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I really want a lab, but my parents want a doberman. we have an old shih tzu, but my parents want to get a big dog for protection. (pretty much just the size to scare people away) I know that labs are playful, and thats what i really want, i want a dog i can play with and go running/walking with. my birthday is coming up and that is all i want for my birthday. how can i convince my parents to get a lab? is there anything i can do?
 

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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!
Good luck!
GG
 

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A Doberman is a great dog to walk and run with as well as play. They need a high amount of exercise everyday, so if you're looking for a jogging companion, the Dobe is excellent. They also strive on companionship and mental stimulation. But, they'll become destructive without enough exercise.
I'm not sure about Labs, I've never owned one. I do know they're great with kids and quite hyper.
I agree with GG, research both the breeds and discuss the circumstances of both breeds with your parents.
 

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thanks so much on all the input. i would really love to get a rescued dog, but i have a 5 year old brother and my parents say they wouldn't trust a rescue because of their past. i've been trying to convince them to rescue a dog, but they are dead set against it. they would rescue any other kind of animals, but dogs can bite, and they don't want that. i'd be happy with any kind of dog we ended up getting, and i would spend every minute i could with it, no matter the breed. i'll just try for a dog, any good dog, instead of a certain breed. i have researched the breeds, that's the first thing i do when i get a new idea, other wise my parents would never go for it. researching increases my chances. i'll try and bring up just getting a dog in general. the only thing i disagree with about getting a doberman is they want one with cropped ears, which is painful to the puppy.
 

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It's not painful to the dog when they are put under aesthetics and pain pills.
 

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I have a Doberman. She was not bothered at all by getting her ears cropped.
 

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i could not bring myself to inflick pain like that onto a dog, whether they say it doesn't hurt or not. think about it, how would you like to have part of your ears chopped off. even with pain pills, it would still hurt.
 
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