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What brought you to the Doberman breed? Thought it might be a fun question.

It was back in 2000 for me. I had just lost my dad to cancer and was feeling pretty down. I met a lady in the park with a beautiful Doberman and they were doing some obedience work. I enjoyed watching how this dog was so into her. He wasn't interested in anything but her. They worked for a while, then she sat on the grass with him and this big dog got in her lap. She started laughing and proceeded to roll around on the ground with this dog just laughing and playing.

We got to talking and she told me this was her 4th Doberman and she would never have another breed. I just couldn't get that dog out of my head. I mean I was dreaming Dobermans. I did the research on the breed, but unfortunately was totally uneducated on breeders. That is a whole story in itself. So I got my first Doberman in 2001 and started my own love story. Then in 2003 I got my rescue girl. Sadly by 2008 they were both gone. I said I wouldn't get another Doberman because losing them is too heartbreaking, but then Stella showed up needing a home so now I have a new love story.
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You know, I really don’t know.

I mean, I knew two dobes on my block when I was a itty bitty kid (like 4 or so), and frankly I was a bit scared of them. I mean, they LOOKED at you so. Though neither was aggressive and apparently both liked kids, they just put up a fierce facade.

But then, when I decided to get my first dog as an adult, it had to be a doberman. I didn’t know a lot about the ins and outs of the breed, but......he was our first child. And he got SO much attention. We were lucky; he was such a good boy and lived to be almost 14.

And then, of course, any more dogs had to be dobermans too.
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I met several dobies when I was a kid and they were beautiful dogs. Some had rather sad stories attached to them. When I hit my twenties and started getting into dogs I wanted a working dog to go along with conformation. Afghans get tiring sometimes when you want a dog to just do something you asked.

I loved my GSD but he was so strung out and the ScH group I worked with one of the guys was into doing ScH in non common breeds. He had Bouvier and he imported this beautiful, Doberman. I was in awe of this dog. He had the focus of a GSD but he was not as spazy. He wasn't sharp ether. He wanted to be pet and such.

So, when it came time to look into my next working dog I decided to get a Doberman. She was everything I wanted for the most part. Just a pretty dog. I lost her last month. I got a second for my husband because I wanted a red one. She is the biggest, sweetest thing. A perfect match for him. Now, I am on my third and he is a wild child. I believe he will develop into exactly what I want, in a few months. For now, I'm just trying to start him on the right step.

I really enjoy this breed. They are my ideal mix of what I like in a working dog.

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Fun question...

I used to have a couple great dogs as a kid (American Eskimo and GSD). When I moved from the midwest to Oregon to attend college, I missed having a dog. So my GF (now my wife of 38 years) and i rescued a mutt off the street from some hippie chick who wanted $2 for bus fare. A few years later (1974) We wanted another dog. One day my wife (almost) came home with a Doberman Puppy from a BYB. They said she could bring it back. We fell in love with him as did Emily our little peek/cocker mutt.

I was so fortunate, I found a elderly vet who was truly a Doberman expert. He was an excellent show cropper and a well respected judge. He was not only our vet but became a mentor and very good friend. He passed away a few years later in his mid-eighies, but not before he could pass on a true love of this breed.

Over the years, I have owned other dogs. A few rescue mutts and a couple of Boxers. But for me it will always be a Doberman.

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Back in 1972 (while in grade 10 or 11), I went to the theater one Friday night and watched the The Doberman Gang movie.
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I thought the Doberman breed was: - most regal - owner loyal to a fault - almost human intelligent
- went back Saturday night with GF, we watched the movie again
I promised myself that night - that when I left the farm & graduated College, I would have my very own Doberman / a life goal.

Several years later, I would see my first Doberman, in the city / a big K9 trained male.
- I asked the owner if I could walk him, on the sidewalk a block
I have to admit, he intimidated me, on the leash / owner told me to get a FM puppy instead & not an adult...learn together.
- about the same time, I bought an expensive book on Doberman's and studied the photos & content, from cover-2-cover / over-&-over

A year later, as College graduation approached, my GF and I had found the famous Doberman expert, Mrs. B England and her husband
(she was 81 y/o).
- we got female pick of the litter / from the mating of Sadie & her new Dango stud dog (valued at $4,000 before proven)
The following year, Mr. England passed away / and Mrs. England, shortly after.
- we had a new puppy, from the last breeding / her respected Canadian Doberman lineage, started around 1955
We got married, and a week after returning from out honeymoon / we picked up our fur-baby Tanya.
- I remember asking Mrs. England if they need protection trained (LOL)?
- she said: "No, just train them with Love...they will protect, their family"

Old photos, kinda fitting in this thread, so here is our girl:
- our beautiful Tanya, was born in 1977 and would OB score 198.5/200 points
- new mom & dad, we're hooked for life / owned by our Doberman's

------------Kelly & (Amy - RIP @ 11.7 y/o)

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@ Beaumont...

We really need to get together sometime! Loved that movie. But my favorite (from the same era) was They Only Kill Their Masters. A James Garner tongue in cheek comedy. 1972, I think.

The Dobermans stole the show.

John

Edit: BTW... Loved the way ears used to look. Her's are almost identical to my boy Britten David (8/8/74 - 9/9/83)

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Hmm... I've always thought that Dobes were beautiful dogs, from pretty much the first moment I learned about the breed. When I was in high school, my brother's landlady had a couple, and I volunteered to help train them a bit, and fell even more in love with the breed. Then, I got Gin. The dog, not the alcoholic beverage.

Half Doberman, half something else, I first met Gin when she was 8 weeks old, and belonged to one of my brothers and his family. When she was two, they gave her to me, and I had her until 8 days before her 15th birthday.



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dated a guy who had a big black and rust sweetheart. i was afraid of most dogs at that point, but he was a big sweetheart.

later, i met a woman with a geriatric red male who just wanted to LEANNNNNN and be loved on.

finally, when my husband and i were still dating and had been living together for a few years, i was tasked with breed research. my first stop was the local chapter of the DPCA, where i had the pleasure of meeting Viking's Charlie Brown. i think, of all the red dogs i've met, he was one of my favorites.

and it's because of him i ended up with Deckard. they're both gone now - Deck from renal displaysia, Charlie from cardio. my heart hurts and i'm hooked on the breed.

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My black lab was my running partner and local celeb. Ran everywhere with me off lead, perfect boy and the shop owners all knew him - and fed him! He's old now and has arthritis so running isn't an option so I needed a new partner, not only for company but also for protection as most of my routes are off road and very isolated in places. Couldn't cope with another heavily moulting lab so did a lot of research and narrowed it down to a Doberman or Weimeraner and at the 11th hour the Doberman won. Ironically, since her arrival my lab has had a new lease of life - not running but is actually hiking with us again.
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I grew up living in an apartment building where we weren't allowed to have dogs and I was a dog lover. My first time being around a Doberman was down at my Granny's house (the late 70's) my uncle had one and he was considered "mean" he was a guard dog. Well being that I loved dogs this Doberman was the most beautiful dog to me. As a child I was drawn to him and he was always sweet and kind to me because I payed attention to him. He was on a tie out/ run and all my cousins and some adults wouldn't go near him because he was mean. He protected me and allowed me to love him and pet him.
My next Doberman encounter was a neighbor at my other Grandmas house. He was a goofy Red male and he was sweet and just a funny dog. He would sit in his dog house and bark at the birds sitting on his food bowl almost like he was afraid. He was so gentle and just a fun dog. I gave him attention and played with him and my grandmas dog. For a kid who always wanted a dog all of these encounters with this breed made me want a Doberman Pinscher that much more! So I always said once I'm able to get a dog I will get a Doberman.
And after watching Magnum PI I was sold haha.
I got my first Doberman Cocoa Beans in 2007 and now my second Blue in 2015. I can't imagine not having one honestly.

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When I was younger, I wasn't allowed to have dogs...or cats...or almost any pets. My dad isn't an animal lover and my mom wasn't a fan of having a house that wasn't pristine. We did have birds though, at some point. Either way, I had asked for a dog ever since I could talk, to no avail. I was a huge animal lover and spent my time watching animal planet and dog shows when they came up on TV.

The only dogs I can access to belonged to a family friend and they were miniature poodles. Liked them but I was more interested in the bigger dogs. It wasn't until I was a teen that I focused in on dobermans. I had met one in a petstore while getting bird supplies and was instantly enamoured. I remember seeing Foxfire's Jet in the ring after that (I spent a lot of time going to pet expos and the occasional dog show) and asking my parents once again if I can get a doberman. Course not, and my mum kept wondering why I wouldn't want a normal small cute fluffy dog like most girls. Kept my eyes on him, then Fifi of course, though after I moved out onto my own I still wasn't in a position to get a dog.

Then I finally started looking seriously a little over a year ago, thinking I'd get a foxfire dog but instead going with something a little closer to home. I'm more than pleased to still have Jet as Morgynn's grandfather as he was the first wellbred doberman I really liked and I couldn't be happier with the dog I had been wanting for over a lonnng time for

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Love this thread!

We lost two 13 yo Goldens to cancer in 2012. My teenage daughter wanted a different breed, so she started researching. She kept going back to the Doberman because she felt they would best fit her personality and our lifestyle. We had no experience with the breed, but knew a lady that had some. We trusted her to help pick out a puppy for us and it has been the best adventure of our lives to date.

I thought the journey was about my daughter for this dog to keep her company when her brother left for college, but it has turned out to have significance for each of us in different ways. I am so grateful. He is a BLAST and constantly challenges me to be a better person.
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Had a dobe as a child to young adult. Loved the high energy always on the job 24/7. A dog that would get the most out of every day , greet you coming and going , no birds were allowed on the property (move along). We lived on acreage and he was always running from one end to the next, a master of his domain. I always felt that no dog could live up to the impression that he left on me.
My first dog after marriage was a dobe that was being abused that we took away from his abuser. The polar opposite of what i wanted but my wife worked with him to make him the definition of sweet , no self confidence but a gentle soul. Still a dobe and loved and enjoyed as much as the wild man i grew up with.
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In 1987 I was broken into. My sister went to college with a guy whose father was President of the local Doberman club and had 3 Dobermans. She told get yourself a dobie. I did not know better and found one in the local paper. She was my first and not my last. I learned everything with her. Took puppy classes and there was one older man there on the other side of the building with this beautiful grown male. He approached me and he became my mentor. Learn a lot from that gentleman. Grew up with many GSD however the Doberman seem to have found me and I am glad. I love the regal look, temperament, silliness, and intelligence.
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My parents had an ex military Doberman when I was born- they adored him, but were forced to rehome when I started crawling and he picked me up by my head and carried me out of a room he was in... After that we had Setters (both English and Irish), border collies, beagles and then German Shepherds (my first dog of my own was GSD). LOVED the breed, but hated the shedding! When I graduated college I wanted a dog again, so researched and narrowed it down to Rottie or Dobe. Found a great Rottie breeder and bought my beloved boy. I did NOT want cropped ears- and could not find good Dobe breeders who left them natural...

Close family friends had a red Dobe- I often dogsat for her, and adored her during this time... When my Rott was dx with bone cancer, I knew that I needed to start looking for a new puppy- my husband was adamant that it NOT be a Rott (he for some bizarre reason felt getting the same breed of dog would be "replacing" our beloved boy?!?). Ennyhoo, wound up adopting our first Dobe instead. Total MESS of a dog- reactive/nervous, but so loving and wonderful with us and the cats. Lost him to hemangiosarcoma and decided to let the fates decide between Rott & Doberman- whichever puppy showed up in rescue first. Remy joined us, and I couldn't be happier!!

For the next puppy- we will likely let the fates decide again (so most likely it will be another Doberman- there just aren't that many rescue Rotties around us). If I were to buy from a breeder- it would be a Rottweiler for sure. Most good breeders are now leaving tails intact in that breed, and I would REALLY prefer an all natural dog for my next companion.
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I certainly remember the Dobermans on Magnum PI!!!

It was our trusted Vet who steered us towards Dobermans in 1997. He is an old friend and knew our lifestyle.

Went to the Toronto International Centre where there was the annual dog show. We met a breeder with the Most Amazing Dog I had ever seen.
Big black regal gorgeous proud.
My BF asked to pet him. The owner said sure. That dog allowed himself to be rubbed but he never took his eyes of his owner.....total devotion.

Months later we picked out our male pup. He was Wild!!! I loved that dog like crazy and he was an absolute maniac. Around 5 years old he started to behave.
We bought another female from the same breeder.

We now have a "rescue" male. Polar opposite from Garthy but still a great Doberman.
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Loved the Magnum PI Dobermans but NEVER saw a Doberman in the flesh for the first 35 years of my life. Then I married my husband and began working in the vet clinic where I met and interacted with some awesome Doberman clients. Just fell in love with them! We didn't have a "spot" in the family for one for many years, so I didn't get my first one, Bella, until almost 9 years ago. Have been on a wonderful journey with this breed ever since!

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Mine started with an infatuation over the Dobermans in Oliver and Company in like 1994 ? lol.
I insisted on getting a life sized Doberman stuffed animal (that I still have) at FAO Shwartz as my Christmas present that year, and begged for a Doberman when my parents conceded we could get a dog. Their compromise was a Min Pin... haha.

20 years later and after living in an unsafe area, I knew I still wanted that beautiful guard dog and cuddle monster, so I started researching... and researching... and now I am 5 weeks from bringing home my first Dobe.

I talked with my breeder, and she mentioned a lot of horse people are drawn to Dobermans too because of the similar builds and gaits...
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I had one as a child. Her name was Slipper. She was my best friend. Didn't particularly like other dogs, but really truly loved me (I was 2 or 3). We got her when she was 2. She would walk me to the bus stop and back every day for school. She lived until I was 13 (she was roughly 10 when she died). She got pregnant by the neighbors cocker spaniel (my parents weren't smart owners) when she was about 3 or 4, and had 1 puppy. His name was Buster. He died of heart failure when I was 19. Looked JUST like his mom, but had big floppy spaniel ears and a curly coat (with doberman markings. Silly guy). I was absolute love with them both.

I've always been a sucker misunderstood breeds. I've fostered APBTs and Staffies most of my adult life. One day, I picked up my pride and joy (a big GSD girl) off the side of the road. Then during a break up, my ex stole her. Haven't seen much of her since.

Fast forward to about a year ago. I was actually at the dog park with Kira, talking to a guy who breeds GSDs.... and this gorgeous blue doberman walks in. I cut the conversation short and spend time with the dobe. Kira and the boy (named Tropper) played super well. He told me all about how he got his dog (off Craigslist for $400) and recommended I look through AKC. I tried, that led me here. Now, I'm in contact with a great breeder, bringing home a pup in May/June. (:

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I talked with my breeder, and she mentioned a lot of horse people are drawn to Dobermans too because of the similar builds and gaits...
i jokingly tell people i asked the husband for a pony and he bought me a dobe.

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Yep, I'm a horse person who LOVES the athletic build and movement similarities with Dobermans. Also love the "airs above ground" that Dobermans and horses both do in play, could watch it forever.

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I've always had Great Danes, but was interested in Dobermans as I think they are beautiful. When the rescue I volunteer with had one surrendered to them, I volunteered to foster to see if she would be a good fit for me. I was previously been afraid that a Doberman would be too much dog for me, and in all honestly, she probably was/is, but that has only made me grow and become a better handler and person.

Many of the things I love about Danes also exist in Dobermans, the beauty, the silliness, the velcro personality. What really strikes me about Hannah though is her intensity and her drive to work with me.
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I'll say something even though I'm still new here.
I have always loved dogs. And I realize that practically everyone on here has as well, but I am the only one in my family who wasn't that way. Dogs were easier than people to me. Show them love and they love you back.
I never really had a go-to breed. My two family dogs growing up were mutts that we got for next to nothing. My first personal dog was my dachshund-yorkie (Deb) that I got when I was 16. I always preferred big dogs but I was just drawn to her and I will never have love another dog the way I do Deb. My second dog was kind of an out-of-nowhere decision. My wife and I didn't have Deb at the time and she wanted a dog, found one that looked cute, and picked it (we only recently started to learn that we had no idea what we were doing). She picked our ridiculous beagle Nala. We didn't do any research on the breed and had no idea what we were getting into. I love her and can't imagine life without her, but sometimes I can only see her as the never-ending vet bill that she is.
Having Nala and realizing that beagles were not our breed, I began looking for a breed that actually fit me. I knew I wanted a big dog for a change and I quickly came across dobies, who in a lot of ways, are the exact opposite of beagles. I always loved the look of dogs that the public portrays as "scary", I always saw them as beautiful. But the biggest reason I knew that I needed a Doberman was one specific trait that beagles (maybe just Nala) don't have: a desire to please their owner. Having a dog that doesn't give a crap whether or not I'm pleased with their actions is simply infuriating.
After we moved from Georgia to KC we began looking for a breeder and before too long were picking up our beautiful Mabel. She is my first experience with the breed, but I know for a fact that she will not be our last and basically the only thing keeping me from committing to the breed alone is my wife who loves May but seems to get bored and want a new breed of dog. But I'm pretty confident Mabel will win her over completely and we will be here a long time.


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I grew up and graduated high school in 1977. So I saw the Doberman Gang movie, Return of the Doberman Gang movie, They Only Kill Their Masters, etc. I loved the way the doberman was built. So graceful and smart! I grew up with a chihuahua/beagle mix who never stayed in the yard, always escaped and could never be walked off leash. I would watch Lassie and see a dog who would walk with the boy, but my dog never would walk with me like that, so I wanted a velcro dog. I looked into the doberman breed and was happy to see that they were bred to be protective and wanted to be with their people. I was sold on the breed when I was a teenager and got my first dobe when I was 24 years old (I am now 56). I have had 9 dobes total including the three I have now. I only wish they lived longer. Having owned (or rather they owned me) dobermans, I only fell in love with the breed even more. They are clowns (never realized how much they truly are clowns). They have made me laugh, cry and comforted me when I needed it. I cannot imagine my life without a doberman in it. I got my first non-dobe in September of 2014 when I adopted a pitbull from the high kill shelter by my house. I love my pitbull, but I am still very much in love with the doberman breed. There is absolutely no other breed like the noble and beautiful doberman!!!
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