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Old 11-30-2012, 10:16 AM   #51 (permalink)
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I absolutely LOVE Tucker-love the doberman personality-how beautiful they are-poetry in motion!! BUT I am fearful of the DCM happening! It is just hard. I knew about the problems dobe's had but didn't really know how much I would love this breed...
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:29 AM   #52 (permalink)
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I had to put my Sweet Boy Rocket down this past August - he had just turned 8-yrs old. We adopted him when he was three. He was diagnosed with Wobblers at 6 yrs and Megaesohpogus this past June. I still miss him so. After reading this forum it seems he lived an 'average' life span - way to short for me. He was a gentle giant (weighed over 100 pounds) - I feel part of me is missing with him gone.
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averages are just that...

take all the doberman who have ever lived and find the average life expectancy...impossible.

if you have only been owned by one dobe, then well the average life expectancy for your dobe will be when your dobe dies.

i have been owned by 15 dobes over the last 35 years............the average life span of my dobes is 10 years 2 months.


and as many have said before.................they are never here long enough..............

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Old 12-05-2012, 11:15 AM   #54 (permalink)
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I look forward to being owned by another Dobie. Rocket will always have a special place in my heart
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Old 03-10-2014, 05:52 AM   #55 (permalink)
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Hi guys! My boy is 15 years old and heading for 16... He is a lot thinner than he used to be, but he's still strong
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Hi guys! My boy is 15 years old and heading for 16... He is a lot thinner than he used to be, but he's still strong
It makes my day to hear about Dobes living a more normal canine lifespan!
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My first one was 15 when he died, and my last one was 13. Another one I lost at 11 to "unknown causes" that I suspect now might have been DCM, but I'm not sure. He went outside to go potty, perfectly fine and healthy, and dropped dead in the grass. My current one had BETTER live to be at least 20!

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It would be nice to have some pedigree info on the long lived dogs. If unknown, please state that as well.
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This makes me both very sad & yet hopeful. My girl just turned 11 & plays with my staffy Tyson as if she was 2 again. (You all know the puppy play bow & she chews his neck which i know is strange but they both think its fun!
But I do see her age creeping in, as do my friends & family.

But....l can't think of when I will loose her, (because I will cry) I only think of the joy of having her, my best friend for so long now & what she'll do to make me smile tomorrow.
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Our Dobermann Baron, who was sitter and playmate to our sons, lived to be 10. He had to be put to sleep because of bone cancer. Baron is still missed; he was just pure love.
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My first two dobies were both from backyard breeders [before I knew any better] - actually the 2nd was from Kimbertal. Both lived to be 12 & 13.
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My Logan lived to be a week past 7, died of bone cancer and had other health problems. He came from a BYB who produced oversized Dobes. I never got his pedigree, the people who gave him to me didn't have it.

Griffin is from an unknown breeder (SPCA dog, not tattooed or chipped), he's 9 and doing very well. Lots of energy and still loves to run and play even if he gets tired faster now. Good hips/elbows, but has Wobblers and SIBO.
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Wow! Im in tears. My boy Diesel just died of cancer at the age of 3. My heart and my home is so empty. My boy Storm died at the age of 6 from Rat poisioning someone put in McDonalds cheese burgers all over my old Nieghborhood. Prince lived till 9 and had wobblers, Lex till 8, cardiomyopathy and Duke was my 1st I had as a child. I think he lived till 9. I don't want to give up on the breed but each one who passes takes apart of me.... Im researching breeders near or in driving distance of upstate NY, please let me know if anyone can recommend one or who to stay away from. any advice I appreciate
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it is a very sad fact that almost all deaths in Doberman are caused by Cardio, CVI or Cancer.

I have lost all of mine from one or more of the above, average age was 10.

look for a line that has very few early deaths from the above 3.

but honestly, I am not sure anymore if the odds of losing one at anytime from the above 3 C's will ever improve.

I got my first dobe in the 70's and the above 3 were killing dobes then.

I still love this breed, and always will.

Hugz to ALL Doberman!

edit to add, you know something, I just got a flash across my brain reminding me that I have also owned other breeds too, and they also died around 10-11 years of age....cancer.

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Old 09-05-2014, 11:34 AM   #68 (permalink)
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Most dogs aren't very long lived if you think about it. I could never live without a dog and I'm terrified of losing my Miniature Pinscher (even though I know the breed has a very good average life expectancy, I believe it was in the Kennel's Club top 5 (in the UK)) one day because we are so symbiotically bonded. She's 5 1/2 years old now and so far the only sign of aging is that she has some white hairs on her chin. Our first family dog we lost when I was 14 and she was 17. I always think of that Kipling poem.

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“The Power of the Dog”

THERE is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware 5
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie—
Perfect passion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head. 10
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years which Nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
And the vet’s unspoken prescription runs 15
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
Then you will find—it’s your own affair—
But … you’ve given your heart to a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!). 20
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone—wherever it goes—for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way, 25
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.
Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we’ve kept ’em, the more do we grieve: 30
For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-time loan is as bad as a long—
So why in—Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?
Yet I still want a dobie, knowing that most of them may not even live half as long as my first dog (and that's why in searching for a breeder, longevity of their lines is important to me). Because for me the years of companionship will far outweigh the pain of loss. Better to have loved and lost than to never have loved right?
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