Should I get a Doberman?
Hello, I am wanting to buy my first Doberman. I have owned dogs in the past, however they were family dogs and this will be the first dog I am caring for on my own. I know they are a difficult breed so I wanted to ask the community whether or not it'd be a good idea for me to have one.
I have owned a Rottweiler and an Australian Cattle Dog/ Corgi mix, and an Australian Cattle Dog/ Border Collie mix. My family owned a doberman, but she passed away when I was too young to remember.
First of all, the doberman I am interested in is American. However, there was another breeder that I was looking at and the Doberman was half European. I plan on getting a male, and using him for service work. He would be a psychiatric and mobility service dog. I chose a Doberman because I am the type of person that likes "1 person" type dogs(AKA why I had two ACD mixes). I've heard Dobermans are also velcro dogs and like to follow their owners everywhere. I thought that so long as it doesn't turn into separation anxiety, then having a service dog with that tendency would be good. I would also like to compete in agility, nosework, or rally. Not all three, just one but I haven't decided yet. I also love teaching tricks for fun, so he'd learn a bit of canine freestyle and tricks here and there. Despite my mobility issues(knee problems), I do go on plenty of hikes as there are trails behind my house. I also am moving to FL and we will be owning 60 acres of land(I believe 20 or so is fenced, maybe a bit less). We've got horses and chickens and cows and such there, but of course I would socialize him as a puppy and keep him away from the chickens and birds.
I'm not concerned about the level of energy, I owned cattle dogs for goodness sake and they NEVER let me sit down, not even for a moment lol. I'm concerned that if I don't socialize him correctly, that he will become aggressive. Or that he will become overprotective of me and bite someone if I pass out and they try to help me or something. I'm also concerned that he will become restless sitting still for multiple hours in class and I'll have to wash him(retire). I've seen a lot of doberman service dogs that were washed because they couldn't walk calmly in stores, sit still in class, etc. and they started becoming anxious and chewing their paws and became unhappy, despite being exercised enough at home.
I think that's all, if you have any other questions, ask! I'm basically wanting to know if a doberman is right for me and my lifestyle.
OH and I own two cats(one has NOT been around dogs, he's a kitten and we just got him, the other has been raised around our rottie, who passed away :/). I also do not have any other dogs in the house. I do plan on getting small animals, such as ferrets and sugar gliders. I'm an animal lover haha.
I'm also a minor so I live with my mom, stepdad, and 6 year old brother. They are all on board with getting a Dobie!!