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Barney

Doberman Pinscher

Overall satisfaction

3.75/5

Acquired: Breeder (professional)

Gender: Male

Training: Books

Quick to learn and train

4/5

Emotionally stable

1/5

Family oriented

1/5

Child safety

1/5

Safe with small pets

1/5

Doesn’t bark a lot

1/5

Health

3/5

Easy to groom

5/5

Great watch dog

4/5

Great guard dog

4/5

Dobermans steal your heart despite some difficulties

By

57000, France

Posted February 13, 2015

My Barney completely stole my heart, not from the moment I saw him but once he became an adult dog. We had him at 11 weeks and I knew from the start he'd be trouble. Don't get me wrong, in some ways he was easy to train - I'd never had a puppy before and had him house trained in two days! But he was dominant and over-protective, "mouthed" an enormous amount as a puppy and tried to assert his authority over us as a "teenager".

He learned many things very easily but lead training was not one of them. By the time he was six months old I could no longer walk him on my own (I'm a short, light female) as he pulled so badly. This was in no small part down to our inexperience at training. Dobermans need a firm hand and an experienced handler. But Barney became a heart-breakingly loveable older dog, affectionate, funny, loyal and stunningly good-looking. I miss him still and would definitely consider having another Doberman. No other dog seems quite the same...

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