Things to Know Before Owning a Doberman
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Those that share their home with Doberman Pinschers and Doberman Pinscher mixes often describe them as being loyal, dedicated and affectionate with family members though they can be very reserved with strangers. The Dobe is an active breed and should be provided with plenty of mental and physical activity on a daily basis. This breed is often super energetic with equal parts strength and stamina.
The Dobe needs a strong alpha human in his life but will appreciate understanding his position in the pack. A Doberman’s dominance instinct and temperament can vary tremendously depending on the how well the human pack leader understands and responds to canine behavior. A Doberman Pinscher that is not given ample exercise and mental stimulation is more likely to become frustrated and destructive. When properly trained they make great pets and are even used as therapy dogs.
Their short, fine coat is quite easy to groom. Occasional brushing and a bath when needed is usually enough maintenance for this breed. Doberman Pinschers may be prone to sensitive skin issues, bloat, hip dysplasia and congenital heart defects.
5 Reasons to Consider Adopting Over Buying a Doberman for sale from a store, or Doberman Breeder:
Adoption is More Affordable - Typically, adoption fees are much less than you’d pay for a Doberman dogs and puppies for sale at a pet store, or even a reputable Doberman breeder. Adopting is especially a great deal because usually rescued dogs and puppies have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and have been spayed or neutered. It all adds up, but when you choose pet adoption you are paying less for a dog or puppy who is just as perfect as one you’d find for sale!
Near Purebreds & Healthy Mixes - Looking for a specific type of dog or puppy? It is estimated that 30% of all shelter animals are purebred, including Dobermans. There are also Doberman rescue organizations specifically devoted to rescuing and adopting out only Dobermans. On the other hand, you can find your own one-of-a-kind, amazing mixed-breed dog in a shelter. We love those fabulous mutts! Due to a larger gene pool to draw from, often mixed-breed dogs have fewer behavioral problems or health issues, and can even live longer than purebred dogs. In short, whatever you’re looking for you can find at your local shelter or rescue group, and right here on Adopt-a-Pet.com.
Be a Hero - Selecting a Doberman rescue group or going to your local animal shelter means that you are saving a dog's life. In truth, you are also making room for another dog to enter the shelter; therefore, you are saving another! When you choose to adopt, you’re an instant hero.
- Adult Adoption = Less Stress - Adopting an adult dog has many advantages. Adult dogs in shelters often have already been in homes, and many have already be housebroken or have had obedience-trained. Also, since adult dogs’ personalities are already established, it is easy to tell if they are good with children, or familiar and comfortable with other pets. One thing is certain; adult dogs require less attention and less work than puppies do. Best of all, any rescued dog will be forever grateful you saved their life.
- Finding the Right Match - Often rescue group and animal shelter staff and volunteers know the personalities of animals, meaning they will know the individual Doberman dogs and puppies in their care. They will be able to better match you up with a dog that fits your lifestyle and activities. This is one of many advantages to finding an adult Doberman dog for adoption, rather than for sale.
Doberman Focused Rescues
Below you'll find many Doberman focused rescue organizations. This is not a complete list! If you are a Doberman focused rescue and would like to be included, please sign up for an Adopt-a-Pet.com account here, then submit your request using the Contact Us link after you login to your Adopt-a-Pet.com rescue or shelter account. Thank you!