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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

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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
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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!

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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.
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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Re: why to buy a shepherd, instead of a doberman?

hi

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
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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.

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