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Old 12-27-2007, 10:59 AM
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Default Doberman vs. GSD

In general, what are the differences between the two breeds?

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Old 12-27-2007, 11:08 AM
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Well, I've owned both.., But don't really remember the Doberman... The main differences would be...

Dobes don't shed as bad, really... They don't have a tail to knock stuff over... That stuff.... But sorry, I'm not really any help... *shrugs*
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Old 12-27-2007, 11:15 AM
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Thanks AP

I'm actually looking more for temperment, behavior, etc. than physical differences
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I've had limited experience with dobes, but from what I've seen, the dobes tend to be serious when in public, while privately they are absolute goofs.

The GSD is a lot less concerned with his public image. The GSD tends to be more object oriented while the dobe is handler oriented (The GSD wants his toy, his food, his bed, etc. The dobe wants his person.)

I think that GSD's typically are higher energy, not that dobes are low energy

Are you talking for pet quality or working in terms of doing protection? They have very different working styles. The GSD's are more forgiving of handler mistakes.
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hehe, I fighure that'd be what you wanted to know.. Sorry, I'm of no help. lol
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Are you talking for pet quality or working in terms of doing protection?
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GSD - fuzzy.

Dobe - cutest thing on earth.

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Well you have the 'goof balls at home' part RIGHT! LOL.......but I bet GSDs are too

Dobes DO shed, and they do it all the time. I am sweeping up little black hairs ALL THE TIME! It is NOT a food quality issue.........Orson eats VERY good quality and is healthy with a shiney coat and healthy skin. They just shed, period.

GSDs......better in many types of climates. Dobes....DO NOT tolerate the cold well at all. They are single coated and I know Orson shivers inside the house at night with no blankie, LOL

Both highly intelligent, easily trainable dogs...........loving, loyal, handsome (dobes more handsome..........hehehhe)
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I honestly think Dobes shed just as much as GSDs, you just don't have the undercoat issue. I was expecting them not to shed a lot and I was surprised that they do leave a trail of little black hairs wherever they've been.

I haven't lived with either breed but in my limited experience, GSDs are responsible. I don't know how else to describe them. They're not exceptionally silly as adults, though I've met some that are over-the-top affectionate/exuberant and some that are extremely serious, most hang somewhere in between. I find Dobermans are more goofy and playful as adults, and far more "velcro" than the sheppies.

Corgipower's comment about GSDs being more object oriented seems about right to me.

I think both are really high-energy, people-oriented breeds with a strong work ethic. Love 'em both!
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The GSD is a lot less concerned with his public image. The GSD tends to be more object oriented while the dobe is handler oriented (The GSD wants his toy, his food, his bed, etc. The dobe wants his person.)
Then you've never met Tigger and Rover.

I've never seen two dogs (that aren't in a sport, mind you) that are more handler-oriented.

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