Is a Doberman Pinscher Right For You?
Doberman Pinschers are a common sight in the movies. People are used
to seeing people running for their lives as aggressive dogs lunge at them
with demonic looking eyes. However, in real life, most Dobermans are actually
loyal, intelligent and devoted family dogs.
The American Kennel Club classifies the Doberman Pinscher as a member
of its Working Group. These dogs were originally bred to be police dogs.
They were also commonly used in the German military. The sight of one of
these big, dangerous looking dogs coming toward them filled people with
dread. After all, they are extremely powerful animals.
The Doberman Pinscher is a square dog with a powerful chest and a bullet
shaped head. This breed weighs in at anywhere from 55 to 90 pounds and
stands 24 to 28 inches tall. The Doberman's short coat is black, red, blue,
or fawn with tan markings. Occasionally, these dogs have a white spot on
their chests. Its almond shaped eyes are dark in color. Most Dobermans
have their tails docked. While this may sound cruel, a docked tail can
prevent painful accidents in the future. More than one undocked Doberman
has accidentally broken his tail.
Dobermans are not excessively high energy dogs, but they have amazing
endurance capabilities. These dogs do need exercise and do not do well
in apartment settings. A fenced yard is a much better fit for them. Dobermans
enjoy spending time with their owners, so even if you have a fenced
yard, you should be prepared to take your dog for a daily walk.
Despite the bad publicity this breed receives, most Dobermans are great
with children and other pets. These devoted family dogs will do anything
to please their owners and are highly trainable. However, you do need to
be careful if you have young children and a Doberman puppy. Puppies can
accidentally knock your children down, since they do not realize their
own strength and are fairly energetic.
You will need to begin training and socializing your Doberman as soon
as you bring him home to avoid problem behaviors. Dobermans are very intelligent
and can get into quite a lot of mischief if they are left to themselves.
obedience classes are a good idea, since the classes will help you
train and socialize your puppy while he is young and easy to control. After
all, who wants to wait until their dog weighs almost as much as they do
before they try to teach him to sit.
Dobermans are big, muscular dogs and need a substantial amount of dog
food. Be sure to feed your dog a food formulated for large breeds to be
sure he gets the nutrition he needs.
Doberman Pinschers are prone to hypothyroidism and a hereditary condition
called von Willebrand's disease. They also can develop heart problems.
As they age, these oversized lap dogs are prone to becoming overweight,
so you may want to check with your veterinarian to find out about special
foods for older dogs.
It is easy to groom
a Doberman. You may want to brush
your dog once a week to remove dirt and loose hair and you should check
his nails to be sure they are not too long, but they rarely need any further
Doberman Pinschers may look like hardened killers, but they are actually
cream puffs around their family. If you want a dog that will protect your
home but still loves to snuggle up beside you at night, then a Doberman
may be the right breed for you.