Originally bred as a fearless guarding dog, the Doberman Pinscher is also know to be an excellent pet dog as long as its owner is prepared to devote enough time and energy to its training. The Doberman Pinscher is commonly used as a guard dog, watch dog and police dog, and also has a history in the military. It has tons of energy and needs plenty of exercise to stay happy and healthy. In many countries, the Doberman Pinscher is known simply as Doberman or Dobermann. When it comes to coat maintenance, the amount of required Doberman Pinscher dog care is very low. Brushing or wiping the coat with a damp cloth once in a while is enough, and this breed is also known to shed very little. The nails should be trimmed every 2-3 weeks.
Providing your dog with large amounts of exercise is an essential part of Doberman Pinscher dog care since this breed will suffer physically as well as mentally if forced to a sedentary life style. You should also give your dogs plenty of safe toys; preferably extra-strong ones that can handle Doberman chewing.
The Doberman Pinscher dog puppy is a charming creature, but before you decide to get one for your own you should ask yourself if you are both willing and able to care for a new family member for the next decade or even longer. Will you be able to devote sufficient amounts of time, energy and money to your Doberman Pinscher dog puppy and the adult dog that it will soon become? You should also ask yourself if the Doberman Pinscher is the perfect breed for you. Getting a Doberman Pinscher dog puppy is a good idea if you want to spend a lot of time training your dog, and if you have enough knowledge and endurance to train this energetic and protective breed. A lot of Dobermans end up in shelters or are put to sleep each year since people purchase Doberman Pinscher puppies and then refrain from training them in a responsible manner.
With proper Doberman Pinscher dog training and socialization, a well-bred Doberman Pinscher is an excellent guard dog as well as pet dog and is an excellent choice even for families with pets and young children. Since the Doberman Pinscher was bred to be a guard dog, it is important to provide it with special Doberman Pinscher dog training that tells the dog how and when it is okay to guard something or someone, otherwise your dog can end up overly possessive. The Doberman Pinscher is an intelligent dog that loves to learn new things.
The first Doberman Pinscher dog breeders lived in Germany at the end of the 19th century and the very first breeder was a man named Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann. Herr Dobermann was a tax collector and needed dogs that could defend him when he travelled through dangerous areas. When he created the Doberman Pinscher, he focused on strength, intelligence, loyalty, and ferocity. After his death in 1894, the breed was named Dobermann Pinscher in his honour. Half a century later, German Doberman Pinscher dog breeders decided to drop the word pinscher from the name, since pinscher is the German term for terrier and they felt that the dog was no longer a real terrier. Within a few years, the British breeders had done the same.
Exactly which breeds that were used by Herr Dobermann and the original Doberman Pinscher dog breeders is not known, but most experts agree that the Doberman Pinscher is the result of mixing at least four of the following breeds: Rottweiler, German Pinscher, German Shorthaired Pointer, German Shepherd, Weimaraner, Beauceron, Thuringian Shepherd Dog, Great Dane and Manchester Terrier. There is also a documented cross with the black Greyhound.
When you compare the Doberman Pinscher dog price offered by different breeders, it is important to check what you actually get for your money. You should for instance stick to reputable Doberman Pinscher breeders that strive to minimize the risk for hereditary disease. Examples of common health problems in this breed are dilated cardiomyopathy, wobbler disease, von Willebrand's disease, glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy, and hip dysplasia. The average life span of a Doberman Pinscher is 10 years and trying to save a few bucks on the Doberman Pinscher dog price by purchasing from a puppy mill or other non-reputable breeder is not worth it, since you increase the risk of ending up with an unhealthy, unstable dog that has not been properly socialized and cared for as a puppy.