The Doberman Pinscher shows elegance and loyalty, well known for their strength and how they protect owners. They’ve been around since the late 19th century has become one of the most popular dog breeds in America. And if you’re planning to get one, you need to know what it’s like living with a Doberman first!
Remember, just because they’re a well-known breed doesn’t mean that they’re meant for ALL types of fur parents! With that being said, what’s to expect from the Doberman and how will you know if they’re good for you? Read on as I show you what they’re like to be with to see if they’re the right pets for your home.
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Living With a Doberman
Like mentioned, the Doberman has been around since the 19th century, bred by Louis Doberman. The tax collector and night watchman bred the dog to keep him company and guard him throughout the night. The Doberman is a mix of different security dogs, such as the German Shepherd, Rottweiler, Great Dane, Manchester Terrier, and most likely the Weimereiner.
With this mix, a protective guard dog’s born, which is the reason why people presume the breed’s vicious! Because of the slightly negative image, breeders have blunted out the very protective temperament of a Doberman, making them friendlier. So you can expect them to still have the protective traits, though less of the aggression if they come by a stranger.
Now you know the breed’s history, here’s a quick guide on living with a Doberman:
Temperament and Intelligence
The Doberman is popular for how intelligent they are, making them easier to train. However, they’ll require a firm owner who can assert themselves as pack leaders. This is to prevent them from not following their owner’s commands and orders.
Besides this, the dog breed’s very energetic with the muscular and medium-sized build, requiring a TON of activity and playtime to spend their energy wisely. Because of that, they’ll require more space to run and play while not with their owners. With their energetic demeanor, a Doberman should never stay penned in kennels or cages. Rather, they should be allowed indoors and receive a lot of attention!
Dobermans also require a lot of training, teaching them obedience to let them know who’s boss. Showing them the basic commands and having them know what’s right and wrong behavior is a good start. It’s best to train them daily and in short sessions to ensure they follow through with their lessons.
Socialization and Training
Doberman Pinschers are actually called “Velcro dogs” because of the way they really stick with their owners! They love staying near their owners, and their favorite thing is having their head rubbed or scratches.
With that being said, is the Doberman safe for a family? Just like most dogs, they like being close with their families, showing both loyalty and trustworthiness, so yes!
Because of this, you can expect the Doberman to be a lovely companion for the entire family, including children. As long as they have been introduced to humans and animals at an early age, they won’t have any trouble with socialization. Make sure that you also train them the proper skills to avoid aggression when they meet new and strange people or animals.
Diet and Exercise
Because a Doberman Pinscher is highly energetic, you may need to feed them more according to their exercise. They need to have more opportunities to exercise as bigger and more active dogs. This helps them maintain a healthier weight and body size.
Besides feeding them nutritious dog food, take them out on long daily walks and play dates in dog parks. They don’t need any special dog food unless specified by your doctor.
Fortunately, grooming a Doberman is fairly easy because of their shorter coat. All you need to do is to brush their coat once a week, then wipe it down with damp washcloths if they’re dirty. You don’t need to bathe them every day, once a month or less with high-quality dog shampoo is enough.
Furthermore, you should trim their nails and clean their ears regularly. They don’t require as much grooming nor do they shed a lot, so it’s not a huge worry for first-time pet owners.
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Wrapping It Up
Doberman Pinschers are strong yet affectionate dogs that deserve love, too. Just like all dogs, they require a combination of love, training, food, and exercise, as well as grooming and other needs. With a balance of all these factors, you’ll be living with a Doberman who’ll show you love and protection for life!
Hopefully, this article on living with a Doberman helped you know what to expect. So don’t wait any longer and if they’re the right breed for you, look into getting one now!