Here is a brief guide on Doberman Pinschers. Alert, watchful, loyal and fearless, this German native may look intimidating but has a heart of gold. If you have just adopted a Doberman pinscher puppy, this brief guide is sure to help you.
- An adult Doberman is easy to spot thanks to its erect ears, broad chest and smooth, silky coat. It is believed that several different breeds were used to develop the Doberman. The result is a unique and beautiful breed that is intelligent, sturdy and protective like none other.
- Male Dobermans can grow up to 28 inches; females are slightly shorter up to 26 inches.
- These sturdy and robust dogs can weigh between 75 and 100 pounds for males and between 60 and 90 pounds for females.
- Color- black, dark brown, bluish grey, fawn, or tan with distinct rust color markings on neck and head.
- Many Dobermans are trained to perform in films a fact that is tribute to their high intelligence. In the past, they were used as war dogs.
- This German native is often used as companion dog, service dog, and police dog or as a watchdog for people with disabilities.
It is said that this loyal dog will give its life for a friend. Obviously, each dog has its distinct personality but most Dobermans are shy, reserved and extremely faithful. Some can be outgoing. They are not vicious dogs but they will not hesitate to protect their humans if they sense they are in danger. Doberman puppies, like all other breeds, will love cuddles, belly rubs and ear scratches. They love to be active and mentally and physically stimulated. Long walks, swims, runs, and hikes will keep your athletic and agile Doberman pinscher active and healthy. This quintessential guard dog will love and protect its family till death; he will love to join you on your daily walk/run or swim and will beg to have you toss a Frisbee or ball to him.
Over-breeding has changed the temperament of this beautiful and elegant dog. Many ill-bred Dobermans are neurotic, anxious, and prone to chasing their tails or barking excessively. Many of these poorly bred Doberman pinscher puppies are prone to separation anxiety which manifests in the form of chewing, biting, digging and other destructive behavior.
Where to find a Doberman Pinscher
It may be tempting to buy your Doberman puppy from a pet store at the local mall, but you should always find out its source. Many stores get their animals from puppy mills. Avoid buying from these. The DPCA or Doberman Pinscher Club of America is a great place to look for reputable breeders. Doberman prices vary from breeder to breeder and you get what you pay for. Do not let its price alone be a deciding factor when searching for Doberman. There is a great chance that you will end up paying a lot more for puppy of a lesser quality from a pet store. Alternatively, you might be offered a bargain puppy riddled with health problems. Therefore, it is important to meet the breeder and the parents of your puppy and also see the area where your puppy was whelped and raised before your bring him home. Avoid separating a puppy from its mother before it is 8 weeks of age.
Once you have found a suitable Doberman pinscher puppy,start training him from 6 to 7 months of age. Clicker training is an effective option for Dobermans and involves clicking a small device each time your puppy obeys a command. Some pet owners also like choke collar training and it can be a valuable tool when it comes to training your Pinscher puppy. Include lots or praise, playtime and treats when training your Doberman pinscher puppy.
Your Doberman does not need too much of grooming but regular attention will not hurt. Pay attention to his teeth, nails and ears as well. Invest in brush, clippers, shampoo, ear cleaning tools and oral care products and start grooming from young age.
Common health issues
Dancing Doberman Disease is a common neuro muscular disorder affecting Dobermans older than 6 months. It slowly progresses into mild, partial paralysis. The cause is unknown and there is no treatment. Dobermans are also prone to chronic inflammatory hepatitis, cataracts, atherosclerosis, and congenital deafness.
After his first birthday, switch your Doberman Pinscher puppy to high protein and low grain adult dog food. The food should ideally contain Omega 3 essential fatty acids in the form of flax seeds etc to keep his coat shiny. If your dog gets a lot of exercise and is very active, make sure you feed him high calorie, nutritionally dense food. You aging Doberman will need special senior food along with vitamins and minerals. Talk to your vet about the right home cooked food or proper senior commercial dog food for his changing needs.