Is a Doberman the Right Breed for Me
Doberman Pinschers can make very devoted and loyal companions if one
is willing to put time and effort into the training and socialization
of a Dobe. With a firm and loving owner, a Doberman will make a
wonderful pal and protector for children, an obedient companion and
loyal friend, and a loving member of the household. Unfortunately, not
every person has the time or commitment necessary to properly teach
the very intelligent Doberman what is expected and required of him.
There are many things to carefully consider before choosing a Doberman
as the breed for you.
Owning a Doberman, or any dog, requires a
lengthy time commitment. A dog is for life, not just until it is
inconvenient. Whether your Dobe is a puppy purchased from a breeder or
a mature adult from a rescue or SPCA, there will be many learning
experiences and obstacles to go through in the course of ownership.
Dobermans require firm yet loving
training and guidance. Many Dobermans have dominant personalities and
will try to "boss" around a permissive owner. To own a Doberman you
must be one step tougher and smarter than your pet. Do not equate
tough with harsh or abusive. Harsh owners need to look for another
breed because Dobes are very sensitive and will not deal well with
rough treatment. Abusive treatment will quickly result in a Doberman
with a broken spirit and, quite often, aggressive temperament.
If you want a dog always on the go, look
no further. Dobes are generally very active dogs that need something
to do. Keeping our pets mentally stimulated is always a challenge.
Dobes do best if they have a job to perform. Many Dobermans and owners
excel at Obedience competition, Tracking events, and Agility training.
Basic obedience training, at the very least, is mandatory for every
Doberman Pinscher. Training assists owners in being "alpha" to their
dogs. All dogs think in pack terms and need an "alpha" figure to guide
them and provide discipline. Discipline does not mean punishment.
Disciplining is providing firm and nurturing guidance, which all
If you are looking for an outdoor pet, do
not consider a Doberman. When tied with a chain to a dog box, Dobes
become surly and bored. A Doberman wants nothing more than to be a
member of your family. He will not be satisfied with an occasional pat
and kind word. He will demand and thrive on consistent attention on a
Is your lifestyle one that will permit a
goodly amount of time spent at home? If you travel quite a bit and
plan on boarding your Dobe often, please consider that being kenneled
will easily stress some Dobermans. Your Dobe may not eat while boarded
and lose weight. While most owners board their dogs on occasion, a
frequent traveler is best advised to consider a different breed, or
make different arrangements, such as leaving the dog with family. It
may also be difficult to have a friend come into your home to care for
your Doberman if you are not home. Dobes tend to be very protective of
their house and may not allow anyone in. A trial run before leaving is
an excellent idea.
Do you want a dog that that is very
exuberant and affectionate with every person he meets? If that is the
type of dog you prefer, you would be smart to research a Golden
Retriever or Collie. A Doberman is loving and affectionate with his
family and close friends but is somewhat aloof and distant towards
strangers and mere acquaintances. In fact, the breed standard calls
for an aloof and reserved manner.
Before deciding that a Doberman is
definitely the breed for you, attend a dog show or two, meet Dobermans
and their owners, attend a local club meeting, and ask a lot of
questions. When you are positive that you want a Dobe, contact a good
breeder or rescue group for a referral. The AKC has a wonderful
breeder referral line that will assist you in contacting breeders.
Please, do not get a Doberman puppy from
a person that advertises puppies in the newspaper for a couple hundred
dollars. You may think you are getting a deal, but in reality all you
are getting is heartache. These people do not know about genetic or
health problems that exist with any breed of dog, and many times they
do not care. They want to make money. They will sell a puppy to anyone
who has the money without checking to see that the puppy is going to a
good home. They will not be able to help you with questions you will
have because they do not have answers and often do not care. Do not
buy a puppy from the commercial breeder, not even if they claim their
puppies are "home/family raised", or pet store because these places
are puppy mills. The parents of puppies like this are kept in small
cages and given minimal or no health care. They are bred year after
year until their poor misused bodies can no longer produce, then they
are destroyed. If you decide a Doberman is for you, please make a
Dobes are very loving, intelligent pets.
They are termed "Velcro" dogs because where you go, they are attached
to you like they were Velcro'd fast. Dobermans are termed, by many, as
"the Cadillac of dogs". They do everything with a bit of extra flair.
They will offer you unbound love and devotion for their every minute
in this world. When their time comes to go, they will not worry about
themselves but will spend their last minute of life reassuring you
that everything will be okay. I have found that the only bad part
about owning a Doberman is that their lifespan is so much shorter than
To find a Doberman, or any pet, in
your area check
http://www.petfinder.org/ Select the type
of Pet you are looking for and breed of pet you are looking for.
Then the location you are looking for and you will see a list of that
pet available in your area. If a pet is
listed under the DPCM club, and you are interested, please select the
adoption application form below and follow its directions.