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3/13/14 11:26 A

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emoticon about your loss of a faithful companion.

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3/11/14 12:09 P

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I had a Doberman named Rosie many years ago. She was a sweetheart and would lay by me on the couch. As long as you don't teach them to be aggressive, they should be a good fit for you.

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3/11/14 8:14 A

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Thanks so much for all the information, it will really help in my search for a new fur baby.. It seems I have a lot of options to consider, as well as more research to do. I appreciate taking the time to respond to my post.
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3/11/14 8:07 A

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Doug, Sorry you lost your special pet. I think Dobermans are wonderful! I have never owned a large breed dog. I always have had lap babies. If I got a large dog a Dobie would be one I would consider also!. There is an awesome web site and tons of videos for 2 special dogs named Ramsey and Pablo. Ramsey is a big Doberman and Pablo is a little Chihuahua. There are so many videos to watch. Their owner has been making these videos for years and I love to watch them. They are semi famous in the video world. I recommend anyone to watch some of their antics. The Chihuahua rules the roost and the Doberman is as sweet as pie. He recently added a Staffordshire Terrier to the mix. Good luck finding your special dog.
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3/10/14 11:37 P

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Labrador Retriever are wonderful dogs. Also a high energy dog, and very loyal. We have found that mix breeds make real good pets. You might want to consider that since you don't need a show dog.
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3/10/14 5:48 P

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I am the owner of a Doberman mix (the one in my pic) and I love the breed. The purebreds have a ton of health problems in the breed and the high price is often because good breeders need to check for a lot of genetic disease before breeding.
As a professional trainer I have worked with many Dobies, they come in different packages, show-bred and working-bred (plus the random-bred/backyard bred which I don't recommend unless from a shelter). The working-bred lines can be quite aggressive with strangers and need an experienced handler. The show-bred are often bred for looks more than for function. This is why I would look at purebred rescue for Dobermans or search for Doberman Pinscher on petfinder where both purebred and mixes will come up. Look up the National breed club to find breeders in your area if you want to go that route.
Here is a petfinder link to get you started:

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Definitely take lots of time to study the breed and don't make a quick decision. If you talk to a purebred Dobie rescue or a breeder ask lots of questions. If they only tell you the positive about the breed keep looking.

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I just had to express my sympathy for the loss of your friend. I wish I had some good advice on Dobermans, but I don't. It sounds like you've done a bit of research, and that a good step. My husband and I actually considered the Doberman breed when we were first looking for a dog. We found a breeder on the east coast, but their pups were just too expensive for us...well over $1,000. We had to change our plans. We finally settled on the Wheaten Terrier breed...mid-size dog, happy, not much shedding, etc. We found a female Wheaten after a year or so of searching, and, of course, she is one of our family members now.

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3/10/14 3:07 P

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Hi... I'm sorry about the passing of your last dog. It's really hard to lose them.

I haven't actually owned a Doberman, but have gotten to know quite a few and they are fantastic dogs! They are so smart and loyal! Great at obedience and very pretty to look at!

Have you considered speaking with Doberman rescue? Many times they have puppies/young adults that need homes. They would be purebred. You might also contact your area kennel clubs, vets, and even animal shelters to start getting information. Please, please, please do not buy from a puppy mill. They may be cheaper and seem more affordable, but please resist.

It sounds like you are willing to take your time. Meet the breed, ask questions, hear from those who have owned the breed... that is all perfect! Don't rush it!

I wish you the best in finding your new companion!

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Hi all!!! I lost my dog of 16 years last may, since then there has been a terrible space that needs filled. So I have been researching dogs and found the Doberman to be something I would be interested in. I would be looking for an energetic dog as my walking and hiking habits have failed since I lost my buddy. So I guess my reason for posting is to see if anybody else has any experience with this breed and what to expect. Also I am not finding many breeders in the South Carolina area that are affordable. I just want a family pet, not a show dog. I am still not ready to purchase just yet as am not over the loss of my Brittany, just looking for opinions.
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