Acquired: Breeder (professional)
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...