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Q: How do I make a great choice in picking out a puppy?
Margie, San Antonio, March 2023
A: Matching up a puppy with a first-time Doberman owner does not have to be challenging or a mistake.
First of all, are you the right owner for a Doberman? Do you have time to play, walk and run your puppy that will quickly become an adult dog? Dobermans are active, energetic, and highly intelligent. They form a close bond with their master and family. They are affectionate dogs, demand attention and should be mentally challenged. Ideally, you need a nice-sized backyard, at a minimum, for exercise in addition to walking and running.
Given that you check all the boxes, as well as willing to make the commitment to put in the time and training for your Doberman, let’s proceed with the process of matching you with the right puppy.
If you are a woman, you should know that males have to have an alpha as they tend to be strong-willed. So, you will have to be dominant and loving at the same time. Furthermore, females tend to be more chill, fast learners, more attentive, typically not as aggressive and can be moody and sometimes will not readily follow commands initially.
Puppies, over time, often take on the trait of their master. If you are sociable, confident, and tenacious, you can pretty much expect the puppy to have some of the same traits. If you are shy, anxious, and introverted … guess what? Your puppy will probably grow up that way to a degree.
As for the litter, if you want a dominant, naturally aggressive, and protective dog, then consider picking the largest puppy of the litter. They generally tend to be all of that! The puppies that are the same size are not generally pushovers. They have traits of tenaciousness, curiosity, confidence, and playfulness and generally are good and solid picks of the litter. If you want a docile, and mild-mannered puppy then the smallest puppies in the litter may be a good pick for you if put in the observation work for confirmation.
Each puppy is different. If you are lucky enough to choose from a litter, spend some time observing them. Look at the different personalities. How do they play and interact with each other? Notice the ones who are dominant as well as the ones that are laid back. Which ones are more curious, energetic, aggressive, and more chill? Share your observations with the breeders and see if they agree. Ask for observation videos if available. You might find out the docile puppy is not a pushover and can be aggressive.
Now, I am going to confuse you! The majority of the puppies will have growth spurts and their weights will generally in two years level out to be the same unless you got the “man-child” of the litter. His size and weight generally will never level out with their siblings if he has a bigger and stronger bone structure. He typically will not be a show dog. He is probably going to grow up to be large, dominant, and with a big personality.
The personalities of the puppies won’t change much if you cultivate confidence, curiosity, and natural aggression. You must invest time and/or money if you want your puppy to be disciplined, protective, and sociable.
Lastly, if you want your puppy to be an adult protection or service dog, you will have to put in some observation hours and work closely with a good and frank breeder to nail your pick. In addition, if you want to enter your dog in IPO or Best of Breed Competitions there are a lot of other considerations in picking your puppy. So do your research before picking puppies for competitions like the ones just described.
Q: Is there such a dog called a ‘ Blue Doberman’ ?
Raphael, Rio De Janeiro
A:Yes, there is! The color is a result of a gene that inhibits full pigmentation which causes dilution. Dobermans will have a coat that has a hue of blue with rust markings.
You should be aware blue Dobermans have alopecia which is hair loss. Over time, the skin of the dog can be dry and scaly. Also, some area of the skin can really look bad.
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Q: I am thinking about getting a ‘Warlock’ Doberman. What can you tell me about them?
Rod, Tulsa, OK
A: Nothing! Warlocks are myths. Some litters have had exceptionally large Dobermans and some breeders have taken these dogs and bred them to have big offspring. A large Doberman shouldn’t weigh 115 plus pounds and be more than 35 inches in shoulder height in my opinion and “within my preferences.”
The weight and the height will increase significantly as well as the probability of hip dysplasia and elbow problems with extremely large big boned Dobermans
It will be increasingly risky to buy an American Doberman puppy that will probably top over 115 plus pounds and tall in stature.
You would be better off in procuring an European puppy who will top out to 105 to 108, lbs. which is the normal weight range for a larger male Doberman. Size really does matter!!!
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