Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Posted August 2, 2015
As a child, I grew up with a Doberman Pinscher, and it was an experience that I will never forget. In spite of their reputation of aggressive dogs, as I later learned, the Doberman is the most caring and playful pet I have ever had. She was, however, an incredible guard dog. A few things to keep in mind about a Doberman is, first of all, that they are very powerful dogs, with very strong legs, so, they can jump very high. When we got our Doberman, the owner told us that they can easily jump 6 feet high fences, so it should be higher, about 7 feet or more, and better if they can’t see through it. Being guard dogs, they can get fierce with strangers, so more reason to make sure they don’t get out by jumping over a fence. Another important decision that we made, also suggested by the owner, was not to have its tail docked or its ears cropped. These practices are very traditional and give the Doberman its characteristic look, but they have been controversial and are now even illegal in most countries. The original reason for tail docking was so that it would not interfere with the dog’s work, and the ear cropping was supposedly to improve their listening skills for guard duties, but if you keep them only as pets, it is an unnecessary practice that saves the animal quite some suffering. In summary, the Doberman is an incredible friend and one of the best guard dogs you can find.