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Location: Monroe, MI
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Does this only happen to Doberman owners?
So we all know that the average person doesn’t know or understand the true nature of Dobermans, they only know what they’ve heard or seen on TV, that Dobermans are vicious and unpredictable. We all know this isn’t true, but it seems that people, complete strangers usually feel the need to tell you how your dog is mean, vicious, shouldn’t be trusted, I was bit by one and my favorite their brains out grow their skulls and they all eventually become crazy.
I’ve heard it all, but today was a new one for me. I had just finished taking Rizzo through a Rally course, it was her first time and did really well BTW, and another person in class told me that I had a rockstar on my hands, I smiled and said thank you, we’ve been working really hard. Then it came...she proceeded to tell me how she had decided a long time ago that Dobermans were a breed she never wanted to interact with, I just responded with oh ya. She told me a story about when she was in college she was staying with a friend and the dog was fine with her, but then she came in late when everyone was sleeping and the dog just attacked her. I tried the standard, Dobermans today are not the same as Dobermans in the 70’s and 80’s, breeders have worked very hard to even out their temperaments over the years. Then she told me how her grandparents had a Doberman that was a farm dog and he killed her golden while she was visiting. At this point I didn’t even know what to say, I mean she just complemented my dog to strike up conversation to tell me how awful Dobermans are.
I’ve only ever had Dobermans so I don’t know, but does this happen to people with other breeds of dogs? What possesses people to talk shitty about the breed we love right to our face when our dogs are being well behaved? It’s fine, I don’t care what people think it just pisses me off.