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When my mums first dog passed away when I was just 5 years old she quickly went against my dads decision to not get another dog. A local lady bred Doberman Pinschers and had a litter that was ready so when dad was at work I was whisked off to go and choose our new puppy! Our Doberman who we named Duke quickly became my best friend and was the most loyal loving dog.
The Doberman breed originates from Germany and are a medium to large sized dog with a life expectancy of 10-13 years. The breed comes in four different colours black, red, blue and fawn, Duke was the most common colour, Black with tan patches. There fur is short making them easy to groom and although Duke had his tail docked which was common of the breed then this is now against the law so Dobermans today have full tails.
When we got our dog in the late 80s they had a rather bad reputation in the media/society of being nasty and aggressive and this was certainly noticeable by people’s nervousness around Duke. But I can say that Duke was the most loving, affectionate, loyal pet anyone could ever want. He was also very lazy, hated the cold and rain, loved his food and enjoyed nothing more than sleeping and being around people.
Obviously with all dogs’ especially larger dogs you have to take into careful consideration the cost of taking on such a pet. Duke required 2 large meals per day, toys, collars & leads, regular veterinary checks and lots of time and attention. Large dogs like Dobermans also need lots of exercise in the form of frequent walks which Duke had at least twice per day, even though he hated going out in any adverse weather conditions.
The awful part of owning a dog is that sometimes they can suffer from certain medical problems. Duke was diagnosed with cervical vertebral instability (CVI) otherwise known as Wobbler disease and underwent a large operation to decompress his spine when he was only 5 years old. Although this was successful his exercise had to be reduced and care taken to ensure no further damage was done to his spine. He lived for a further two years before becoming unwell as passing away at just 7 years old leaving us distraught as he had become a very loved member of the family.
I will say that I totally adored my dog growing up and would certainly consider having a Doberman in the future when I am in a position to give a dog the time and attention they require. I think like any breed a lot of a dog’s personality and temperament is from the way it is brought up and trained. Duke never showed any aggression, never pulled on his lead, and was house trained and very calm and tolerant of anyone even young children.
A breed that will always be loved by myself.
i have had a doberman for just over 10 years up untill 3 weeks ago and we lost him through cancer, and it was the hardest thing that has happened to us as he was a fantastic part of the family, so we had to go out imediately and purchase a pup (doberman) it couldnt be anything else, so i would recomend a doberman to anyone who wants a good friend and companion, even though they are hard work as a pup they are on the go all the time.
Dobermans, in my opinion are one of the most beautiful, funny & faithful dog breeds there are.
I am currently on to Doberman 3 & 4, littermates as you can see from my profile pic and I am totally smitten.
It does sadden me that there are a lot of people who have the wrong idea about them and unfortunately this can sometimes be because they have had a bad experience with one. If this is the case it is purely due to the owner, these dogs are naturally calm and soft and although they are natural watchdogs ie they will bark to guard the house there is a big difference between this and an aggressive dog.
My current two are nearly 3 and they are extremely soppy especially around the baby who they love.
The boys we have had have all been very laid back and all seem to have a thing for sitting on your feet or lap wheras the girls are very attentive and want to be your loyal friend.
They have lovely short coats which are shiny and very easy to keep although we do find Dobies feel the cold because of this.
You do need to be physically fit for a Doberman they need a lot of exercise and they can be very strong so lots of energy, obedience training and time.
Downside of Dobies? they should have complexes from the amount of people who shy away from them at first sight and as with all larger breeds their food bill is high and their life expectancy is not as long as what you would get with a small breed ie 8-10 years rather than about 15.
There have been several dobermans in my family and they have all had wonderful temperaments, when people ask me what breed my dog is and I tell them, they usually recoil in horror! But, after meeting her and a quick lecture on "there is no such thing as a bad breed, it all depends on how well they are socialized and trained" they are converted! especially when all she wants to do is lick them and offers her paw in the hope of a treat! They are basically extremely friendly, playful dogs who are just big babies. Regarding care, like any dog, they need a secure garden and they do enjoy plenty of exersize. as well as around an hour or two walk a day, they love to run off-lead in a safe place as they can run very fast. They should be fed a minimum of twice a day, preferably three, and never straight before or after exersize, due to the risk of "bloat" which deep-chested breeds like the Doberman are prone to. They don't require much grooming and shed very little. If they are all like mine, they love to eat and would eat all day so be careful not to overfeed so the dog doesn't end up overweight. There are lots of Doberman's in rescue, so please do consider a rescue, but if you do decide to get a puppy, make sure they are a reputable breeder! The mother of the pups should be fit an healthy and preferably a family pet rather than a dog that is kept in a kennel just for breeding. Both the sire and dam should have been health tested by a vet before being bred to make sure they wouldn't pass any hereditary problems onto their pups. I Would definetly reccomend a Doberman as a family pet as they are so playful and get on well with other dogs when they are socialized. Like any dog, they should live in the house as part of the family and definetly not be kept outside as a guard dog!
I recently lost my doberman (my best friend in the world) he was nearly 10 and it was the hardest thing I have ever had to live through, even my vet was very upset (he loved even the vet too!) He was 7 when I had my little girl and guest what he loved her too! I am writing this with tears, and all the reviews are true they really are the most loyal companions in the world but be prepared to be heartbroken when your without them. They do follow you everywhere even a 3am visit to the loo - he was there by my side day and night. We brought him 3 acres of fields to run in but he would not run unless you ran with him he really was the true love of my life. RIP Zak, we all love you. Mom. xxx
The most gentle, loyal and affectionate dogs ever bred. they are true protectors and brilliant learners, hence easy to train.their reputation as nasty, vicious killers could not be any further from the truth.they love other humans, children and other dogs. However quite attention seeking they like to know they are a valued member of the family, in return they will respect and treasure each member of the family.they really are beautiful dogs, they don't need huge amounts of exersise but they do enjoy regular walks.
We bought a doberman in 2000, her name was Zara and she was the most beautiful puppy ever.
She became like a child in the family and was adored by everyone, when I was pregnant she was very protective of me and wouldn't leave my side.
When my little girl was born she became very protective of her and although when we ever took her for a walk she would pull the arms off us, when my three year old took her she would wlk as nice as anything and walk right at her side.
Yesterday Zara had to be put down because she was so ill, and to all the family it has hit us hard. She will be sadly missed but i just wanted people to know how loving and loyal these dogs are.
Zara was like another child in the family and her death has hit us all like any death of a human family would hit us.
But please remember if doberman are brought up in a loveing, caring environment they make wonderful pets and very loving.
As a dog trainer i have trainer many dogs but none have been as remarkable as my own dobermann.
This breed of dog has suffered due to its past history as a guard dog, many people still asume that dobemanns are vicious and unpredictable.
Dobermanns are very sensitive dogs and bond strongly to their family, they are incredibly easy to house train and just as easy to do basic and competitive training with. They are desparate to learn and would do anything to please you. Despite their reputation more and more people are using dobermanns as visiting dogs in hospitals and care homes purly because of their good nature and gentle approach to the elderly and young.
My dobe will sit for hours with my disabled daughter and doesnt mind one bit when my 6 month old wants to pull at his ears and slobber all over him. He loves the attention.
In saying all this i would not recomend a dobe to everyone. They need a lot of exercise and a lot of feeding. They are incredibly intelligent dogs and if allowed will push their boundaries. A firm approach is needed when considering this breed.
These dogs are big, an adult male can weigh in at 90lbs and be 28 inches high, consider this if you live in a flat or do not have access to a garden. If dobes dont get good amounts of exercise thats 90lbs of dobe that is going to be prancing and bounding about in your home.
Some male dobes may not accept other dogs in the household. In saying this i have three boys who get on great, but beware if you have another male perhaps a female is better suited.
Dobes can be probe to certain conditions, Wobblers, Some cancers and in many cases acute growing pains as puppies, it is important to get your dobe (or any other dog) insured.
Overall i would recomend a doberman to anybody you has ample amounts of time to spent training and loving this dog, who can give it the exercise required and the affection they crave.
When my husband first suggested getting a Doberman a couple of years ago my first reaction was no way, they are devil dogs!! Yes, I?d seen all the movies where the Doberman was portrayed as a killing machine with teeth so to say I was weary was an understatement. The biggest dog I had been used to was a Shih-tzu that my mum and dad owned so to go to a big dog was a bit of a worry. I trusted my better half, so we bought our very first Doberman in July 2001, the same month we moved into our first home (must have had an insane moment!!) I was actually the one who rang up about the puppies and as my hubby wanted a female, there weren?t any left. The lady selling the puppies rang me the next day to say if we were interested she had a 2 ½ year old female who they had rescued. When we went to look at her, I was introduced for the first time to a Doberman. He was a male weighing 8 stone, who was like a whirlwind around the house!! He was used to being outside all the time, so being in the house was a treat for him. He was definitely friendly and proceeded to pin my husband to the settee and licked him to death! Needless to say I was thinking oh my god, we are going to get an absolute loon for a dog! Then she brought out the female dog we were there to look at, she was very nervous and jumped at the slightest noise, but she was absolutely gorgeous, such big brown eyes. We fell in love with her instantly and took her home straight away. So that was the beginning of our love for the Doberman. She is the most loving dog and follows my husband around all the time, she has come out of her shell as well and is the protector of the house. She doesn?t like people on bicycles for some reason so when we are out walking she always wants to chase after them. She also doesn?t like cats so if we see one, she tends to take me for a walk! Just one month later, we thought it would be a good idea to get another Doberman to keep her company and to help bring her out o
f her shell as we?d seen how different she acted with the other Dobermans at the breeders. That?s when we bought a male puppy! To say that in the first few months my husband wanted to return him to the breeder would be pretty fair! I being the big softie said he was a puppy so we couldn?t expect anything less than chewing and deposits! During his teething stage he destroyed the kitchen carpet, pulling the lining through the carpet so we had to get rid of it. To our delight there was a lino under the carpet so we thought ideal, that will stop him chewing. No, we came back to find half the lino chewed ? he?d had a busy couple of hours. That was our fault for leaving him, not his. He always looked so innocent and the female dob would always look as if to say ?it was him?. I?m sure she helped though. Apart from that and deciding to chew his bed every now and again, he wasn?t too bad. (my husband might say different! But he loves him) but I wouldn?t change either of them for the world. The male Doberman has got such a character, like lord of the manner. My husband says that I have totally spoilt him so now we have to fight over the settee! He will bark until I give up the cushion! Seeing that he is only 2 but weighs about 5 ½ stone it?s quite hard to prize him off the settee! Our female Doberman is still as good as ever, although I think she helped in eating a giant pack of chocolate digestive that I forgot about and left, still wrapped on the side. She is very clever at getting things off worktops that she fancies! She has a lovely regal character, just like someone else said, she is more like a snob! She looks at the younger male sometimes with a real look of disgust, but they are so funny together when they are playing. They need a bit of room when they play fight, legs flying around all over. I would recommend anyone to get a Doberman, they are the most loving and loyal dogs I have ever met and I am so glad I trusted my hubbys judgement.
I soon got over my initial fears and fell in love with them instantly. We both say we will always have Dobermans now, and hope in the future to start a rescue home for Dobermans. They do bark, the female more than the male, she has taken on the role of protecting everyone in the home so if someone walks too close to our front window she lets them know! They would never bite anyone, I agree with the person who said they will protect you to the death. Someone decided to have a verbal slanging match with my husband when he was walking her and she snarled at him a bit which surprised both my husband and the other guy! They don?t cost much to feed a 15kg bag each a month or just over, plus a few treats, well a lot of treats if they have their way, is all they need. We pay £30 for a 15kg bag, but that is for a good quality one which is what they deserve. We also give them a tin of sardines once a week, the oil is good for their coat, not good for their breath !?, but they seem to enjoy it. We haven?t had to visit the vets with either of them. A couple of times when he was a pup but that was more me over reacting! He pulled his leg whilst messing around with our other Doberman and was yelping ? you?d think he?d had his leg snapped off but it was just a reaction to take him to the vets. They both love the water, the female is more adventurous and will go head first into any river/lake. He has turned into a sniffer dog and is more interested in trying to find mice in the local field. They do need a fair amount of exercise, but they are just as happy to laze around the house with us and if given the choice would rather sleep all day on the settee! He also loves the sun and tends to have the top of his head bleached by the sun. We?ve even had him dressed up in dressing gowns and shorts and t-shirts. The female Doberman is too proud for that! In short, our two Dobermans are the biggest softies and I would recommend anyone
to get one, they are fine with children and other dogs but don?t like cats! But then again that might just be our two. Happy hunting if you do decide to get one, you?ll get a lot of love and loyalty in return.
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We decided we wanted a pedigree Dobermann, so we phoned around a number of different breeders.You will find a lot of breeders ask you the questions,which is a good thing that they arent willing to let their pups go to just anyone who comes along with the cash. We went to visit the pups and see the environment they had been raised in so far. Make sure you meet the mother. You should be able to see all papers on the spot ie:insurance,kc register,and papers of the sire(father) which show the history of his bloodline and all shows they have won etc. Also the information of the dam(mother)and her history and bloodline should be available too. We chose a bitch. It is true that dobes can eat through anything,we lost an arm of a chair through fault of our own NOT the pups. As long as you offer plenty of stimulation as in exercise and toys this shouldnt be a problem. Dobes are not barkers,they only bark when protecting. They make great family pets,I have two very young children and our Dobe loves joining in games with them. She is very protective of us and our property. They dont mix wonderfully with cats,our dobe hasnt hurt any of our cats but she loves to chase them and try and play but the cats dont want to know. Remember you will have to pay out for vaccinations and worming. We payed £400.00 for our dobe so we had her microchipped as well which cost about £30.00. I would advise you keep the insurance going too. We give our Dobe a lot of love and we recieve so much in return. She has such a character I would go as far as calling her a snob. I am planning to get her spayed as she has had her first season. If you are planning to show your Dobe check before you do anything like this as some societies wont let you show them if they have been altered. i think its important that it gets across that ALL breeds of dogs can make great family pets it is all down to the owner and how they b
ring them up. Just like with children you dont train your kids to be violent.... Dobes are extremely intelligent and learn very quickly. It took me 10 minutes to teach my pup to sit,lie,stay etc.. Thats no joke she just picked it up so well. Good luck!! ps:do not fall for the "we havent got the papers yet,we will post them to you"this is the oldest trick in the book and it happens a lot.My father in law went to buy a Rottweiler and he is still waiting for the so called paperwork.
My one and only love of dogs has to be the Dobe. This very misunderstood and distrusted breed, in my opinion, makes one of the best family pets around. I rehomed two Dobe pups from a local dog rescue centre at 6 weeks old. I read up on them and thought I knew what it was all about. Boy, was I in for a suprise! They will chew anything, eat anything and bite anything so they need 24/7/365 attention. When I say 24/7/365 I mean it. They eat anything and as much as you put in front of them as often as you want. You will NEVER run these dogs into the ground they will always come back for more. You have to understand the psychology of Dobes before deciding on one as a pet. Dobes were bred for personal protection by a German bailiff so that is their job and their mind. They will fight for you to the death without a hesitation, so be careful how you react to people when with them. Trust their sense of people when they come to your door, they are protecting you from whoever is outside. On two occaisons my dogs probably saved my life if only I knew it at the time. Treat these dogs with respect! They are very very inteligent and understand a lot more than we give them credit for. Challenge their minds with games for treats but do not tease them under any circumstances. Their tolerance for frustration is low and makes them very iritible. Make them a part of the family and they will protect all of you. If my wife goes out after dark or takes the kids to the park, she takes both dogs with her. Dogs are like people. Treat them right, give them what they need, love, understanding and attention and they will treat you right.
Well what can I say about Dobermans?...firstly before you buy one know yourself.....ensure that you really love dogs and you will take the time and effort needed to train these dogs....as I tell you they are very intelligent, possibly more intelligent than their owners in some cases. They need a good amount of excersise and shouldn't be cooped up all day when you are out working.....unless of course you enjoy coming home to your bed wripped apart and your door half eaten of the hinges....and beware of taking them out unleashed around food....as they have a tendency of helping themselves to it....without paying.....in the right hands you will not find a better dog, in the wrong hands well. So before you buy...get a book read and learn about them, speak to other doberman owners...and most of all love respect and care for your dog always...no matter what the breed...I'd say understand the doberman before you buy as they can be a handful