I buy a Doberman or German Shepherd?
are trying to decide between the two breeds for the purposes of
a family pet/companion who would also enjoy obedience work. If
you have time, I would appreciate your perspective on the differences
between the two breeds as far as your experience in training goes.
I noticed that Dobermans are no longer used as police or guide
dogs very often. This made me rethink things as their coats really
suit our climate better. (Even though the dog will be inside,
it is very hot here in Texas.) I am seeking all the advice I can
get because it's an important decision. I have trained a golden
before but have little experience with either of these breeds.
Thanks for your time,
The big thing to remember is a Golden is not even close temperament
wise, as a shepherd and Doberman. And with that said both Dobermans
and shepherds can be ideal dogs if brought up correctly and
you are also careful as to where you purchase your dog.
It is very important to choose the dog from a breeder that breeds
for temperament first. Yes, I have a preference to shepherds
but I love dobs as well. I would recommend that you have someone
"neutral" to both breeds, but very familiar with dogs that can
have aggressive tendencies help you choose your dog. Remember
this is a 10-13+ year decision. Pay the qualified person 30-50
dollars if necessary. It will be worth it.
But!!! Make sure that the qualified person is not a self professed
expert. Work only from referrals to that particular trainer.
Most likely the trainer will have 15-20 years experience with
all kinds of dogs. Good Luck! Be slow and do not let "oh
that is a cute puppy" syndrome influence your decision.
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