New Doberman Owner and Finding out why Dobermans are considered 'Bully Breed' LOL

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My name is Yvonne and I just adopted  my first Doberman- a six year old female named Mercedes. I have wanted a Doberman for at least 30 years. I have several kids who are grown and a couple teenagers now. I have always put off owning one because of the children. I have doubted that I would be the right owner for such a powerful breed. 

Anyway, long story, I ended up adopting Mercedes last week. I have owned many dogs in my life and I can truly say that she is the finest dog I have ever had. I am amazed at her gentleness and intelligence. She is so obedient! I have been musing that now I understand why that Dobermans are a 'bully breed'- a 'bully' for love and affection. She loves putting her head in my lap and shadows me everywhere. I am crazy about her!

So here is a question I have- is this gentle disposition normal for the breed? She does not even bark if people come in the house. She observes for sure but not a peep! 

I would love to believe that if I have others in the future that they will all be as wonderful as this sweet girl. As I write, she is cuddled up tight to me on the couch. She is so dear.

 

Thanks!

Yvonne

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Congratulations on your new baby!!!  Yes, that is absolutely normal for the breed :-)  Of course all dogs need proper training and to be taught proper etiquette but as a breed they are exceptionally gentle, loyal, and delicate animals.  Dobermans are also known as velcro dogs because they are exceptionally attached and prefer to be with you at pretty much all times.  Enjoy Mercedes; you're in for years of amazing companionship. 

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Congratulations on your new baby!  Our boy reacts to people the way we do, so as long as you are comfortable with guests, she probably will be too.  It will take her a bit of time to learn your habits and what is expected.  

I hope you enjoy her as much as we enjoy our goofy boy.  They are truly magnificent and entertaining creatures.

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I don't consider a Doberman a "bully breed" that's just me. But yes they are extremely affectionate and bigggg cuddlers. They are normally great with children of all ages. I have a 8 month old male puppy he's 80 pounds of wiggly nub wagging love. They are for sure a Velcro dog haha you will never pee alone. I will say Ares is the funniest dog I've had I tell my fiancé he's not like a dog he's like a little person in a fur suit. He cracks me up on a daily basis. You'll have lots of silly fun adventures with her and thank you for rescuing that's so sweet of you to give her her forever home :) if you have questions feel free to ask :)

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Hi Yvonne.. and welcome to the Forum

I believe you get what you give with Dobermans... Sounds as if Mercedes has landed in a loving and wonderful home. One that she trusts and adores..

 

What is her background and how did the two of you get so lucky that you found each other?

Saludos from Baja

Katie, Sofia and Bella

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Katie,

Well, I have wanted a Doberman for over thirty years. I have watched videos and read books and articles and admired from a distance. We have owned several pugs, a mutt, and we currenty have two small poodles (which I also adore).

 

I peruse the Craigslist ads- antiques mainly, but I looked at the pet section and Mercedes had literally JUST got posted. Her previous owner was a young woman expecting another baby and apparently Mercedes was taking the household changes hard (pregnant mom was in and out of the hospital alot). I was told that she was pooping in the house because of stress. (She has not pooped inmy house at all)I will tell you that all the way over to see her I was really doubting myself. I kept thinking, "Yvonne, you do NOT need another complication in your life!!" Haha!! Like I said, I am the mother of a large family- my children's ages range from 27- 15. I have four grandchildren. I run my own business out of my home. I am busy and very mentally tired a lot of days.

 

Within two minutes of meeting Mercedes, I knew I had completely lucked out. Her little tail wagged and she has such a sweet and loving demeanor. I took her with a promise that if I changed my mind, I would return her. Oh my gosh! Withing 48 hours she completely stole my heart. She is so beautiful and graceful looking but she is the biggest love-bug. That's why I say, 'She's a BULLY for LOVE!" haha

 

Now that I have gotten to know her so well, and with some of the information that I learned from the previous owner, I think that yes, she was stressed. I used to have many small children at home - this young woman had six- and there were two very large and rambuncious pit bull mixes as well. Mercedes is mellow MELLOW and I wonder if she just was having a hard time with the activity of the house hold and her lady being gone a lot? The gal that had her no doubt loved her- just very busy house hold.

 

We have been enjoying the dog park. She loves the water and retrieving balls. Last night all the kids were over and we had the fire pit going and smores- she did great! Even around the small children.

 

Anyway! I love her! She is definitely not the last Doberman I will own. This is an amazing breed!

Yvonne

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Congrats!! Sounds like love at first pet! Can't wait to see pics!!

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Welcome to the breed. Though Dobermans are not usually included under the umbrella of "bully breed". :) I'll admit I did a quick search (because I wanted to make sure I wasn't mistaken) and the only places I found the doberman refered to as a "bully" were forum posts, and a single article written last year. 

I like to be in the know on such things. I have a pit bull mix, as well as my sweet doberman, and I have to know what boarding/grooming/training/daycare/dog park facilities have banned "bully breeds" and what breeds they consider to be included in that list. (usually just pits, bull terriers, staffordshire, and soooometimes boxers) 

 

I can't wait to see photos and hear more about the newest addition to your family!

Good luck with your new girl - I will say that in my 22+ years in Dobermans, I've never heard them referred to as a "bully breed" - that is reserved for Pits, bulldogs, even French Bulldogs, and other breeds of that type. 

I will agree that they demand attention :-)

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I think I must be mistaken about the bully breed title. Apparently (I have been told) that the Bully Breed Rescue in my area takes in Dobies as well- that's why I thought that- oops! LOL!

 

Yvonne :)

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it's all good you did a great thing for her and for you pictures please !!!

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Oh ok! That explains a lot. Sometimes rescues take in dogs not nessisarily under their "title" name. A 70 pit bull came into the emergency clinic the other day with a rescue called "Tiny Paws". I bet that rescue takes in all sorts of big breed dogs! 

 

Still can't wait to see photos of your new girl, and to learn all about her! 

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Oh! And to answer your origional question:

 

Yes they are very sweet dogs, but not all of them are quiet! My Queen Margaery sings the song of her people for just about everything. Bathroom breaks, wanting out of her kennel, there's a sketchy looking plastic bag outside, sister not paying attention to her, bored, someone at the door. All of these are perfectly acceptable reasons to bark like a crazy dog. 

 

But I do know dobermans who are very quiet. 

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Haha - Zeus is not quiet either.  The older he gets the more he has "found his voice."  He likes to bark at birds that fly overhead or dare to perch on a tree within his sight.  His new trick as of this weekend is standing in the kitchen barking at the oven or crockpot when he smells something good cooking.  

 

I wonder if the Bully Breed classification is used different regionally?  I'm in CA and have regularly heard dobermans referred to as a bully breed.

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I'm from ca lol and I never see any dobermans!!! Ares can be vocal but on walks he's very good never makes a sound at home he can be a little demanding hahahaha

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We've had Enzo for about a 1-1/2 months now - and what an adventure we've had already.  Adopted him at 8 months old, now 9-1/2 months old.  A big cuddler to be sure!  Though we 'inherited' a few medical issues, he has a great personality; at times we think we should have named him 'Goofy'.  One thing he just started doing that we are wondering about.... he always had a little toss pillow in his cage; now he brings it out every evening, into the living room; he semi-bites it but really just opening his mouth around it with part of the pillow in his mouth - then just lays there like that for quite a while. Anyone else see this with their Dobies?  How about Ares who is also 8 mos old?

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yes sunna does that withher bed , pulls it up tight between her paws and kinda sucks on it but mostly just holds her mouth around it . she is 16 mo. and has done this since she was little it's a dobie thing lol .

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Yep my boys a sucker lol but it's only with his seal. He will even take it pee with him sometimes but usually opens his crate pulls it out jumps on the bed and voila here it is