Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: Previous owner
By Corey Plante
Posted January 8, 2015
We had our Doberman from when she was a puppy and she received very little formal training, but she was smart enough to pick up quickly on whatever conditioning we provided for her. Maxine was definitely one of those tennis ball-obsessed kind of dogs that loved to play fetch. We had a large, fenced in yard at the time and she would spend her days prancing around, chasing birds and other critters while longing to play fetch with you.
Doberman Pinschers can sometimes get a bad reputation as one of the meaner breeds but, from my experiences, that couldn't be farther from the truth. Maxine was a complete sweetheart and although she could be a bit rough when playing in the snow, she was very good with our other smaller dog and even our cats. It all depends on how much experience the particular dog has with other creatures.
Maxine didn't need a lot of attention but was affectionate when you were mutually willing. She'd be content to sit around with you while you watch TV (on your lap if you'd let her!) but was perfectly fine curled up at your feet. She was very protective but would listen if you told her to back off a bit. All around, this Doberman Pinscher gave me one of the best dog-owning experiences I've had.