Why do Doberman's get a Bad Rap?
Hello, my name is Ace. I'm 2 yrs old and am looking for my forever family.
You can find me at Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus.
Raise your hand if you think Doberman's are mean - yep, both hands raised here! I've always been a little intimidated by them (ok, maybe a lot), until I recently had a heart to heart with Lauren Kelliher. Lauren is the Board Secretary (volunteer) for Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus. Lauren says that Dobes (that's lingo for Doberman), are actually very GOOFY and PLAYFUL. They're extremely LOVING Pups to their family and are often called 'velcro' dogs because they never want to leave the side of the person petting them! Basically, people think they look mean because of the cropped ears and docked tail. When their ears aren't cropped, it's hard to recognize them as a Dobe. Lauren also mentioned that a tax collector created this breed in Germany to be loyal to him and bark at other people and look intimidating (did he succeed? hell ya!). So of course I had to look him up on Wikipedia.... his name is Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann and he created the breed around 1890. And yes, he was a local tax collector who also ran a dog pound. Back in the day, being a tax collector was a very dangerous job, so he decided to create a breed that could protect him during his collections... from the dogs at the pound! Smart fellow! And here are some other dobe traits... very LOYAL, INTELLIGENT, and they need a JOB (how about laundry?). They excel in obedience and agility and if you're interested in this type of pup, you'll need to give him or her something to do or he/she will find something to do and you may not like it! If you're looking for a couch potato, you'll have to look elsewhere.
As I mentioned, Lauren is a volunteer for IL Doberman Rescue Plus .... hmmm, I can't imagine what this group does? LOL, more than you think, more than you think! Of course they rescue Doberman's, they are 100% volunteers, and ALL donations go directly to helping the animals. And what is the 'Plus' for? This group also rescues other dog breeds, mixes, and cats... even a guinea pig on occasion! They don't have a facility but are a network of foster homes all over IL and surrounding states. They take as many dogs as they can, even older animals and those with medical issues. For more info on this precious group, click here - Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus ... maybe you're interested in sending a donation to help the animals, or maybe you realize that a doberman is exactly the type of dog you're looking for, or maybe you just want to see all the cute pups up for adoption :-) In any event, sending lots of love to all the cool volunteers! We LOVE what you do for the Dobes and 'Plus'!
And a big thank you to Lauren Kelliher, for her love of the dogs and for taking the time to break some of those myths about this goofy intelligent breed - the Dobe! I am looking forward to spending time with the next cutie-pie Dobe I see.