Doberman Pinscher Information
The Doberman pinscher
was first developed in the late 1800's in Germany. It was primarily used to be an excellent watchdog and protector, but it was also used to heard sheep, kill mice and other rodents, and was also a gun dog.
Karl Louis Dobermann was the one who bred and helped create the dog, and the Doberman is one of the few dog breeds named after a person. This dog is the official mascot for the Marine Corps and has fought in both World Wars.
The Doberman Pinscher is an incredibly loyal dog and will do anything to protect its master. They enjoy being surrounded by humans and should be walked and played with constantly. Since they have a very protective attitude, they do not get along well with other animals or pets unless they are introduced at an early age. It takes them a little while to get used to new friends or strangers that enter into the house.
When it comes to aggression, Doberman Dogs have a high aggression-rate towards strangers. However, the rate of attacks against their own owners is extremely low. Doberman Pinschers are still cautious and wary of friends and family members even after they have known these people for a good part of their life. They tend to stick to one person in the household and follow them around more than the others.
The dog is best with older and well-behaved children as oppose to young toddlers. It is recommended to take extra caution when the dog is around children that are smaller than him. The dog loves attention and should not be left home alone for long periods of time. Doberman pinschers are not good for families where both of the dominant members of the household work jobs.
The Doberman has very short and tidy hair, which requires minimal to no grooming. To remove any loose hair, owners can try running a brush through their hair or running a wet clothe over their body. Dog dental hygiene is necessary to help prevent cavities and tooth decay.
Washing the dog should be done only when necessary. If they live inside the house then bathing them once every two to three months is sufficient. If they live outside then they should be cleaned once a month.
Dobermans can live anywhere between 10 to 14 years. Owners should be aware of certain health conditions their Doberman could have and prepare a well-stocked Dog First Aid Kit for them. Many Dobermans die from dilated cardiomyopathy. About 40% of all dilated cardiomyopathy cases are from Dobermans.
It is then followed by German Shepherds, which account for 13% of all cases. In a normal case after the dog's diagnosis, they live only 2 months. In other breeds the expected time is 8 months. The reason for such a deadly disease is unknown, but experts suspect that it is an autosomal dominant trait that is inherited genetically.
These dogs have been know to get cervical vertebral instability, von Willebrand's disease, prostatic disease, hypothyroidism, and Dog Hip Dysplasia.
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