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My two cents
After reading many of these posts and a couple of the links, especially the one about training dogs and the different breeds. I got a say a lot of this doesn't make much sense. I've been lucky enough to have a dobie in my life for all 57 years of it and luckily I haven't had one that I wouldn't trust with my life. I don't remember the specifics of the dog I grew up with, but sparkle was the house dog and did her job very well. The only time she ever showed any aggression is when the neighborhood bully hit me with something I was young and this was the early 60s and went through the screen door to chase him back to his house, while leaving up a reminder of the encounter on his butt, when the police arrived and found out who was the encounter was dismissed. After Sparkle. My mother had a Cairn terrier, which was the most fearless animal I've ever seen, especially for a 20 pound dog. Towards the end of that dog's life. I bought Rhonda the absolute love of my life. I called a lot of breeders and specifically asked if they had a pup with feet like pancakes, and that in their opinion be too big to show which was probably the smartest thing to say as size did not matter to me, conformity, looks and breeding were much more important. This one on for a while until a woman said come on over I have your dog. I wasn't disappointed. Rhonda was the most regal looking dog I've ever owned the dog came with me everywhere I went, and bonding was taken to a completely different level. At that point in time I was a peace officer and was training with Warren Eckstein (look him up) who was one of the better trainers back then and was trying to get the Nassau County police contract and use my dog and four others from other small police departments as demo dogs in exchange for training. There were only two Doibes in this group. The other three were shepherds, these dogs performed unbelievably they were trained to track, crowd control, attack, obstacle course, and a few other things as far as there being the difference between shepherds and Dobermans. I didn't see any. Except for the bite shepherds have a different way of hitting the suit and the Dobermans had there's as far as tracking went. A dog will either use its nose or it won't Rhonda did and it was an amazing thing to see. As far as there being, shall we say, a competitive rivalry between shepherd people and Dobermans people. Of course there is, just as if you had a Ferrari and your neighbor had a Lamborghini, you would razz each other while still respecting each other's machine. For the life of me, the only thing that makes any sense to me is that shepherds are probably more comfortable for extended periods of time in the cold. Other than that they both work very well, although, of course, I think the Doberman wins hands down in the looks department, especially when you have a 115 pound female that is solid muscle. I had Rhonda for 11 years and then had put her down to cancer. Then I got Amber.
Amber had so much natural talent as far as aggressive behavior goes that once she was completely, and satisfactorily obedience trained that she needed very little instructions from me. At that point in time I had a liquor store and my customers loved her, although they were all used to Rhonda, Amber was a red and her yellowy eyes freaked out A few people but I still trusted her to socialize with my customers and their children and not worry at all the one strange trait she had, as mentioned in the article that someone gave a link to, her prey was cardboard boxes and could turn when the confetti in under a minute. Amber lived to 11 and then I have to put her down to a spinal cord injury. My avatar is Comet, she just turned 12. December 20 and is also hundred and 12 pounds of solid muscle and can still catch your average criminal. I think there aren't as many Dobermans in police work is there used to be due to lack of availability and as others have said too much breeding for show, I think that may be the biggest reason, as when Rhonda was a puppy, She won every show I had her in which was about 10 wins, until she got big. Then they said too big for a female which I think is nonsense. This is a working dog size shouldn't really enter into it, conformity should. When I can find a picture of her. I will post it. I think many of you will agree she was just magnificent. And the strange thing is, it seemed like she knew it. Just my two cents on the subject.
Thanks for putting up with the ramble.