Updated: Jul 12, 2019
Tim and I currently have two Dobermans, Blaze (10 years old, black) and Liar (7 years old, red) and we adore them! The one thing I’ve found over the years is that sadly, this breed seems to be so misrepresented. People see the Doberman and assume by a glance what this dog “is”.
I’ve been in a Facebook group specifically for Dobermans that has currently almost 37,000 members from across the globe for sometime now and I wanted to give a “pictorial” of sorts to explain our breed of choice. I made the mistake (insert sarcasm here) of asking people in that group to submit their favorite Doberman pictures and well, HOLY SMOKES DID I GET PICTURES!!!
What I thought this blog would be and what it’s grown into are two different things and I`ve truly loved every minute of it! Simply, hundreds of amazing pictures were submitted and I’ve struggled greatly in choosing “the faces” to represent this breed. Please enjoy the collages I`ve compiled but I also ask you, please don't ever judge our breed on one picture, one newspaper headline, or one bad experience as this breed is amazing! It is obvious to me, they are also adored by many different people from many walks of life across our globe.
The Doberman Pinscher is considered to be a medium-large breed of domestic dog that was originally developed around 1890 by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, a tax collector from Germany. Due to their body proportion and size, they prove to be incredibly agile, flexible and ideally, they have an even and graceful gait. Traditionally, the ears are cropped and the tail is docked. However, in some countries, it is illegal to do so now and some others just opt not to crop or dock. Whatever the choice, they are undeniably a beautiful dog.
Dobermans are known to be intelligent, alert, and tenaciously loyal companions and guard dogs. Personality varies a great deal between each individual. Some will prove to be quite serious in nature but many seem to carry the "comedic gene" and can be incredibly lighthearted. If taken care of and trained properly, they are generally considered to be loving and devoted companions.
The Doberman is driven, strong, and sometimes stubborn. Owning one requires commitment and care. With a consistent approach, they can be easy to train and will learn very quickly.
Dogs With Jobs : The Doberman has proven to be successfully trained in working with police, military, for private protection or as service dogs for private people and most importantly, our best friends.
Where the Doberman is well know for it's versatile work-ability, it is just as well known for it's rambunctious play!
After their hard day`s work is done and their full time commitment to us of supplying us with endless hours of entertainment is complete, comes their much needed downtime.
Across the globe, where some colours are more `traditional`, Dobermans can be found in a variety of colors both from Reputable Breeders as well as Reputable Rescues.
For those of us who have Dobermans, there is typically a bond found that can not be explained.
Words that describe them : Loyal, Intelligent, Comedians, Troublemakers, Land Sharks (constantly on the move), Velcro Dogs (always wanting to be by your side, or even on top of you!). The bond is of true companionship!
Sadly, there is no canine out there, purebred or cross that can be guaranteed 100% healthy or without disease. Depending on what site you refer to, the longevity of our Doberman is said to be anywhere from 7 -13 years. While Reputable Breeders work diligently with health testing to improve the health and longevity of our beloved breed, one must be made aware of the following health conditions that have been identified in the Doberman Pinscher.
These conditions include; Hypothyroidism (identified with a test), Cardiomyopathy (test for genetic marker), Hip Displasia (xrays), vWd – Von Willebrand’s Disease (identified with a test), Wobbler’s Syndrome (symptoms and test), PRA – Progressive Retinal Atrophy (identified with a test).
It is VERY important to know the status of any dogs chosen for breeding BEFORE hand. Whether you get your Doberman from a Reputable Breeder or Reputable Rescue, please educate yourself on these potential issues and discuss openly with your vet.
Please take a precious moment of time and enjoy our Seniors!
It`s hard to believe as the years go by, it all started with that first day, sometimes as a new Rescue has graced our life or from that moment that we pick out that cutie-pa-tootie high energy bundle of joy!
If you’ve recently made the decision to add a Doberman puppy to your family, please do your due diligence in breeders. As was stated in the above section of Seniors, heath testing should be done on both the sire and dame to increase your chances in having a happy and healthy puppy!
When getting your puppy, please know that it is crucial that your puppy be properly socialized and weaned from it’s mother. Puppies should stay with their breeders until approximately 10 weeks of age to insure a proper transformation from birth to new home.
Many have recommended against getting siblings from a litter as this can lead to training issues. I have to be honest, I can’t imagine having two Doberman puppies at the same time as they are a very inquisitive and “busy breed” which do require a lot of attention. I always personally found it easier to train one puppy at a time so as I could dedicate myself to them specifically and individually.
Also know that many Reputable breeders choose to crop and dock their puppies where allowed, discuss this with your breeder as typically this will be done before the puppy goes home to you.
Know that if you do your due diligence and choose a Reputable Breeder, you will gain a lifetime support system as the puppy they choose for you may physically leave their home but never their heart!
As I said before, this blog started as something simple and grew into the many faces of the Doberman.
I`m quite certain I will be adding to this blog as time goes by so feel free to continue to email me more Doberman pictures.
Thanks goes to everyone who supplied me with pictures of their amazing Dobermans! I truly enjoyed this!
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