Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Posted June 20, 2015
Growing up I had a Doberman. Unfortunately, she is no long with us. However, I would like to share with you my experiences with her.
Payton was a very intelligent dog. She could easily find a way to get into the house if I mistakenly forgot to let her in. Mind you, I always kept the main door open when she was outside. Somehow, she managed to open the screen door. To this day, I still don't know how she did it. When I asked, her response was limited to cuddles and licks to the face. She was also an independent dog. Most of the time she would be off in her own world, or engaged in some personal mission that only she knew about. Attentive, very attentive as well. She could sense when I was having a bad day, or if I was down in the dumps and she didn't like that too much. Often, she would come over lick my face and lay next to me if my day wasn't going right. She never was aggressive towards me, unless I played with her too rough. When that happened, she didn't hurt me, but would nip me on the butt or leg to let me know I was playing to much. She was very active, which required a lot of energy so she could definitely consume a good amount of food. She couldn't stand dry food, so normally I would either stir in some water or add a can of wet food. Even though she listened and obeyed, there were times as she got older where she would disregard an order. If she spotted an animal she wanted to chase, or if she just didn't feel like listening. Doberman's are very strong headed animals, confident, and at times can be dismissive. At least that was my experience.
All in all, I believe that a Doberman would be a wonderful addition to any family. They are great with children, very protective and highly intelligent and loyal. They are obedient and respectful dogs. Easy to groom. Easy to feed, though I prefer high end dog food, so they can be a bit expensive. All around great dog for a family companion or guard dog.