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Old 11-13-2012, 10:55 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I have no kids, but I do have a 1 1/2 yo niece. Griffin has been around her since she was 4 weeks old. The first time he met her, he stationed himself near her baby swing and kept watch over her. Now his main job is to clean up after she eats. He's also around the kids in my neighborhood quite a bit. We have a lot of families with young (under 10) kids.

Griffin was adopted at 3 from a doberman rescue, who pulled him from a kill shelter. He's always been good with kids, and he loves being around my niece. We supervise them whenever they're together, of course, because he outweighs her by about 55 pounds right now. Like most Dobermans, he's a leaner, and he might forget that he really shouldn't lean on a toddler! I really think he was owned by a family with kids. He takes everything in stride, and was very used to a baby's crying and noise. If he was, I feel terrible for the kids who had to leave their dog at the shelter. He was dumped during the housing bust in 2008, and no information was left about him. Just his name, a collar, and a leash. But he is a wonderful dog, and very much enjoys being around kids.
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:02 AM   #27 (permalink)
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I've only ever had "throw away" dogs, dogs that for whatever reason were at the pound, or lost, or at a rescue organization. So I don't know what the difference in loyalty is between a dog that comes into your life this way versus a puppy.
What I do know is that none of these dogs had a problem bonding with me or my husband. This is my first doberman and she came to us at around 6 months and while she's a character and a handful, she is certainly bonded. The rescue will work to pick a dog or a couple of potential dogs that would work with your family/or house situation. There is often a home visit etc... The rescue is a resource should something come up or you have questions about the animal similar to what I assume a breeder does. So if you want a dog that will be very bonded they can probably find you one, if you want a more independent animal they could do that as well.
What I like about rescue is I don't have to deal with little puppy issues, teething, outside every 30 minutes etc..., you also tend to see what the personality is like so that you have a good match.
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I had considered a rescue, but then I found multiple resources that indicated due to a Dobe's loyalty they are best to get as puppies especially if you have children. Thoughts?
I can personally attest that this is NOT true. I have 2 rescued Dobes that have only been in my home for a few months and have become STRONGLY bonded to my daughter and I. My male was found wandering the streets so I have no idea what his life was like before rescue. My female came out of a BYB breeder seizure where she spent the first four months of her life basically locked in a crate with very little human interaction.

I can't believe that it has taken me 50 years to get my first Dobe (well - I couldn't have made this decision when I was born - so let's say 30+ years... ). I've always loved the breed but only recently jumped in. I'm completely hooked and would have an entire herd if it was possible...
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:51 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I have two teenagers and they have been raised with Dobermans their entire life. That said, they still did stupid things with dogs when they were little - like pull ears and grab muzzles, legs, tails, and poke things that shouldn't be poked. I'm a very diligent mom but you can't watch every move your kids make 24/7. For me, unless a rescue came from a very reliable home with children, I wouldn't go there when you have 4 young kids. For the most part, really good family dogs rarely get dumped ... although lord knows it does happen. I've done some volunteer work for my local Dobe rescue for 10 years now - it would be very rare to place an adult dog with a family with 4 young kids.... I can't say what other rescues do. I still personally think that a puppy - hopefully a little older one - from a very reputable breeder is a better choice for you. A puppy won't be easy, but if you pick your breeder carefully, they will always be there for you - and will do a good job of picking the right puppy for you. I've had several puppies go to families with young children - they have all done very well.... I will say that all families that I've sold to with kids are previous Doberman homes.
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