Doberman Pinscher Dog Breed Information Center (DPIC) is a non-profit organization which was founded in 1986. DPIC is registered with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Its mission is to promote responsible dog ownership through education, research, and public awareness. DPIC promotes the health, welfare and well being of dogs through education programs, research projects, publications and other means.
The following are some of the main points of interest:
• About the breed • About their history • About their characteristics • About their behavior • About their training methods • Their coat and health care requirements.
About the breed
The German Shepherd Dog is one of the oldest breeds of dogs ever created. They were first used in Germany during World War I and later they served in every major conflict since then. The German shepherd dog is known for its loyalty, courage, endurance and tenacity. These qualities make them excellent guard dogs or search and rescue dogs. Their large size makes them ideal for guarding livestock or even protecting your home from intruders!
The doberman pinscher was bred down from the German shepherd dog to become a smaller, more manageable dog. Their history dates back to 1912 when they were specifically bred to be reliable family dogs and protection dogs.
About their history
The Doberman Pinscher officially became a recognized breed in 1913. They were bred down from the larger German Shepherd Dog by a tax collector from Germany, Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann. He wanted to create a dog who was not only a good guard dog, but a dog that was manageable enough to be a companion for his wife. The smaller dog that is seen today is a result of careful breeding that included German Shepherds, Weimaraners, and Rottweilers. Their breed standards were finally recognized in 1931 and they became the first dog to be specifically bred as an attack dog.
About their characteristics
Dobermans are often considered better family dogs than German Shepherds. Their loyalty, intelligence, and trainability make them excellent pets for active families. They are very manageable in small apartments as long as they get enough exercise. Doberman puppies are born black and tan and will not show their full color until they are about three months old. The Doberman is a natural guard dog who tends to be suspicious of strangers.
They do not usually begin life as aggressive dogs, but instead warn you when someone they do not know approaches your home. They can be trained to be more aggressive though, so training them when they are puppies is extremely important.
About their behavior
If you want a dog who…
Is large and imposing, so makes an excellent guard dog
Is either black or dark red, with the option of having a fully black saddle (blanket)
Has a short, shiny coat that is easy to care for
Is good with children and other animals A Doberman pinscher might be right for you.
If you don’t want a dog that…
Is prone to a number of health problems and has a relatively short life span
Is energetic and requires lots of exercise or will whine and get into trouble
Can be aggressive with children and strangers, especially if not trained or socialized correctly A Doberman pinscher might not be right for you.
About their training
Doberman Pinschers are often thought of as being one of the most intelligent breeds of dogs. They are certainly more intelligent than their size would indicate. They learn things quickly, especially if the lessons involve some kind of reward. These dogs respond well to a peaceful, positive approach to training. They are not the type of dog you can raise your voice to or you will risk them becoming fearful or even aggressive themselves.
You must be calm, assertive and patient when training this dog. Be sure to use rewards and never resort to violence.
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