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My son has decided he needs to buy a Doberman puppy. Never had a Doberman, anything I need to......

dreherdreher Member Posts: 8,749 ✭✭✭✭

tell my son?? What to look for, what to look out for??

If he was getting a Border Collie I could help him but I have never been around a Doberman so my knowledge is limited. I know you must crop their ears if you want their ears to stand up. That pretty much sums up my Doberman knowledge.😁

Do they have any type of genetic problems he needs to stay clear of?

Anything I should tell him to watch out for?

Thanks all. This group of dog people will have lots of good advice.


  • ruger41ruger41 Member Posts: 14,645 ✭✭✭

    Had one as a kid and my nephew currently has one. They are brave dogs. High energy though. They can run for hours. They need to be socialized if you want people to be able to come into the house.(not as bad as a Cane Corso does but needs to be done). Great dogs though.

  • bullshotbullshot Member Posts: 14,242 ✭✭✭✭

    "don't try to outrun it" 😁

    "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you"
  • bullshotbullshot Member Posts: 14,242 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 5

    Great dogs, like most, it's about how you raise them. I think that Doberman's got a bad rap years ago and is one of the breeds that are banned in places but I've never seen one that was socialized and raised correctly be aggressive (unless you're where you aren't supposed be and he is).

    I know they have absolutely no problem flying over a six foot fence.

    "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you"
  • savage170savage170 Member Posts: 37,439 ✭✭✭✭

    The ones I've had for family members they think they're lap dogs and they was ok around stranger just don't threaten a family member as they're very protective. Both that I had ended up with hip problems at about 7 years of age

  • Texas1911DETexas1911DE Member Posts: 630 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 5 have that typical Doberman "look" they need their ears cropped, tails bobbed & Dew claws removed when they are puppies...I have a male & female Dobie...DAK is a red male & ZOE is a black female...had a Border Collie before these two, they are both just as smart as she was...when either one wants something, they sit down by me and lock onto eye contact...Dobies are very HIGH ENERGY, VERY protective, VERY smart, train easily...I don't think either one would be intimidated by Godzilla...they NEED to run and play and chase critters... very affectionate when THEY want attention...they need to be socialized with the people and animals they're going to be around...they become VERY protective of their "family"...been around these two since they were 8 weeks old...oh yeah, mine love kids male does the "Doberman creep", directly in front of ZOE, as if she cant see him if he does his "creep" takes him 5 min.+ to "creep" 10-15'...I looked up "Doberman creep" and found a lot of videos on the net, funny to watch, they are SO serious about it...😁

  • notnownotnow Member Posts: 1,797 ✭✭✭

    My daughter's was too playfully aggressive. Also clumsy like a drunk on stilts. It would also eat stuff it shouldn't. It ate a whole corn cob and ended up getting it removed surgically. $1,500. While they were away on a short trip it jumped up with it's paws on the stove to eat something and turned the gas on to a burner but it didn't light. They came home and the house was nearly ready to blow up. They were lucky.

  • asopasop Member Posts: 8,890 ✭✭✭✭

    Talk him into a Lab.

  • waltermoewaltermoe Member Posts: 1,781 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 6

    I never had a Doberman, but my friend had a couple almost 40 years ago. I know they have powerful jaws and teeth that won’t quit. He left them both alone once for a day or so with enough food and water once when he had to go somewhere. He had this recliner chair that they tore into, I mean they reduced that chair to small pieces, the springs were scattered about the house. Very hyper I remember, reminded me of a couple of sharks on legs.

  • Lady Rae Lady Rae Member Posts: 1,848 ✭✭✭✭

    I have known one Dobie well. Tahoe he was deaf and a gentleman. It was an honor to know him.

    "Independence Now, Independence Forever."

    John Adams

  • BrookwoodBrookwood Member, Moderator Posts: 13,188 ******

    Many years ago, a neighbor had a Dobbie that seemed like a very good dog with all the kids they had. Neighbor called me one day wanting to sell me a CB radio. I went over and checked the radio out and decided to buy it. Upon entering the home, the dog treated me friendly. Upon leaving, the dog went for my Achillies tendon! Just glad his bite was soft but it could have been real trouble!

  • JimmyJackJimmyJack Member Posts: 5,376 ✭✭✭✭

    Raised and trained dogs for 40 years. The easiest and smartest for me were Labs and Wire hairs. Never had a Dobie so cant comment. Their reputation is not like the Pit Bulls.

  • JasonVJasonV Member Posts: 2,477 ✭✭✭

    Have only known one. It had to be kept locked up and could not have access to the public.The family got it as a puppy, I don't know what happened to it but I think the county sheriff might have hauled it off when it was 3 or 4 years old.

    Very aggressive, it would full on attack people on the sidewalk and kids on bikes. They lived across the street from a park so it was not a good situation.

    formerly known as warpig883
  • Horse Plains DrifterHorse Plains Drifter Forums Admins, Member, Moderator Posts: 39,244 ***** Forums Admin

    Well one thing I suggest is that he run it by his soon to be bride. Being he's as good as married, he may as well get used to making shared decisions on major events/undertakings as any gray ares need to be cleared up. Both partners need to be on the same page in situations like this.

    That being said back in the mid '70s I I worked summers for some folks who had a Doberman. She(I think) seemed to be older, and was very well behaved.

  • dreherdreher Member Posts: 8,749 ✭✭✭✭

    She was the one who suggested they get the pup now so when they move into their first house next year the pup will be a trained dog. Guess who she said would do a good job house breaking and training this new pup??

    Yup. Me!! It is only logical to volunteer the old crippled up man who has trouble walking and bending down to start training a young active Doberman. 😂 What could possibly go wrong??

  • Ditch-RunnerDitch-Runner Member Posts: 24,365 ✭✭✭✭

    We had one 40 years ago a female named brownie same time we a German shepherd named Bonnie and a begal named Sally

    All were good but one day while we were away they got in to a fight

    Sally was just a sweat heat as most begals are and my wife's baby

    But when we got home the Shepard and Doberman not sure if one or both had ripped Sally into pieces never seen any thing like it,

    My wife still morns the loss of Sally and how she was killed

    But brownie was always well behaved and got along with people fine

    To this day I have no idea what happened to cause them to turn on Sally

  • pulsarncpulsarnc Member Posts: 6,181 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 7

    I have known several over the. years . Most were loving and well behaved having been extensively socialized early on.

    A neighbor had one who was a good dog who unexpectedly turned on him,mauling him badly before another neighbor stopped the attack . Made me leary of the breed .

    I would vote for a golden or a lab especially if they plan on kids down the road .

    cry Havoc and let slip  the dogs of war..... 
  • buddybbuddyb Member Posts: 5,224 ✭✭✭✭

    My brother worked at a shop that had a doberman for a guard dog.Her name was Gretchen and she loved everybody.I doubt you could have made her bite anyone,but she was intimidating looking if you didn't know her.

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