Doberman Pinscher Articles
Doberman Pinschers naturally have floppy ears of medium length. In order to have the pointed ears that many associate with the Doberman Pinscher, it is necessary to do the cosmetic surgery that is known as ear cropping.
Ear cropping surgery is done when a Doberman Pinscher is approximately seven or eight weeks of age and is performed under a general anesthetic, so it is important that your puppy doesn't eat during the twelve hours before the procedure is done. The surgery usually takes about thirty minutes, in which the ears are cut and sutured. For the first week, the puppy will have his ears in a rack or in a cup, and then he will visit the veterinarian to have the sutures removed. [...]
Doberman Pinschers are one of the more than fifty breeds of dogs recognized by the American Kennel Club that have traditionally had their tails docked. Like other dogs with working histories, the tails were often docked to help prevent the tails from experiencing injuries on the job. As a matter of fact, Dobermans have a tail that is considered quite long if allowed to grow. Today, tail docking is the subject of much controversy and in this article we'll look at some of the pros and cons of the procedure. [...]
When most people think of Doberman Pinschers, they are likely to imagine a black dog with tan markings. While this is certainly the most common color among Dobermans, they actually carry two different color genes; one is black, and the other is a color dilution that can appear in four different types: black, red, blue and fawn, or Isabella as it is also called. Any dog's coat color will be dependant on the color and color dilution genes, which can be further separated into dominant or recessive alleles, it has inherited.
The common combination, black and tan (also sometimes called black and rust), occurs when the Doberman inherits at least one dominant allele in its color and color dilution genes. [...]
It may be difficult to imagine that a whole breed of dogs that are loved throughout the world came into being thanks to one man, but this is true of the Doberman Pinscher. Not only did this dog become popular throughout the world, but it went on to become prominent in its service during a time of war. In this article, we'll take a look at the Doberman Pinscher's beginnings and its service during World War II.
The time is the late 19th century and the place is Apolda, Germany. Louis Dobermann had a curious collection of jobs - not only was he a tax collector and night watchman, but he was also in charge of a dog pound. Without a doubt, these jobs made him less than popular, especially in a time when robberies and muggings ran rampant. [...]
It's hard to imagine two jobs a dog could perform that could be any less opposed than working as a service dog and a police dog. When we think of service dogs, we think of dogs that are helpful and friendly, and this doesn't always mesh with the popular image we have of Doberman Pinschers as fierce guard dogs! The truth is Dobermans are quite adept as both police dogs and service dogs.
Perhaps the oldest canine profession is one of protection. Since the beginning of recorded time, dogs were used as personal protection as well as fierce weapons in war. [...]
If you're thinking of bringing home a Doberman, you might be concerned about integrating a large dog with a fierce reputation into your family with small children. The truth is, there is no clear cut answer; there are those that claim that they are perfectly safe around small children, while others are steadfastly against it. In this article, we'll take a look at the pros and cons of having a Doberman Pinscher around your small children. [...]
When many people think of the Doberman Pinscher, the image brought to mind is of a vicious, aggressive dog that is dangerous around children and strangers and difficult to handle. On the whole, this has never been true to the breed, although there was certainly some cause for concern in the past. But has the Doberman truly earned this bad reputation, and is it still true of the breed today? In this article, we'll take a closer look at the temperament of the Doberman Pinscher and how it has changed in the last few decades. [...]
For many years, Doberman Pinschers have been dismissed as aggressive and too dangerous for families with children. This is no longer the case for the majority of Dobermans, as much of their sharpness has been bred out of the breed over the last thirty years. That being said, bringing a Doberman into your home still requires a large commitment on your part to raise your puppy to be well adjusted and to learn to difference between guests that are welcome in your home and strangers who might mean you harm. Owning a Doberman Pinscher is actually a great responsibility, but relationships with these dogs can be very rewarding if they are trained properly. [...]
Doberman Pinschers have a long history of performing highly valued tasks such as protection dogs, guard dogs, war dogs and even service dogs. Yet another area where Dobermans can excel is in search and rescue, in an effort to help law enforcement to find missing persons. While Dobermans are not at the top of the list of dogs that we associate with search and rescue, they are certainly involved in this important service and some Dobermans have even claimed some notoriety from their success. In this article, we'll take a look at what search and rescue involves, pros and cons of Dobermans in the field, and how you can get involved in this important service. [...]
Doberman Pinschers make wonderful pets thanks to their energy, their devotion to their family and their playfulness. While they have often been portrayed as aggressive or dangerous, this is no longer really the case, as long as the dog has been properly trained and socialized with people and other animals. But take heed: if you're looking for a "sometimes pet," than maybe the Doberman isn't right for you. Dobermans require a large commitment when it comes to time spent with the dog, as well as proper training. [...]