|Barked: Fri Feb 26, '10 6:41am PST |
As for Cooper not seeing me as a leader, I got him when he was 10 so that was a huge part of the reason. Also, from what a couple pf people have told me who have been dobe owners their whole lives, is that male dobes are a bit sexist and will be hard pressed to see you as a leader. However, this is what I have heard so I am not sure if it is 100 % true. Yes, I have heard the females are much softer and easier to work with. Still a ton of energy, though!! I just saw one in the park on the weekend who was 10 months old and that thing was crazy! Anyway, the difference between German and American Dobes is first and foremost, size. They are huge compared to the American ones (think 100 pounds compared to 65 pounds). Cooper is a German line. And yes, they are more for work than the American ones. If you get one, invest in a trainer who is familiar with the breed and has worked with them before. They are still very rare after the whole scare of the 1980s and their numbers decreasing enormously as a result. They were banned and discriminated against much like the bully breeds are today. So, most trainers have no idea about the breed. Again, they are awesome dogs but are an experienced dog owner's dog or someone who is willing to put the time and money into making the puppy a well socialized, respectful dog.
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