sadder but wiser girl
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Dog Canyon
Dogs Name: Odie & Reyna; RIP precious Annie; RIP beloved Alex & Melody, Rocky baby & darling Willie
Titles: Annie - my angel; Odie - golden boy; Reyna - fruit bat
Dogs Age: b 1/13/13; b 3/13/14; b 7/10/09 - d 1/4/16
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Well, all these good folks have said all that I would have and more.
If you are living paycheck to paycheck, trust us that you can't afford a dog - much less a Doberman. You will kick yourself for not listening, and then hate yourself if you have to give him up.
If you can't go to a breeder like ODD or Kansadobe or other highly reputable and trustworthy breeder - please don't get a puppy! We lost 2 beautiful, wonderful, beloved Dobes in 1 year, both only barely 6 years old, to cardiomyopathy - they basically dropped dead. We have 2 more from the same lines, they are 6, and we live in dread.
They NEED their people, so you have to spend a LOT of time with them - they need training, play, socialization - they don't want to be left alone all day, and can become destructive, anxious, melancholy and wild. They are truly velcro dogs, and need to be involved.
Also, they have delicate digestive systems - even with top-notch foods, many of them have gas that will melt your brain. You need to feed them good stuff, not Ol' Roy or Shoprite brand. They can get all sorts of orthopedic stuff... well, the point is, if you really want a Dobe, and think you can devote all the time, energy - and money!!! - to having one - rescue a youngster - he'll thank you in more ways than you can imagine.
their pawprints in our hearts never fade