If you are considering getting a Doberman Pinscher, they can make a great family dog, but you should learn all you can about the breed before coming to a decision.
The Doberman Pinscher was originally bred to be a guard dog. They do make wonderful family pets, and are great guard dogs. They are loyal, affectionate and playful. You do have to be careful with a Doberman Pinscher, they are sometimes too good at being a guard dog and can get aggressive with people outside the family, or other dogs.
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A Doberman Pinscher needs to be well socialized with people outside of the home, as well as other dogs. One way of doing this is to take them to a dog park once a week from the time they are puppies. This way they get used to being around a variety of people and dogs. Don’t worry about making your Doberman Pinscher “too” friendly, they will still be a good guard dog at home.
You will need to train your Doberman Pinscher firmly. They can be stubborn and if you lighten up on them they will take advantage. A well trained Doberman Pinscher can be a great dog to have. An untrained out of control Doberman Pinscher can make your life miserable. Your Doberman Pinscher should be allowed in the house with the family most of the time. Dobermans are very sociable dogs and don’t do well as strictly outdoor dogs.
You should be sure to check out the breeder and know that they screen for health problems prior to breeding. Doberman Pinschers are prone to certain health problems, knowing that your breeder is conscientious about their breeding is helpful.
A Doberman Pinscher will grow to be between 65 to 85 pounds. They are very strong dogs and you should start leash training them very early on. A Doberman Pinscher can live to be around 13 years of age. They maintain a playful puppy attitude well into adulthood.
They are active dogs and will enjoy going on walks or playing in the yard with the family. They will also lie on your feet and keep them warm at night. Most Doberman Pinschers I have known love to sleep at the foot of the bed. They are good with kids, but like any dog should be supervised around small children. Any dog can become aggressive, especially if they are in pain or startled.