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My wife and I have been having a disagreement about what breed dog we should get. So I sent her an email saying I have a really cool picture to show her.

 

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That puppy is very cute, I don't think it's fair to show someone that and make them feel guilted into a big decision. But no it's not mean.
 

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What kind of dog does your wife want? Remember, she has to live with the dog when you're deployed and not around to help take care of it.
 

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A rescue Greyhound makes an excellent family dog, not much for gaurding, but the have a great temperament. You might try informing your wife that the Greyhound is in the background of the Dobe. Also take her to meet some well mannered, sweet dobes at dog shows. She's probably more concerned about the temperament issues with Dobes and some of the outragous mythes that surround them.
 

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A rescue Greyhound makes an excellent family dog, not much for gaurding, but the have a great temperament. You might try informing your wife that the Greyhound is in the background of the Dobe. Also take her to meet some well mannered, sweet dobes at dog shows. She's probably more concerned about the temperament issues with Dobes and some of the outragous mythes that surround them.
You know that's actually not a bad idea. Plus it will be a great new experience for both of us. I'm a dog lover but I've never been a dog enthusiast. I've only seen dog shows on TV once in a blue moon. As a spectator do you get to interact with the dogs, though?
 

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Many shows have a "meet the breed" area, You might specifiacally try toge to specialty shows in your area help by the Doberman club. Here's the DC club in N Carolina.

Doberman Pinscher Club of Charlotte, Inc. Gabriele Wentzel, 1727 Lawing Rd., Charlotte, NC 28216
http://www.dpccharlotte.org
 

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One thing you might also consider is that your wife may (very reasonably) not want the responsibility of a protection dog or the upkeep of a Dobe (which is, to be fair, not the easiest dog in the world to live with- they need DAILY training and quite a lot of exercise). Greyhounds are big and intimidating looking to a lot of people (they're just so TALL!), but also VERY easy to live with.
 

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You're psy-ops, aren't you?
LOL!

No, but you're right. That's some serious psyops tactics I just used.

No email back yet. I'll keep y'all posted!

One thing you might also consider is that your wife may (very reasonably) not want the responsibility of a protection dog or the upkeep of a Dobe (which is, to be fair, not the easiest dog in the world to live with- they need DAILY training and quite a lot of exercise). Greyhounds are big and intimidating looking to a lot of people (they're just so TALL!), but also VERY easy to live with.
Her biggest objection is based on ignorance, and I'm not using that word in negative context. Her first reaction when I mentioned Dobermans was, "those dogs are mean!"

She worries for our daughters safety, that there's a chance it could "turn" on us. Of course, I'm going to ultimately respect her wishes and not buy the dog if she's uncomfortable. BUT, I'll still do what I can to try to educate her to the point of where she is comfortable with the breed. But in the end I am still going to give her veto power.
 

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Her biggest objection is based on ignorance, and I'm not using that word in negative context. Her first reaction when I mentioned Dobermans was, "those dogs are mean!"

She worries for our daughters safety, that there's a chance it could "turn" on us. Of course, I'm going to ultimately respect her wishes and not buy the dog if she's uncomfortable. BUT, I'll still do what I can to try to educate her to the point of where she is comfortable with the breed. But in the end I am still going to give her veto power.
I really wanted a GSD for a long time as a kid. My mom made the same objections. It took me being an adult to realize how SCARED she was of them. Even though she's met many nice ones that are involved in dog sports now (including Xeph's Strauss), she still is scared of them. That's not a good trait for a caretaker of a dog who is prone to taking advantage like many of the protection breeds, who obviously NEED a fairly pushy personality.
 

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You know that's actually not a bad idea. Plus it will be a great new experience for both of us. I'm a dog lover but I've never been a dog enthusiast. I've only seen dog shows on TV once in a blue moon. As a spectator do you get to interact with the dogs, though?

Most shows don't have "Meet the Breed" section unfortunately. But most owners and handlers are more than happy to talk to you about their breed. Just don't bother them when they're getting ready to go into the ring. And do not try to pet any of the dogs without permission.

Dog shows are crazy fun to go to as a spectator. Be sure to take a folding chair of some sort as most do not provide any seating. If you go to http://www.akc.org/ or pick up a copy of Dog World magazine, you can find out when there'll be a show near your home.:)
 

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What makes greyhounds an odd choice for a family dog??
I didn't mean it the way it sounded. I'm new to the 'dog world' and I'm guilty of certain perceptions. I just picture a greyhound chasing a rabbit around a racetrack. I've been learning a lot lately looking at different breeds, and from what I've read greyhounds seem like a great companion dog. I just have never seen one in a home.

I guess if I take one running I don't have to worry about it keeping up! I'd probably bore it "Um, dude.. can you go any faster?"
 

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I didn't mean it the way it sounded. I'm new to the 'dog world' and I'm guilty of certain perceptions. I just picture a greyhound chasing a rabbit around a racetrack. I've been learning a lot lately looking at different breeds, and from what I've read greyhounds seem like a great companion dog. I just have never seen one in a home.

I guess if I take one running I don't have to worry about it keeping up! I'd probably bore it "Um, dude.. can you go any faster?"

LOl, Yeah it could keep up with you as long as it didn't have any race related injuries. However most retired Greys are EVRY much couch potatoes! There are two here in my neighborhood (which is Military housing) and they're both VERY laid back sweethearts.


Let me see if I can get some pics to show here just how 'mean' dobes are. You can cut and paste them to show her they really are family dogs.


Angel using our pug Frank as a pillow!


Angel being used as a pillow by my daughter


Asleep on her couch


Chasing bubbles out in the yard
 
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