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Staci is a writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. When not writing, she spends most of her time trying to keep up with her four rescue cats and Australian shepherd puppy.
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Doberman Puppies

Staci
Aug 11 ·
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Doberman puppies are hugely popular because as grown adults, Dobermans make great companions. People often get them because they’re intimidating too, so they’re good protection when out walking your dog or home alone.

Before deciding to get a Doberman puppy, however, you should do your research and make sure the breed for you. Every breed has its own advantages and challenges, and a dog is for life! Be completely sure before you commit.

Where To Get Doberman Puppies

Due to their popularity, it’s difficult to find a Doberman puppy in a shelter, which is sad news for those who really want to adopt. You might find an older dog or a mixed breed, but if you want a Doberman puppy to raise, you should find a reputable breeder.

Ethical vs. Backyard

Many people aren’t sure how to spot a backyard breeder vs. an ethical one, and others simply don’t care about the difference because they don’t see why they should. There are, however, many reasons to go to a good breeder over a backyard one or a puppy mill.

Backyard breeders have the following red flags:

  • No socialization done, so puppies don’t have a good temperament
  • Parents weren’t health checked, so could be prone to genetic diseases, and those veterinary bills will cost more than a puppy from a good breeder would have in the first place
  • Shots not up to date so they might have caught something
  • Raised in a poor environment, so breeder wants to meet in a neutral location
  • No papers provided
  • No spay/neuter contract, meaning people could abandon puppies at the shelter

An ethical breeder will be able to provide you with registered dogs who have been health checked and have great temperaments. They’ll be open to any questions you have and will do their best to match you with a puppy that actually suits your lifestyle. Via Dostberman

The Cost

From a good breeder, a Doberman puppy is likely to cost up to $2500. If the breeder is selling puppies for any less than $1000, it’s likely a red flag.

Tail Docking And Ear Cropping

Some breeders dock the tails and crop the ears of Dobermans, whereas others don’t. Should you go for a puppy who’s had these elective surgeries?

Breeders dock tails partly because it’s the breed standard, and partly because Dobermans have thin tails that can be prone to breaking. Ultimately, tail docking is up to you and the breeder. Ask the advice of a trusted veterinarian, and decide if you think it’s necessary.

Ear cropping, however, has no benefits except to make the dog look more intimidating and there is little physical reason to do this. This is Di…

Appearance And Temperament

Dobermans are large dogs that come in a variety of colors and have naturally floppy ears. They’re very muscular, and people are often intimidated by them.

Although they are intelligent and fearless, there’s no need for them to be daunting to you if you’re their owner. If you treat this dog well, they’re unwaveringly loyal and will protect you in any situation. They’re very alert, which is why people tend to use them as guard dogs.

Training

As with any dog, you should only use positive reinforcement with a Doberman puppy. Anything else is not only ineffective in the long run, but it will ruin your bond with your dog. Use a gentle leader instead of a prong collar, and positive reinforcement instead of punishing bad behavior.

You should also socialize your dog from a young age and make sure they’re exposed to a variety of different sights and sounds. Although they do make excellent guard dogs, their alertness can become a problem around strangers, so you want to make sure they have lots of good experiences with people and generally see new people as a positive thing. This is Bruce…

Doberman Puppies – Diet

Diet is a controversial topic among dog owners when it comes to raw food vs. kibble, but either is fine if you do your research. If you feed raw, make sure it has everything your dog needs and is preferably prepared by an expert or subscription service.

When it comes to any dog’s dry food, you need to look at the ingredients. Don’t pick the cheapest food without thinking — look at the reviews and make sure it has all the nutrients your dog needs, because some foods have fillers. Never feed your dog a purely grain-free diet unless they’re allergic to grains, as it is linked to heart disease in dogs.

Grooming

A Doberman’s short coat makes their veterinary needs relatively low. They need their ears cleaned and nails trimmed, and you can use a Dremel or clipper for the latter. Make sure you expose them to the tool early so they’re used to it, and provide lots of treats so they see nail care as a good thing!

Veterinary Needs

Like every puppy, Dobermans will need a series of shots to protect them against nasty diseases that your puppy can pick up from other dogs. Your vet will give them these shots until they’re around sixteen to eighteen weeks old, and will finish off with a rabies shot. There are also optional shots for kennel cough, canine influenza, etc.

They’ll then need check-ups once a year. Like most purebred dogs, they are prone to some health problems, such as hip dysplasia. When picking a pet insurance policy, you should make sure it covers this, as some don’t and you don’t want to be stuck with those bills!

So, if you’ve decided on a Doberman puppy, congratulations! These guard dogs will provide you with a great companion who will go out of their way to protect you.

Doberman Puppies – Photos

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Doberman puppies really are the cutest.

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Staci
Staci is a writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. When not writing, she spends most of her time trying to keep up with her four rescue cats and Australian shepherd puppy.
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