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Good Afternoon from Arizona

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Ok here is my long winded introduction. My name is Brittany and my family and I are from Tucson, Arizona. I am married with three kids, two daughters ages 4 and 3 and a son who is 15 months old. We have been a foster home for a few local dog rescues in the area, non breed specific, for almost two years now. We do not own a doberman at this time, and I have taken a break from fostering to consider adding a permanent member to our family. My husband has never owned a dog, and up until we started fostering, had had no experience with dogs. I have been raised around dogs since I was conceived. I have never owned a doberman, however I have several family members with them and have always loved their presence and personality. I have had Saint Bernards, Golden Retrievers, Labradors, Rottweilers, Pugs, Pomeranians, Akitas, and SharPeis.

We have started looking heavily into finding the right breed for our family, and my husband has preference for more intimidating looking breeds. My father and I had trained our retrievers in hunting and protection, and our rottweilers were trained in protection.I had a golden retreiver that after reading about dobermans I have come to the conclusion she was a doberman in a golden costume. She was never the typical golden personality.

My husband and I decided that any canine member of the family is going to be trained by me, giving his lack of experience. Plus, since I am a stay at home mom/college student I will be with the new member(s) of our family a majority of the time. We want a breed for protection purposes since it is just me and the children a majority of days and nights (he works long odd hours). We also want a breed that looks intimidating, is a great family dog for my children, and is athletic and can keep up with our very active lifestyle. I have not been concerned as much about the "reputation" of dobermans and children, as I am well aware that good breeding and training have more to do with an animals personality than the actual breed itself. On the same token, my children have been raised around dogs, and the fosters we have had all had various temperament issues that we have all as a family worked to correct, so even as my children are young, they are very aware of what any animal is capable of and how to properly treat them. My children are also on the "quieter" and more relaxed side of the scale. We have three cats, two sugar gliders and a ferret.

I personally find dobermans to be the most beautiful breed, and keep going back to considering them than others. I have pretty much made up my mind. So anyways I am here to learn as much as I can while I search around for a great, reputable breeder and decide on a new puppy.
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Welcome from Missouri. I want to make sure I read it right - you trained your hunting dogs in protection????

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Ok here is my long winded introduction. My name is Brittany and my family and I are from Tucson, Arizona. I am married with three kids, two daughters ages 4 and 3 and a son who is 15 months old. We have been a foster home for a few local dog rescues in the area, non breed specific, for almost two years now. We do not own a doberman at this time, and I have taken a break from fostering to consider adding a permanent member to our family. My husband has never owned a dog, and up until we started fostering, had had no experience with dogs. I have been raised around dogs since I was conceived. I have never owned a doberman, however I have several family members with them and have always loved their presence and personality. I have had Saint Bernards, Golden Retrievers, Labradors, Rottweilers, Pugs, Pomeranians, Akitas, and SharPeis.

We have started looking heavily into finding the right breed for our family, and my husband has preference for more intimidating looking breeds. My father and I had trained our retrievers in hunting and protection, and our rottweilers were trained in protection.I had a golden retreiver that after reading about dobermans I have come to the conclusion she was a doberman in a golden costume. She was never the typical golden personality.

My husband and I decided that any canine member of the family is going to be trained by me, giving his lack of experience. Plus, since I am a stay at home mom/college student I will be with the new member(s) of our family a majority of the time. We want a breed for protection purposes since it is just me and the children a majority of days and nights (he works long odd hours). We also want a breed that looks intimidating, is a great family dog for my children, and is athletic and can keep up with our very active lifestyle. I have not been concerned as much about the "reputation" of dobermans and children, as I am well aware that good breeding and training have more to do with an animals personality than the actual breed itself. On the same token, my children have been raised around dogs, and the fosters we have had all had various temperament issues that we have all as a family worked to correct, so even as my children are young, they are very aware of what any animal is capable of and how to properly treat them. My children are also on the "quieter" and more relaxed side of the scale. We have three cats, two sugar gliders and a ferret.

I personally find dobermans to be the most beautiful breed, and keep going back to considering them than others. I have pretty much made up my mind. So anyways I am here to learn as much as I can while I search around for a great, reputable breeder and decide on a new puppy.

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Hello from CA, formerly from Tucson. Go Cats!! I can reccommend a couple of great Doberman trainers in your area if you want to PM me. Also, there are some clubs if you want to train in protection too.

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Welcome from Missouri. I want to make sure I read it right - you trained your hunting dogs in protection????
Only one, my golden in doberman clothing, we had worked with her for years as a bird dog, and all she would do was go to retrieve, shake the bird till all the feathers fell off and drop it where she stood, trot back to us like mission was accomplished. Finally my father decided to try something else so he started working with her in protection. She took to that like it was meant to be. I don't mean trained for protection like professionally or anything. Just our household stuff. Like trained to attack and stop on command, working with my dad on technique. At night she would pace the house and property constantly making sure everything was the way it was supposed to be. I never felt safer knowing Sassy was on duty lol.
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Wow am I glad I found this forum, I have been looking at local breeders and was checking out familydobes.com. Now that I have read what everyone else has said about them on here I am avoiding them like the plague.
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Welcome from NC! Have you had an athletic rambunctious dog as a foster in the house with your 3 young children? Dobermans have a huge amount of energy + are quick and powerful for their size. You will have your hands full!! Glad you are enjoying all the great info here on the forum.

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We have had so many different types of fosters. The most active by far was a pair of greyhounds we fostered. My daughters had a blast chasing them around the backyard after one or both of the dogs would steal one of their stuffed animals. Fun times.
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