01-15-2009, 07:19 PM
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Nashville, TN
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Hi TamiRayLena and welcome to the dog forum.
I think that the choice needs to be done after you and your parents do research on breeds and especially these two since those are the ones yuo are looking into. A dobe will do you want to do as just fine as a lab and love evey minute of it. A lab with do what your parents want to do just fine. However, some lab puppies can have long and very destructive puppihoods. So can Dobe's but usually not to the destruction level that some labs can go through. This is something that your parents need to take into consideration. If you end up with Destructo Pup, can they repair the damage that the pup does. (I had a customer from a feed store I owned, need replace his walls when his 18 mo lab pup decided he like drywall!)
Also, you need to look into homeowners insurance policies. While Dobe's are wonderful, some insurance companies list put them on the uninsurable list. So while you have an insurance company now that is ok with a dog, if damage occurs and a claim needs to be filed, then your insurance company may actually denie (sp) the claim because of the breed of dog you own. (Again, a friend had a tree fall on portion of her house during a storm and was completely covered on her insurace. They found out she had a Bernese Mountain Dog-a breed was on their unisurable list-and the insurance comapny did not cover the claim.)
I think the best way to go about it is for both parties to sit down and have a rational conversation. Do your homework on both breeds and present it to them. Then, discuss both the pros and the cons. Also, look into other breed options. Im a huge fan of rescued dogs.
Also, remember that while you want a lab pup, it is your parents house and ultimately they have the final sayso. Embrace the pup that ends up at your home regardless of breed and still play and walk and run and be its best friend. Enjoy your dog.
I hope this help you out, please keep us posted at to what you and your parents decide on and when you finally get the little pupster, please let us know and post pics!