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Old 07-26-2005, 01:25 PM
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Default Boxer, Rottweiler, or Doberman Pinscher?

I've narrowed it down to 3 breeds. They all display things that I like in a dog and want in a dog. I simply cannot decide. I am not a novice when it comes to dogs so I don't want to hear "you really should find a dog that fits your lifestyle"...Trust me these breeds fit my lifestyle, I've already determined that. The question now is I want to do competitive obedience and conformation events with my dog(s). The Doberman I understand would be best for competitive obedience. But how would it co-exist with other other dogs if I decided to get more? The Boxer is more submissive then the rest of the breeds which I covet. However their trainability is up for question. The Rottweiler has the best looks in my opinion. But how are they versus the Dobbie and Boxer when it comes to competitive obedience. (probably comparative to the boxer). Which dog sheds the most?

This is important to...there is one thing for some reason I've always feared and that is while at conformation which dog is least likely to bite the judge when the judge looks into it's mouth?...Plz help me.
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Old 07-26-2005, 04:04 PM
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This is important to...there is one thing for some reason I've always feared and that is while at conformation which dog is least likely to bite the judge when the judge looks into it's mouth?...Plz help me
With any of those breeds, as you know from being experienced with dogs, not one of them should bite the judge. If they are well bred dogs from a reputable breeder, you've done the proper amount and type of socializing and training, that should never happen and is not correct temperament for any of them. Shyness or viciousness is not in their standards. Any dog could bite a judge. I think in one of the more recent dog shows on TV, some little dog bit the judge.

A Doberman is a highly intelligent dog. In one study I looked into where they tested dogs' intelligence by way of obedience type learning (there are different types of learning) the Doberman came in 5th. The top ten were Border Collie, Poodle, GSD, Golden Retriever, Doberman, Sheltie, Labrador Retriever, Papillon, Rottweiler, Australian Cattle Dog. Of course, studies are studies and dogs learn in different ways and are good at different things. A bloodhound is going to probably be a lot better at tracking than some other dogs. A Doberman is very good at obedience, albeit they can have their "creative" moments where they think they know best. And you just have to try and beat them to the punch, which isn't very easy. LOL. But Lyric definitely picks up on what I am trying to get across very quickly, even when I mess up. It's uncanny.

One thing about working breeds, as you know is that they take a lot of time, training and involvement and since Dobermans were bred to protect their master, they want to be near you all the time, like glue. LOL. But you've probably already looked into this and other breeds.

I love my Dobe and I think there's nothing more beautiful. But, then again...I'm a little biased. LOL. What else do you want your dog to be like...beside the sports and what it can do in compitition? I mean...as a family pet, what traits do you like or personality? Maybe someone with Boxers and Rotts will see this and tell you what they think. It is a hard decision, I can see. They're all such wonderful dogs.

Well...good luck in whatever you decide. Have you been to some shows and talked to people? That might be something to do.
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Old 09-10-2005, 02:52 AM
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I recomend the doberman because they are very smart and easy to train. They are not aggressive towards people if you get one from a good breeder and you socialize him. The rottie would be my second choise because they are easyer to train than a boxer. Rotties are not aggressive to people either.
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Old 09-10-2005, 04:15 AM
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the thing with boxers is that as puppies they are very playful all the time, they can be hard to train as well. they are very loving pets though.

i dont know about the other breeds.

good luck in which ever you chose
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Old 09-10-2005, 06:55 AM
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I'd have to say the rottie would be your best choice
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Old 09-10-2005, 09:24 AM
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I've never competed in obedience or conformation events with my dog. But he was i.m.o. easy to train, for what I have trained him to do that is. Boxers are very smart also and love to please their owner. Plus the exercise they get while training decreases the rambunctioness in the house later! He gets along with all the dogs he's been introduced to. He doesn't shed much, nothing an occasional brushing doesn't clear up, and bathes are real easy. Ike wouldn't bite someone for looking in his mouth either. Guess I'm like Doberluv, a bit biased!!
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Old 09-10-2005, 09:30 AM
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I'd go with the Rottie. They're very easy to train and adore family members. As far as shedding goes, I think the Rott has the thicker coat but they all shed aobut the same. It's just the length of the coat that makes it look more.
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