Doberman Pinscher

Overall satisfaction


Acquired: Breeder (professional)

Gender: Female

Training: Books

Quick to learn and train


Emotionally stable


Family oriented


Child safety


Safe with small pets


Doesn’t bark a lot




Easy to groom


Great watch dog


Great guard dog


Domino the Clutz


United States

Posted March 18, 2015

I've typically always had a dog, at least for most of my life. I adopted Domino from a friend while stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, United States.

Domino, though a clutz when she's not watching (ever), is a very special dog to me. She and I built a connection by living together with her brother (adopted at the same time) for a year. They both slept with me; domino on the bed under the covers; nuke alongside the bed on the floor (he didn't like the bed unless he could sleep above my head).

I have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and was informed by multiple references that Dobermans carry a special bonding ability that significantly decreases the effects of PTSD. This could not be any more true. I was searching for a dog to help me cope with my own problems and I found a friend that is more loyal than any human I'd ever met.

Immediately she knew when I needed her and would nudge me at night when I'd go into nightmares or panic. She'd wake me by licking my chin, nose, or whatever she could reach without having to get up (she was quite lazy in the bed). But that in fact was the whole essence of my need - she was there and didn't mind turning her head to say "hey, wake up crazy! your having a bad dream!".

So many times I considered ending my own life and there she would be just staring up at me like "feed me fool!". Seeing a dog look at you like that makes you feel wanted and needed. When no one else was around, she was (and her brother too - but different review!).

Dobermans I've learned are in fact one of the intelligent breeds, tailing only the number four breed of Golden Retriever.

They are very charismatic and energized pets to own but can be a bit clumsy sometimes. Obedience training at an early age is almost required.

House training was very simple and their patience to be let out is astounding. Both Domino and her brother Nuke have patiently waited for me one time up to eight hours after I was supposed to be home. I had broken down an ended up having to walk nearly 12 miles home. When I arrived, there was no mess to clean up but there were two very excited dogs to be let out.

Dobermans are very territorial and guarded dogs. They will attack either on command or under their own reflex when they feel their care taker or family is in danger. I've had an experience with the police when the neighborhood bully stray dog came into our yard where Domino and her brother Nuke were minding their own business "sun bathing". They protectively guarded my daughter and son, placing themselves between the two when the dog was seen. When the dog came to close Nuke charged and attacked the dog while chasing him over a mile away.

Dobermans in general are very loving and caring dogs to have as pets. Obedience training is necessary at an early age as they are very routine oriented. I've noticed that my two Dobermans like to go outside at certain times, come inside at certain times, and for the most part just enjoy sitting around while the children climb on them or I rub their backs.

There is one particular important fact I've learned about my two Dobermans that maybe someone else can expand on. The diet of a Doberman is very specific in need. You can't just go and get the cheap stuff and expect them to eat it. It has nothing to do with their taste for the food but how their bodies breakdown the food. After a few visits to the veterinarian, I found out that Dobermans are sensitive to certain chemicals in some dog food brands and I was recommended to use "Rachel Ray's" brand dog food. It is a bit more pricey but the difference in health are very visible in their physical appearance.

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