New Dobie Owner- Nervous to ask...

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I have been hesitating to ask this the last few days. I think it is very un-wise for someone to purchase a breed they are not suited for. I have wanted a Doberman most of my life and have read about them over the years and learned anything I could- so in other words- I have done my homework. Now that I actually am living with a Doberman, so much of what I have read makes more sense but there is one thing I am SO confused or maybe amused about. 

 

I adopted a 6 year old spayed female. I am not quite sure why I am so surprised at what a sweet and gentle girl she is. She is very loving in a tender way- I guess maybe I was expecting her to be more aloof and constantly on the 'look out'  and she is very aware of things but her number one concern is me! haha! When I sit, she is right there and she is very polite and asks to be petted and loved. 

 

My question is this- is she just a complete fluke or are they all like this for the most part? I am in absolute love. I have been a bit embarrassed to ask as I have been afraid that someone would ask if I have not read up - but I have and I wasn't expecting such a big sweet heart.

 

Tomorrow we are going to the vet. I am very certain that she has a UTI. I can't wait to ask the vet if this is what he sees with the Dobies- big gentle love bugs. 

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Yvonne

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Yes it's a dobe thing they are the "Velcro Dog" my boys wants to be anywhere I am. He's very loving, sweet, loyal, kind and well perfect. I literally am not allowed to go to the bathroom a lone. It's not a fluke they love their people. Hands down greatest dog ever :)

Here's a pic to prove it lol I was exhausted from my birthday weekend. He had to stay with my mom and needless to say we missed each other dearly. My silly fiancé took this picture of us I love it :)

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Not to mention older dobes are much more calm! Our last doberman, a female, was just like yours. Sweet, gentle love bug who only wanted you to pet her at all times of the day. But, I will say this: when we were outside and someone pulled up into our drive (family members, strangers, mail lady, didn't matter), no matter where she was, she was running to stand next to us with her ears perked. Now, she wouldn't hurt a soul, but she sure did look like she would. She especially did this with my daughter, who was very young. 

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The day I was driving to go see her I kept thinking, "Yvonne, you are crazy! You do NOT need any more complications in your life. I was having visions of an aggressive dog that I could not control, being afraid of her, etc. I could see right away that she was nice but as each day passes, I love her even more. 

 

We have a flock of sheep behind our property. She does not like the sheep and her hair goes up, she growls and when I give her a firm 'NO', she IMMEDIATLY stops and her focus is on me. Dream dog!

 

Since she is six, I imagine in a couple years, I will want to either get another adult or a pup, but I keep wondering if she is a fluke- a Doberman oddity or if I can expect this from future Dobies as well. I guess from what what I am hearing, the answer is yes- amazing! AMAZING!

 

 

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Yep,.. they are.. amazing in every sense. Welcome to the Forum and BTW.. don't be 'nervous to ask' ANYTHING.

That's why we're here.. We all started somewhere with these glorious creatures..

Enjoy every moment with your Mercedes and while you're sharing your stories and adventures...we will too.

Saludos from Mexico

Katie, Sofia and Bella.

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I wonder the same thing ALL the time...and I started with a puppy.  They are so much like people, all with differing personalities and energy levels.  I hope every day of your dobe adventure gets better because they love their people with a great big love.  Enjoy her, she sounds like a special girl.

BTW -- pictures are required. ;)

 

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^^ agreed 

Just a side note have you had her health checked ? Especially the heart. If I were you I'd get a hotler and an echo done. I was reading an incredibly sad story of a sweet dobie that just suddenly died because DCM wasn't tested for :( I know since you are first time owner probably don't know anything about that disease but I wouldn't want you to loose her so please get he checked :) 

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yes they just want to be right by their people sunna as we speak is having a fit , i am shop sitting for friends who have a dog boarding / retail store so i thought it would be good to bring her along this week to get her used to being in a suite in case i ever have to board her [ no other dogs here at the time ] she is right where she can still see me but only want's to be behind the counter with me . she has finally settled down and is chewing on her bully stick !! she does'nt even like to go outside unless i'm with her lol even at home .

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Cascade thank you for adopting an adult girl!  And congrats; you have a true dobie :-)  Nothing aloof at all about these dogs.  Mine even paces between laying on his bed and laying at my feet in the evenings when he's trying to get comfortable but think the bed is too far away (anywhere more than two feet from me!).  Even as puppies they (at leat the ones I have had the pleasure of having) are calmer than your average puppy.  Zeus is 6 1/2 months old and people are always amazed at how relaxed he is. As long as he's with me. 

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I love her more and more as the days go by! I think that part of my confusion is the way that they have always been portrayed. I am so absolutly delighted with her and her intimidating look amuses me- she is so NOT that! We have sheep and chickens behind our house that she has barked and growled at. I firmly say her name and she comes right over to me looking thoroughly ashamed of her self as if she is saying, 'Oh my gosh, I am so sorry! I am so embarrassed..' Hahaha! 

 

I have lots of pictures I would love to share BUT I cannot figure out how to post them here. My daughter tried for me as well and she was stumped. 

 

I want another Doberman in a couple years when Mercedes is 8-9 years. I would like her to help me train the pup and also so I will have another wonderful and faithful friend when Mercedes passes away someday. I can't stand the thought.

 

Yvonne

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We just acquired our 3rd dobie and will never have any other breed.  The first 2 were really Velcro dogs and so loving that neighborhood children came to play.  Our newest is only 4 months old so he is "in training" but already we see the unmistakable signs of the same devotion and gentleness that we have come to love.