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Hi, I already have a 5 year old gsd and I'm looking for another protection dog other then a gsd.. Cause if it wasn't for him I almost got mugged today and the only thing saved my life was Tiger..I don't want anything fancy therefore my first preference is a Doberman(I don't want to go overboard with cost of a puppy and the monthly expenditure)I don't want a great Dane or bull mastiff or something and end up not able to take care of the dog...will it be fine...will they be able to make a good team or end up fighting..
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Dobermans are an extremely expensive breed to own. Over 50% of all Dobermans will die due to DCM (dilated cardiomyopathy). They have tons of other health issues including wobblers, thyroid issues, cancer, etc etc. Plus the only way to even come close to getting a dog that will be healthy is to get it from titled and health tested parents. So anywhere from 1500-2500$.
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I guess I missed the logic. your dog prevented the mugging (how?) and now you want one more? why if the one you have did his job?
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Get a conceal carry and learn how to use it. Take self defense classes and learn to spot/avoid dangerous situations. Invest in a good home security. Dogs in general serve as a warning and deterrent - a good majority will be useless in a realistic situation. You owe it to your dogs to protect and care for them. Don't think accumulating a few dogs is the magic answer to your security issue.
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Dobermans are an extremely expensive breed to own. Over 50% of all Dobermans will die due to DCM (dilated cardiomyopathy). They have tons of other health issues including wobblers, thyroid issues, cancer, etc etc. Plus the only way to even come close to getting a dog that will be healthy is to get it from titled and health tested parents. So anywhere from 1500-2500$.
Yep. A good Dobe these days is a rare find, indeed.

Then there is the issue of finding a healthy pup out of titled parents who has the right stuff for protection training.

Then you find a good, ethical trainer, work really hard & viola--a protection dog.
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Yep. A good Dobe these days is a rare find, indeed.

Then there is the issue of finding a healthy pup out of titled parents who has the right stuff for protection training.

Then you find a good, ethical trainer, work really hard & viola--a protection dog.
And dump a healthy sum of money into training...
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And dump a healthy sum of money into training...
Oh yes, I should have mentioned that.
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Oh yes, I should have mentioned that.
Oh, I meant in reference to the OP stating that they didn't want to spend a lot... hope it didn't sound snarky
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Hi, I already have a 5 year old gsd and I'm looking for another protection dog other then a gsd.. Cause if it wasn't for him I almost got mugged today and the only thing saved my life was Tiger..I don't want anything fancy therefore my first preference is a Doberman(I don't want to go overboard with cost of a puppy and the monthly expenditure)I don't want a great Dane or bull mastiff or something and end up not able to take care of the dog...will it be fine...will they be able to make a good team or end up fighting..
Why a different breed? Just curious. If I were happy with my current dog, and wanted to add another dog to the mix, I would go back to that breeder.

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