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Are their any members who own a Doberman ?


  • granmagranma Posts: 1,925
    If so  ,how do you rate them as a family pet for a first time rescue dog, ? 

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,688
    Hello there. I’m awake at an odd hour so here is my early morning opinion.

    We have “rescued” several animals over the years.  Firstly, you have to ask yourself why the animal has had to be rehomed and why it isn’t snoozing by the fire in its original home.

    Many rescued animals have suffered some sort of trauma. They have often been abandoned, either in the literal sense or their owner has died. In either case, they have been stressed and are not a happy, relaxed animal. They may have some psychological problems as a result.

    Add onto that the types of dog that you find in rescue centres. They tend to be big, strong, boisterous dogs, often having been originally bought for their image. There are a lot of doberman types, huskies, “retired” greyhounds and some pit bull lookalikes.  You must ask yourself if you are really capable of handling a dog that perhaps has not had much training and which is bigger and stronger than you are.

    I am a keen supporter of rescuing animals and would always recommend it, but if this is your first attempt at offering a home to such a dog I would say think very very carefully before you do so. The worst thing for the dog’s welfare would be if you had to return it to the rescue centre because you could not cope.

    By way of comparison, and to put your question into perspective, would you have thought of asking it if you had been intending to adopt a human teenager with an unknown family history? 

    Good luck with your decision. 

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,688
    One suggestion that I can offer is that you get a taste for dog owning and the amount of time, effort and energy required for owning a dog, by volunteering as a dog walker for The Cinnamon Trust.

    They help people who, because of illness or old age, are unable to walk their dog by finding local volunteers to do it for them, sometimes just once a week for a few weeks, sometimes more regularly for months or even years.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Jason millyJason milly Posts: 546
    Hello I have a doberman he is 2 in June he is a great family dog very loving, with dobermans you have to let them know who the boss is as they are a very vocal and intelligent bossy dogs and mine RIO loves the garden, like any breed I would recommend you make sure the dog is registered and see the parents to see their temperment remember these dogs are known as velcro dogs meaning they want to be with you as much as possible, mine is absolutely great and cheeky loves to be in the garden with me. 

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,688
    Jason, the dog that granma is asking about is a rescue animal. She can't ask about its parents or the conditions in which it was raised or anything about its temperament. That is why I am so cautious. 

    But you have a great looking dog there. And thanks for the insight into the doberman character.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Jason millyJason milly Posts: 546
    I forgot to mention me personally would not get a doberman rescue dog, myself would get a puppy and train the puppy. Here is RIO after day in garden 
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,901
    Personally I wouldn’t get a Doberman from a rescue centre for the reasons @pansyface stated, especially as there are two children involved.
    It could turn out to be a disaster, they do need firm handling.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 19,554
    Doberman dogs are used as guard dogs for a reason. They are very strong. Think about how much it would cost to feed as well, but I don't know your budget. As others said, a rescue Doberman is probably not a good idea.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,563
    In Germany, these dogs are used by the police and security firms because they are bold, intelligent and have the potential for aggression, as we use Alsations and others here. They are fine dogs, but I feel a rescue from an unknown background is very risky.
  • FlyDragonFlyDragon Greater ManchesterPosts: 834
    You need to assess the individual dog.  Knowing the characteristics of the breed will be somewhat helpful, but its this dog as an individual that really matters.

    Do you have previous dog owning experience?  Do you have the time and energy to put a lot of work into socialising and training the dog?  Giving a rescue dog a new home is immensely rewarding but it can be hard work!  Its very rarely the dog's fault that it has ended up in rescue but you aren't getting a 'blank slate' you usually have to undo a few years of neglected training or bad habits. 

    One thing that would put me off a big dog, I would want to be able to carry my dog if it were ever ill or injured. 
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