Acquired: Pet store
Training: Attended conferences / shows
Posted April 9, 2015
The pet-shop employee mentioned that Bayne was a "Goliath Doberman," a sub-breed that was larger than the average Dobie. True to his prediction, Bayne doubled in size, then got bigger. He settled at about 110 lbs, and since that was all muscle, he was hard to walk anywhere. He hated to heel, and thought every stranger we met on the sidewalk wanted to play with him RIGHT NOW. He barked at everything and was only disinterested in people if they were actively trying to play fetch with him (he didn't seem to get the concept of bringing the ball back--he preferred to play "chase the puppy").
EVERYTHING provoked Bayne to barking. He was slow to learn and very excitable, and needed to be bathed at least once every other week to keep his coat from getting oily and smelly.
In all, I would have preferred a calmer dog. He tried to "play" with the cats every time they showed themselves, and eventually drove my mother's high-strung Abyssinian (small Egyptian cat) to heart failure. Bayne was a great companion and a fun dog, but could often be rough and wild, which made him a liability around small children. He also suffered from separation anxiety, and hated to be left alone in the back yard if there were people inside.