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Posted: 06/12/19 08:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello all, were new to rving,supposed to pick up our TT on Saturday. We started talking about getting a camper early last year when my oldest dog started slowing down and we didn’t want to leave her home with a sitter. Long story short, she wasn’t slowing down but extremely sick with autoimmune meningitis, she declined quickly and even though we did everything we could for her but she couldn’t fight the disease and passed away 4th of July weekend. We were absolutely devastated by her passing and out camping on the back burner.

Fast forward to now, we decided to move forward and make the leap into camping. We have an 8 yr old male And an 18 month old female Doberman. This is a breed that most people don’t know their true nature and are usually afraid of and I’m concerned that they will be prejudged based on their breed. My male, Sully is a big muscular boy weighing is at 90 lbs and is extremely intimidating to look at, but I can tell you that there hasn’t been one person who hasn’t absolutely fell in love with him once they give him a chance. My pup, Rizzo is young and still trying to figure out what is appropriate behavior. We work with her a lot and she’s almost there. I’m really big on my dogs being well behaved members of the dog community, mostly because I believe that it’s my responsibility as a dog owner to ensure they act right and don’t disturb or scare other people and because I love to train my dogs. Sully is a champion show dog and has his CGC, Rizzo is training to compete in AKC obedience and will evaluated for her CGC soon.

So my questions are...are we going to have any issues based solely on their breed? What steps can we take to make sure they are safe? Obviously don’t leave them outside unattended or off leash. How big of a problem is people/children/pets walking through others campsites?

Any other suggestions would be appreciated and I’m going to try to put some photos up of them but not sure if they’ll show up.

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Posted: 06/12/19 08:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Cant see many families with younger kids wanting to stay next to you. Park owners will think the same IMO. Park insurance carriers may mandate not accepting certain breeds. Sorry

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Posted: 06/12/19 08:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It wouldn't hurt to disclose the breed of the dogs when you make RV and campground reservations. Some parks have breed restrictions.


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Private parks are more likely to have breed restrictions, but you probably know that already. The most common breed restrictions include Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Dobermans, Mastiffs and Chows.

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Insurance Carriers place the breed restrictions on CGs
CGs in order to have coverage MUST abide by those breed restriction guidelines.

It is NOT a case by case situation is a BAN of those breeds the Insurance Carriers/Underwriters have deemed aggressive/dangerous/injurious based on CLAIMS filed/paid.

So do NOT be surprised when you are turned away.
Dobermans are on that banned breed list..along with 16 other breeds

CGs also have 'weight/size' bans....regardless of breeds
Common weights over 25# and over 45#

State/National CGs do NOT have breed restrictions....
Boondocking......BLM etc wide open

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Posted: 06/12/19 10:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Beautiful dogs. We showed Dobbies for several years in both show and obedience rings. Unfortunately Old-Biscuit is spot on with his answer.

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Those are two lovely looking Dobies. I've had two over the years -- marvelous dogs, both softies. Unfortunately their reputation precedes them.


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Get a Million $ insurance policy guaranteeing coverage for any and all damages they might cause...I would then let them into my RV Park as that would make up for voiding my insurance.

This post is my opinion (free advice). It is not intended to influence anyone's judgment nor do I advocate anyone do what I propose.

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I camp with a Doberman. THere are a few parks with breed restrictions that ban Dobermans. For the most part there are always alternative parks.
I have never been blocked out of an area or region because of my dog.
THere has always been a CG willing to accept my money.
As far as other campers, cutting through sites happens but it is not a big/major issue. Often timid uniformed people will keep their distance if they see a Doberman.
Informed curious people will often come to see him and ask if he's friendly.
As long as they are people friendly camping with Dobermans will not be a major issue.

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Your dogs are gorgeous. I would rather be parked next to your dogs than the little yappy ankle biters. I had a Dobe and feel like you do, it is essential that any big dog be trained well. My dog was both sight and voice command. That said, ANY dog should be trained, but unfortunately people are of the mindset that smaller dogs aren't big enough to hurt anyone, so they are "off the hook." A tragic thought at best.

I have seen many dogs on the "commonly restricted" list at campgrounds, but like has been said, private camps are the most frequently restrictive due to insurance. A well trained Dobe is a wonderful ambassador for the breed. Hope to see you out there.


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