Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: Crate, Puppy, Socializing, Obedience, Agility
Budd Lake, New Jersey, United States
Posted June 4, 2018
Velcro is an understatement. Dobermans love to be with their people, any people really. If we're in a group and someone walks away, he will follow them and poke them until they return to the group. He thinks the world revolves around him. If the UPS driver doesn't stop to pet him and give him a treat, he will bark at the truck as it drives away.
He is a huge snuggle bug and loves to get butt scratches, but only after he's been fully exercised. They are an energetic breed, but it doesn't stop at physical activity. They are also an intelligent breed and thrive on mental stimulation. He loves to create puzzles for himself by getting his toys stuck where they don't belong if we haven't exercised his brain enough. He gets bored easily, so I'm constantly finding new tricks to teach him.
Dobermans are not the healthiest of breeds. If you can't find one through rescue, make sure to go to a reputable breeder. Nice websites or breeders who want a litter because their dog is "pretty" or "sweet" is not the way to go. Make sure you find a breeder who shows or titles their dogs in sport. They should be doing full health testing on the parents, not a vet check, but full echo, 24 hr holter, hips, eyes, VWD.... There are a lot of resources on the Internet, use them. Talk with the breeder, ask a lot of questions and make sure you have the time to dedicate to the dog. They are not couch potatoes.