Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted March 6, 2015
We love our Doberman. We always say that, among all our dogs, he's the only one that believes he's actually a human.
He gets worked up pretty easily, and absolutely will not stop barking at the UPS driver. Even when we go out to get a package, he stays behind, barking his head off. He doesn't even have to see the UPS driver to keep barking at him. As you can probably guess, he's very territorial, so we have to be careful when inviting friends over. He's not aggressive around people he knows (the opposite, actually), but he'll snarl and bark at strangers.
He also has some digestive issues. I'm not sure if this is common in Dobermans, but our dog passes gas like no other. We feed him things that are supposed to help his stomach, but sometimes I can't stand to be in the same room with him.
He's reasonably obedient, though we're still working on keeping him from sticking his nose in the trash can.
All that being said, we still love him. I've never met a dog with more personality. Sometimes it's like you can tell what he's thinking, and he knows just how to tell you what he wants. The coloring above his eyes look like eyebrows, so he makes the greatest expressions.
I'd definitely recommend a Doberman to someone with previous dog experience. The males can get pretty big, so they might be difficult to handle for someone with no experience.