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THE DOBERMAN PINSCHER--A Great Breed
The Doberman Pinscher is a great breed of dog. Though they are listed in the category as an aggressive, having worked with them and knowing people who own and adore them, I believe this to be more the exception than the rule. They are protective of their owners/family and their home, yet like most breeds this is their job.
They are intelligent dogs, obedient and train easily. They are regal in their looks, and love their owners/family with the utmost of loyalty. They love to play and sleep nearby, or hog one's whole bed in general. Like most, as puppies, they can be quite the 'chewers' but they tend to grow out of it soon enough, and like all breeds they need their exercise so as not to get bored and destructive. Yet, like many large breeds, one has to be careful not to exercise them too hard, especially after they have just eaten, for they do run the risk of Bloating—which is when the stomach begins to twist. This can be serious as well as fatal. Great Danes, especially, are at an extreme risk for this occurrence.
The most popular color, the black and tan, tends to keep a full and shiny coat, however the least typical colors, such as the blue or fawn, are genetically prone to stiffer and thinner hair, though this is not a health problem.
Health wise the Dobie's two main drawbacks tend to be the inherited Hypothyroidism and Dilated Cardiomyopathy. The symptoms of Hypothyroidism are typically weight gain, skin discoloration and hair loss, yet once diagnosed by your veterinarian can routinely be maintained by a fairly inexpensive supplement. The most common sign of Cardiomyopathy is exercise intolerance, and lethargy. Dilated Cardiomyopathy is when the heart chambers become enlarged causing them to leak. It can also lead to high blood pressure and embolisms. Again, this can be maintained with supplements, but please see your veterinarian for regular monitoring.
I highly recommend a Doberman as a pet if one has the significant space to house and time to devote. Raised around children, they are wonderful with them.
I write this for my cousin, Lorrie. Who is a true Dobie lover, a wonderful owner and a loving person in general, and who as of recently has one less loving heartbeat in the house.
© 2012 Gina Baxter