why to buy a shepherd, instead of a doberman? - German Shepherd Dog Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-08-2008, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
Master Member
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Posts: 895
why to buy a shepherd, instead of a doberman?

Hi guys, I'm gonna get another pup not until next year but, I started to do my search. I like dobermans and own one gsd. Is there anyone who own or any experience about both breeds? Don't tell me one is herding dog or other is working) I know this already. I just intend to compare dobermans to shepherds, in terms of trainability, character, loyalty, protection ability and intelligence. I'm gonna get a female dog, but I couldn't decide which breed. Actually I'm partial to shepherds I think, since I have one right now. So, let the experst talk...thanks


My Kenzo 07/2007-11/2008 RIP My Baby Boy

Laila Pester-ella (the evil minpin) DOB:11/2007

VALIUM is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-08-2008, 04:49 PM
Crowned Member
Shandril2's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Bucks County, PA USA!
Posts: 16,424
Re: why to buy a shepherd, instead of a doberman?

I have limited experience with Dobe's ... but these are the differences I notice:

1.) They are not as trustworthy off lead. They have tunnel vision when there is something they want to chase - and that becomes more important than pleasing a master!
2.) Terribly hard headed (doesn't care as much about pleasing you - but don't take that as meaning they don't love you as much!) My Dobe mix will listen when it benefits him.
3.) Excellent family dog! Loyal, tolerant and caring of children (not saying you should leave any dog alone with any child), protective, very loving with his family.
4.) Scary quick learning! Very bright - but I guess GSD's are also
I"ll think of more I"m sure ....

A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.
Maxwell's Silver Hammer GSD/Dobie X

Shandril2 is offline  
post #3 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-08-2008, 04:50 PM
Crowned Member
Crabtree's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: On. Canada
Posts: 4,346
Re: why to buy a shepherd, instead of a doberman?

OK, this is just my opinion.
I've never owned a Doby but I've know people who have. Maybe it's a fluke but the ones I've known seem to be more high strung.
A shepherd is so versitile, it can do it all, but the shedding as you know is constant.
If I was to get another breed I would go with a Rottie. They are loyal, protective, family oriented and are real big sucks to the ones they love. Just love the personality of the dogs.
But my 3 girls might have something to say about that!

Larka GSD 1/4/06 Palla GSD 7/16/06 Loki adopted 8/23/08
Badger,Miss Crabtree & Shafford, the kitty krew
Waiting at the bridge;Palla,Tucker,Chance, Brandy and Lacy. I'll miss you to the end of eternity, and love you twice as long.
Crabtree is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #4 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-08-2008, 04:52 PM
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Pocono Mountains, Pa
Posts: 3,955
Re: why to buy a shepherd, instead of a doberman?

I don`t know a lot about Dobies as I`ve had shepherds all my life. My brother had a couple Dobies and they are awesome dogs. Don`t seem to be the all around dog as a shepherd and I like the more solid stoutness of a shepherd. I always felt like my shepherds had a more level temperament.
kutzro357 is offline  
post #5 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-08-2008, 04:55 PM
Knighted Member
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: FLORIDA
Posts: 3,155
Re: why to buy a shepherd, instead of a doberman?

lately all the dobermans i have met have had excellent temperment, solid nerves, and friendly, but i'm sure that's due to good breeding and socializing, as with GSDs.

ADCH Mikko (USDAA) SCH-B; (NADAC) EAC, EJC, TN-E, TG-E, VerO; (AKC) NAJ, CGC; (NACSW) NW1 - 9 year old GSD

I_LOVE_MY_MIKKO is offline  
post #6 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-08-2008, 04:58 PM
Crowned Member
ldpeterson's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Saginaw, TX
Posts: 4,277
Re: why to buy a shepherd, instead of a doberman?

I've owned a doberman and was actually looking for either a Doberman or a GSD before I got a dog. There are not as many dobies in rescue around here as there are GSD's, and since I have to rescue, I went with my shepherds.

I can't speak for all dobermans but the one I had and the others in my family have all been VERY intelligent and extrememly loyal. In fact I couldn't really tell much of a difference in personality between the two breeds and I guess that's why I like them both so much.

The one thing I *did* notice is that our Dobermans seemed to be "needier" then our German Shepherds. Constantly needing to be around us and there are more Dobermans I have known to suffer from things like seperation anxiety then the shepherds I have known. Their personalities seemed to be more sensitive I guess you could say.

I would loooove to have a Doberman along with my GSD's. I think they are fabulous!

~Lisa owned by

Annabelle (4 1/2 y/o GSD)
Maiya (4 y/o GSD)
Jaeger (9 month old GSD)

ldpeterson is offline  
post #7 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-08-2008, 04:59 PM
Knighted Member
scannergirl's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Outer Banks, NC
Posts: 2,255
Re: why to buy a shepherd, instead of a doberman?

The dobie I grew up with was higher energy than any Shepherd I've yet met, but she was an absolute sweetheart of a dog. Very protective, and a bit less predictable with strangers. Very affectionate to her people. Keep in mind that this opinion is based on one dog, so it probably isn't worth much.

Owned by:
Lucina v Dare, GSD
Fancy Me Deuce (Tedy) APHA gelding
Purple Haze Nirvana AQHA mare
Trooper rescue kitty and senior fur kid
scannergirl is offline  
post #8 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-08-2008, 05:21 PM
Master Member
LUV_GSDs's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: NW NJ
Posts: 904
Send a message via AIM to LUV_GSDs
Re: why to buy a shepherd, instead of a doberman?

GSDs have better fur to run your fingers through and Sheps are super dedicated to their packs.

Belle (gone over the bridge)
Sable (my silly, loud 'large' girl)
4 Rescued cats (a rainbow of fur)
One husband who is the greatest. He takes care of my animals and gives them TLC
LUV_GSDs is offline  
post #9 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-08-2008, 05:44 PM
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 646
Re: why to buy a shepherd, instead of a doberman?


first, let me applaud you for doing your research early

i currently own both gsds and a dobe, and i have handled both in the past; hands down, i'd take a gsd over a dobe in a heartbeat; my gsds are much more focused on me and really go out of their ways to be with me and to please me

i have a dobe whom i love very much; but, he is more detached from me than the gsds are; he is much more into himself and interested in those things that interest him; he's a tough dog, w/both dominant and aggressive tendencies, so i have no complaints in the working dog area; but he is less interested in working for me (and i've seen this before in other dobes) and more interested in working for himself...in other words, what's in it for him, not me

i always wanted a dobe and now that i've got him, he'll be my last; i'm sticking to the all around work dog, the gsd

btw, i don't think a dobe is any more dangerous than a gsd; they are a trustworthy breed; but, i will tell you, they are harder to read than a gsd is; most people are afraid of my dobe b/c he has a shadow over his red points on his face, so he looks really fearsome; even my vet is nervous around this dog; he's quicker to challenge me than any other gsd i've ever had and has in fact bitten me; he keeps me on my toes, lol; i love him and he'll have a home w/me til he dies, but after him, it will be gsds only, even if they do shed an entire dog a day
ellen366 is offline  
post #10 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-08-2008, 05:44 PM
Elite Member
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,767
Re: why to buy a shepherd, instead of a doberman?

ive never actually owned a dobie myself but our cousin has and he had alot of problems with zeus. zeus would tear his mattress apar tjust for the fun of it. i also agree with LUV gsd because gsd do have beautiful fur to run your fingers with.Dobies are more intuned with themselves, gsd are dedicated to their family as a whole, humans, and other furries and feathered friends.

they are hyper from what i have seen, constantly want attention and can become nippy with kids. a gsd has teh patience of a super star. ive seen kids hit them with egg flippers, toys etc and the dogs sit there and take it.

I'd rather be hated for who i am than loved for who im not. An old shoshoni saying about loosing someone you love, MY HEART IS ON THE GROUND, NOW I MUST PICK IT UP AND MOVE ON
bearlasmom is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Why feed 2 instead of 3 times demofficer1988 Feeding Our Puppy 8 09-22-2013 09:52 PM
Doberman Shepherd Jd414 General Information 27 02-09-2013 03:34 PM
Why do breeders sell "retired" dogs instead of keeping them for life? GSD_Xander Breeding - General 103 04-12-2011 08:30 PM
Any doberman people here? Our new foster is doberman x (?) Rerun Pictures! Pictures! Pictures! 14 07-10-2010 08:50 PM
Why why why????? CertainlySpoiled Feeding Our Puppy 10 05-18-2008 05:06 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome