Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Moore, Oklahoma
I've had both, and love love love Dobes. I find them to be way more velcro than GSDs, always sitting on your feet, leaning on your leg, cramming themselves into a chair with you. In general, they hate the rain, love a comfy couch. They are goofy. Silly things like twirling around one direction, then another (known as helicoptering). Getting a marrow bone stuck on your toes. Stealing bars of soap out of the bathroom. Just generally goofy things.
Dobes are very smart, but I think they are harder to train than GSDs. My trainer told me "with Goldens you pattern, with German Shepherds you train, with Dobermans you negotiate". I've found that to be true. My Dobes got bored FAST when we were training, so I had to be careful not to be too repetitious. The clicker was magic on my Dobes - they would throw behaviors at me like crazy.
I've had a couple of well bred Dobes, an elderly rescue, and a couple of fosters. They were all pretty much alike. Interestingly enough, none of them were interested in cats, unlike my GSDs.
I would definitely have another Doberman. I just happened to fall into GSDs after my last Dobe, Tessa died. Oh, Dobes are relatively short lived. Getting to 10 years old is an accomplishment. I had two that were 14.
~ Diane ~
CARLY ......... Ch. Lauremi's No Reservations (AKC GCh pointed, HIC)
SCARLET ..... Lauremi's Almost Wasn't (AKC pointed)
and absent friends... SAGE ~ Lauremi's Whim Z v Jakmar ~ AKC major ptd, HIC ~ 2010-2015