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Considering Another Doberman, some concerns
I am a long time lurker, seeking advice.
I had a doberman girl for a number of years, and she was lovely. She was intelligent, protective, eager to please, affectionate... wonderful wonderful dog, assuming it was me she was interacting with. I got her when she was 8 weeks old, and as long as I had her, she never knew a cruel hand or a mean word. I clicker trained her and socialized her and hired trainers for her. She did agility, and was in puppy classes.
Despite all of this, she was awful with children. She would get anxious and snappy around them. She was extremely possessive of food and toys. She snapped at my younger sister once, and while she did not make contact, it was still frightening. After that I just kept her far from children, and managed her anxieties the best I could. She never ever growled or snapped at me. I could take anything from her without her complaining.
She was also a sickly dog. She could never keep weight on. She had nearly constant diarrhea and the worst gas. She threw up a lot. I tried so many different foods... raw, Acana, Orijen, and a vet prescribed diet. She never did have proper bowel movements though, despite following the vet's recommendations.
She had issues, but I desperately miss her. I have had a few chats with a local breeder (not the one who bred my first dog) and she assures me that dobermans can make fantastic family dogs, and she suggested that my first dog may have been poorly bred. It is very likely that she was, and I feel badly for buying her before I had done my research... but I am trying to avoid making the same mistake.
Are dobermans good with young children? Did my girl have an atypical temperament? I have relatively young children, and while they are well behaved with dogs... I would not feel comfortable with a dog like my first doberman in the home with them. The breeder I am speaking with seems to be a very good breeder. She does health testing, and shows her dogs. Her dogs are beautiful, and she offered to let me come and meet them.
I just don't want to set another puppy up to fail.