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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 – Introducing the Doberman Pinscher
Chapter 2 – What is the History of the Doberman Pinscher
How and Why Were Dobermans Developed?
How Did the Doberman Pinscher Get Its Name?
The Doberman as War Dogs
Dobermans in America
Chapter 3 – Is the Doberman Pinscher the Right Dog for Me?
What Are Doberman Pinschers Like as Pets?
What is the Doberman Pinscher Temperament?
Are Dobermans Aggressive?
What are the Space Requirements of the Doberman Pinscher?
Will a Doberman Pinscher be a Good Addition to My Family?
Will a Doberman Pinscher Get Along with my Children?
Will a Doberman Get Along with my Other Pets?
Will a Doberman Pinscher Require a Lot of Attention?
What are the Grooming Requirements of the Doberman Pinscher?
Chapter 4 – What Are the Breed Standards for the Doberman Pinscher?
How Big Do Dobermans Get?
What are the Breed Standards for Dobermans?
What is the Doberman’s Personality?
What are the Accepted Coat Colors for Doberman Pinschers?
What Should I Know About Black Dobermans?
What Should I Know About Red Dobermans?
What Should I Know About Blue Dobermans?
What Should I Know About Fawn Dobermans?
What Should I Know About White Dobermans?
Chapter 5 – Where Do I Find Doberman Pinscher Puppies?
How Do I Find a Responsible Doberman Pinscher Breeder?
What Should I Ask a Doberman Breeder During a Phone Interview?
What Should I Look For, When I Visit a Doberman Pinscher Breeder’s Kennel?
Chapter 6 – What Should I Know About Doberman Pinschers and Puppy Mills?
Are Backyard Breeders the Same as Puppy Mill Breeders?
What Sets a Responsible Doberman Pinscher Breeder Apart from a Puppy Mill Breeder?
What are the Risks Associated with Puppy Mill Dogs?
Are Pet Stores the Same as Puppy Mills?
What are the Warning Signs of a Puppy Mill Breeder?
Chapter 7 – How Do I Prepare to Bring My Doberman Pinscher Home?
How Do I Puppy Proof My Home for My Doberman Pinscher Puppy?
How Do I Introduce My Doberman Puppy to My Family and Other Pets?
What Doberman Pinscher Supplies Do I Need?
Chapter 8 – What Should I Feed My Doberman Pinscher?
What Should I Feed My Adult Doberman Pinscher?
What Should I Feed My Doberman Pinscher Puppy?
What Should I Feed My Aging Doberman Pinscher?
What are the Nutritional Requirements of the Doberman Pinscher?
What is the Link Between Nutrition and Health Issues in Doberman Pinschers?
Should I Feed My Doberman Pinscher Dry Dog Food or Canned Dog Food?
Should I Consider Feeding My Doberman Pinscher a Homemade Diet?
What Should I Know About Giving My Doberman Pinscher Dog Treats?
What Food Should My Doberman Pinscher Avoid?
Can I Feed My Doberman Pinscher a Gluten-Free or Vegan Diet?
Chapter 9 – How Can I Train My Doberman Pinscher?
Correcting Negative Behavior
Training for Work
Chapter 10 – How Do I Keep My Doberman Pinscher Healthy?
What Preventative Care and Vaccines Does My Doberman Pinscher Need?
What Are Common Diseases Affecting Doberman Pinschers?
Chapter 11 – What Do I Need to Know About Grooming My Doberman Pinscher?
Do Dobermans Need Frequent Brushing?
Do Dobermans Require Frequent Bathing?
What Do I Need to Know About Doberman Nail Care?
What Should I Know About Doberman Ear Care?
What Should I Know About Doberman Eye Care?
What Should I Know About Doberman Dental Care?
Chapter 12 – What Do I Need to Know About Ear Cropping and Tail Docking in Dobermans?
Why are Dobermans’ Ears Cropped?
When and How are Dobermans Ears Cropped?
Is Doberman Ear Cropping Legal?
Why are Dobermans’ Tails Docked?
When and How are Dobermans’ Tails Docked?
Is Doberman Tail Docking Legal?
Chapter 13 – Should I Show My Doberman Pinscher?
Chapter 14 – What Do I Need to Know About Doberman Pinscher Breeding, Pregnancy, and Birth?
How Do I Find a Mate for My Doberman Pinscher?
What is the Doberman Pinscher Heat Cycle?
What Should I Know About Doberman Pinschers Mating?
What Do I Need to Know About Doberman Pinscher Pregnancy?
How Do I Prepare for My Doberman Pinscher to Give Birth?
What Do I Need to Know About Doberman Pinscher Labor and Delivery?
How Do I Care for Newborn Doberman Pinscher Puppies?
Chapter 15 – Are Miniature Pinschers a Smaller Version of Doberman Pinschers?
What is the History of Mini Pinschers?
What are the Similarities Between the Doberman Pinscher and the Miniature Pinscher?
What are the Differences between the Miniature Pinscher and the Doberman Pinscher?
Should I Get a Doberman Pinscher or a Miniature Pinscher?
Chapter 16 – What Are Common Doberman Pinscher Mixes?
Chapter 17 – How Do I Care for My Aging Doberman Pinscher?
How Will My Doberman’s Diet and Nutritional Needs Change as He Ages?
How Will My Doberman’s Water Needs and Kidney Functions Change as He Ages?
Will My Doberman Experience Joint Pain and Stiffness as He Ages?
How Will My Senior Doberman’s Personality and Disposition Change?
Will My Doberman Experience Vision and Hearing Problems?
Will My Doberman Experience Memory Loss and Confusion?
Chapter 18 – Conclusion
Bonus Chapter – Your Trusted Doberman Pinscher Resource List
Introducing the Doberman Pinscher
Alert and watchful, the mighty Doberman Pinscher may look intimidating, but underneath that serious exterior lives a big teddy bear. Although they were bred to be menacing guard dogs, the Doberman has made the transition from fierce protectorate to the loveable family dog. When well-socialized from an early age and trained to be obedient, the Doberman Pinscher becomes a wonderful dog to have around children. You will quickly see that the Doberman’s powerful and dangerous outward appearance does not reflect the playful, happy personality of the breed. Proud owners of Doberman Pinschers soon abandon adjectives like “menacing” and “intimidating” in favor of words like “calm,” “obedient,” “shy,” “smart,” and “athletic.”
It is easy to spot a Doberman. Their erect ears give them a perpetually alert appearance and their broad, athletic chest and smooth coat shows off their muscular build. The Doberman is a quintessential guard dog and will faithfully protect his family. He will join you on a run around the park, or a swim at the lake, and will love to have you toss a ball or Frisbee to him whenever you can. Dobermans are surprisingly shy and reserved. They have a personal space bubble around them, and they don’t like to let strangers in. It is different with their family though. They are affectionate and cuddly towards people they know well.
Ever vigil, the Doberman is a wonderful companion dog and faithful watchdog.
This Doberman Pinscher guidebook is intended to help you learn more about Dobermans, so you can determine if this is the dog breed for you and your family. Dobermans bring some unique qualities to their owners and will quickly become an important member of the family. In this Doberman Pinscher handbook, we will discuss breed-specific information about training, feeding, and keeping your Doberman healthy and happy. You will also see information about finding a reputable Doberman breeder, caring for Doberman puppies, puppy-proofing your home, and even how to address changes that arise as your Doberman enters his golden years.
With your increased Doberman Pinscher savvy, you will gain insight into why the Doberman has remained one of the more popular dog breeds worldwide. We will showcase the unique characteristics of this devoted and good-natured pooch to prove that you can’t judge a dog’s heart from its cover.
What is the History of the Doberman Pinscher
The Doberman Pinscher has enjoyed an interesting history, yet one that is shrouded in mystery. We don’t know, to this day, the exact canine make-up for the Doberman, but we do know that this dog was bred to fill a distinct niche…that of a guard dog.
How and Why Were Dobermans Developed?
Karl Friedrich Louis Doberman (whose last name is sometimes spelled “Dobermann”) held two important positions in the town of Apolda, in Thüringen, Germany, in the late 1800s. He served as a tax collector, and he ran the local dog pound. Tax collecting in late nineteenth century Germany was a dangerous profession and Herr Doberman regularly traveled through questionable areas, known for harboring bandits and criminals, while carrying large sums of cash. He soon devised a way to protect himself that involved his second job as kennel keeper at the Apolda dog shelter. With many different breeds at his disposal, Herr Doberman began a breeding program with the goal of creating a breed of dog that was intimidating in appearance, aggressive and protective, as well as obedient and intelligent. His end result was the Doberman Pinscher, a mighty, formidable, and loyal dog that would take his name.
Bred to be a protector and guard, the Doberman Pinscher is a hard-working dog.
Herr Doberman, unfortunately, was a better dog breeder than he was record-keeper. He did not keep good records of his dog breeding activity, so we do not know what breeds comprise the Doberman Pinscher’s background. We can only speculate. Most experts believe that the Doberman was developed from the smooth-coated German Pinscher, Rottweiler, and the Black and Tan Terrier, but the Doberman could also contain some Greyhound, Weimaraner, Beauceron, and Manchester Terrier, although exact ratios cannot be determined. Herr Doberman was pleased with the outcome of his guard dog, which he described as the ideal combination of loyalty, endurance, speed, intelligence, ferocity, and strength.
The Doberman Pinscher breed was most likely stable by the 1890s. When Herr Doberman passed away in 1894, the German Kennel Club officially named the breed in his honor, although they did not officially recognize the breed until 1900. Subsequent dog breeders, primarily Otto Goeller and Philip Greunig, continued work on the dog breed, giving us the Doberman that is so recognizable today.
How Did the Doberman Pinscher Get Its Name?
It is easy to see where the Doberman name originated, but the Pinscher part proved to be more problematic. By the mid-1900s, the German Kennel Club dropped the word Pinscher from the dog breed’s name, stating that it was misleading. “Pinscher” means “terrier” in German, and the Doberman breed was not considered to be a terrier. In fact, Dobermans are members of the working class of dogs. The British Kennel Club followed suit and removed the Pinscher term a few years after the Germans. Canada and the United States are the only countries that still use the original name of Doberman Pinscher.