Is the Dobermann the right breed for you? - Consider the following questions...
How big is your yard?
Unless you have a medium to large yard, be prepared to spend much more time exercising and relating to your Dobermann.
Will your Dobermann be secure on your property?
You must have dog proof fencing and gates on your property. Some people have concerns about large guarding breeds like Dobermanns, so for your dog's sake, keep it secure and only take it out on a lead in public.
How much time can you give your dog?
Dobermanns are highly energetic youngsters and quite active adults. Please consider that the #1 reason people give when contacting us to rehome their Dobe is that they "no longer have time for them". The Dobermann can be a demanding breed who wants to be with their family at every opportunity... they do not do well left alone in a backyard for long periods of time.
Do you want a large dog?
In comparison to many breeds, Dobermanns are considered a large dog, weighing 27-40kgs - Is your car, sofa or bed big enough for all of you?
Have you already a dog?
Whilst Dobermanns get on with most breeds and other pets, check this with the breeder before buying as there are some situations which are best avoided. Please note: it is very common for male Dobermanns to be same-sex aggressive (even when desexed).... unless you are prepared to rehome one of your dogs or potentially keep your male Dobes separated from each other for life, it is best not to have two males living together. Please read this link for further information about the problems of owning multiple male Dobermanns http://www.kinetic-unity.com/males.html
Male or Female?
Males can be quite larger than females, some weighing @ 40kgs. Many owners report that their males are very affectionate to their human family and friends, they love attention and can be a bit "clingy" and want to follow you everywhere. As noted above, male Dobes do not tend to get along with other male dogs (of any breed).
Females are a bit smaller in stature and can weigh @ 30kgs. Female Dobes can be more independent in nature and, while affectionate, are often happy to go off and do their own thing (whilst keeping their family in sight). Unless you are prepared for your female Dobe to come into season every 6-7 months (each season lasts approx. 3 weeks), please desex your female (this greatly reduces the risk of mammary cancer plus prevents unwanted pregnancies, infection, and hormonal mood swings).
The ideal combination for a pair of pet Dobermanns is a desexed male and desexed female living together, the next ideal would be a pair of desexed females together.
How much can you spend each week on your Dobermann?
Basic costs of feeding a Dobe must be added to other costs, particularly Veterinary and Local Council charges. Allow at least $15-$20 per week to cover dog related expenses.
Have you got time to groom your Dobermann?
Having a short smooth coat, the Dobermann is an easy-care breed, but still requires the occasional bath and weekly attention to ears, nails and callouses to keep him clean and in great shape. Weekly grooming will keep his coat healthy and shining.
Do you want a protector?
Dobermanns have a reputation for protectiveness and will deter unwanted guests with their alert attention to anyone coming to see you.
Your Dobe will benefit from a quality diet which can include raw meaty bones.
Dobermanns are an active breed who
benefit from regular exercise.
How much time each day can you exercise your Dobermann?
Once your puppy reaches 9-12 months, be prepared for at least 1 hour of exercise each day such as walking. Many dogs would thrive on even more than this varied with play and training.
How energetic are you?
If you are infirm or not very energetic, consider another breed or perhaps an older, more sedate Dobermann would suit you.
A puppy? An adolescent? Mature dobe?
Explore the pros and cons for your personal and family needs. Puppies are delightful, but grow quickly and need more attention - youngsters may be partially trained and ready to fit in with energetic lifestyles OR an undisciplined "horror" - Mature dobes can be sensible and adapt readily to your home and family, happy to keep you company by the fire.
Are there children in the family or regularly visiting?
Dobes, like all dogs, should have interaction with children supervised by an adult at all times. Mutual respect and the right environment and upbringing will ensure that your Dobe becomes a cherished member of the family.