Owning a Doberman Pinscher : Breeder Recommendations
If you were looking for a friendly, energetic, and very intelligent family pet, the Doberman Pinscher can be an excellent choice.
Over the years, the Doberman has received a bad reputation with many people, as over-breeding and lack of training have led to some aggressive and even vicious animals.
In reality, the Doberman is a family-loving and playful animal that can be very protective of the owner and other family members.
Things to Know Before Getting a Doberman Pinscher
Originally bred to be a guard dog and watchdog, the Doberman Pinscher is certainly a determined animal when it comes to protecting people it knows. However, most of the time you are around your Doberman, you would find him wanting to play, run, and just be part of the activity. The key thing to remember when buying any puppy is to visit several good breeders, armed with questions about health, diet, and general care.
Many experienced Doberman owners say that it is best to choose after viewing a number of puppies. You want to look for a puppy that is not overly forward but still active and energetic.
Once you locate at least three reputable breeders, take time while visiting them to look at the litter your puppy would come from, ask to see both parents of the puppies, and check any health certificates and other papers that apply to the dogs and ask questions.
A good breeder would take at least the first eight weeks of a puppy’s life to socialize it through playtime, socializing it with people and other dogs, starting it on the correct diet, and making sure that the proper vaccinations and tests are performed.
One of things you should ask for with any purebred dog is a certification that shows the animal to be free of hip dysplasia, which is a degenerative joint disease seen in larger dogs. Additionally, you want to buy from a breeder who has clean puppies, clean cages, fresh water, and good quality food available for the parents and the puppies. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of asking questions about the dog’s family history, possible disease problems, and so on.
It may be hard to think about a serious health problem or behavior problems coming up after you take your new pet home, but these situations do occur. Therefore, always ask your breeder about guarantees should the puppy become ill or develop one of the few hereditary diseases that can afflict a Doberman Pinscher.
For instance, would you be able to get a replacement puppy if something serious comes up? Would you be entitled to your money back?
These are just two of the very important questions you should be prepared to ask of any breeder you visit.
Written contracts are important as well, even with a breeder you know and think you can trust. A top-quality breeder should be comfortable with these questions, and open about health problems, family history, and conditions in which the puppies were raised. It is important that most, if not all, of the things you talk about with breeders be written into contracts and other documents that go along with your purchase of the puppy.
After all, it is better to have too much information than not enough when you are making a decision as important as adding a Doberman Pinscher to your family. This friendly, loyal breed can be a joy to own if you give the dog and yourself a good start.
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