If you are thinking of rehoming or purchasing a dobermann please source as much information as possible about the breed, even if you have had one before. If you have not owned a puppy or young dog for some years remember these dogs are high on energy and maintenance! There is a wealth of up-to-date information on the internet and many good books available which make interesting and informative reading.
Telephone one of the rescue rehoming co-ordinators for advice if you are considering bringing a Dobermann into your home. See contact numbers of Dobermann Rescue organisations in the U.K.
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Dobes require a great deal of time, love, understanding and exercise especially when adjusting to a new environment, however, your new companion will reward you a hundred fold.
Many of the pitfalls that follow will seem obvious, but sadly they are the reason that so many dogs need rehoming.
Some Points to Consider
Never buy a Dobe for your child. If you do buy a pup and have children, make sure that you teach your children how to behave with and respect the dog as well as training your Dobermann. A
pup is not to be used as a living toy, it is not a play-thing.
Make sure if you are bringing a Dobe into the family that the dog is wanted by ALL members in particular the person who will be the main carer. For instance a man may buy a pup expecting his wife or partner to care for and train the dog. In turn the wife or partner may have no experience with animals, never mind time for training a puppy whilst looking after the family. This situation can result in the dog being unwanted and ending up in a rescue kennel. Disaster for all.
Ensure you have a secure garden with a fence at least five feet high. Dobes are excellent jumpers!
Generally flats are not a suitable environment for a Dobermann and your home will need its own secure garden.
Not keen on walking? Don’t have time to exercise a dog, then you should not consider having a Dobermann. Pups should only have restricted exercise as recommended by the breeder and detailed in your Puppy Pack. Never buy a puppy which you do not see with its mother. If the bitch is aggressive do not buy a puppy from her litter.
Dobermanns are very sensitive to atmosphere so if there is conflict or tension within your family a Dobermann is not for you. The actions of an owner can affect any dog’s behaviour.
Moving house? Dobermanns need to live in a stable environment so if you are considering an imminent move, are unsure about future work patterns or planning a holiday within weeks then leave the purchase of a new pup or re-homing a rescue dog until you are able to offer your dog a stable routine and environment.
Young Dobermanns’ require continuing training, socialisation and education in their formative years and are therefore not suitable for owners where they will be left on their own for the majority of the day. Dobes enjoy home comforts and being part of the family unit.
To keep your dog in peak condition consider one of better brands of dog food.Some reputable dog foods are:
- James Wellbeloved
- Arden Grange
- Burgess Sensitive
With all the above choose the gluten free sensitive brands, it can save on smells and funny tummies!
It is advisable to feed your adult dobe twice a day and from a raised bowl which can help to prevent neck and back injuries and in younger dogs splaying of front legs and feet. It also aids
their digestion which may help to prevent bloat. An interesting new feeding dish is the Gobblenot for greedy feeders. Any feed back welcome!
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Dobermanns crave company and want to be part of the family. Isolation and exclusion create misery for a Dobe and can trigger anxiety and behavioural problems which can be very difficult to
correct. Owners who have not truly considered the responsibilities of owning a Dobermann means that rescue and welfare organisations often collect dogs from awful and unsuitable environments such as
a tatty shed, tethered to a post or shut in an enclosed yard with no shelter from the elements, kept in a cellar, abandoned in an empty house or crated for the day whilst the owner is out at work. No
life for ANY dog.
Before you decide to have a Dobermann please consider the needs of the dog and whether your circumstance are compatible with the requirements of this breed. Remember if in any doubt please do not
hesitate to call our web-line 01346 532227.
Break the rules and you will surely be one of the many who have brought the breed into disrepute and cause the Dobermann you selected untold misery.
Listed below are other Dobermann agencies which may offer advice
Dobermann Rescue Limited
Mrs Ann Gibbins tel: (01268) 733353 Essex
Dobermann Welfare Association Limited
Mrs Susan James Tel: (01685) 844362 Gwent, Wales.
Mrs Chris Omar Tel: (01276) 855326 Chobham, Surrey
Dobermanns in Need Limited
Mrs Valerie McDonald Tel: (01243) 542545. Sussex
The Dobermann Trust
Mrs Julie West – www.dobermanntrust.org.uk West Yorkshire
Hillbrae Dobermann Rescue
Marty (01952) 541254 Telford, Shropshire