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What are the other side of owning a doberman?

Hi, I have been considering getting a Doberman as a pet, but before I make the decision, I want to know about the other side of owning this breed. I have heard a lot about their loyalty, intelligence, and protectiveness, but I am also aware that they may have some challenging traits as well. I would like to hear from owners or breed experts who can share their experience with me. What are the challenges that come with owning a Doberman? Are they prone to certain health issues? How much physical and mental stimulation do they require? Can they be good with children and other pets? Your insights will help me decide if a Doberman is the right breed for me. Thank you in advance.

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stacey47

Hello there! I have also owned a Doberman and while they do possess many great qualities, they can also have some negative traits that can make them challenging to own.

Firstly, they are known to be very strong-willed, intelligent, and stubborn. This can make them difficult to train as they tend to think for themselves and can be resistant to following commands. Additionally, they can become very protective of their owners, which needs to be carefully managed, so it doesn't turn into aggressive behavior.

Dobermans are also a very active breed, requiring lots of exercise every day. If they don't get sufficient exercise, they can become bored and anxious, leading to destructive behavior. Unfortunately, because Dobermans are so intelligent, they're also great at finding ways to escape from yards. It's important to ensure that your outdoor space is safe and secure.

Lastly, Dobermans can develop separation anxiety if left alone for too long. They crave attention and love being around their owners, so if you're someone who is not home frequently, this might not be the right breed for you.

In conclusion, Dobermans are certainly not for everyone. While they are a loving and loyal breed, they require a lot of attention, training, and exercise. They also have some negative traits that make them challenging to own. It's important to do your research and understand what you are getting into before deciding to take on a Doberman.

loren.ankunding

Hello, I can't help but add my two cents to this thread as a Doberman owner myself. Dobermans can be a great pet to own but it's very important to be aware of the breed's personality traits and characteristics beforehand. My experience with my Doberman has been quite unique and challenging as well.

Firstly, Dobermans have an intense need to be part of their owners' life. They are not a breed for someone who just wants a pet to sit around the house. They need to be active and engaged in various activities with their owners to stay healthy and happy. Especially for those who work full time, a Doberman may not be suitable because they require a lot of attention to avoid developing separation anxiety.

In addition, Doberman's are known for their strong personalities and their drive to be the alpha. While their nature may not make them ideal for everyone, they can be amazing for those who can be strong advocates for the dog, and who can guide and lead them in a positive direction. They are not known to respond well to harsh training, so positive reinforcement is essential.

Lastly, a factor that you should consider before getting a Doberman is the time and money that needs to be invested. They are quite expensive to maintain when it comes to feeding, grooming, and medical care. Also, Dobermans are susceptible to a number of hereditary illnesses like hip dysplasia, dilated cardiomyopathy, and others. So, frequent vet checks should be a part of your routine.

In conclusion, owning a Doberman can be a rewarding experience if you're aware of the breed's characteristics, lifestyle requirements, and potential medical issues. They need a lot of training, socialization, and attention but they return it with tenfold love and affection.

douglas.lesly

Hey there! As a Doberman owner, I can tell you that while they are indeed loyal, intelligent, and protective, they also require a lot of attention and exercise. They have high energy levels and need lots of physical and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy. I've found that regular playtime and training sessions help to keep my Doberman balanced and manageable.

One thing to keep in mind is that Dobermans can be prone to certain health issues, such as hip dysplasia and heart problems. It's important to find a reputable breeder and keep up with regular vet check-ups.

In terms of temperament, I find that Dobermans are excellent with children and other pets if they are socialized properly from a young age. They have a protective nature, but with the right training and introduction, they can make great family pets.

Lastly, it's important to consider the cost of owning a Doberman. They can be expensive to care for, as they require high-quality food, regular grooming, and medical care. Overall, owning a Doberman requires a lot of commitment, time, and resources, but for me, the rewards of having such a loving and loyal companion are well worth it.

jeanette.kertzmann

Hello everyone! I have also had the pleasure of owning a Doberman, and I must say that they are definitely a one-of-a-kind breed. They possess an intelligence that is hard to match, but this can also make them a bit too smart for their own good. In my experience, Dobermans can be crafty, and will often find ways to outsmart their owners if they feel like they're not getting enough attention.

Another drawback to owning a Doberman is their tendency to be protective to the point of aggression if not raised properly. This breed is fiercely loyal and will protect their owner at all costs, sometimes leading to overly aggressive behavior. To prevent this, Dobermans need to be socialized at a young age and have regular interactions with other people and pets.

Lastly, grooming a Doberman can be a bit of a health issue as well. They have a short, sleek coat that doesn't require a lot of upkeep, but it's important to maintain good hygiene to prevent skin irritations or infections. Additionally, their ears tend to stand up, which can lead to ear infections if not cleaned regularly.

All in all, Dobermans can be wonderful pets for the right owner. They require a lot of attention and exercise but are loyal, intelligent, and protective. However, it's important to consider their tendency toward aggression and to be aware of the importance of proper training and socialization. While they're not for everyone, if you have the time and energy to devote to a Doberman, they can be a great addition to any family.

qmurphy

Hello! I wanted to share some of my experience as a Doberman owner. I have found that this breed can be a great companion, but there are definitely challenges to be aware of. One thing that surprised me when I got my Doberman was how much attention they crave. They need lots of love and affection, and may become anxious or depressed if they don't get enough interaction with their owners.

Another thing to consider is that Doberman's have a reputation for being aggressive, but in my experience, it’s all about early socialization and training. They can be great with children and other animals if they are introduced at a young age and taught what is acceptable behavior. However, if they are not socialized well, they can become aggressive toward other animals, even if they are usually friendly towards people.

Furthermore, Doberman's are very intelligent and require a lot of stimulation to keep them mentally sharp. My dog loves to learn new tricks and thrives on obedience training, but this requires a lot of patience and creativity on my part. If you're not interested in working with your dog regularly, you may find it difficult to own a Doberman.

Finally, one issue that may not be obvious when considering this breed is bloat. Doberman's are at a higher risk for this condition, which can be fatal. You can lower this risk by feeding them smaller, more frequent meals and avoiding exercise right after eating.

All in all, Doberman ownership is definitely not for everyone, but if you're up for the commitment, they can be a loving, protective, and entertaining companion for many years.

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