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Despite those movies that show people fleeing from vicious attack Dobermans, these dogs are usually wonderful family pets and the children in the family know that their huge, scary looking dog is actually a marshmallow where they are concerned. Many people who are looking for Doberman Pinscher puppies for sale are interested in finding a dog that will defend its family if they are faced with danger, but will also be quite happy to don some dress up clothes and have tea with the kids.
As you look for a Doberman puppy, think about the way ads are worded. If the emphasis is on the dog's ability to attack intruders, you may want to keep looking. Yes, Dobermans are usually great pets, but you don't want to look for a family dog that was bred with the emphasis on aggression. Instead, look for an ad that emphasizes temperament and loyalty.
If you do want a dog that is more protector than friend, consider buying a Doberman that was properly trained to be a guard dog. Ask for references and follow up to make sure the other dogs the breeder sold are well adjusted animals and safe to be around. Unfortunately, not every person who trains Dobermans does so in a way that creates a loyal, devoted dog.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|