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If you see a “Beware of Dog,” sign, what dog do you instantly imagine being behind that fence? Chances are your mind is sobered up by the thought of a Doberman Pinscher. Bred to be lean, mean guard dogs, they will keep you and your family safe and frighten away annoying door to door salesmen. While they can be quite intimidating, some lines of the breed have been bred in recent decades to be calmer and gentler. Their sharp minds and loyal obedience make them easy to train.
Highly Intelligent: Doberman are considered one of the top five smartest dog breeds in the world. This intelligence means they’re easily trainable.
Loyal: These dogs are naturally incredibly loyal and will bond very well to a family unit. They do have a tendency to pick out one family member and bond exceptionally close to that one person, but they also love just being “part of the pack”
People Oriented: Doberman Pinschers are very in-tune with people and will look you directly in the eyes while you’re speaking to them. They’re often called “velcro dogs” because they’ll stick to your side at all times..
Loving and Affectionate: The modern-day Doberman can be just as loving and affectionate as any lap dog. Be prepared for your 90-pound Doberman to climb up in your lap at every opportunity and beg you to be let up on your bed with you at night.
Dobermans are generally great with kids that they’re raised with. They are great at being gentle and tolerant of young kids and babies. They can also be great with all kids if they are socialized from an early age. `Kids love affection. They love to give it, and receive it. Dobermans were bred to be very people-oriented which has a side effect of producing a dog that loves affection. Cuddling, endless petting, and kisses in the face are all greatly appreciated by these dogs. In fact, you might find your Dobbie demanding affection too often. Turn them loose on your kids and they’ll get all the affection they can handle.
Whether it’s kids, other dogs, or other types of pets, the running theme here is that early socialization is key. When a Doberman is a young puppy, they’re curious about everything. Introducing them to as many situations, people, and other animals as possible will help to ensure they become well-rounded adults.
While good training is important for all canines, it's especially important for your puppy. He's a big, strong boy, and needs to know right from wrong. He'll probably excel in puppy obedience training, because he's smart, learns quickly and wants to please you. Dobermans have a reputation for not just picking up training quickly but retaining it. That means he should easily learn housebreaking if taught correctly and consistently.
Common Health Concerns in Doberman Pinschers
VON WILLEBRAND'S DISEASE, also called vWD, is an inherited blood clotting disorder. It's the result of an insufficient amount of von Willebrand factor (vWF), which is a plasma protein that helps blood to clot. vWD can result in excessive, serious bleeding. It is autosomally inherited so it can and should be tested for.
HIP DYSPLASIA is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints. It is a genetic (Polygenic) trait that is affected by environmental factors. The Doberman, being an athletic-active-large enough-size-breed with hip dysplasia too common of an occurrence, needs screened for this condition.
HYPOTHYROIDISM - Hypothyroidism is the state of having low levels of thyroid hormone. It is diagnosed when thyroid hormone levels are abnormally low in the blood leading to signs of disease resulting from this deficit. Low thyroid hormone levels cause long-term problems (chronic) rather than sudden (acute) disease. Typically a hypothyroid dog is lethargic, reluctant to exercise, shows weight gain and has skin problems. There can also be disease consequences in the nervous system, circulation and eyes.
DILATED CARDIOMYOPATHY - or DCM is a condition in which the heart becomes weakened and enlarged. As a result, the heart cannot pump enough blood to the rest of the body. Depending on the where the statistics are from, researchers say there is a 40-50% occurrence in Dobermans. Regardless, it is the #1 killer of this breed. Tests available will confirm the disease but will not guarantee it won't develop in the future.
Z-FACTOR - Z factor is the term used to indicate that that dog is descended from an particular dog who had a genetic mutation that causes albinism. They suffer from significant health issues that are common to albinism: photophobia/photosensitivity (abnormal intolerance to light), skin cancer and tumors.
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