Wanting to attack certain dogs

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She has tried on a mini pincher that came charging her, a pitbull that got loose and ran up to us barking, and a chow mix that was being walked on halloween But not a GSD that got loose and ran up to us barking. She just stood there let is smell her and kept walking or a stray that looked to be a rottie or Australian Shep mix that was stalking us and he was scary. Walking behind us with his head and shoulders down like he was going to strike at any minute but she just ignored him. She has no aggression with our Basset hound or anything behind a fence. She has only been this way on the above occasions. Why was she being choosy? Did she see something in these dogs that I didn't? This is my first dobie so I have a lot of questions. We all love her and want to make sure we do whats right for her. She is great with my 3 kids(6, 10, 14) and my niece(2) and nephew(7). She followed them all night and would sit at the end of the driveway waiting for them to come from the house. She would also whine looking for them if they happened to get out of site. She truly loves her puppies as I call them and they love her. So any thoughts on what to do or why she is picky on who she sees as a threat?

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"Did she see something in these dogs that I didn't?"

My guess is yes.  She did see something in these dogs that you did not.  The mix stray that you thought was going to attack... did it?  If not, I would say she used some good judgment there.  The breed is renowned for its ability to recognize a problem/ threat and act accordingly.  What does she do when you think she is trying to attack?  It depends on the reactions of other dogs.  Sometimes a dog that looks friendly is not... and vice versa... I would read the page on this site that explains the body position and the difference between defensive and offensive threat postures.  I found it to be quite helpful. 
Has she gotten into any fights?  My dobie never ceases to amaze me in knowing what does are a threat and what are not.  When a true threat is present she reacts. 

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When she is trying to attack she seems to fit the offensive threat position and it is usually when a dog acts like it want to come into her/our space although she did not act like this with the GSD could it be because we walk past the GSD's house everyday and he is usually in the chain link fence and she has gotten to somewhat know him? She has never gotten into a fight. We have done really well in keeping control of her by grabbing her collar at the back of the neck and turning her around telling her no and to sit but I don't want her to learn to do this if there is a true threat. Will she learn the difference.