The Doberman Pinscher is a dog known for its guard duty capabilities. The Doberman is a very powerful and intimidating dog, the very sight of which makes people think twice before approaching. However, the Doberman can be a very sweet and loving dog as long as it’s given the proper care and socialization from an early age.
The first step in taking care of your Doberman, as with any dog, is getting the proper vaccinations from your veterinarian. You will also need to get regular booster shots, along with the proper worm medication and flea and tick medication for your Doberman. These can be a little expensive, however maintaining the health of your Doberman will ensure him a long and happy life.
You are going to have to consult with your vet about the proper diet for your Doberman. Dobermans require a diet high in protein and crude fat. You should also consult with your vet about cropping your Doberman's ears. This will give your Doberman the classic pointed ear look that most people associate with Dobermans. This is merely for aesthetics, so the choice is up to you.
At about 12 weeks of age, you will need to begin socializing your Doberman with older dogs and other people. This will ensure your Doberman will be gentle and loving. This will not, however, keep your Doberman from doing his job of protecting its family. When the situation calls for it, your Doberman will do whatever he can to protect you and your family.
Training of your Doberman should start at a young age, and you should exercise your Doberman at least once a day. Dobermans have a high level of energy and can be stubborn if they sense hesitation in the owners. If you keep your dog well-exercised, he will be easier to control and handle. The whole family should know how to handle the Doberman; this will prevent your dog from becoming aggressive to any member of the family and will keep him in his proper place, as the family dog.
Dobermans are known to be prone to a condition known as bloat. These dogs have a stomach that doesn't stay in one place. It is free-floating in the body cavity. If given a lot of exercise on a full stomach the stomach can actually flip itself around and get stuck. This can be prevented by simply waiting for an hour or two after the Doberman eats to take him on walks or involve him in any exercise.