Doberman Pinscher Dog Breed Information
The Doberman pinscher dog breed
is a noble, muscular animal that has become extremely popular in the United States over the past several decades.
Relatively recent additions to the Kennel Club, Dobermans are stalwart watchdogs with kind hearts and relatively friendly dispositions. They've gotten a bad rap over the years as being violent and overly aggressive, but that's just because that's what they're usually trained to be. In effect, the Doberman Pinscher Dog was specifically bred to be the most efficient protection animal, and they certainly live up to that standard.
Despite their origins and the public perception though, Doberman Pinscher Dogs are actually extremely friendly, and their pronounced sense of loyalty means that they won't attack anything unless they have the express permission of their master. Moreover, Doberman Pinschers will rarely ever attack their own master, and most hostility and aggression is directed outward towards strangers and external threats.
These days, Doberman Pinschers are used less and less for guard duties and more for simple home companionship. They are often bred to remove most hostility and aggression, resulting in a balanced, even tempered dog that loves companionship.
The look of the Doberman pinscher dog breed is very distinctive; they have a medium build that's muscular but not stocky. They're agile, and have a pointed snout that's reminiscent of a greyhound. In the past, most Dobermans had their ears and tails docked. Docking on a dog means that they were trimmed down. Therefore, most Dobermans have short stubs instead of fully grown tails, though the practice is becoming less common as the years go by.
The tails were docked right after they were born when they were just a few days old and their ears were docked when they were about two months of age. The entire idea of tail and ear docking is now considered inhumane by a lot of Doberman Pinscher Breeders, and it's actually become illegal in a lot of countries. In the United States, it's not illegal although many people look down on it.
In the Doberman pinscher dog breed, the ears were cropped specifically to allow them to hear better while they were guarding a home or building. Parts of the ears were trimmed off and then they were propped up with bandages and tape. When they developed, the cartilage then grew into a stiff, standing up position that allowed them to locate sounds more easily.
Ears that aren't cropped will fall down like the ears of any dogs, but the normal image of a Doberman is one with perked, upright ears due to this practice. Some organizations actually require the dog's ears and tail to be docked if it's going to perform in the show competition.
On the other side of the coin, some organizations actually won't allow any dog that has had its tails and ears docked.
Overall, Doberman Pinscher Dogs are very alert and energetic, making it a necessity to have a home with a lot of space if you're thinking of adopting one. A backyard would be ideal.
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