Dobermans need to be raised as part of the family, not as outside dogs or guard dogs.
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This page is a collection of questions and answers that have been submitted to me off my guest book, These answers are the opinions of Akolade Dobermans based on what "WE" have experienced.
Q: My puppy is all
of a sudden afraid of new things, what am I doing wrong?
A: Actually your puppy will go through many stages of growth and development, it is important to understand these stages and react to your puppy properly. Please take the time to read this "Puppy Development Article". It is very important that you continually socialize your puppy until they
reach adulthood, this will set a good foundation for a confident well adjusted adult dog.
Q: When someone 'attacks' a doberman (like hits it) will the dobe will fight (bite) back, even if it's the owner?
A: If an owner continually BEATS his dog (dobe or any other breed) I think the dog with eventually defend itself and fight back. As with people, dogs have different tolerance barriers...some dogs may take abuse forever...some may fight back after the first blow. My advice is to NEVER hit your dog!!
a doberman is raised with children, they should be able to be trusted with
your children. OF course your children should be taught how to respect
the dog as well. An older dog that has not been raised with children should
not be trusted with children. Also temperment of the individual dog should
be taken into consideration.
young doberman brought into the house is likely to adapt to whatever animals
you have, but other animals brought into a house with an existing doberman
COULD be a problem, again this depends on the temperament of the individual
dog. Males tend NOT to be good with other male dogs, no matter what the
were bred to be watch dogs, and most dobermans will have the natural instinct
to bark at strangers and protect "Their" property. Sadly there are some
poorly bred dobes that may have lost this instinct. It is best to
talk to breeders about their dogs and even visit a breeders house to see
how the dogs act. A doberman should allow you to enter the house at the
owners request, but should alert the owner of your arrival and protect
her if needed.
Q: How do I know if a Doberman is the breed for me?
The Doberman is a highly active dog that will need a lot of exercise and training
time in order to be a good pet. Dobermans are very intelligent and need
training to use it wisely. You should start classes for socialization
and training as early as 12 weeks. A Doberman is often referred to as a
"Velcro" dog, and most prefer to be with you at all times...even in the
bathroom. It is important that you want a dog that is this much a part
of your life. A Doberman should be raised as part of the family and not
tied to a tree out back or left in the yard all day. Dobermans have short coats
and do not do well in cold climates for long periods of time.
this does not mean a Doberman is not for you, but it does mean much more of
a commitment on your part to insure the dog gets the exercise he will need
to be healthy and happy.
This is an urban legend that has been around for many years. I have talked
to many breeders, even some that have been doing this as long as 40 years,
not one of them has ever been bitten by one of their dogs.
The best advice I have for this is to contact the AKC or
DPCA and try
to get information about local Dobermans clubs, they should be able to
refer you to breeders....Do keep in mind that this does NOT insure a good
breeder, you still have to ask questions and visit if you can...if you
can not visit, ask for references.
on the crop, it could take weeks or months. I have had some ears stand
in 8 weeks and others it took 12 months. The most important thing is NOT
to give up. If you take the ears down and they fall, TAPE them up again!!
Also, ears should be taken down, cleaned, aired, and put back up
within a few hours unless there is a good chance the ears will stand. Taking
ears down and leaving them floppy for a day or two at a time will get you
NOT!! Color has no bearing on the temperment, the main factor in temperment
is the breeding behind a Doberman and by how a puppy is raised.
are bred as a medium size dog . Breeders who are advertising "King" size
dobermans are not breeding true to the standard and clearly are not concerned
about the preservation of our breed. Dobermans were bred as working dogs and
have much agility, as you raise the size you lose both the agility and
function of the dog. The Doberman standard states Dogs should be 26 to
28 inches tall, 27 1/2 being ideal-Bitches 24 to 26 inches tall 25 1/2
being ideal. If you would like a "A Large Or King" size dog, I suggest
you go with one of the "larger" breeds.
are really no White dobermans, They are actually albino's! There is a lot of information
on the Web about white dobes...but a good page for information is The DPCA's
"What is an Albino" . The DPCA is also running a "Operation White Out"
campaign to try and reduce the terrible exploitation of these animals.
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