Is a Dobermann the Right Breed For Me?

Dobermanns make a wonderful pal and protector for children, an obedient companion and loyal friend, and a loving member of the household. Unfortunately, not every person has the time or commitment necessary to properly teach the very intelligent Dobermann what is expected and required of him. There are many things to carefully consider before choosing a Dobermann as the breed for you.
Owning any dog requires a lengthy time commitment. A dog is for life, not just until it is inconvenient. Whether your Dobe is a puppy purchased from a breeder or a mature adult from a rescue, there will be many learning experiences and obstacles to go through in the course of ownership.

Dobermanns require firm yet loving training and guidance. Many Dobermanns have dominant personalities and will try to "boss" around a permissive owner. To own a Dobermann you must be one step tougher and smarter than your pet. Do not equate tough with harsh or abusive. Harsh owners need to look for another breed because Dobes are very sensitive and will not deal well with rough treatment. Abusive treatment will quickly result in a Dobermann with a broken spirit and, quite often, aggressive temperament.

If you want a dog always on the go, look no further. Dobes are generally very active dogs that need something to do. Keeping our pets mentally stimulated is always a challenge. Dobes do best if they have a job to perform. Basic obedience training, at the very least, is mandatory for every Dobermann. Training assists owners in being "alpha" to their dogs. All dogs think in pack terms and need an "alpha" figure to guide them and provide discipline. Discipline does not mean punishment. Disciplining is providing firm and nurturing guidance, which all animals need.

If you are looking for an outdoor pet, do not consider a Dobermann. A Dobermann wants nothing more than to be a member of your family. He will not be satisfied with an occasional pat and kind word. He will demand and thrive on consistent attention on a daily basis.
If you travel quite a bit and plan on boarding your Dobe often, please consider that being kenneled will stress some Dobermanns. Most owners will need to board their dogs on occasion, a frequent traveler is best advised to consider a different breed, or make different arrangements, such as leaving the dog with family.

If you want a dog that that is very exuberant and affectionate with every person he meets then you would do better with a Golden Retriever or Collie. A Dobermann is loving and affectionate with his family and close friends but is somewhat aloof and distant towards strangers and mere acquaintances. In fact, the breed standard calls for an aloof and reserved manner.

Before deciding that the Dobermann is definitely the breed for you, watch a dog show or two, meet Dobermanns and their owners, and ask a lot of questions.

Please, don’t get a Dobermann puppy from a person that advertises puppies in the newspaper for a low price. You may think you are getting a deal, but in reality all you are getting is heartache. These people generally don’t worry about genetic or health problems that exist with any breed of dog, and many times they do not care. They just want to make money. They will sell a puppy to anyone who has the money without checking to see that the puppy is going to a good home. They will not be able to help you with questions you will have because they do not have answers and often do not care. Do not buy a puppy from a “commercial breeder”, not even if they claim their puppies are "home/family raised", or from a pet shop because these places are puppy mills. The parents of puppies like this are often kept in small cages and given minimal or no health care. They are bred year after year until their poor misused bodies can no longer produce, and then they are destroyed. If you decide a Dobermann is for you, please make a responsible choice.

Dobes are very loving, intelligent pets. They usually follow you wherever you go, somewhat like a shadow. They do everything with a bit of extra flair. They will offer you endless love and devotion for their whole lives. When their time comes to go, they will not worry about themselves but will spend their last minute of life reassuring you that everything will be okay. We have found that the worst part of owning a Dobermann is that their life-span is so much shorter than our.