Acquired: Breeder (professional)
New York, United States
Posted December 30, 2014
Scout was simply the best dog a man could ask for and we recently lost him to cancer.
Dobermans are highly affectionate and intelligent. Scout was emotionally empathic and could sense if a family member was upset. He was most happy when around the family and would enjoy just being in the room with us or snuggled on the couch. For a 100lb dog, he was a great lap dog.
He was also smart enough to tell the difference between a stranger and a friend. If a stranger walked anywhere on our property, Scout was always the first line of defense and would bark to let us know someone was nearby. He warmed quickly to friends and usually forced new friends to pet him.
Scout was not the best walker and tended to pull when on walks. He also hated to go outside during rain though he did enjoy the snow.
Scout was a purebred red Doberman that we purchased from a Doberman breeder. By age 3, Scout developed alopecia and lost most of his hair on his back. It wasn't pretty--but we loved him the same. At age 6.5, Scout came down with acute lymphoma or leukemia and we had to put him down rather quickly. Aside from his genetic issues, he was healthy and did not get sick.