Basic Care

In a summary, a Doberman needs to live with his family INSIDE the home—interacting and living next to and with all the family members.   He is NOT AN OUTSIDE DOG under ANY circumstances!   He must be a family companion and protector in the home WITH the family.   Did I say INSIDE the home with the family?  Just wanting to make the point that the Doberman is not for outside living. a warm, safe, dry, comfortable place to live, including an extra large dog crate/kennel for training, housebreaking and when left alone. Blankets/comforters or other soft suitable material for the dog to rest/lay on is necessary to prevent sores/pressure sores/elbow and joint swellings.——Premium or Super Premium food—excellent quality dog food for the   Dobermans life time is critical.  Dogs are carnivores and require high   quality meal in their diet.   Premium foods that contain  large amounts of   good meats is necessary for good health.  These type foods are usually not   found on the grocery store shelves, although Purina One and IAMS and   Pedigree are available if you cannot find a specialty store that carries a   big array of dog foods.  WATER is essential at all times.  Most people feed   their dogs once or twice a day, depending on their schedules.   Feeding   routines are flexible—just like our schedules.

——Kind discipline, training and Obedience make for a wonderful and happy   pet.   The Doberman needs training to know what he can and can’t do in the   home, around people and outside interacting with the world.  They are   intelligent and are easily trained and a joy to live with when properly   taught—-but they can be pushy, destructive and a real renegade if not   managed and trained.   They are truly like a child—in the respect that  it   is up to you, the owner, to see to it that they are not allowed to become   unruly.   They can be a problem if not trained, as can ANY highly   intelligent guard breed.

—–quality Veterinary care.  SPAYING AND NEUTERING IS   **ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY**    Intact dogs of ANY BREED are susceptible to many   diseases, conditions and especially CANCERS of all kinds involving the   Reproductive System.   PROSTATE disease is extremely common in male   Dobermans and the remedy is neutering anyway, so it will save your beloved   pet many painful episodes with his health.   Mammary Cancer is very common   in females, but even more so in females that are not spayed.   So for your   Doberman’s good health—-*SPAY AND NEUTER*.   It will NOT make them fat   and lazy—that’s a MYTH!!!   Vaccinations, boosters, worming, HEARTWORM   testing and preventative, flea & tick medications, health testing such as   Thyroid, vWD and heart checks all are helpful in keeping your Doberman   healthy and free from disease.

——-they need care to keep them clean and healthy.   The teeth need to be   examined and cleaned if necessary.   The toenails need to be Dremeled or   Clipped when needed—usually once or twice a month.

The coat needs to be examined and the Doberman bathed when   needed.

The ears should be wiped out with a little “baby oil” and a paper towel and   the over all condition of the coat and body should be looked at every day   for anything suspicious.

—–they need exercise for good health and to release penned up energy.   This makes for a happy and well adjusted Doberman.   They are a very high   energy breed and need to be active and allowed to exercise and play.   A   large FENCED YARD is critical to the well being of your Doberman.   No   matter how well trained your Doberman is, they are still DOGS with instincts   that often over-ride their training.   When they see a “rabbit” or something   that catches their attention, they can put themselves in the pathway of   danger, like a car, with horrible consequences.  DON’T GET A DOBERMAN   WITHOUT A FENCED YARD.  Most reputable breeders will NOT sell a puppy if you   do not have the yard fenced.

—–Dobermans need the love, respect and interaction with their family to   be truly happy dogs.   The breed is one that was “MADE” specifically to live with and be with the family.   He is their protector and living with his   family makes him MORE loyal and protective and ready to come to your rescue.   He cannot live in the basement, garage, yard, kennel or any other isolated   place away from his *PEOPLE*.   The Doberman needs love and touching and   your hand on his head or a pat on his side.   He will NEVER be the dog he   can be unless you let him be with you and let him love you back.  Love him,   take care of him, train him and let  him know what you want him to do—-he   will be the dog of a lifetime—-the dog only a Doberman can be.

submitted by Theresa Mullen DPCA Public Education Committee


Published with DPCA Education Committee approval