Buying A Doberman?
A dog is for life. Please read the following before taking on the huge responsibility of dog ownership.
Before you buy a Doberman puppy
Owning a puppy can bring much joy and be the beginning of many years of happiness. Dobermans make wonderful pets, for those who are prepared to offer time, patience, love and commitment. For those who are neglectful a Doberman will bring only misery, distress and finally heart-break.
If you are considering dog ownership there are some things you will want to consider; such as the size of your yard, the time you will need to exercise and groom the fully grown dog, the costs associated with feeding, veterinary care and boarding kennels.
You will also need to take into account the number of hours each day the puppy will be left alone and whether you want your dog to spend most of its time inside, outside, how much a part of the family you are expecting your Doberman to be and whether or not you will crate train the dog.
Considering these questions will help determine whether this breed is suited to you and your family’s lifestyle. Doberman puppies need regular and consistent training. It is essential all members of the family give the dog basic commands to reinforce the puppy’s place in the family hierarchy. Once a puppy knows its place it will help it grow into a well adjusted confident dog.
Buying a Doberman puppy is no different than taking on any other long-term commitment, the more knowledgeable you are, the better off you will be. I strongly recommend you take enough time to thoroughly investigate and research the breed and identify a short list of ideal breeders, before committing to buying a Doberman puppy. Remember a dog is for life.
Choosing a Doberman
The advantage of choosing a purebred Doberman is that you have an accurate idea of the fully grown dog size, temperament, exercise requirements, grooming needs and trainability. Full knowledge of the care an adult Doberman needs is key to deciding if a Doberman is really the best breed for you and your family.
Picking a breed of dog with similar exercise requirements and activity levels to your own will lead to a happier coexistence. You will need to consider the size of your home and if you are intending to leave the dog outside during the day you will need a fully fenced yard.
It is really important to be honest with yourself and now is a great time to change your mind if you are having second thoughts about the suitability of the breed.
Selecting a breeder
Ensure you buy your Doberman puppy from a responsible and respected breeder.
Responsible breeders, above all else are interested in the development of the Doberman breed and that their puppies go to safe, caring homes. A responsible breeder will be vetting you as much as you are them. Ask lots of questions and don’t be afraid to demonstrate you are knowledgeable about the breed, state why you want a Doberman in particular and that you have experience with medium or large dogs.
When viewing the puppies ask to see the dam of the puppies and if possible the sire as well. Observe how the breeder’s dogs interact with the breeder. They should be eager to see their master and be friendly around them. A dog that is shy of it master is not being well treated. Beware.
How much does a Doberman puppy cost?
Cheap Doberman puppies often end up being expensive dogs. This is no time for bargain hunting. Attempting to save money now will almost always leave you worse off later on and potentially heart-broken. A puppy will be a member of your family for its lifetime (10 to 15 years), so be happy spending money up front with a respected Doberman breeder. Responsible breeders charge fair prices. If you have done your homework and researched breeders in your area then you will have a good idea of what constitutes a fair price.
Can you afford to keep a Doberman puppy?
The purchase price of your puppy is probably the cheapest of your expenses. A puppy will need proper care including good food, health care, annual shots and vaccinations, as well as registration, a collar and tag, food and water bowls, a bed and a leash, kennel and crate.
On top of that your puppy will have lifelong healthcare needs. Injuries or illnesses can happen at any time, regardless of how well you care for your dog. Owning a dog is hugely rewarding but it is also a big responsibility.
Caring for your dog
Obedience training for you and your dog
One way to make your dog a good, upstanding member of the community is to have him well trained. A well trained Doberman is the result of the dog’s owner being able to work with him regularly and systematically. This time, effort and patience are other aspects that should be factored into your decision to own a Doberman.
What do you think?
Have I missed anything? So many dogs end up in shelters because their owners didn’t think of the long term implications before they bought that cute little puppy home. What would you suggest? Please leave a comment below. Thanks.