Dog Breeds: The Doberman Pinscher

September 26, 2011 by  
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Doberman Pinscher

Are you looking for a dog that will not only make a good companion but a good working dog for your property? You may have to look no further than a Doberman Pinscher. Keep reading and find out more.

History

The Doberman breed was developed in Germany in the later 1800s by a man named Louis Dobermann. An all-purpose dog, it was tasked to do everything from standing guard to chasing vermin to herding sheep. In the United States, this dog is an official combat dog of the marine corps.

Since that time, they have been used in physical positions due to their elegant lines and muscular build. With a face to match, they are fierce in dangerous situations, protecting their families and property.

Temperament

Even with the countenance of a hardened soldier, Doberman Pinschers are loyal and devoted to their owners. This dog is courageous, resourceful and quite intelligent. They work well with a single owner but also thrive in a family setting. It is not uncommon for the Doberman to become closer to one family member than the others.

This breed does best when alone as far as other pets are concerned. They do not get along well with other animals in the home setting. As for children, older children who are respectful and well-behaved make good companions for the Doberman. Constant attention is important as they don’t do well if they are left alone for long periods of time without contact with their owners.

Care

Good news for owners: Doberman Pinscher breeds require very little grooming. Their hair is short and close to the skin. usually just a wipe with a damp cloth every once in a while will manage their coats. Speaking of coats, most are black and shiny with brown, red, blue or black patches above the eyes, on the muzzle, neck, legs and under the tail.

To keep your Doberman in tiptop shape, here are a few tips. Cut and trim nails regularly to keep them short. If he requires a bath, use dry shampooing for odors and a wet bath if he is visibly soiled. Dobermans are prone to a few diseases to watch out for: Wobbler syndrome, von Willebrand’s disease, congenital heart conditions, bloating and hip dysplasia.

Training

When it comes to training this dog needs a firm, but fair, hand. Bullying them to get them to obey doesn’t work. Try positive reinforcement. From the time they are pups, a dominant owner can train their Doberman to be fierce, well-mannered and obedient. Without it, they can become shy and timid, not good combinations for guard dogs.

A Doberman Pinscher could be in your future if his characteristics fit the bill for you. Hopefully, this information will help you make an informed decision. For more information on the Doberman Pinscher, check out Animal-World’s Doberman Pinscher page!

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