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Ami
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Hello, I'm a newbie here on gentledoberman.   My husband had always wanted a doberman, and I said NO.  We had small children and I was scared of them,(dobermans) because I listened to others.  So instead we got minpins. (still have one)  Though I love our minpin dearly, I wish my husband would have pushed me into the doberman.  We lost 2 of our minpins (old age) so I did some research, talked to doberman owners, and found a puppy!  She is joy! So kind, goofy as all get out, and understands me more then my husband. lol.  My husband is self employed so he takes her to work with him everyday.  Then when I get off work, I go and see them, and take her with me.  Doberman are wonderful!  She's great with our grandson, and other animals.  Not much of a swimmer, but she loves the water.  Our daughter has 2 lab mix's and Lucy loves to splash around with them.  She has been highly socialized, and we continue to do so.  Most of his customers know Lucy and some even bring her treats.  And we also keep treats on hand.  So now you know Lucy.  I look forward to getting advise and learning from the forum!
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LOL welcome to the club ;D I'm glad to see you got over your initial reservations about being owned by a Dobie. Trust me your children could not be in better care. She will protect them and the family I assure you. I have two females and they are far more protective than males for the most part. A couple of words of advice. Make sure you socialize her with friends and other family members who don't live there but visit on a regular basis. Once she gets to know them she will always remember them and welcome them. Watch her around strangers and other dogs. It is entirely natural for her to be watchful and protective and they will "check out" strangers when they come to the door. If she is well socialized from a pup, once she knows you are ok with them she will be too.

Be especially careful if you are outside with her when she is on a leash, they get nervous when strangers approach in this situation.

Oh the reason they don't swim all that well is because they are very muscular with a short coat so they are not very bouyant and tend to sink at the rear with thier head and front high up paddling like hell......

Take care.

Ami
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Thanks for your post, I do have one question for you.  You mentioned you had two females, we are considering getting another dobbie, once our little guys passes on.  Would you recommend two females? or female and male?
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Ami

Joined: 2008-12-15

is there a certain way you can teach the dobies to swim and/or like the water?

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Let me answer both questions. Honestly I believe whether or not they like the water is an individual thing. My youngest female loves the water, and my male hates it. Now that said he is huge and all muscle so as I said before he sinks at the rear and its pathetic to watch him swim. He will wade in but does not like to swim at all.....

I would recommend a male and female pair. Females will fight as will male pairs at times dependent on thier personalities. A male/female combo usually is the best because a male will not generally fight with a female. The best way is to get both as puppies where they establish dominance as puppies not as adults.

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my advice would also go for a boy and a girl combination, but do remember to decide on your contraceptive method ;D ;D ;D

Unless you want to have a a real battle however id try and avoid getting siblings from the same litter, as their bond will be so close you may have issues in getting their attention and keeping authority over them if they decide to take over the world together ;D ;D ;D ;D

rich

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My first Dobe was a black female, and I got her on rebound as a 4 month old. I got a fantastic dog, and when she was two I decided on a second Dobe to keep her company. I got a red male puppy and when I brought him home, she sniffed at him and he lunged up and bit her on the neck. She did not even react. I started calling him Tiger for a few days until I settled on Hans Tigre (German for Tiger). She protected him as if he were her puppy though when he matured they played rough. He had many small scars from her nips on him. They would be standing there and suddenly she would turn to nip at him at which time he would jump sideways to avoid her. That is how they develop their quick reactions.

They were together for 5 years until I lost her at 7 and later lost him at 11 1/2. But for the last 26 years, except for one stint, I have had at least one Dobe. They are truly wonderful dogs and we all owe Herr Doberman a thank you, as well as all the quality breeders down over the past century plus.

You can get a young pup and introduce them to an older dog, the older dog will always be the boss, two pups will have to sort that out between them.