Doberman Pinschers are one of the most popular dog breeds. This won’t be a surprise considering their beautiful built, shiny short hair and great personality.
In this article, we will present the breed in detail and explain what to do if you want to own a Doberman Pinscher.
Where to Find Doberman Puppies?
If you would like to own a Doberman Pinscher dog, you may be wondering where to find Doberman puppies. And while you can find Doberman puppies for sale in many places. It is important to get them from a reputable breeder.
Avoid puppy mills and Backyard breeders. This will help you to make sure that the puppy you get will have a long and healthy life. Both Backyard breeders and puppy mills don’t perform health screenings. They generally don’t care about ethical breeding practices.
Meanwhile, reputable breeders perform health screenings. They breed their dogs by following ethical practices. They ensure that their puppies have adequate veterinary care and they will provide you with kennel club papers along with their puppies. While it may cost a bit more to get your Doberman puppy from a reputable breeder. It is absolutely worth it.
Keep in mind that you can also look for a Doberman puppy in dog shelters and rescues. While you may not get certification papers, you may be able to find a Doberman to adopt.
History of Doberman Pinschers
Doberman Pinschers are also sometimes called German Pinschers for originating in Germany back in the 19th century. The breed was created by Louis Dobermann, a German breeder and tax collector who needed a dog that was imposing and dependable to follow him on his tax collecting rounds.
However, Dobermann’s breed was much larger and not as refined as the Doberman we have today. Regardless, the breed still bears his name, even though one letter was lost over the years, much like some dogs get lost because they don’t have a GPS tracker. Experts believe the original Dobermans were probably bred from Black and Tan Terrier, Rottweiler, German Pinscher and herding dogs with smooth coats.
Dobermans are muscular dogs of medium size with sleek but compact bodies. These dogs are fast and athletic, and powerful but elegant. Males are between 24 and 28 inches tall and weigh around 70 pounds, with females being a couple of inches shorter and a few pounds lighter.
These dogs have a short and shiny coat that can have four different colors – black, red, blue and fawn. Their head is wedge-shaped, while their pointy ears are often cropped despite this practice being illegal in many countries.
Additionally, Dobermans also have a long tail that is traditionally made shorter as a result of docking, which is the name for a procedure in which most of the tail is surgically removed during puppyhood. Like ear cropping, tail docking is also illegal in many countries today.
If you are to know how a purebred Doberman should look, check out the official breed standard from American Kennel Club.
Personality, Training and Exercise
Dobermans are people-oriented dogs. They can be very affectionate and polite with people but they need to be trained properly and socialized early in their lives – luckily, they are intelligent and easy to train. This breed is loyal and good with children, so they can be true family dogs.
Doberman’s personality traits are suitable for many different roles. They are energetic, determined, alert, courageous and watchful. But most importantly, they are intelligent and trainable. That is why they are often used as guard dogs, as well as police or military dogs. However, they are also a great choice for therapy and service dogs.
To reach their potential, Dobermans have to start their training while they are still puppies. In fact, it is important to start the obedience training early; some even suggest when the dog is around 8 weeks old. You can use positive reinforcement or a clicker but a combination of the two is probably the best. If you would like to read more about dog training, click here.
In any case, early socialization is important so make sure to include your dog in puppy glasses or to get him into puppy kindergarten.
When it comes to exercise, Dobermans require a lot of it. They are highly energetic dogs that enjoy long walks or even hikes. You should also provide a lot of free play to Doberman puppies. Having a substantial fenced area where your dog can run freely is very important. This is beneficial for his physical and mental health. Participation in different sports like agility or tracking is also good for Dobermans.
While Dobermans are quite healthy in general, there are a few health conditions that they are prone to that you should know about.
Bloat is one of the most dangerous ones because it can even be fatal if it isn’t treated immediately. Other conditions include hip dysplasia, enlarged heart (dilated cardiomyopathy), progressive retinal atrophy, hypothyroidism and albinism.
Additionally, Dobermans are extremely susceptible to Von Willebrand’s disease, which is a blood disorder that affects proper blood clotting. According to statistics, this disease is prevalent in 70% of all Doberman Pinschers but they usually suffer from a mild form of the disease.
Once again, make sure to get your Doberman puppies from a reputable and responsible breeder since they will health screen their breeding stock via medical testing.
Luckily, Dobermans don’t need a lot of grooming to keep their coat shiny and their appearance as elegant as it is. However, a bit of routine grooming will help to make sure that their coat is in optimal condition. For example, a swift daily brushing with a dog brush is enough to ensure that his coat is clean and shiny.
Dobermans also don’t have to be bathed that often but the occasional bath is recommended. Their nails should be trimmed at least once per month.
Perhaps the most important thing is to brush your Doberman’s teeth on a regular basis. Also, you should wipe their ears out 2-3 times a week – just put some baby oil on a paper towel and clean his ears. Ask your veterinarian to explain how to do this properly to avoid any potential problems.
Doberman Pinscher is one of the most popular breeds in the world for a reason. These dogs are beautiful, elegant and powerful but they are also naturally fond of people and good with children.
Keep in mind that Dobermans have high energy levels and require a lot of exercise and training but they don’t need a lot of grooming.
If you are interested in buying Doberman puppies you need to get them from responsible breeders. Avoid puppy mills and Backyard breeders.