What are the things you know about Doberman? Do you know well enough about them?
There are many nice things to know about Doberman breed. Because this dog breed has a very good trait that perfectly fits a strong-willed pet owner. Listed below are the 23 facts you must know about dobermans:
1. Doberman originated in Germany
It was first bred in the town of Apolda, Germany.
2. Named after a German Tax Collector
Doberman dog breed was named after Herr Karl Louis Doberman, a German tax collector who needed dog protection for his job. That time Herr’s career took him to some shady parts of the town and he felt that he needed a dog companion to protect him in his travel for work.
3. Created in the late 19th century
The Doberman breed is fairly a new dog breed since it is less than 150 years old.
4. It is a war hero.
A Doberman was the first canine casualty in the Battle of Guam year 1994 during World War II. The Doberman’s name was Kurt.
5. Ranked as 5th of the smartest dog breed
Dobermans are highly intelligent dog breeds. They can understand up to 50 words of the human language.
6. Belongs to the Medium-sized breed
Dobermans are more compact than large breeds. Their size is ideal for pet owners who do not want a small breed and yet do not have a room for a large dog breed.
7. Can be easily trained
Because Dobermans are highly intelligent, they can be easily taught. So if you have a Doberman or planning to have one, start training them. A piece of advice for dogs in general, train them immediately during the puppy stage.
8. They are part of Drill Teams
The famous Doberman Drill Teams were started by Tess Henseler, wherein they showcased the dog’s intelligence and agility. The first Doberman Drill Team performance was in 1959 at the Westminster KC dog show in Madison Square Garden New York City.
9. This dog breed is human friendly
Dobermans are good companions. Well in fact they are friendly even with children. This dog breed loves to cuddle and they are clingy. They love their owners that they want to be with them every second of the day.
10. Dobermans are very active
Yes this dog breed belongs to the top 20 most active dog breeds. They have to be involved in several activities so they can use up their considerable energy. Some say that Dobermans require 40 minutes of exercise per day. Include them in your daily physical activities such as jogging or walking.
11. Requires smaller feed intake than large breeds
Obviously because they are smaller than large breeds, they need a lesser feed intake compared to large breeds and definitely more feed intake compared with small breeds.
12. Requires more exercise or activities
Because a Doberman is an active dog, you need to involve him or her in several activities or exercises. This way you will be able to consume all of his energy for the day.
13. Lesser chance to destroy your personal belongings
Because a Doberman is a medium-sized dog, they have a lesser chance of hitting your things over with their wagging tails.
14. Easier to handle compared with large breeds
Since they are smaller than large breeds, they are less likely to pull you over whenever they are excited.
15. Dobermans have a weak point (tails and ears)
This dog breed has a weak point, the tails, and ears. Why Tail, because it is thin that makes it more sensitive and fragile. Why the ears? Because this breed is prone to ear infection due to its floppy ears, it prevents air from easily flowing from the ear canals.
16. Bred to be, Guard Dog
Since this dog breed is protective in nature, they were bred as Guard Dog. In fact it belongs to the top 10 Guard dog breeds.
17. Decades of breeding have made the Doberman gentler.
At first Dobermans were bred to be fierce. In fact when they breed Dobermans, they only choose the toughest one.
18. They hate the cold and being wet.
When it is raining outside, you will notice that a Doberman will refuse to go out.
19. They are prone to Cervical Spondylitis or also known as Canine Wobbler Syndrome.
The canine wobbler syndrome is a neck disease or the cervical spine. Dogs who have this disease experience neck pain due to compression of the spinal nerve roots and spinal cord. When it gets worst it leads to neurological disability.
20. Dobermans are prone to Dilated Cardiomyopathy or heart failure.
Dilated Cardiomyopathy is a common disease in Doberman breed. It is a heart muscle disease wherein the heart becomes dilated and thin-walled. If your dog has this disease, you will see signs of ventricular arrhythmia, dog faints, or worst sudden death.
21. Hip Dysplasia is common in this breed
When your Doberman has hip dysplasia you will see the following symptoms:
• their mobility is slower than the usual
• they will have difficulty in getting up and lying down
• they refuse to play, walk, or jump
• loss of appetite
• mood changes
• barking when touched
• muscle atrophy
• pain in the joints
• stiffness in their joints
• not active
So better keep the skeletal system of your dog healthy. Start feeding them with a healthy diet during the puppy stage. Because giving adequate nutrition for their bones at the puppy stage will help in maintaining a healthy bone and joint development.
22. Doberman is spelled with a single “N” or double “N”
You can either spell this dog breed as Doberman or Dobermann. Both are correct. It’s just some countries that spell it with a single “N” and there are countries that spell with double “N”.
23. This breed has an excellent hearing.
Dobermans have good hearing skills. According to experts, a Doberman can hear sounds over 250 yards away. You will have a hard time hiding from them. Amazing right?