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Old 04-23-2005, 04:34 PM
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Lightbulb Any Doberman Pinscher owners here?

Hi,

Im new and i love Dobermans they are my dream dog and im hopefully going to be getting one soon. I have a couple of books on the breed and im reading up on all areas regarding the breed and i was just wondering if anyone had any tips advice or even any stories (i'd love to hear ) about your Doberman(s).

The more information the merrier .

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Old 04-23-2005, 04:45 PM
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The best tips I can give you are:

1) Research thoroughly the breeders and go to a reputable one who health tests and does all the other responsible things. (learn about all the genetic diseases they can get) You can find online what makes a responsible breeder. You can go to shows and talk to people. If one or two breeders names keep popping up, you might look at them.

2) Have you ever had a dog before? These are not dogs for beginners. They are a lot of dog and can be a challenge.

3) I'm so glad you've been reading a lot. Thats so important and wise. Be sure to learn a lot about training and be prepared to do a lot of it and to do a lot of exercise yourself. That's what they need tons of as they mature, as well as a mental job.

I wish you the best. Just be sure it's the right breed for you and your activity level. A lot of people get them for the wrong reasons and then find out they don't like them after all because they're very, very busy and they never seem to slow down, don't let anything go by them. They have to have their noses into everything. LOL. They are definitely not a dog for everyone.

I think there are some stories sprinkled around this forum. There's something I wrote... a little story about mine in this forum...thread called, Is this multiple personality disorder? (LOL).

Here's a link also to a Doberman forum: http://www.network54.com/Forum/11341?it=0

(I hope that's ok to do this here. Those people there are pretty helpful where Dobermans are concerned.)

Plus, there's a ton of stuff online in the AKC and DPCA sites. Good luck.
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Old 04-23-2005, 04:52 PM
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Hi Doberluv,

Thanks for replying, yes i know how important it is to research when it comes to buying a dog. I have had quite a bit of experience in working with some large breeds, i also work at a local veterinary practice so we have quite a few different breeds that have to stay in which i care for. I have looked after a friends Doberman a few times but that was quite a while ago but they've moved away... might be worth contacting them for info, funny how you don't think of things until something jogs your memory lol.

I'll check out that link you suggested and the other websites AKC and the DPCA too.

Thanks for your help much appreicated.

DP
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Old 04-23-2005, 04:56 PM
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Oh, gee, I went back and edited my post a little and then saw that you had posted. Well, that's terrific that you're so familiar with dogs and all. Well, this is exciting for you to be looking into all this. Keep us posted on what you find out and how it all goes.
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Old 04-23-2005, 05:03 PM
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Of coure i'll keep you posted .

Do you know of any good books, i have read one called a "Owners Guide to a Doberman Pinscher" or something like that it's a good book, im following alot from that. Im also reading another but i can't remember the name, if you have any suggestions or recommendations for me too read (need to be prepared ).

Another thing, is it better to buy a puppy or re-home a adult/young dog (just curious).

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Old 04-23-2005, 05:21 PM
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One book I like is Doberman Pinschers, brains and beauty by Joanne Walker and Rod Humphries. Some that have been also recommended are: Culture Clash, At the other end of the Leash and some others which, I bet someone here will think of and post.

I think whether you buy a puppy from a breeder or rescue one is entirely up to the individual. I think it's an admirable thing to do to rescue a dog. If you have the resources and know how to go with the flow, it's a great thing to do. I had other dogs, Chihuahuas and a Lab and didn't want to mess with a rescue. I know some recue organizations are better than others at evaluating and matching up dogs with owners. I didn't want to risk having a dog with any severe behavior problems, as I already had my hands pretty full. Introducing an adult in my case would be a risk I wasn't able to deal with. It was to be my first Dobe and I wanted to start clean....with a puppy from a reputable breeder.

So, it just depends on you. There are rescues out there that do not have any behavior problems. Maybe they were given up for other reasons, death, moving...whatever. You don't know what you're getting health wise, but then again, even the best get sick. So, I don't know what to tell you there.

Here are some photos of my beasties if you missed them...if you want to see them. LOL:

http://www.chazhound.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4252

http://www.chazhound.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4311
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Old 04-23-2005, 06:22 PM
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Don't have a ton of time to write, but I love dobes. I will never get another breed!
That network 54 forum is great!
Here is my boys dogster page http://www.dogster.com/?23112
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Old 04-23-2005, 07:13 PM
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I love the Doberman breed. I will never be without one, or, well, won't after I get my puppy. They are truely a delight.

I was at shows the last two days, I wish I had taken photos that I could show you. I'd go back tomorrow but Dobes are at 8, maybe 8:30, either way it's much too early for me, lol! Bailey was digging his nose into my hands so I couldn't get photos the past days, plus the lighting is awful for decent photos. I'm sure if I went back I'd have the Bailey-boy being a huge nudge again anyway. And Lynn would probably start handing dogs off to me again, lol.

The DPDF that Doberluv posted is a great forum, full of information.

As for stories, I think my favorite is the one when Duke realized he had a tail. He had been jumping around, bouncing in circles next to the Christmas tree, and then... there it was. Some red thing, a peculiar shade of red it was, trying to blend in with the rest of him, it was an evil thing, trying to eat his butt! Well, he took off in circles snapping at the red demon of a thing. He finally stood still and bent to get a look at it, and must have realized it was only his goofy nub of a tail. Silly silly boy.
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Old 04-23-2005, 07:18 PM
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A-w-w-w Dukie boy. I know how you must miss him. How are you doing? He sounds so like a Doberman, goofy, playful and humorous. I loved your story. That's what keeps our dogs near to our hearts forever.....those happy memories. Hope you tell us more.
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I personally love GSD's!

I have a beautiful 11 week old one right now and I'll never be without one.

This is just about puppy's in general.

If you're going to get a puppy you have to be prepared. I saw how you said you researched a lot and read a lot. That's exactly what I did, so good job.

Housetraining, obedience training, training to stop nipping, etc.

Puppies are A LOT of work, I just want to warn you, but Doberman Pinschers are an excellent breed and I hope you get one soon. Keep us posted.
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