My younger sisters just got a new puppy last night. He is a Dobermann and German Shepherd cross and about 6 weeks old I think. But I need a little information on the Dobermann breed to get an idea of what to expect from him. We've had plenty of Shepherds in the past so we're only half good. I've been trying to talk them into a breed we're already familiar with but their hearts are set on this puppy. Can anyone help me?
Of the two dobies I've had, one was a love (from a responsible breeder) and the other (from a BYB), well, not so much.
I think a lot depends on checking the temperaments of dogs in the pedigree of the parents and the lines they descended from (both the dobie and the GSD). Also finding out what they're being bred for (protection? guarding? watching? just pets?) can help in determining how "friendly" they'll turn out.
Sorry I can't be more helpful, but guessing about temperament is a crapshoot without knowing ancestry.
This is what the AKC has to say about a dobie's temperament (which is decided by the breed's national club):
"Energetic, watchful, determined, alert, fearless, loyal and obedient. The judge shall dismiss from the ring any shy or vicious Doberman.
Shyness: A dog shall be judged fundamentally shy if, refusing to stand for examination, it shrinks away from the judge; if it fears an approach from the rear; if it shies at sudden and unusual noises to a marked degree.
Viciousness: A dog that attacks or attempts to attack either the judge or its handler, is definitely vicious. An aggressive or belligerent attitude towards other dogs shall not be deemed viciousness."
I think you should socialize the heck out of that pup. After its second distemper shot, and around 12 wks, I would take him everywhere you can. Meet as many people as possible. The more different things and situation you can find the better.
Not knowing much about the parentage of you pup, you could be in for long haul. good luck and love him to death.
Thank you both. We don't know about his sire or dame. A cousin of mine got him for my sisters. But I will try to find out more about them. For socializing him I guess he's gonna be coming with us everywhere.
I breed Dobies. Both these breeds are working dogs. They must be given plenty of exercise and a "job" to do. If they do not have a job, ...lol...they will find one, one you probably wouldn't want them to have...one thing, Dobies are blanket chewers, actually, any cloth, they love to chew up just about any type of cloth. One of mine has a particular love of blue surgical towels and i'm finding them all over the yard! I would find a thrift store that sells used blankets cheap and allow those to be the puppy's. And watch your socks!
i grew up with dobermans. they are awesome very protective though. when people would come over we had to do the whole meeting processe with them. they can be very scary but most likely would never hurt any one just warn them. and they are very smart and so arent german shepards. good luck