Owning a Doberman Pinscher requires a special set of skills. These intelligent and sensitive animals need an owner who is confident and experienced in training and leadership. Although some Dobermans are very gentle and loving, most are wary of strangers and protective of their family. Early and extensive socialization is essential to prevent shyness or aggression.
It's important to be aware that many Dobermans can become nervous and reactive to loud noises and fast movements that children can't help but make. It's heartbreaking to see a Doberman with such potential living a life of only walking around the block and being let out into the yard. Wobbler Syndrome, or CVI, is also more common in Dobermans than in other breeds. To give your Doberman the best life possible, it's important to provide them with activities that will challenge their athletic skills and intelligence.
Doberman Pinschers need to be walked briskly every day and allowed to run at full speed as often as possible. It's important to note that many affected Dobermans never experience any bleeding problems, but when it does occur, it can be serious. To learn more about the temperament, personality, training, behavior, pros and cons, tips and information about the Doberman Pinscher, read Michele Welton's books on dogs.