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Hello everyone. I've never owned a Doberman and have only met a few in person but from the little I've seen I really like the breed. I joined this site to try and learn more first hand about the breed and get to know some owners who can answer some questions I have before I consider getting a dog.
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Welcome to DT and Hello from Texas. You will learn a lot from this forum. Just browse thru all the subjects and read, read, read.

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Dobermans are a remarkable breed! They are very smart, athletic and beautiful creatures. Some of the upsides to owning Dobermans compared to other breeds are their intelligence, energy, and personality. Dobermans are problem solvers and thrive on mental exercises. My Bella has even figured out how to let my little schnauzer out of her kennel before. Haha. However this can be a negative side as well. This means that without mental exercises your dog can become difficult and destructive as he or she tries to find other things to occupy them. However if you want a dog that is easy to train and will have a human like personality... It's a great breed!

Keep in mind that these dogs are large and energetic. This means they are great running partners and they will be a deterrent for anyone who even thinks of breaking into your home. But it also means they need LOTS of exercise! My Bella can be difficult if she doesn't get out for a walk/jog once a day at least.

These dogs have great instincts and can smell a threat a mile away. However they are also called the "Velcro-dog" and won't ever want to leave your side because they are completely devoted to you and are VERY loving! If you love the idea of the breed and your willing to put in the work.. I say go for it! You won't regret getting a Doberman as long as you train well and keep energy levels in check. I actually just reserved my second dobie puppy myself.

Good luck and feel free to ask all of your questions here! There are a lot of really experienced dobie owners who are really friendly on this forum!


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It's nice to see all the replies! I admit that one of the main reasons I considered a Doberman is the fact that they are an easily recognized guardian breed. I have some unsavory people who live on my street and I wouldn't put it past them to try and break into my house.
As for the energy level is it much higher than say an energetic blue heeler? I've owned heelers in the past and my lab/great dane is fairly high energy. We walk about two miles every day and at least four times a week he gets to run around at the park four a couple hours.
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Unless you get a super high energy dobe I would put a herding breed, such as a heeler, higher than a Doberman (though not by a whole lot). I am another who considered this breed partially because they look intimidating. I'm a small girl in my early 20s and, at the time, I was planning on living alone after college so while I was not wanting a personal protection dog, I wanted a dog that would make people at least twice. I don't see anything wrong with the reasoning as long as it's not your only reason. The dog has to be the right fit in other areas, imo.

What gender is your current dog? This breed is known for same sex aggression, especially in the males.
Also, you should not run/jog with a puppy until 18 months of age and a doberman puppy is not so intimidating (to most) - have you considered rescue?



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Hello from Houston there are lots of Dobe rescues in Texas if you'd like to meet the breed and possibly foster to get first hand experience!
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Hi from Austin.

Ditto what Patchwork said about getting a doberman that is the opposite sex of your heeler.

Whether or not a dobe will be more high-energy than a heeler mostly depends on the individual dogs.


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I'm in my early 20's as well, but I own the property I live on so moving isn't really an option even though the neighborhood had gone downhill. I'm mainly considering rescue. I have no problem with people buying a puppy from a breeder but that's just not for me. I also don't want to go through the puppy stage. I'm looking to adopt at least a 3 or 4 year old. Youngest I would consider is 2 years old.
I like the look of the doberman, it being impressive looking, but I adore dogs that are total love bugs! It would take a very special dobe to fit into my household though...I have two small female dogs and one of them is the boss of the house. Then I have my lab/great dane who is a male, he mostly gets along with females or a male that won't try and bully him. Then I have the cats and a horse. So it would take quite a dog to fit into the mix and one might not come along for awhile. I'm willing to wait and find the right dog.

@ZeldaRules: I'm going to Corpus in about a month and was going to try and get in touch with the rescue there to meet some of the dogs.
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