Hi, let me introduce ourselves, my name is Chris as is my partners. We have a 18 month old Doberman named Calamity and since we named her before we got her and she has managed to live up to the name, we have a seven month old male named Huckleberry (wanted our next to be a male named Mayhem, then we got to know Calamity and figured out She needed a Huckleberry).
I digressed. I have to say y'all are a little intimidating but hey what's the worse you can do? Throw fonts at me specially chosen by a wordsmith covered (at the dismay of said wordsmith) with emoticons? So here it goes.
I have a white/cream/albino/spawn of a BYB.
I did no research on them other than remembering a conversation on a street with a complete stranger about ten years ago that had a one as a puppy and he said they were great. I could try to get you the proper citation on that source, but it will take a longggg time. Anyways I said cool, where did you get him, he is beautiful? (More research). And that was about it, wait he told me the pups name but I don't remember what it was I do remember when they left the pup fell down the curb.
So many years later and many rescue dogs later. With all their idiosyncrasies including a couple of diluted dobies; a blue one and a fawn one, both died without hardly a single hair on them in their teens. We decided it was time to cause some idiosyncrasies of our own and get a puppy. Poor decision because we had to put 5 dogs down in a year and were not thinking rationally.
So yes we are an owner of a white dobie.
Yes we bought her from a previously mentioned breeder
Yes we thought it would be cool and she is
Yes she has her own idiosyncrasies.....far worse then the others not only because they are, but we didn't have some misfortune to blame them on, she wasn't a rescue with some ill gotten past. We got her at 8 weeks old, we socialized her too death, we took her to puppy class (we ignored the trainer when she told us that pink nose, blue eye, pink skin, white animals are very hyper and difficult) obedience class, month long boot camp, agility class, tricks class, leash walking class. Daycare was a regular thing and dog parks. At the dog parks we started to notice to would squint, then she would run into trees and benches, like misjudging the distance, then she started running into people and other dogs....this didn't go over so well when running at full speed. Throw a ball or toy at her during daylight, it will hit her in the face, at night with artificial light she is perfect!!
I thought I had forgotten about how hyper a puppy was, plus I was a lil older. I also thought and was told I had a way with dogs, but this girl was a handful, often times proving how smart she is while other times proving how unfocused she could also be. I averaged four hours of sleep a night the first few months we had her - hyper was an understatement. Her bootcamp trainer said it best "The good news is she is very very smart. The bad news is she is very, very smart."
First significant sign of aggression issue; I travel for work and my partner brought her to my hotel for Thanksgiving, she didn't know who I was until I spoke, I had been gone a couple of months, she was seven months old. We had a co-worker over for T-Giving dinner, and all was great. Calamity was lying on the floor all stretched out and my co-worker stood up and Calamity lunged, this continued all night, we had to keep her tethered. I cried myself to sleep but then went into denial because after all it was a lot of stressful circumstances.
The behavior issues continued. She would lunge and snap at people around corners at pet store (same place we had been taken her since we got her), at friends and contractors at the house. The final straw, my partners 5 year old nephew that helped raise her, fed her, slept with her, played with her. He didn't come over for a couple of months but then came one night, we had him feed her treats it was obvious she recognized him, laid next to him, chased the ball for him but when he jumped up to go to the bathroom she lunged and snapped and luckily only got his shorts. Daycare then started complaining that when she naps and a dog walks up on her she snaps. At the dog parks she goes hard and powerful nipping (especially tails) chasing a dog and totally oblivious to us calling her off ( remember hours and hours and monies of training). When it does click that we have given her a command you can almost see it "click", its not like she is ignoring us, it's like she can't multitask, she can't put it all together. She is now obsessed with chasing anything with a loud noise, no matter where it is in relation to where she is. Her hearing is amazing, she will stop whatever she is doing and take off running "towards" the following (from inside the house, inside the car, inside the dog park, daycare, backyard, pet store....you get the picture), buses, planes, helicopters, trains, boats especially barges, seagulls. She hears them on TV and starts running through the house barking looking up into the sky. She barks at the sky when nothing is there, at corners, at door openings and we don't know why, spirits maybe? She can not see well enough to read body language, especially of a resource guarding dog and she loves balls, can't see them to find them when you throw them but sure does love trying!
She is awesome with puppies and believe it or not if it scares her, which many things do like running into things or falling off things, she continues to try it....sometimes good (she was great at agility) sometimes bad ( resource guarding animals, jumping off steep inclines etc.).
So let the examples above contribute a little to research but let me add a little more, albeit unscientific. Calamity had three other white siblings, a couple of black, a few red, and I think one fawn. We are in close contact with the owners of some of these, especially the whites; all are having similar issues, either reactionary fearful aggression or reactionary nervousness to the point of shutting down for days for unknown reasons. One such owner has two of her siblings, both females, one white, one black. The black is a dream, zero issues, health wise or behavior, well adjusted. The white rips everything up, carpet, shoes, sunglasses, entire couch. The white isn't aggressive, she is the opposite, she shuts down for days. So bad last time that she had to be carried outside to use the bathroom and just shiver and shake and carried back in, this went on for days. It's like having a breakdown, Calamity will have weird days like that also. Then they just snap out of it. Nothing medically is found wrong.
Doesn't prove much then how about this. We decided that maybe Calamity needed a big male dog to kind of reassure her, take over a little, a seeing eye dog so to speak. I mean you should see her, always on guard, hyper vigilant.
So we got a red, different breeder, of course different parents. Big guy however he did have a sibling that is as white as pure snow. Our Huckleberry is trained after being told or shown three times, he had three accidents in the house, that's it. A few puppy chewing incidents (so far, he is only 7 months) and he has grounded Calamity quite a bit. She is still more hyper than him. He does have an undiagnosed bleeding disorder but thats for another forum. His white sister, a pure devil, the owners - who I tried to talk out of getting a white because of our issues and they have never had a dog before much rather one like this - has threatened to give her up twice now and it's only just begun because they also want to breed her. They also got a red for a family friend and he is the best, no issues what so ever.
All of this being said we love our Calamity to death and wouldn't give her up for a million dollars. I have never seen a Doberman and this is my fifth, be as expressive as this one is. No offense intended but we like to describe her as our special needs girl, that if there were an autistic/Aspergers dog, she would be it.
I know it's long winded but I hope this helps.. I may rescue a white sometime in the far future but I will never seek one out again. Sent from my iPhone using Petguide.com Free App