Acquired: Bred dog myself,
Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques, Attended conferences / shows, Books, Friends
Arizona, United States
Posted November 14, 2012
Even though Seline was the Matriarch, my mom actually bred Doberman's and so I grew up around them from the age of three to 15. We had the Average Colored Dobermans-Black and Tan, but we also had some Red and one Blue show up. Fawn is also an accepted color. The Blue is very rare and comes from recessive genetics, which I won't go into here. This particularly colored Doberman does tend to have hair loss and/or skin problems, but people are still willing to pay up to several thousand dollars for one. A, "blue" is really a diluted "black" and a "fawn" is really a diluted "red."
The Blue Doberman that was born to Seline was actually the runt of the litter and had to be kept even longer than the normal time for a Blue Doberman puppy. One must be kept until about four months by a reputable breeder because this is when the first symptoms of hair loss can show up. Regardless, a Blue Dobe's hair is thinner than a Black, Red or Fawn colored one.
The current Dobermans are bred to be family dogs, while still retaining their physique, intelligence, protective ability, and their "working dog" qualities. Doberman's are very loyal to their own family members and are safe even with newborns, as their inclination is to protect. Contrary to popular beliefs regarding this breed, Doberman's are NOT known to, "turn on their owners," rather, they want to be with their owners as much as possible. They are also highly trainable and it is really up to the owners how much of a "guard dog," they want their individual Doberman to be. However, if a family member is threatened by a stranger, any Doberman will protect their family. This should not be held against the breed.
If not trained well, just like with any dog, behavior problems can occur. Excessive Barking, Separation Anxiety, and other problems can crop up. Most problems in a dog's behavior can be directly attributed to the lack of training by the owner(s) in my opinion-based on years of experience with all different breeds of dogs.
What I hated the most about the puppies was ear cropping!! I still think it is cruel, just as tail docking is. Both are done with this breed and the AKC only recognizes Doberman's with docked tails into their Association. Thankfully, they do recognize both cropped and floppy ears. Yes, pups have this done under anesthesia, but there is a healing process time during which they cry something awful. I clearly remember their stitched up ears and thinking that it was mean...
In closing, Doberman's make wonderful family pets when trained properly from puppy-hood. They are intelligent, loyal and regal dogs.