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Hi all,

Just researching the Dobe at present with a view to possibly introducing a dog into our family (x2 young children) at some stage next year.

Can I ask for those that own own male dogs how you find them when walking in terms of socialisation with other dogs? Do you need to be extra vigilant with a male dobe when around other un-neutured male dogs?

My wife would be walking the dog during the day and so being able to control him is something that she is unsure about at present. I know that early socialisation/training is really key with the Dobe but was just wondering if aggression towards other male dogs is something more prevalent in the breed?

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Tim
 

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Hi Tim.

Aggression towards other males is prevalent in the breed; whether the other dog is neutered or not. Temperaments and personalities will differ, but it is definitely a known issue and its never recommended to keep multiple males in one household. Even early socialisation sometimes cant help it (though in my opinion it definitely makes them easier to handle around lots of other dogs) Same sex aggression can happen in females too, although is much less common.

My dog is young (13 months) so his behaviour could still change, but at the moment he is very tolerant with other dogs, but there is the odd dog who he will take offense too, or if they growl first he will go back loud and snarly. He is easily manageable for me (I'm a 110lbs girl) but I am always wary and careful around other dogs approaching him. I look carefully at the body language of the other dog, and keep him on lead around other dogs unless he knows them well. I wouldnt trust him to be running about off lead with other males, especially a rather dominant or rude personality.

We worked with commands like 'leave' to make him ignore other dogs, early puppy OB classes and we also attend shows weekly so he will happily be around other males. Even if he takes a disliking to another dog, he is not unmanageable to be but everyone is different. He might be too much for some people, even though he comes from British show lines he has high prey drive and again could be difficult to manage for a first time dog owner.

If you're worried about being able to handle a dog, how about looking at a slightly older dobe from a dobermann rescue? A lot of the time dogs are given up through no fault of their own, and if you go through a reputable rescue they will be able to find the right dog for you. Lots have even been brought up with children and will come toilet trained and lead trained. You really want to make sure you go through a reputable rescue who will screen you properly, as you dont want a rescue who just want to get rid of the dog without proper evaluation.
 

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Just a thought Tim, you and the family could pop along to some champ or open shows where there will be Dobermann classes, this would give you all a chance to chat to some breeders and look at some dogs. Most people are happy to answer any questions you might have, and you can also check out the different personalities of the dogs.

The South East Dobermann Club is based in Surrey. They have a small open show coming up not this Sunday but the Sunday after (22nd) which you can find the details of here:

OPEN SHOW SCHEDULE 2012 1 | Seedc

If you cant make that one then no worries (I remember you're not in a rush) because they hold a couple of shows a year you could go to. I'll be there and happy to chat with you and you can meet my boy (who loves kids!) :)
 

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Hi Amelia,

Thankyou for your informative response, I have been admiring your pictures of Rupert he really is a handsome boy.

I would not be comfortable re-homing a dog, it is really important to me that he is raised around my children from young which would hopefully ensure that there is a strong bond there on both sides. Also raising a puppy is a big part of the process of enjoying dog ownership for me, hope I'm not offending any owners with re-homed dogs by saying that, its just my personal preference.

It sounds like more precaution needs to be taken with a male dobe and this makes perfect sense, after all they are big strong dogs! Sounds like you really focussed on socialisation and strong commands to assist should Rupert get himself into any bother, this is great advice and will definitely be a key focus for us too. We live near a big field/wooded area and so our dog would see the same other dogs regularly on walks helping us to gauge his behaviour and any tricky situations quickly, guess more precaution must be taken when walking in an area with unknown dogs around.

Once again thanks, its great to learn more about these beautiful animals, just want to be 100% sure its the right move for us.
 

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Just a thought Tim, you and the family could pop along to some champ or open shows where there will be Dobermann classes, this would give you all a chance to chat to some breeders and look at some dogs. Most people are happy to answer any questions you might have, and you can also check out the different personalities of the dogs.

The South East Dobermann Club is based in Surrey. They have a small open show coming up not this Sunday but the Sunday after (22nd) which you can find the details of here:

OPEN SHOW SCHEDULE 2012 1 | Seedc

If you cant make that one then no worries (I remember you're not in a rush) because they hold a couple of shows a year you could go to. I'll be there and happy to chat with you and you can meet my boy (who loves kids!) :)
Wow fab we live in Surrey and so this is a great suggestion! Will speak to Seema (my wife) and hopefully we can make it. It would be lovely to meet you guys and learn more about your own experiences with Rupert.
 
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