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Who here has a dobie? What are they like as pets? Are there still good working stock being bred?


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They are very very Velcro and extremely lovable. A pain in the butt because they are SO smart..and Sooooo stubborn, which makes training very frustrating.


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There is still good working dogs but you have to be careful.

Velcro - you do NOT know the meaning of Velcro until you have a Dobe. The Dobe Lean....it's called that because they constantly lean on you. GSD's want to be near you but they aren't ON you. A Dobe is ON you. They are great dogs, very sweet. A little stubborn. GSDs want to please you. A Dobe will want to know what's in for him.




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There is still good working dogs but you have to be careful.

Velcro - you do NOT know the meaning of Velcro until you have a Dobe. The Dobe Lean....it's called that because they constantly lean on you. GSD's want to be near you but they aren't ON you. A Dobe is ON you. They are great dogs, very sweet. A little stubborn. GSDs want to please you. A Dobe will want to know what's in for him.
What Jax said lol they are amazing companions though.. and I myself am thinking of getting a Dobe as my second dog but will have to have one shipped or drive quite a ways as here it is illegal to dock tails and crop ears and the Dobes here just look funny with tails and floppy ears, I want them docked and cropped lol


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I'm considering a dobie down the road... I love, love, love them and have had the privilege of working with a few really great ones who were fabulous to train with. I never really got to interact with them for any length of time in a non-training sort of environment (i.e. just hanging around the house) so I've always been really curious what they're like!

I'm used to the "what's in it for me" attitude, that's Echo
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I adore Dobes. As much as I love GSDs (a lot!), Dobes are my favorite breed. I've had 3 over the years. My last girl was 14 when I lost her.

Very clingy, and GOOFY. No one tells you how completely silly they can be. And they are very very smart. Now that doesn't mean that they are easy to train!
I had a trainer tell me that "with goldens you pattern, with shepherds you train, with dobermans you negotiate." So true!

And yes, Dobes have to be touching and leaning on you. Sitting on your feet, cramming into a chair with you...

I could go on and on! If I can swing getting a bigger place to live, I will definitely have another Dobe.

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My sister is a major Dobe fan. She's a Doberman person, I'm a GSD person. Some similarities but like others have said, Dobes are much more in your face wanting to be touched type of dogs. They will work, but instead of doing because you ask them to, they do it because they expect to get something in return.
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We have a dobie in our club, he's one of the goofiest, lovable dogs I've ever met.

I do know that they've had some problem with his skin.

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I had one years ago...everything that can be said of the breed has already been said here! I agree with all who say I love love love the breed! Mine was a huge Black & Tan. I had him & an Irish Setter at the same time. It's like they switched personalities - the Setter would yell at the mailman & the Dobie was a lap dog. Yep - Lap Dog. I'd sit on the floor & he'd meander over. Eye my lap. Then gently back himself onto my lap. I couldn't see the TV, but it worked for him!

If I could ever beat this cancer, I'd have another Dobie. And another Irish. Maybe a Rottie &/or Pit, too. Geez, I better start taking vitamins, huh?!
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My heart dog of all time was one, with natural ears and tail, so people tended to assume she was some other breed. She was all the things people said here - and mischievous in a super-clever sort of way.

I would still have a dobie if they didn't seem to have even worse health problems as a breed than GSDs. My last one only made it to 7 and broke my heart when she passed. That's when I went back to the GSD breed I'd grown up with. In my experience, it's rare to find someone with a very old dobie, sadly.
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