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Zeus

Doberman Pinscher

Overall satisfaction

5/5

Acquired: Breeder (professional)

Gender: Male

Training: N/A

Quick to learn and train

5/5

Emotionally stable

5/5

Family oriented

4/5

Child safety

4/5

Safe with small pets

4/5

Doesn’t bark a lot

4/5

Health

2/5

Easy to groom

4/5

Great watch dog

5/5

Great guard dog

2/5

Doberman Pinscher - Almost Human

By

United Kingdom

Posted December 11, 2014

We bought Zeus from a breeder as a pup. At the time we had a Greek Restaurant, a Yorkie and a cat called Lucky. Lucky was the boss, next in line was the Yorkie and last but by no means least came Zeus.
We had some customers who were also animal lovers and they used to stay until
closing time when all 3 pets would be allowed into the restaurant.
One night we were very busy and a couple that we were friends as well as customers asked if they could go over to see the dogs. Zeus was their special favorite. Our large apartment and the Greek Restaurant were on the first floor and there was an adjoining hall.
Well, they went over and opened the door of the apartment. Zeus was so delighted to see Mary that he jumped on top of her knocking her to the floor. (She had drunk a few glasses of wine so maybe she wasn't quite as steady as usual :). Anyway then he proceeded to lick her face. The next time I saw her she said - "I was lying on the floor and my specs were all steamed up and all I could think was -Thank God He likes Me". So for anyone who believes that Dobermann's are vicious guard dogs, think again. I have had 3 dobermanns - all were incredibly smart and very loving.
Of course they are great watchdogs - no burglar wants to be approached by a
snarling doberman. Also I don't imagine that there have been many woman raped or mugged while out walking their doberman. On the other hand, because they are such powerful dogs it is necessary to make them realize just who is the boss or you could have trouble on your hands.
I think the ideal owner for a doberman is someone who is experienced with
animals especially dogs. They are inclined to be "one man dogs" saving the bulk of their affection for the one that they consider to be their owner.
Unfortunately Zeus developed a lump on his nose when he was less than 2 years old. It was diagnosed as bone cancer and the vet said that it would start causing him pain at some point. I did not want him to suffer so I had to bring a bouncing seemingly healthy adorable young dog to be euthenized. It wasn't easy. The vet told me that it was very unusual for such a young dog to get bone cancer. I decided to be there when he got the injection because I was afraid they might want to use him for experimentation. I was glad I did because I know he left this world as happy as he had always been and it was just like an ordinary injection as far as he was concerned. It was instantaneous I could not believe that he was gone. I did wonder afterwards if this was due to in-breeding as I have not noticed many old dobermans. So if you decide to buy one of these great dogs just make sure to check the breeding before you do so.

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