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Hey everyone,

New to the forum and glad to be here. I have found so much useful knowledge here that has helped me tremendously starting out with my pup Wade. vvvv
Wade @ 3.5 months by Nick Dropbox
Wade @ 6 weeks by Nick Dropbox, on Flickr


I wanted to start a thread and see what made you all fall in love with this breed?!

My love for dobies started when I was about 6 years old and saw a movie with John Travolta called "Eyes of an Angel." It came out in the early 90's (I was born in 88' so I didn't understand much of the movie but I loved it) I watched it with my mom multiple times as she cried, while I constantly asked her "what kind of Dog is that?!" and to rewind the scene where the doberman was running on the above ground subway, jumping through the window, and my favorite scene pictured below. When I saw the imagery from that scene I became obsessed ever since.

Tripoli the Dobe by Nick Dropbox, on Flickr
 

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My obsession started when my brother talked my parents into adopting a rescue dobe. A red bitch named Gretchen. She was sweet, intelligent and protective, you couldn't ask for much more. I knew one day I would have one again (and now I have 2 lol, but one just isn't enough).
 

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I was 12(ish) and met an ancient, rickety old black/rust boy at the local shelter named Frederick. We used to volunteer quite often to walk the dogs, and I walked him every time I could untik he got adopted. BEGGED my parents for him. No dice. But he got a great home and made a huge impact on me!

When I was 16 I got the chance to petsit a massive red Doberboy named Chipper. He sealed the deal. When I was 21 I got my first Dobe of my own. I only even waited that long because of college and renting. They are an incredible breed and I will never own any other.
 

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I love that movie, only for the Dobe part of course! I admittedly get so emotional seeing how loyal that dog is.

Funnily enough, I had never actually met one in person before I fell in love with them -- I'd seen them in so many films as the 'bad guys' and they looked incredibly regal and so intelligent. I did so much research throughout the years and found out they're such softies and every amazing trait you want to have in a companion and I knew I wanted to have one in my life one day. I became dobe obsessed.

First Dobe I ever 'met' was an unsocialised male that bit me when I stood next to the owner after I was told the dog was okay. Still didn't change my mind even though he drew blood.

Second one I met was at a dog show where I wanted to meet a potential breeder and I knew after meeting a couple on the day that we'd have a Dobermann join our family one day.

Now that I have Kaiser, even though he's a little **** sometimes at 9 months, I can't imagine having any other breed.
 

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I grew up with my childhood bestie having 3 natural ears dobermans. I was afraid of them and have never touch them. But i enjoy watching the relationship they had with my bestie. My dad use to have a gsd when we were young. So it was between a gsd and a doberman that i was considering for a 2nd dog. After researching the current gsds with the slant back, it just did not look like the gsd i use to remember my dad having. After being aware of too many hip problems, i proceeded to doing more studies on the doberman. The more i read, the more i like about them. All the dobermans i met before had natural ears. Onced i looked into the ones with cropped ears, i did fall in love with the doberman for all the wrong reasons. They looked stunning and i want one. I believe one can only gather so much info to truly fall in love with the breed. Thought i loved them when i read about them, i realized i truly fell in love on the 3rd day I had my first dobbie (first and second day was all pooped n pee and yelling NOOOOO). I remembered her lying on my lap on the 3rd day while i remove her infected ear post that came with her from the breeder. She was in pain while i ripped the tape but she just made me feel that she trusts me with her life. In that moment, i whispered to her 'i love you and will love you for the rest of my life'.
 

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You know... Now that I think of it, I have never actually been introduced to a Doberman. Our neighbors down the street have two, and they bark at -everything-. I guess what attracts me to them is, well mostly everything. I love the classic BT, I think they are colored and marked so extraordinarily well for their build. They are lean, but strong and well muscled without extra bulk. Large but agile and athletic. Something in their eyes. Soulful and self assured. I've always had APBTs and really I can appreciate any dog that is a DOG. Athleticism and intelligence. Well actually I have met one Doberman, I work at a tiki bar and a woman sometimes brings in her white dobe. He is a gentle giant, but he is not what I think of when I think Doberman. My pup now is still only half!
 

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I watched all the big dog shows on TV and always admired and rooted for the Dobermans. I thought they were the most beautiful dogs I had ever seen. So regal! but, I never actually "met" one. I had dogs all my life, but never a Dobe. In 2005, after being involved in K9 Search and Rescue for 10 years as the Medical Officer,I decided I wanted to get and train my own working dog. i had owned a GSD, and loved them, but the coat was too high upkeep. I wanted a true working breed. I located a gal who worked Dobes ( SAR) and I went and spent a day with her. That was the first time I ever put my hand on a Doberman. After that day, I KNEW what I wanted. I was able to locate a breeder who was expecting a litter, and from 2006 on, Dobes were IT. I lost that first Dobe (my
heart dog) to DCM at age 6. I now have a red male who is my current love. I never thought that I would ever actually have one of those beautiful creatures I saw on TV.
 

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When I turned 20 I wanted a dog to call my own. I started researching what breed best fitted my lifestyle, and the Doberman kept popping up. I have never met one in person until I was introduced to Chase. Chase was up for re homing by the owner, due to him 'not having enough time'. Chase was kept outside as a guard dog, and judging by his scars to which he still carries to this day, his first impression of humans was negative.

After finding out Chase is definitely NOT an easy dog to own (let alone the breed itself is not for everyone) I did not give up on him, and from that I have learned so much from him. After that, I have met other Dobermans at shows and at competitions, it just further solidified my love of this Breed.
 

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When I was a teenager, my mother got a 1 year-old female Doberman from someone who didn't want her anymore. Rontu Satan's Daughter (sire's name was Satan's Royal Flush - how cool of a name is that?) and she lived to be 16 years old and was the best dog. I joined the Air Force and when I'd come home for Christmas, she was always so happy to see me. She even remembered me after I had been overseas for 3 years.

Ever since then, I've wanted another Doberman but being in the military, living in on-base housing or off-base housing, living overseas, the constant moves...it wasn't the right time or place and I wanted to wait until I had my own house with a fenced in yard. I retired from the AF in 2002 but remained in Korea as a contractor and later as a federal civilian...we had a house built here in 2005 and I told my wife once we finally got back to the states, I would start looking for a Doberman.

We got back here in 2011, and after some settling in and lots of searching, we found a breeder and got Mocha in late May of 2014...and the wait was worth it. I'll never own another breed again.
 
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Love for the breed started years and years ago when I got my male shortly after my father passed. He was such a lifesaver and great comfort to me. 15 years later, Stella would show up much the same way, right at a time when I really needed her. We bonded very hard, and she rescued me.
 

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I came home from work one day in the fall of 1974 to be greeted by a crazy litter B&R holy terror that was chasing our 3 year old rescue mutt around the apartment. Unbeknown to me, my GF (now my wife of 4 decades) had arranged with a BYB to bring this guy home for a trial.

I grabbed him up immediately. Love at first sight. Hey what can I say... She was 20 and I was 21. Young and dumb! He ended up being a great dog.

Hooked for life. LOL

John
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