Dobermans are seen as a vicious, ready to fight breed, and the truth is that, if someone does something wrong, they will comply with the role they were designed for. However, you should not fall into the same trap as others who believe that these dogs are dangerous and will attack for no reason. They are loyal to their families, and they are amazing friends to have by your side.
I want to tell you a few things about Dobermans that I think you should know. They will help you understand this breed better, and maybe you won’t hesitate to get a Doberman the next time you want a new puppy and a new friend in your life.
The practice of docking their ears and tails is not inhumane
It is true that, back in the days, Dobermans had their ears and tails docked because these anatomy parts were considered weaknesses in fights. Their tails or ears could be grabbed on and torn, resulting in infections. In an era where advanced treatments were not the norm, that could just as be equal to a death sentence.
But, in this day and age, where Dobermans are no longer raised to be fighters, this practice may seem inhumane. It may surprise you to learn that it serves a purpose. Docking the ears helps to avoid ear infections that can happen when the inside is not ventilated enough. And Dobermans’ tails are notoriously easy to break, so docking them contributes to preventing accidents.
They are extremely affectionate animals
Forget about the image of the vicious Doberman that cannot be swayed by common affection. These dogs are affectionate, and they only thrive on your love and care. They are usually good with kids but keep in mind that they remain faithful to their owner, in particular, all their lives.
White Dobermans are a mutation, and they become sick quickly
Dobermans come in a few colors, but white should not be one of them. Professional breeders try avoiding to create albino puppies since they are known to suffer from severe health issues. Some people tend to think that they are some rarity and are willing to spend a lot of money on such a puppy, unaware of the genetic mutation that causes the discoloration, as well as other problems.
Dobermans mature late
Don’t be surprised to see what seems to look like a full grown dog doing stuff only puppies do. Dobermans take longer to grow up, compared to other breeds, and their development requires at least two years of their lives.
Order is essential
Dobermans tend to act up if they live in a household without clear rules. They need to know their place in the pack, and they need to see their owner as a strong pack leader, or else they tend to misbehave.