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hello,

my name is Laura, i registered here as i am trying to gather as much information as possible about this amazing breed.

since i was a little girl ive always loved doberman dogs, i relate to them somehow. i have been lucky enough to meet my partner Alex who is a dobe over too. We are currently living in Berlin, our plan is to leave for the Portuguese countryside within the next four years.

now, the main reason i want a dog is to have someone to play with, i have a lot of energy! Berlin is a very dog friendly city. most offices (mine included) allow you to bring your dog if he can handle himself. I work very little from the office though.

my partner and i make music. from home or a share studio (dogs welcome there too!). one or the other will leave the city a weekend every other month to play a show - in the case where we both do we play in europe mostly, so my baby will come if he wants to.

i walk or bike everywhere unless its -15c in january. i run daily and am part of a friendly sccoer team during summer, many of our teammates bring their pups along. the city is incredibly green with two HUGE parks close by my home.

All this to ask if i could make a good owner, even if i do live in an appartemnt (3 bedroom).

Im am a young woman and though Berlin doesnt have a violent reputation - men do tend to follow women to their doorstep too often. having a buddy with me

Should i consider a male or female? i really believe i will know my dog when i meet him/her but any advice is welcome!
 

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Hi Laura and welcome from the Pacific NW! I have never been to Berlin, however my wife was there running the Berlin Marathon a couple of years ago She really liked the city.

Portugal's countryside is lovely.

Dog or Bitch? Simply a matter of personal choice if it will be your only dog.

Best to you in your move and your search for a new puppy!

John
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Hi Laura and welcome from the Pacific NW! I have never been to Berlin, however my wife was there running the Berlin Marathon a couple of years ago She really liked the city.

Portugal's countryside is lovely.

Dog or Bitch? Simply a matter of personal choice if it will be your only dog.

Best to you in your move and your search for a new puppy!

John
Portland OR
Don't listen to him males are the BEST! ;) They love their momma's and are stage 5 clingers. But if you don't like a clingy dog you may want to go with a female.
 

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Welcome from Colorado!
 

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AND....another welcome also from Colorado!

I've had both males and females. In my experience, my males have been more sorta laid-back and, well, goofy even, from time to time. The females have been a little more serious and stand-offish around strangers, though still perfectly polite.

But so much depends on the individual dog. They're all dobermans.

One thing you can do, once you've done your homework and found a really good breeder, is tell them about yourself, what you want in your dog and what you expect to do with him. The breeder should be able to look at his puppies and choose the one whose temperament fits what you want. Many breeders try to match their puppies to a particular owner and their needs, anyway, and don't really want you to just waltz in and pick one almost at random depending on how you "feel" about each puppy you meet on that particular day.
 

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Don't listen to him males are the BEST! ;) They love their momma's and are stage 5 clingers. But if you don't like a clingy dog you may want to go with a female.
If you don't want a clingy dog who will insist on always touching you and on sitting on your feet while you relax on the couch, you may not even want to have a doberman at all. :grin2:
 

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If you don't want a clingy dog who will insist on always touching you and on sitting on your feet while you relax on the couch, you may not even want to have a doberman at all. :grin2:
LOL mel...

Or sticking their head between your knees while washing dishes. Or coming into the bathroom no matter what you are doing unless you lock the door. Or refusing to go to bed until you do. Or mandating that you accompany them to their crate and tuck them in at night. Or coming to the door every time you leave, begging you (with their eyes to take them with...). Or coming to the door with an uber wiggly nub every time you return home.

This list could go on Ad Infinitum. They can be a bit claustrophobic. LOL

My absolute best Dobe velcro experience, which still goes on nightly:

McCoy has been open crated from the first night he came home at 10 weeks. (He will be 5 in September) It took him about a month to transition to his own room which is up one floor from our bedroom.

Since then, every night, 2-4 times a night he comes down to check on us. He walks to my wife's side of the bed and then to mine. He used to nose poke me. Now I just reach my hand out and he gives it a cursory lick and then straight back up to his room/crate. He sometimes walks around the house, giving it a quick check.

It is sooo Doberman. This used to annoy me. Now, I find it endearing and comforting. If he's happy and comfortable, so am I! LOL

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Hello, and Welcome to DobermanTalk! I am from Canada :)

I think you sound like you'd make a fine home for a Dobermann/Doberman (Pinscher) with one or two caveats:
Firstly, while you do plan on moving to the country side in Portugal, until then you will be in Berlin and bringing the dog to places where there will be presumably be other people coming and going. You will have to work very hard to socialise your puppy in your office and studio setting - and by which I mean, teaching your puppy that strangers coming and going out of these places is normal and expected, and to be ignored. Because the breed is naturally watchful, alert and even somewhat suspicious, their natural response to strangers coming and going will be to warn you. However this can be curtailed with adequate training and socialising.

The second caveat. Being in Germany, if you get a dog from a breeder there, there is a good chance that you will end up with a dog who is not only medium to high energy, but also has the mental drive to do something. This doesn't mean you have to compete or work with your dog, but you will have to invest time working your dog's brain, and not simply expending their energy by playing and running. They are highly intelligent, thinking dogs and they need to either have a job or think they have a job. Puzzle toys, teaching them tricks, challenging their self-control are all things that qualify, and you will have to account for time spent working your pup's brain on top of exercising their body :)

If you know you are capable of investing the time, patience and consistency in doing these things I think you'd be a perfect fit. I know Germany has pretty strict laws about keeping dogs as well though so I am sure you're already at least half prepared for the considerations needed.
 

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Welcome to DT from Utah! Fell in love with Portugal after spending two weeks there. Changed my coffee experience totally and had to come home to buy an expensive Expresso machine.
If I were getting only one Doberman it would be a male. I love my girl, but as GR red noted - they can be very independent with a mind of their own.
 

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Welcome from Indiana , not much for me to add here as the other posters covered most bases :grin2:

I will say that we have had mostly females , and as was said , they can be very , very independent ! I often wonder if that is a learned behavior? :grin2::grin2::grin2:

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Male we have now aka Mr. Business is , well , all Business and as Granny Red said , very clingy , but a good kind of cling .

Ali girl is laying right next to me right now , fallows me everywhere .

I personally think that who they are around most when they are a puppy , they tend to bond with more .

I will add that there is times , they will test you :wink2: and amaze you with there intelligence , it never gets old and they will put a endless smile on your face

Best of luck

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I love my girl, but as GR red noted - they can be very independent with a mind of their own.

You talking about dogs or people here Cressrb ? >:)>:)>:)>:)

Also, when my girl does something wrong, you'd never know, her thoughts on it are, "idiot human".


I walked out of the shower the other day and Mav's look was, "OMG I'm so sorry I shouldn't have done it!" So I look around to find that he had chewed something up that he shouldn't have lol.
 

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Also, when my girl does something wrong, you'd never know, her thoughts on it are, "idiot human".


I walked out of the shower the other day and Mav's look was, "OMG I'm so sorry I shouldn't have done it!" So I look around to find that he had chewed something up that he shouldn't have lol.
Oh so true , so true G Red , thanks for the laugh :wink2:
 

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Welcome! An active human lifestyle is great for Dobermans! A couple of things to know about this breed. One, many Dobermans, MANY Dobermans, are not all lovey dovey to every dog they meet. As adults, they are rarely super friendly to most dogs the way Labs or Goldens or Border Collies are. If you want a dog who is perfectly happy having lots of other dogs in his personal space, you might research other breeds.

None of the Dobermans I’ve had were aggressive to other dogs. All of them were socialized extensively as puppies, an absolute requirement with this breed. As adults, they could all be around other dogs in a busy setting such as a dog show or trial with no problems but they. were fairly standoffish to strange dogs and did not tolerate strange dogs barging into their personal space.

As adults, Dobermans take their watchdog job quite seriously. They will likely growl at a stranger approaching them with a camera in front of his face. They don’t tolerate fools. They are generally suspicious of many things and need a lot of training because of their high energy, genetic protection traits, and great intelligence. There are much easier breeds, without a doubt. Just being honest.

With all that said, Dobermans are, in fact, the best breed. >:)
 
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