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Date Posted: 02:35:29 10/04/03 Sat
Author: Sherald
Subject: Getting a Dobermann

I am Thinking of getting a Dobermann, one because i think they are a lovely looking dog, and two because i want a guard dog. For me a dobermann is the only dog to do the job right..But i have a worry i have two childeren aged 6 and 8 and would it be a good idea... I feel i can train the dog to be a good loving and caring dog to the family, and be a good guard dog. My husband is not so sure.. Can any one advise???
Thanks
Sherald

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[> Re: Getting a Dobermann -- jill, 11:34:11 10/07/03 Tue

Have you had experience training and socializing large breed dogs? They are a great bred but certainly not for everyone and the reason there are many of this and other large breed protection type dogs ending up in rescues and shelters and dead is because people that aren't really suited to get and own them think they are. Not that you aren't but training any smart dog takes an intellegent owner that is willing to learn before they get one.

Maybe volunteering for rescues or shelters and getting to know the breed a little first might help in your decision. Just like any other life altering decision, it shouldn't be taken lightly to bring a living creature into your life that will hopefully be a part of it for the next decade or so.

Any dog with a sound temperament and protective nature can be a suitable guard dog and family companion. I think the Doberman is exceptional at it but I also know that there are those that aren't and situations they shouldn't be in.

It would depend on your children and how they have been taught to deal with and communicate with animals as to whether they would be a problem for any dog. Even small breed dogs can and are dangerous to children that taunt them or act in a provoking manner around them, which is why there are many instances of children being bitten by family pets of all breeds and descriptions.

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[> Re: Getting a Dobermann -- Dobermann Friend, 05:27:42 04/29/04 Thu

I'm sure you'll find a lot of information by surfing on dobermann sites such as: www.sport-dobermann.com , www.dinico.net , www.dobermann.com , www.dobermannreview.co.yu

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