I have a heeler who is incredibly loyal and protective. This means that on walks, if he sees another dog approaching his ruff goes up and gets pretty vocal. At the dog park, he chases away any dog that gets close to us or our lab. Note: Our neighbors who don’t know him are intimidated and walk away if we come walking with him. He barely dusts 47 lbs. However, he is the favorite dog among our extended family because around people, he is the most goofy, loving thing.
Our lab is basically friendly but has canine anxiety (if that’s even a thing). She’s literally scared of everything. We rescued her, so we’re not sure what her start in life was but having to meet new people and dogs literally rocks her world. She crawls on her belly and whines. Once she gets used to new visitors, she’s very playful and wants to sit in everyone’s lap.
Additionally, how you raise and train them will have a lot to do with their disposition than just the breed itself.
Post # 8
My dad has a purebred Doberman that’s maybe a year old now named Tesla. He didn’t do obedience classes or any formal training, but she sits, does “up” (to hop into the truck or into stuff), and sometimes lays down.
Tess is the most energetic dog I’ve ever met. She does this thing where she dramatically slams her paws down on the ground and it looks aggressive but it’s an invitation to play. If I ignore her, she tries to play anyway. She is really heavy and jumps a lot but my dad didn’t train her not to.
He doesn’t get around very well anymore so for exercise, he takes her to the dog park each day. She plays well with the other dogs there and rolls around with them until she wears herself out.
She sniffs my cat relentlessly and bothers him but she has never been aggressive to him or I wouldn’t let her over anymore lol. Tess is super destructive but has never destroyed anything at my house. She ate my dad’s couch – twice – and loves to eat throw pillows and totally tears up his shoes. I had a stack of papers at my house once that she walked in and immediately knocked over intentionally. I’d say that was a curiosity thing though.
She loves people and scares the shit out of joggers when she sprints up to them and jumps. A lot of people are wary of her and think she looks mean because her ears are pinned.
Post # 9
My best friend in HS had one and she was the sweetest dog! She was a “leaner” when she wanted affection and she was so big she would almost knock you over. She lived for 15 years and was always a wonderful companion and I never saw her be aggressive or skittish.
Post # 10
How did I miss this thread?
Obviously I am biased lol, but they are the world’s best dogs. Playful, loving, friendly and energetic on your list. I’ve known many and raised 2 from puppyhood. Any questions let me know.