The Doberman is a medium-sized dog who, according to the AKC standards, should ideally stand at 27 1/2 inches high and 25 1/2 inches for males and females respectively. His body is strong, compact and muscular, capable of great speed and agility.
The roots of the breed dates around the 1900s, when Louis Dobermann wanted a medium-sized dog to act as his personal guard and companion. A variety of breeds have been used to create the Doberman, including the Old Short-haired Shepherd, the Rottweiler and the German Pinscher. Today the breed is much more docile than it was before.
His temperament has undergone a gradual smoothing process from the old, sharp dog to an affectionate, loving companion like he is today. He is still a very energetic dog, very intelligent, but he isn’t nearly as difficult to raise as he was before.
How has the Doberman’s temperament adapted throughout the years and is he a good apartment dog?
The Doberman has always been very loyal and trustworthy towards his owner, in fact there have rarely been any attacks on the dogs owner, if any. His physical appearance has always been the perceived ideal for a house dog, however his sharp temperament and his overall scary look have impaired his popularity until recent times.
Yet even today the public harbors an inexplicable fear towards the Doberman. He is, after all, a member of the family, and he should be loved and cared for as befitting for a member of the family. This association will make him an integral part of any family, a trustworthy friend.
The Doberman can live in an apartment but he will need plenty of exercise to workout his great stamina. They’re not good outside dogs because they’re short coat makes them vulnerable to cold temperatures. But they can’t stay inside all day either.
He is still a natural guard, so he still suspicious of strangers, but if treated with sufficient respect he will gladly accept new people in his circle. Today he is among the most popular breeds in the world.
Even though the Doberman should be a loving and caring companion you should always check with his parents to make sure there aren’t any characteristics you don’t want. It’s a good idea to go and pick up the puppy yourself, so you can meet the breeder, the puppy and the living conditions in which he was kept.
Exercise and training for the Doberman
The Doberman is a working dog, intelligent and versatile. Dobermans have been successful as search and rescue workers, in agility competitions, as service dogs, tracking and policework and, of course, as a family companion.
Fact is, they are highly energetic dogs. They need plenty of exercise, as well as a brisk daily walk. They’re also highly intelligent and if they lack exercise they will begin to act destructively.
But just pretending to play with your dog is probably not going to satisfy them. They are smart dogs who need a challenge both physically and mentally.
Grooming and shedding for Dobermans
Dobes need only a little grooming and also don’t shed much. You might say they’re as close as you can get to a hypoallergenic dog breed. They have a short, flat, thick coat sometimes with an additional, invisible undercoat on the neck.
There are many possible colors for their coat, such as black (sometimes with tan markings), a gray blue, red and even fawn and white. One popular myth is that a reddish coat means the dog is more aggressive. But there is no connection between a coats color and the temperament of the dog.Also, in some places white markings are considered a fault.
If you like a dog who likes to be with you everywhere, even in the bathroom, and will occupy a hearty portion of your time with exercise, then the Doberman is the right dog for you. Whether in an apartment or house, as long as you keep him close, he will be very happy to be with you.
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