Ok, think I have a new found love for Dobermans. They always appealed to me aesthetically but never thought I'd be the type of person who could actually live with one, or enjoy the breed, or whatnot. But I visited a friend who was house sitting for her sister and they had two gorgeous Dobermans! I was really excited when she told me they were Dobes because I've never been around them in person to be honest. I fell in LOVE with the boy, Gemini. And he loved me back equally. Oh my he was just a sweetheart. He kept leaning up against me and wanting a good butt scratch. The girl, who was the black & tan, named Roxy was a sweetie too but I just had a connection with Gemini. I loved his brown/chocolate whatever you call it coloring too. Also, their ears were cropped but they were kind of short, which I think I may actually prefer. In general, I am not a fan of cropping/docking, but on a Doberman, I just think a crop looks really nice but sometimes can seem a little too extreme for my tastes. They were the most well behaved dogs I've ever been around too, and listened extremely well. Here is a photo of Gemini: [/IMG] (he looks WAY better in person. The pic does not do him justice). Anyways I wouldn't even consider them for a loonnggg time. But am curious if it's typical of the breed to want/need so much attention, and allow such from strangers (I literally had just met him). They weren't like "in-your-face-lick-you-all-the-time" attention wh*res but if you invited them over, they'd gladly lean against you and enjoy a good petting. How big of a problem is the DA thing? I know I've read it's mostly males that have same sex aggression right? How would most be with small dogs? These guys were fine with the cat, and didn't seem to care about it at all. That'd be my only huge turnoff. Also, how about health issues? I know they have a few serious issues - average lifespan? Bascially anything about them.... they've sparked my interest.