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Join Date: May 2009
Dogs Name: Griffin and Viking (GSD)
Dogs Age: 11 and 1
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Sorry to hear about your Dobe, Lana. I understand the health issues with Dobes, and how discouraging it can be. I love this breed, but part of the reason I'm looking into other breeds is because of health. Both of my Dobrmans have had serious health problems.
To be fair, I knew that I could possibly be dealing with health problems when I chose to rescue Dobermans who needed a home. Doing so meant I have no knowledge of their parent's health, but I chose to take that risk because I wanted to give a dog a home. Griffin, until his Wobblers last year, was the picture of health. The worst thing he did was break one of the big molars in the back of his mouth, chewing on dog knows what. And his hips/elbows are dead on perfect. It made listening to what the vet was telling me that much harder, because I thought he'd be with me until he was an old, old dog. Still, I was prepared for having to deal with the health issues- it took me somewhere around 4 years of research before I was in a position to adopt my first Doberman, so I knew what I was getting into.
I feel selfish for saying so, but after ten years, I need a break. I understand wanting a healthy, long-lived dog. I'll probably always have a Dobe, I love them too much not to. I think perhaps fostering for a Dobe rescue after I get the new puppy settled in and trained is the way that I'll go. That's all going to be a year or two down the line. I have a lot of research left to do before I decide between a Dutch or a working GSD. It's like starting all over again, having to learn about new breeds so I know what I'm getting into before the puppy comes home.
It is encouraging that there are some very, very good Doberman breeders out there who are focusing on health and longevity. If I ever get a Dobe puppy, there's some good options to find a healthy one. However, I don't know anything about Jager dobermans. There might be a thread in the breeders forum on them, though.