Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Tucson, AZ
Dogs Name: Buster and Babs
Dogs Age: Both Born 4/29/2010
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Good Afternoon from Arizona
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.