Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Arizona, United States
Posted September 30, 2014
Doberman Pinschers often receive a bad rap and are portrayed as ferocious guard dogs. While the Dobie is a wonderful guard dog, they are far from ferocious. Gentle giants with a bit of attitude. Bred to be a form of guard dog with their large size and energetic disposition.
Dobermans are extremely loyal, loving, protective dogs that are highly intelligent and emotional animals. Dobermans are wonderfully social, but again are protective can come off with attitude towards other animals if brought into their personal area; they like to exude their dominance and alpha. This breed likes to chase small animals so if you have other pets be sure to socialize them early on so your dog does not consider them a toy.
Dobermans have lots of stamina, love to run and play ball. Be sure to exercise your doberman at least daily. If you live in an apartment, dog parks are great areas to run your Dobie. We had several acres that our dogs would be able to run and chase the wild rabbits. We took our dobies everywhere, camping, to dinner, the Home Depot. My Maggie was with me every time I had to run an errand and was extremely well behaved in public.
As with any purebred animal they are subject to health concerns. Most common to the Doberman is an enlarged heart, caridomyopathy, and hip dysplaysia. Grooming is minimal as the Doberman is a short hair and they come in the most common colors of black and tan and red, red rust. However, rare coloring also exists such as a blue and a fawn.