Re: Besides Dobermans what other dogs have you owned?

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Could you compare your Dobe's personality with the other dogs you have owned?  Is the Dobe's puppy phase really worse than that of Labs, Beagles, or Goldens?  I have noticed that many people on this site call Dobe puppies "little devils".  Is this more true than with other large breeds?  I am just trying to get a more accurate picture of what the Dobe personality is like since I almost never get to see Dobes where I live.  Thanks :)

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I've only had mutts besides my dobe.  Last one was a Aussie Shepard/Pitbull mix.  She was pretty well behaved
as a puppy, as I recall (though it was 18 years ago and my standard of living was a bit different in college and I had a LOT
of free time on my hands).  She died a couple years ago.  I do recall losing quite a few socks and a textbook or two to the cause.

Compared to to her, though, my dobe is a fireball of energy...all the time; I could tire the last one out and she'd just wanna
lay around even when she was young.  If I let my dobe lose in the house, she runs around for hours (even after significant exercise) biting
everything in sight...mostly me.  I expect this tendency will dissipated over time -- she's only 5 months.  My own tolerance
is much different now too;  Kids and age will do that to you...plus my testosterone levels have certainly fallen off somewhat; so it's
not really an apples to apples comparison.  I know I caused a lot of neurosis with the last one, I'm trying to do this one the "right"
way.

R. Marc

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Besides all the Dobies I have had (my 4 1/2 month old red female Princess is my 11th), I have also had 3 Miniature Schnauzers. I also 30 years ago had a mixed breed (Shepard/Labrador) and a full blood Labrador, but acquired them as young adults. The difference is the speed of the Dobe puppy. I sent a picture of Princess to a friend a month ago and commented, "check out her legs", and my friend e-mailed back that they were legs, they were stilts. My friend is a longtime breeder of Miniature Schnauzers.

I think all puppies are similar, but most can't reach papers on the desktop to practice their shredding with. My late sister was visiting once when my 6 year old male (Red) was about a year old. Oversized and still a puppy in attitude. She had prepared a casserole for supper when I had gotten in from work. I went in the kitchen and asked her where it was. She replied "the only place where Red can't get it, in the microwave". Of course with additional work, Red has learned that stuff on the counter top is a no no. What hits the floor is his (unless Princess gets there first now).

Dobe puppies like all puppies are into everything, but unlike the others are fast, quick and very very intelligent. It took Princess exactly 24 hours to figure that if she is in the kitchen and I come in normally, she can escape by going around the other side of the island. My Miniature Schnauzers have yet to learn it, and they youngest is 11. My foray into Miniature Schnauzers was because I was getting older I wanted a dog easier to handle and pick up. But I discovered they are so dumb, I never gave up on the Dobes.

However, the yappy dogs do serve as an early warning device. When someone comes to the house, there is nothing like a couple of yappers followed up by a LOUD, DEEP VOICED, WINDOW RATTLING WOOF! The last of course if from my buddy Red. Then too, I don't have to spend hours (or dollars as in the past) grooming a Dobe evey other month.

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Thanks.  These respones give me a much better idea of the Dobe personality than the Dobe tempermant descriptions that I get in books and what not.  Pease keep em coming.  :) 

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I have to say as a first time Dobie owner they are full of energy for sure but lil  devils I cant agree with.  Our Bella born on thanksgiving is the smartest dog I have ever owned in all my years of having dogs. Intelligent is an understatement to say the least. Bella at 4 months will go get her leash when you ask her if she wants to take a walk, when out in the yard if she sees I am cleaning up and planting plants she will grab up a pot and carry it over to the spot where we are stacking pots up from the work, she has a shelf on the bottom of the book shelf where we keep all her toys (bunches of them) and she will put them back when she sees me cleaning up..  She sits, shakes, lays down and will even crawl alittle bit already.  I don't even leash her when taking her out to the back yard (fenced) or out to play in the front yard, she stays right with me at my feet.  Her energy is limitless and she is always in the mood to play..

I have owned German Shepard's, lab mixes, and even a short haired terrier and Bella by far blows them out of the water. With our lab mix she dug alot as a puppy and was so stubborn I almost didn't survive through raising her, even as an adult she digs and is stubborn as a mule.  The German Shepard was a great puppy but would run off leash and not stay with me and more than once I had to go chasing that dog down the road from slipping out of her collar. The terrier mix was smart, very loyal and full of energy and honestly a great dog for many years. He thought he was king kong despite his size and would protect me from any threat that came along. 

I don't see them as any different then the other breeds you mentioned. All puppies not given proper direction,exercise and stimulation get into things. They are all in the learning process and learn as they go. Most puppies love to explore and with exploration comes a few chewed newspapers, shoes things like that LOL

The story RGreen told of red and his sister making the casserole cracks me up, reminds me of my little boo girl only my girl will  still counter surf when the opportunity is just right.

My mom had come to visit for my oldest daughters graduation. We had  purchased a huge cake that was sitting on the counter and had gone to do some errands. We came home and my little Boo had eaten everything she could that was within her reach. My mom wasn't impressed, I on the other hand found just a tad bit of humor in it as I should have known better. That however wasn't the end of our graduation feasting. We were planning a dinner for after graduation and had chicken breasts that were unthawing in our deep kitchen sink, again another errand presented itself and we were off in the car. Do you think I would have learned the first time NOOOOOO! We came home and she has somehow managed to eat 1/2 of the chicken. Needless to say my sweet little Boo IS NOT my moms favorite dog in the world.

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:) My last dog was a blue heeler, I got her as a five year old. A very loyal and protective dog. She didnt really like other dogs and had  a thing for 4wd trucks that drove on the beach. Where as Q seems to love everybody and will patiently sit if i am chatting and even tolerate small people coming to pet her.
My biggest problem is that where my blue heeler was a stocky ball of muscle and has had me over several times with her rugby tackles (beach games)  Q is a refined lean machine. Ive taken him to the vet a couple of times because i felt he was underweight. Vet says he is in fine condition.....im just not used to seeing ribs lol. I still tend to get him weighed every week and he seems to be putting on a kg once a week.(Not sure when that will stop haha) I know he has grown a couple of inches and nabbed the cat food on the work bench when i wasnt looking hehe.

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Wow, a new term - Counter Surfing. Thanks rnddoberman, that's a very descriptive term, one that I'm sure I'll be able to use when Princess gets a few more inches in her "stilts".

These stories all tell of the opportunistic Doberman, and one of the traits that makes them so loveable. Another Red story, he was a very aggressive chewer when he was younger. I started him on the red Kong balls, but he would destroy them in a short time, so I went to the regular red Kong with the same result. I then went to the black Kong, and although almost twice the price they would last over 4 times longer. He would carry it everywhere, and as a young dog would no go to bed without Kong.

He would occasionally take it outside and drop it. Then when back in the house he would be looking for it. I would put him back out and tell him to "Find Kong" and he would go straight to it. I did and do keep a spare, although now he's not quite as aggressive in his chewing as before. Kong now lasts him about a year. He will even allow Princess to take it from him, but it's a little to larger for her (for now).

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I have owned 3 boxers and I now have my first doberman pup, Bella, who is now 8 months old.  Bella is full of energy seems more energetic than my boxers were.  She is smart and a love not very different than my boxers in that category.  She always wants to be around you and is very affectionate like my boxers were too.  I think the only difference between the two breeds that I am experiencing is that Bella is like the energizer bunny.  My boxers would eventually tire out and rest , but even if Bella lies down, she's up again to check out whatever noise she heard.

Like all dogs they all have different energy levels. I have 3 Dobermans currently ages 11,7,5. The seven year old will run circles around the other 2 and has always had more energy. It also depends on the breeding, some are more high drive and ready to go at the drop of a hat. This is where buying from an experienced breeder who knows there lines and watches puppies from birth on doing temperament testing and trying to fit the right puppy to the right owner is very important.

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I'm a little late on this thread but I had to jump in!  ;)
I don't think a Dobie puppy is worse than any other breed once your get the hang of it.  I think what kind of puppy you get has to do with a lot of different factors.  Some genetic- breed characteristics, some their natural personality and the way you raise them.  Besides my Dobie girl (Soleil- 2 1/2years old) I have a Golden Retriever male who is about 9 months older.  For the most part Soleil was a terror as a puppy!!!!  Its not that she was particularly naughty girl it was I was unprepared for the trouble she could get into.  Tucker (my Golden) was a fairly laid back puppy.  He did not destroy too many things and taught me the basics of puppy proofing a home.  Since I just had gone though the puppy stage I thought I knew how to puppy proof a house before Soleil arrived.  She proved me wrong at every turn.  She got into things I did not think possible.  We kept her babygaited in the kitchen when no one was home, with her crate and water etc.  One day I came home and found puppy paw prints on the table and counters.  Not just front puppy paws but all four.  Its not that she was bad, she is just so smart and able to figure things out I did not think possible.  Added bonus is she can destroy things much more quickly then he can.  For example, if he found a shoe it would take him a while to destroy it.  If she got a shoe it could be ripped apart in seconds.
All puppies has the ability to be terrors, some just have the natural tools to be better at it.  ;D

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This is not a Doberman story, it is about the first dog I ever owned. We had a dog when I was a kid, but I didn't really feel like she was mine. I had just gotten out of the Navy (Aviator) and had gotten a job in Dallas, Tx. I was the Personnel Director at the old Mosher Steel Fabrication Plant and was also responsible for Safety, thus the plant nurse reported to me. She had this dog that was too big for them and I thought why not?

This was the mix of Labrador and Shepard, except it was a very large Lab and a very large black Shepard. His name was Rambo and at 8 months old weighted 90 pounds. I figured he was full grown, but he was not. I'm not sure if he was taller than Red, but it would be close. He was as silent as a ghost, as he had only a rabies tag on his collar and he was not given to barking.

I was visiting my Parents in Houston, and they had just lost a dog they had gotten 6 years before, a Lab and Boxer mix. He ruled the neighborhood and was very vocal. We had built him a very large dog house (very very large) and the top of the peaked roof was about 6 1/2 feet off the ground. I let Rambo out and there was a neighborhood cat in the back yard. Now this cat was used to Fellow who sounded off as soon as he saw the cat. But, Rambo did not. He just took off silently after the cat. When he was about 4 feet from the cat, that cat realized something was up, turned his head and jumped straight up in the air and his legs were moving before he touched ground (just like in the cartoons).

Instead of going for the tree, he went to the dog house (now used to store the lawnmower and gasoline) and just as Rambo was about to get him jumped up on the roof of the dog house and went over the 6' chainlink fence behind it. Rambo did not stop, but jumped after him and would up on the roof of the dog house, where he stopped startled and then slid off. If he had gotten purchase, he might have gone over the fence after the cat. It was the funniest thing I had ever seen, this huge solid black dog up on the roof of the dog house chasing after a cat.

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Growing up, I had a terrier mutt, a Manchester Terrier, and an American Staffordshire Terrier.  As an adult, I had 2 Rottweilers (with a dash of Doberman in their background) and now have 2 Dobes.  The mutt had no idea he was a dog.  The Manchester was very intelligent and extremely independent.  The Am Staff was high energy and stubborn (we got him as a 2 yr old and wow, that's alot of dog!  he was really a character!). 

We raised the Rottweilers from pups, so they are easier to compare to my Dobes.  I would have to say, they were much more "evil" than the lads are!  Lots of chewing.  The female was very smart and strong willed.  She took up our vinyl kitchen floor....starting in the middle!  It was a solid piece, so we aren't sure how she ever got that started...(it was hideous, so I was secretly glad she gave us a reason to replace it  ;)).  The male loved soft things and chewed a hole in the carpet, and also bit the couch (fortunately it was near the back).  Someone chewed on the refrigerator.  Oh, and the baseboard.  They got much better with age but as puppies they were very destructive.

We have been pleasantly surprised at how good the Dobes have been.  They are only aggressive about chewing up soft fabric toys.  Kong toys hold up really well and they enjoy Nylabones.  As far as behavior is concerned, they have been fantastic.  They also have an incredible energy level and a need to be mentally challenged.  I can definitely see where a bored Dobe could get into a lot of trouble.