Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Posted June 25, 2015
Working at a boarding facility and daycare center for dogs gives you a chance to cross compare lots of dogs from the same breed, and boy, do those breed traits stand out. Any time there was a new Doberman in the pack when I came to work I could expect that dog to act as though it were ready to take me down until my boss came out and greeted me. As soon as it was apparent that she was fine with my presence the dog would immediately drop the aggressive attitude and get super friendly.
There were exceptions of course. We had a female who never really warmed up to some of the staff, and a big male who wanted nothing but to crawl into the pocket of everyone he met--but overall I was impressed by those guard dog instincts that tell them not only to challenge strangers, but also (and just as importantly) to stand down when the pack leader lets them know that a person is OK.
I like dogs that attach to their people, but also respect personal space--and this is a thing that every Doberman I took care of (ok, except for Pocket Boy) was really good about. Their natural guarding instincts, graceful athleticism and quiet demeanors have made them my #1 pick for my next dog.