I'm a first-time dog owner and I've been thinking about getting a Doberman for a while now. I'm extremely active and I love to exercise, hike, and run. I've done some research on Dobermans and from what I've found, they are a very active breed that require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation.
However, I've also read that they can be quite strong-willed and require a firm and experienced owner. As a first-time dog owner, I'm wondering if it's too much of a challenge for me to take on a Doberman.
I'm willing to put in the time and effort to properly train and care for my dog, but I want to make sure that I'm making the right decision. Can anyone offer some advice or personal experience with Dobermans as a first-time dog owner? Would you recommend this breed for someone who is extremely active but new to dog ownership?
Thank you in advance for your help!
I've owned Dobermans in the past, and I have to agree with the other users who have emphasized how much work they take. They are high-energy dogs that require plenty of training and mental stimulation.
As an active person, a Doberman would be perfect for you, but it's important to ascertain your level of activity to see if you fit the bill. Dobermans are smart dogs that require plenty of mental and physical activity to keep them content. This includes regular walks, trips to the beach, and outdoor activities.
In contrast to what other users have said, I think a Doberman can be a good choice for a first-time dog owner. Nevertheless, it's crucial that you take time to research the breed, study their unique traits and habits to appreciate what you're getting into. They have a penchant for chewing, alarm barking, and guarding which requires early and consistent training.
Finally, I concur with user 4 who insisted on the no tail or ear docking practice. Not only is it unnecessary, but it also causes needless pain.
All in all, if you can commit to providing your Doberman with the exercise, training, and love that this breed needs, I say go for it. Dobermans are amazing dogs that will fill your life with joy and love if you give them the chance.