Facts and Myths about the Doberman Pinscher

7 Jan


I’d like to buy a Doberman puppy—do you have any “King” Dobermans?
There is no such thing as a “King” Doberman. Or a “Superior” or “Excelsior” Doberman either. These terms refer to nothing more than an oversized Doberman. Dobermans are medium-sized, agile dogs; they must be to perform the job they were bred to do. If you want a 32-inch tall dog, perhaps a larger breed would be more suitable.

I’m looking for a puppy—do you have any miniature Dobermans?
Again, there is no such thing as a miniature Doberman. Most people inquiring about miniatures are looking for a miniature pinscher (Min Pin), a native German breed that has been known in that country for over 300 years. The miniature pinscher is 10-12½” at the shoulder and was originally used as a barnyard ratter. They are in no way similar to a Doberman.

How old are they when their brain gets too large for their skull and they attack their owner?
You can’t imagine how often breeders are asked this question.  Of course it is physically impossible for the brain to outgrow the skull, but this myth persists and is believed as gospel by many otherwise-intelligent people.

How old are they when they turn on their owner?
This question may be related to the previous question. In any case, a healthy, well-bred Doberman, properly socialized and trained, doesn’t turn on his owner. Period.

I’ve heard that Dobermans are hard to train.
In fact, the opposite is true. Dobermans are very intelligent dogs and learn quickly. Because they are intelligent, they can be a challenge for an inexperienced trainer—if you’re not careful, before you know it your Doberman will have trained you! Training should begin with the breeder and must continue as soon as your puppy comes home. A good, puppy class is a must once the puppy has had two vaccinations, and ongoing obedience classes with a talented trainer would be advised. Dobermans do not respond well to outdated force training.

My last Doberman was really hyper—do you have any calm ones?
A well-bred Doberman should not be hyper, but you must remember that Dobermans are working dogs; they need mental and physical exercise. Many behavioural problems can surface due to boredom and/or lack of exercise. If you don’t give them something to do (i.e. training, games) they will find something to do. But that shouldn’t mean they won’t park themselves on the couch with you when you want to watch television. Most Dobes want to be with their owners, no matter what the activity.

Also, dogs are like people in that some are more active than others. Part of a breeders responsibility is to match a busy puppy with a busy owner and a quieter puppy with a less active owner. No one knows the puppies better than the breeder who has spent countless hours with them.

I’ve heard that if I breed my female it will help settle her down.
Absolutely not. Apart from the fact that we already have far too many backyard breeders who know nothing about the breed and have no concern for health or temperament, consider why she needs to be settled down. What behaviours are causing the concern? Having a litter is no substitute for training your dog to be a well-mannered member of your family.

I’ve heard that Dobermans don’t shed.
If only it were true! They do lose hair—sometimes a lot—but they don’t shed undercoat that produces the fluff balls most people associate with shedding.

I’ve heard that cropping makes them mean.
No, this too is incorrect.  Ear cropping is a major operation done under anaesthetic. It takes a couple of days for the puppies to be back to normal; in two weeks the stitches are removed and the ears are completely healed.


My baby boy, Logan


23 Responses to “Facts and Myths about the Doberman Pinscher”

  1. Pooya January 8, 2011 at 1:39 am #

    Your baby boy, Logan is Magnificent!!!
    Great Post as usual :)

  2. Irondobe July 28, 2011 at 12:58 am #

    Interesting myths about the Doberman .Article have to explain answer related to Doberman in best way……………Thanks………..

  3. Richard Z September 2, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    You did a great job explaining the myths and fact, the sad thing is that I receive calls all the time regarding the same myths, and most people seem to believe and spread the myth rather than fact. Some people are so ignorant as to even say that experience means nothing and they seem to feel they know better just because they bought a king or mini Doberman once off of kijiji.
    Some people are just nuts.

    P.S. Keep up the good work :)

  4. julie October 29, 2011 at 3:00 am #

    very informative and helpful, thank you

  5. pet store November 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d without a doubt donate to this brilliant blog! I guess for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to
    my Google account. I look forward to brand new updates and will share this blog with my Facebook group.
    Chat soon!

    • thehydrant November 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

      Thanks so much for your support, we really appreciate it!

  6. J.C. February 5, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

    HI, my cousin owned a Doberman from the time that it was just a few months old. I saw this same dog attack him while he was visiting us. He was about to leave and the dog was on a leash but it didn’t want to go. When he pulled on the leash to get him to come he then got angry and bit him. He was not afraid of the dog so he held on to the leash and got him under control. But he did not keep the dog after that event. I know you weren’t there to see it happen. But, what are some things that would make a dog attack its owner?

  7. We absolutely love your blog and find almost all of your
    post’s to be exactly what I’m looking for. Does one offer
    guest writers to write content for yourself? I wouldn’t mind composing a post or elaborating on some of the subjects you write in relation to here. Again, awesome site!

    • thehydrant April 6, 2013 at 10:04 am #

      At the moment we do not have any guest writers but thanks for the suggestion, we will keep it in mind!

  8. Anonymous April 10, 2013 at 12:06 am #

    Have you ever considered about adding a little bit more than just your articles?

    I mean, what you say is important and everything. But think of if
    you added some great pictures or videos to give your posts more, “pop”!

    Your content is excellent but with pics and videos, this site could definitely
    be one of the most beneficial in its field. Fantastic blog!

  9. Hello there I am so excited I found your website, I really found
    you by mistake, while I was researching on Yahoo for something else, Nonetheless I am here now and would just like to say kudos for a tremendous post and a all round thrilling blog
    (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to look over it all at the moment but I have saved it and also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read a great deal more, Please do keep up the great job.

  10. washington hot rods for sale April 25, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    What’s up to every one, it’s actually a nice for me to go to see this web site, it consists of valuable Information.

  11. Brandy April 28, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    It is in reality a nice and helpful piece of information.

    I’m glad that you shared this useful info with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.

  12. insurance day April 30, 2013 at 12:17 am #

    What’s up, for all time i used to check web site posts here in the early hours in the dawn, since i like to gain knowledge of more and more.

  13. Thanks for finally talking about >Facts and Myths about the Doberman Pinscher | The Hydrant Blog
    <Liked it!

  14. quality medium goldendoodle details May 9, 2013 at 4:50 am #

    Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on
    the video to make your point. You obviously know what youre talking about, why throw away your intelligence on just posting videos
    to your weblog when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?

  15. Howdy! I could have sworn I’ve been to this site before but after checking through some of the post I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyways, I’m definitely glad I found it and I’ll be
    bookmarking and checking back often!

  16. gardening tips May 20, 2013 at 6:42 am #

    I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something
    to do with internet browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to
    let you know.
    The design and style look great though!
    Hope you get the problem solved soon.

  17. Muscle Maximizer Review June 25, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    ll see much better results with this diet plan than
    you would with others that use some generic formula to calculate your nutrient needs.
    Check out this article instantly to determine for yourself.

    It will never feature large degrees of filler information, or even lengthy explanations.

  18. teacup australian Shepherds June 29, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    Hey there are using WordPress for your site platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and create my own.
    Do you require any coding expertise to make your own
    blog? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  19. Kimberly July 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    I’ve always had Dobies. The myth that
    bugs me the most is “I’ve got a Warlock Doberman” Brahms Warlock was a Doberman in the 70’s that was an exquisite representation of the breed. He was not large or thicker haired. My dad had a Doberman in the late 70’s early 80’s Brahms actually was in his genetic history. Even that long ago Warlock was 5 generations back in his bloodline.

  20. dennis mccary July 31, 2013 at 3:41 am #

    my female Doberman is 3 months old and I need to train her from chasing my cats, how do I do that? and she is hyper I need to stop her from jumping on people and biting

  21. dermatology associates August 18, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    Nice blog here! Also your site loads up fast!
    What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host?
    I wish my web site loaded up as fast as yours lol

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,065 other followers

%d bloggers like this: