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Well it already happened. I was at the vet today for my puppy's second round of shots and there was a large dog that Maggie wanted to check out. She was kind of walking up to him sniffing. I asked the owner if that was ok and she said yes so I let her. Well the other dog went to growl at my dog. It was clearly the other dog. I watched the body language and the mouth of the other dog. The vet tech made a comment that it was Maggie. I guarantee it's because it is because she's a Doberman. If you can't tell which dog is growling you don't need to be a vet tech. 

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Similar thing happened to me last summer in Petsmart.  I had DJ with me, walking around looking at stuff, and some lady with a border collie mix came around the corner into the aisle where we were, her dog took a lunge at DJ and growled.  Well, DJ of course, reciprocated with a snarl, and I took her by the leash and walked away.  A few minutes later we were in line at the cash register behind 3 or 4 people in line, when here comes the same lady with the border collie mix.  Again, her dog lunged on it's leash and growled, DJ snarled back and the cashier asked ME "Could you please remove your dog from the store".  Well, sure, I can.  I put down the armload of stuff I was about to purchase, asked if the other dog was also being kicked out of the store, and walked out.  I know it was simply because DJ is a doberman and the other dog was a sweet border collie.  **eyeroll** Come on....Petsmart.  I know that was not the first time that two dogs ever had a snarley face towards each other in your store!   I feel your frustration,  Volgirl.

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DJ's Dad, I'm sorry that happened to you. It is really sad how some people view such wonderful and sweet dogs. They are really missing out on a great dog. We went into our little room st the vet and my girl just climbed into my lap and went to sleep. They are the best dogs!!!!

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That's unfortunate to hear. I have never had that problem, but I also don't let Juneau sniff other dogs in mixed company ever. Several have growled or even lunged at him on our hikes, but since I always put him in a sit to pass the owners of the other dog always apologize profusely. The vet and vet techs at our general vet and internalist all adore him and go out of their way to accommodate us if another dog starts getting growly in the waiting room. Fortunately since maturing Juneau is very "whatever" when another dog behaves like that as long as I'm there and not freaking out, and he never reacts anymore, which I think kind of absolves him of any blame. I also think that the bag of treats and constant training let them know that I don't want a dog who is ill behaved, so they get on board with it. I have seen a horribly ill behaved Doberman in the vet's office on a choke chain and an extendable leash though, so unfortunately I can see how a bad view develops :-/ Stigma is tough though. The week that I bought my house and was moving stuff in my neighbors told me that they would help except that they saw that I had a Doberman, and Doberman are aggressive, so they won't be helping. 

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oh wow I would be so upset.

Thank goodness everyone at our pet store LOVED our rotties and I think they would have come to their defense but you never know.....border collies are weirdly freaked out by stuff, way too much anxiety for me

can't stand breed prejudice

I know for me every time I see a rottie in the store I always ask if I can see them greet them pet them etc. and some owners are surprised and others think I'm nuts and won't even answer

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About 3 months ago I lost my beagle to heart disease and a couple of weeks later I rescued another beagle. Well fast forward a couple of weeks  and I'm at the dog park with the beagle. I'm doing some one on one and Axel was home . Well this lady starts chatting me up and she's there with her Aussie mix and she starts in on Dobermans. Little did she know I'm extremely partial to the breed but I let her dig in. Truth is she'd never seen or been around a Doberman so I made a phone call. She was shocked when my son showed up with Axel and how well behaved he was compared to my newest edition and her dog. She couldn't believe how he hung on my every word while the beagle was losing his mind. I told her it was simple. In my opinion Dobermans live to please their owners and beagles just exist due to no fault of their own. I love all dogs but Dobermans, well that's a different story . 

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  I've had three Dobes and currently have two.  My male Dobes were no problem in Petsmart.  Ruby is three years old so she is not a pup.  She will bark at other dogs when she is in Petsmart.  She has a deep, loud and scary bark.  She is well trained and well behaved but she has this compulsive reaction when she sees a strange dog in Petsmart.  If I spot the other dog first I can stop her but if she sees it first there is a good chance she will bark.  Once she barks then Zeke may join in.  I now only take her into the store when the store is not busy.  I mostly don't take her into Petsmart anymore.  I've never had any problems with employees or customers.  She knows not to bark at other dogs when we are out walking.  She behaves well outside on a leash.  

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Paris is an angel around everyone and everything. She is gentle with kids and my grandma, cautious and careful with cats, and very loving and cuddly with adults that pet her. We have not personally experienced what I call "dog racism", but I hate hearing people judge a dog by its breed. Paris always gets approached in public, usually by teenage girls, that want to pet her! I assume it's because she is so pretty! Dobie has stopped traffic, though. Literally, cars have pulled over to tell me what a handsome Doberman he is, and before he was neutered, we got asked if he was available to breed with by someone when we walked by their house. Clearly, that someone was irresponsible should not be breeding dogs, but I was still flattered! I have found Rottweilers and Pit Bulls to be some of the sweetest dogs ever, and I have been bitten by more than one chihuahua.