Doberman Pinscher club debunks myths

Alongside breeds considered more "family friendly," Doberman pinschers -- an alert, energetic bunch -- barely register a second glance. Full Story
First Prev
of 5
Next Last
Koolau

Kaneohe, HI

#1 Jun 3, 2008
Growing up as a child, our neighbor had Dobermans. While they were okay most times, they proved to be unpredictable. I could pet and play with them one day, but would growl menacingly the next. I don't trust them!
Chris

Pompano Beach, FL

#2 Jun 3, 2008
This article reminds of those by owners of pit bulls. "Oh,they,re just sweethearts, wouldn't hurt anyone" Then some child is mauled.
Cesar Millano

Honolulu, HI

#3 Jun 3, 2008
There is no such thing as a bad dog, just bad owners.
Maile Aloha

Hawthorne, CA

#5 Jun 3, 2008
Cesar Millano wrote:
There is no such thing as a bad dog, just bad owners.
You are so right.
They should hold bad owners resposible for their dogs bad behavior.
It is not the dog's fault.
Dobermans, Rottweilers and Pit Bulls are all wonderful dogs when they are cared for, disciplined and trained.
Kaneohe

Honolulu, HI

#7 Jun 3, 2008
ALL DOGS OF EVERY SIZE HAVE TEETH!!!
It's up to the owners to be responsible! I have dobermans and they are wonderful!
lunchplate

Kaneohe, HI

#8 Jun 3, 2008
Yup, those dogs are beautiful and wonderful but only "IF" (the little word that means a lot) they are around the owner and been trained properly. Otherwise, those dogs, "IF" untrained and not around the owner can and will be unpredictable and very dangerous. The trouble is that a lot of people like Dobbies, Rotties and Pit Bulls because it's a "cool thing" but don't spend the time to diligently train and socializing them. I have neighbors who have all 3 types of dogs but don't train them properly. One of the neighbor's pit bulls (at the entrance to Kalei Road) escaped their property and viciously attacked my dog as my dog and I was returning home from a morning walk (the attack was totally unprovoked); and you know what?-- that dog owner did not do anything to curb that dog's behavior even to this day (a year later) and sees it like it's in the dog's nature to behave in such a way; if you look at the dog signs they placed in their yard it is obvious they are insinuating they condone these overly aggressive dog behavior - amazing. Anywone who tries to walk their pet pet dog(s) past their house (and you have to pass their house to exit the roadway) is like a nightmare because their fence is right up to the road and the road is narrow. I am suprised no one called the cops or humane society.
Boomer

Kamuela, HI

#9 Jun 3, 2008
With that one photo of the dog's teeth being bared and another sentence depicting the name of the dog as Chopper, I can see why there is apprehension among the naive as to the demenor of Dobermans.

I think those two depictions didn't help the cause at all.
Jennie Wolfe

Honolulu, HI

#10 Jun 3, 2008
Any untrained dog will bite from the Cocker Spaniel to the Pit Bull. You can't blame the dog for bad behavior, you blame the owner for not caring enough to do the training and knowing their own dog. I know my dogs. I would never allow a stranger to walk into my yard because of the protective nature of the Doberman. I will introduce my Dobermans to strangers by taking them out to a neutral spot on a leash and tell the person to let the dog sniff the back side of their hand first before petting the dog. I have been bitten by small dogs and big dogs alike from purebreds to mutts. So to those who still think the Doberman is aggressive, don't blame the breed, blame the deed.
Dog Person

Richardson, TX

#11 Jun 3, 2008
Any dog that has teeth will bite! If you watch the Dog Whisperer you'll see him working with a lot of small breeds. I am a Doberman owner and am sick and tired of Breed Discrimination and Ignorance!
Manny

United States

#12 Jun 3, 2008
All dog owner should be required to have insurance. Just like owning a car.

Then let the insurance adjusters put a dollar value premium on the different breeds.

All these insecure juvenile personalities who need to have their viscous breeds will at least have to pay for the privilege.

All dogs bite. They don't have hands if you haven't noticed. Their jaw is all they have to communicate with or fight with. But certain breeds bite to kill. We all know what breeds those are.
Paris Mom

Kula, HI

#13 Jun 3, 2008
Koolau wrote:
Growing up as a child, our neighbor had Dobermans. While they were okay most times, they proved to be unpredictable. I could pet and play with them one day, but would growl menacingly the next. I don't trust them!
...You are a typical "non"dog person... ALl dog's will bite no matter what size, no matter what breed. IF all dog owners were responsible and took the time give enough attention and training to their pet there would be less problems. If you watch the "Dog Whisperer" a lot of the problems he sees and deals with are not only in "aggressive" breeds but with dogs that have owners that don't confront the problem... sorry if you met some "bad" dogs there are many good dogs---good DOBERMANS out there.
Paris Mom

Kula, HI

#14 Jun 3, 2008
Boomer wrote:
With that one photo of the dog's teeth being bared and another sentence depicting the name of the dog as Chopper, I can see why there is apprehension among the naive as to the demenor of Dobermans.
I think those two depictions didn't help the cause at all.
...If you look at the picture..the dog to me looks like he's smiling... I know of a chihuahua named "cujo" so whats in a name?...
lunchplate

Kekaha, HI

#15 Jun 4, 2008
Manny wrote:
All dog owner should be required to have insurance. Just like owning a car.
Then let the insurance adjusters put a dollar value premium on the different breeds.
All these insecure juvenile personalities who need to have their viscous breeds will at least have to pay for the privilege.
All dogs bite. They don't have hands if you haven't noticed. Their jaw is all they have to communicate with or fight with. But certain breeds bite to kill. We all know what breeds those are.
So true. All dogs bite and can have aggressive behavior but there is a big differance between getting bit by one aggressive poodle and one aggressive dobbie :-) One is you only apply band aide the other is a possible trip to the hospital (if you're lucky; it's like saying there's no differance between one beebee gun and a 44-magnum. Anyone that cannot tell the differance is just not living in reality.
Nancy

Austin, TX

#16 Jun 4, 2008
The only "bared" teeth I saw were on a dog that was panting in the sun. Black coats absorb a lot of heat even on a relatively cool day. I have my 4th Doberman (the others have passed) and soon will be getting my 5th. As a single woman who prefers not to own a gun (among other reasons I can't call back a bullet and my dog can't be used against me), I rely on my dog to prevent would-be robbers or rapists from entering my home. However, my dogs have always been well-trained, highly socialized with titles to back it up. My favorite memory of my late unneutered male was of him being surrounded by children at the park and having a toddler unexpectedly feel of his "parts" without him flinching or reacting. The adults all got a good laugh and my Burner proved that it is all in the way they are raised.
Nancy

Austin, TX

#17 Jun 4, 2008
Another of my favorite personal stories is of one of my first close-encounters with a Doberman. I was working for a blood bank as a phlebotomist and on my days off, I helped out at a vet clinic as I intended at the time to eventually go to vet school. One day the vet, knowing my experience in drawing blood, asked me to get some blood from "the dog in exam room 1." I entered the room and there on the table in a sit-stay was a large male Doberman and no one else in the room. I figured if he was that well-trained I had nothing to worry about so I went up to him, applied the tourniquet and drew the blood--alone and with no one holding the dog. He never moved, never growled--just sat stoically and patiently let me draw his blood.
Judy

Buckfield, ME

#18 Jun 4, 2008
lunchplate wrote:
<quoted text>
So true. All dogs bite and can have aggressive behavior but there is a big differance between getting bit by one aggressive poodle and one aggressive dobbie :-) One is you only apply band aide the other is a possible trip to the hospital (if you're lucky; it's like saying there's no differance between one beebee gun and a 44-magnum. Anyone that cannot tell the differance is just not living in reality.
Interestingly enough, it's the small dogs whose teeth are often full of bacteria and plaque due to lack of proper dental care whose bites result in nasty infections. But if they're properly cared for and trained, the probability of their biting is no more or less than it is for one of the more notorious breeds.

I'm proud to say that I take my Doberman to work with me and also make regular visits to a local nursing home where the participants and staff are big fans. I can depend on her to behave appropriately even when the people we encounter don't.

I enjoyed the article.
Brenda Faulkner

AOL

#19 Jun 4, 2008
Boomer wrote:
With that one photo of the dog's teeth being bared and another sentence depicting the name of the dog as Chopper, I can see why there is apprehension among the naive as to the demenor of Dobermans.

Boomer, when you go to a dog show, and watch the judging, you will see that the judges check the teeth of almost all the breeds for proper tooth placement and correct number, which is one of the considerations when picking the winner. The dog is not baring its teeth - the handler is holding the dog's lips back for the judge to easily see all their teeth. The only breed that I know that is not included in this is the English bulldog. Their may be some others.

I owned a grooming shop at one time, and the only breeds that ever bit anyone was cocker spaniels and poodles. The cocker was wagging its tail and then ripped the skin on the groomer's cheek to the bone.
Leeward Lolo

Honolulu, HI

#20 Jun 4, 2008
Manny wrote:
All dog owner should be required to have insurance. Just like owning a car.
Then let the insurance adjusters put a dollar value premium on the different breeds.
All these insecure juvenile personalities who need to have their viscous breeds will at least have to pay for the privilege.
All dogs bite. They don't have hands if you haven't noticed. Their jaw is all they have to communicate with or fight with. But certain breeds bite to kill. We all know what breeds those are.
Sorry but we do not all know what breeds those are. Will you enlighten me?
BigRedDog

Dublin, CA

#21 Jun 4, 2008
Leeward Lolo wrote:
<quoted text>
Sorry but we do not all know what breeds those are. Will you enlighten me?
Are U really that dumb?

Pit Bulls, Bullmatiffs, Rottweillers etc etc.

Don't play Lolo.

The insecure personalities that need to own these attack dogs because they are sexually inadequate or whatever, should at least have to pay for liability insurance.

I bet the premiums on the killer attack dogs would be 1000 times that of a Beagle for example.
Dawn

AOL

#22 Jun 4, 2008
Manny wrote:
All dogs bite.... But certain breeds bite to kill. We all know what breeds those are.
Actually, Manny, your ignorance is showing by this very comment. If you check the CDC bite statistics you will find that Dobermans and Dachsunds - yep, little 3 pound weiner dogs - have had the exact same number of fatal biting incidents. Do your homework rather than relying on assumption, rumor, appearance, size or seeming ability.
It is not a juvenile desire to own something, it is love of a beautiful, loyal, loving, intelligent, highly trainable breed that would die for you. Why do you think our government used them as marines? Semper Fi! Why do you think... knowing they may go boom.... they still served to detect mines for us and loyally deliver messages across battlefields? Why do you think that of all the dogs that served, the Doberman is the one they chose to memorialize on the War Dog Memorial in Guam and in Knoxville, TN? Do you also spit in the eye of returning soldiers? It is not a juvenile desire, it is love and admiration of a breed that is worthy of our love and devotion and that returns it 200%.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 5
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Pearl City Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Costco will begin accepting food stamps - Hawai... (Oct '09) Dec 9 Joe Balls 565
Popeyes opening sixth Hawaii location next month Dec 7 Joe Balls 12
A welcome opening of Iroquois Point beach (Mar '08) Nov '14 Guru 60
!!!A Huge Breakout of Micronesian Talent Set to... Nov '14 Micro_Stompa 1
2 chains limit bulk rice purchases (Jul '08) Nov '14 Joe Balls 4
Car Towing scam Nov '14 Stypmann 1
HPD officer charged in domestic abuse Oct '14 Joe Balls 1
Pearl City Dating
Find my Match
More from around the web

Pearl City People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE

Pearl City News, Events & Info

Click for news, events and info in Pearl City

Personal Finance

Mortgages [ See current mortgage rates ]

NFL Latest News

Updated 12:45 pm PST

NBC Sports12:45PM
McDonald case reconfirms NFL teams do whatever they want to do
Bleacher Report 1:04 PM
Michigan Fan Makes Jim Harbaugh Video Featuring Matthew McConaughey Voiceover
Bleacher Report 1:06 PM
Chargers vs. 49ers: Complete Week 16 Preview for San Francisco
ESPN 2:48 PM
49ers' Harbaugh: 'Only talk about job I have'
NBC Sports 3:17 PM
Jim Harbaugh declines to answer the Michigan question