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Old 01-01-2013, 09:07 PM   #51 (permalink)
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This is a really great thread! I love reading everyone's opinions. OP, I hope you don't mind another post from a non-first-time Dobe owner.
I don't mind at all! I really love reading all of these stories from each individual. Its been really lovely to see how people have had different experiences and opinions and how most of us feel and have gone through the exact same experiences.
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:16 AM   #52 (permalink)
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Thank you JennZilla! I also can relate to your independent nature. I'm very independent, but my social butterfly velcro dobe has only positively affected my life and my (as you stated) "get out of my personal space" attitude. She is definitely a "velcro" dog, but I love it now!!
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I love dobermans but I do not feel like others that they are the best breed ever.
There are soo many breeds with so many great temperaments/similar characteristics.
I love that dobermans are intelligent, working, velcro dogs. I love their looks.
But I also love many other working breeds.
I will deff have another doberman some day, but I will not say they are the only breed for me. But they are one of my favorite breeds.
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:39 AM   #54 (permalink)
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Initially, I actually had no interest in owning a Doberman. My husband and I had just gotten married, at a military base in Japan, and we had JUST moved off base and I knew I wanted a dog IMMEDIATELY.

I began scouring the local ads for people who were leaving the island and for some reason couldn't take their dogs with them (happens A LOT with military overseas unfortunately), and I was TRYING to find a Rottie, who is my favorite.

Then I saw an ad about Duke, a 4 year old sweetheart who just couldn't seem to get along with other dogs. He had been through 4 owners already who didn't want to deal with him, and so someone needed to take him, or he was headed to the pound. THAT was how I got my first (and only to date) Dobie.

I'm really big into rescuing, both of our dogs are, so if there's ever a Doberman in my area that needs a forever home, AFTER we get out of the military, then of course I'll have another. He's been difficult, especially with his aggression towards other dogs, and I had NO idea what I was getting into, but I haven't regretted it for a second. Duke is our baby boy! We'd do anything for our dogs.

As for owning another one, like I said, if there's one in need after the military time is up, sure thing. It's just too hard to find a place who'll rent to us with him, and it's hard to buy a house when you don't know if you're going to be staying there longer than 3 years-ish! While we're in the military though, no, we plan on sticking to smaller rescues because they're easier to move with and no one is "scared" of the little breeds. ALSO, Dobies are unfortunately one of the "banned breeds" on military bases as of last year
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