Hello...I'm new here.
I have a 11 weeks old blue dobie puppy, Ellie. She is my second Doberman. My first I had to put down two months ago at 14.
I was hoping some of you would share with me some Doberman personality quirks.
See...I've grown up with mostly GDS's with a Sheltie, Great Pyr. and a Lab thrown in. When I had my first Dobie, Allie, she had a very different personality and habits than my other dogs. I attributed this to her being "Allie" not Doberman characteristics. I did a lot of looking online, but I couldn't find anything more than the standard info...velcro, sensitive, protective, etc.
Now I have my second dobie, and already I'm seeing some of the personality quirks that I thought were unique to Aliie.
For example, they both play different than my other dogs. They typically don't play bow. They play what we call the "sneak up game" They start by standing about 10 ft or so away from the other dog. They put their head down, ears out (both natural) and walk very slowly towards the other dog. Once they are w/in a couple feet, they pounce, initiating the play. They play for a few minutes then run away and repeat.
Also, both back up and sit on things. Allie used to always back up sit her butt on the couch, with her feet still being on the floor. The puppy is obviously too small to do that, but she will back up to sit on my feet, or my other dog (very materal GSD).
The other breeds I've had, I've been able to trace the personality differences to what they were bred for. My sheltie barked at anything that moved, that's how they herd. Great Pyr can not go into the back yard w/o making a full lap barking, she's protecting her "herd". But with the Dobie I can't trace these quirks back to their purpose, human protection.
Okay, one last thing. They both seems to look out the corner of their eyes more, so you can see the white. Instead of turning their head, they'll just move their eyes. I've never had any of my GSD's do this. We always just called it horsey eyes.
Do any of your Dobies have the same quirks as mine do? Are there any other ones you've noticed that are unique to the breed.
Sorry to be so wordy, but I just found this forum, and I was excited. I'm hoping I'm not crazy and imagining these shared traits. I feel like I'm losing it sometimes, *lol*. I call up my mom...."she plays sneak up, just like Allie"