The Doberman Pinscher can be traced back to 19th century Germany, where the animal was bred as a police dog by Herr Louis Dobermann. Dobermann was a policeman and a tax collector and needed a loyal, obedient and most of all a protective dog to accompany him on his rounds. Various breeds were used to create the Doberman Pinscher of today including the German Pinscher, Rottweiler and German Shorthaired Pointer. This breed represented intelligence, bravery, loyalty, stamina and protectiveness and was the perfect type of animal to accompany Herr Louis Dobermann.
The Doberman Pinscher that we all know and love today is a mellowed animal that has lost some of its fierceness and has now become a valuable member of the family. The breed of today is capable of showing affection and great gentleness. It is also an animal that enjoys being around children and other animals in the home. Whilst most Doberman Pinschers get on well with other dogs if introduced properly, most do not like cats.
The Doberman Pinscher is a fearless creature who creates an intense attachment to their family which can make them distrustful of outsiders. This attribute makes the breed an excellent guard dog as they will protect their family and home from anything that appears threatening. Due to this protective nature, socialization of this breed is essential. If you own a Doberman Pinscher you need to make sure that you introduce it to visitors where possible, make sure that it is familiar with other pets and that you warn strangers of its existence before they enter your property if necessary.
As Doberman Pinschers can be very strong-willed and dominant it is important that they have an owner that can earn their respect and has the time to spend on firm and consistent dog training from an early age. They also feed off love and attention so it is important that whilst you are firm you are also loving and attentive.
The Doberman Pinscher can be quite a jealous breed of dog therefore it is important to have enough time and dedication to show your dog all the love and attention it deserves. Your Doberman will only properly feel content if it is at the center of your life. That being said, this dog is not for everyone as it does require a lot of time, effort and training. If you have the time and dedication then the Doberman Pinscher will reward you in its own unique way with endless amounts of love and loyalty.
A common misconception of the Doberman Pinscher is that it can be kept solely for the purpose of being a yard dog or guard dog. Yes, the dog will protect you from threats if it has formed a close attachment with you but it will not just simply be a guard dog without any treatment. You cannot expect to get a Doberman, put it in a yard and have it protect you just because of its breed. You need to earn loyalty and devotion from your pet before it will defend and you can only do this through training and spending time with it. To leave a Doberman in a yard and expect it to protect you is simply cruel.
Your Doberman Pinscher is a high energy dog that needs daily off the lead exercise. Regular exercise can help with behavioral issues as well keeping the dog happy and healthy. If you do not spend enough time with your Doberman or never exercise it, you run the risk of it turning aggressive through boredom. Try using dog treats for exercise motivation.
Before going ahead with the decision to take on a Doberman you need to be aware that this breed has a huge appetite for dog food and it will cost you a lot of money to feed it. As the dog can grow up to 40kg can eat up to 600gms of meat, 300gms of vegetables and 300gms of rice everyday!
The Doberman Pinscher is not a dog for everyone, but if you are made of the right stuff your pet will reward your dedication with unconditional love and loyalty every day.
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