THE DOBERMAN...my little story I am having the time of my life with a breed that I've always been obsessed with and curious about, but no one would let me have one....you know...the big fear. Well, when I got divorced, VIOLA! I got my first Doberman. It was advised by most that I not get a male the first time around, that they can be more "dominant" and more of a handful. Well, I got a male. LOL. But I had had lots of dogs in my life and horses and figured if I could handle Arabian horses, I could handle a male Doberman. One breeder preferred males. She said, "bitches rule, dogs drool," that they are big lover boy slobs and exceedingly affectionate. I'm so glad I got my Doberboy because he is just that. He's so well socialized and of good temperament that he knows the difference between friendly strangers and someone up to no good. He's watchful of strangers and then after a few minutes, quite friendly. If he knows someone...my friends, he is downright all over them with kisses and wags. He's highly intelligent and takes to training (in spite of my mistakes) well, picks up my meaning quickly and easily. He's very obedient and willing...willing when he's wanting to be willing. LOL. He is distractable, to be sure, but he's young still. He's so "in your face" affectionate, loyal and devoted to his owner. He never strays far from my side and in fact needs to be touching me physically most of the time, a chin on my lap, a paw, a doberbutt, something. The reason I say multiple personality is that he can be such an incredible dork, show off, goof ball, full of humor and nonsense, ready for a game anytime, awkward and spazing out most of the time. He can be awkward in silliness, but beautifully atheletic, agile and fast at other times. BUT, when something isn't right, a noise outside at night, a stranger coming into the house uninvited at night (it happened) this sweet natured, velcro, loverboy becomes a serious, down to business, vicious and bold protector. So, that's my story on a breed that I can't see being without. I've had a lot of dogs, different breeds and no other has touched me quite the same way as Lyric. To me, they are a lot of dog, the Cadillac of dogs and very, very interesting behaviorally. A breed not for all, but definitely for me.