The Doberman’s appearance (properly spelt as ‘Dobermann’ in Australia) is that of a sleek coat, muscular build, and characteristic cropped ears. In decades past these dogs have been used a lot by the police and military, however are still mainly seen as a beloved family companion. Dobermans don’t go looking for trouble and are trustworthy with kids and guests alike, treating them kindly. If you are not a strong leader however, they will assume the alpha role in the household. Dobermans are not for everyone due mainly to their size and active nature. Dobermans are a very intelligent breed and require plenty of mental exercise to keep them well-behaved.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Do not leave a Dobie out in the backyard for long periods of time, or even consider chaining him up outside. These dogs should remain inside with the family and be an active participant in all family activities. They thrive in a home with a large securely fenced backyard that allows plenty of romping around outdoors. Tail docking is something to keep in mind as it is done at a young age. Ear cropping is the owners responsibility and must be done by a veterinarian when the puppy is only a few months old.
Common Health Issues
Dobermanns are prone to: Von Willebrand's Disease, Wobbler's Syndrome, DCM (Dilated Cardio Myopathy).