Doberman breed has 3 major types: working type (Western European or German working lines), European show type (European show with working ability), and American type (American show, no working ability). I cover this topic in more details in my original article Working doberman vs show doberman. In this article I want to discuss Doberman breeding […]
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I occasionally receive a question from my USA readers – should I spay-neuter my European Doberman? This question is specific to the US, because in Europe intact dogs are the norm. 1. The reason behind mass spay/neuter campaign in the US. You won’t see abandoned dogs running in packs on the streets in the US. […]
Dobermans are very high energy dogs. And also very intelligent. They love interacting with their owners and play games. Below is the list of a few outdoor games to play with your dog. This will help you have a great and productive time together during off-leash hikes. Before going on a hike – I always […]
Doberman health is a controversial topic in the doberman community worldwide. Despite modern diagnostic tools (DNA and medical tests) the longevity of the breed continues to decline due to Doberman genetic diseases. There are more and more Dobermans dying at a younger age. Ability to sell puppies worldwide through social media had dramatically changed mentality […]
I receive a lot of questions specifically about the first days after the puppy arrives at your home. The first days at home are the most exciting and difficult at the same time. You are excited to finally cuddle and play with your new puppy. For the puppy it is exciting because everything is new. […]
What is a working doberman? What is a show doberman? Is there a difference between working doberman vs show doberman? Doberman was created around 1890s in Germany by a tax collector to assist him in his job. The dogs lived with their master and had to be also good companion dogs. As a personal protection dog, […]
“Don’t open your eyes! Don’t move!” – my first thoughts as I was laying in my bed at the crack of dawn, woken up by my dog staring at me. My European Doberman came in to check if today, for some unknown reasons, I would decide to get up earlier. He wouldn’t want to miss […]
Growing up in Eastern Europe in 1980s – early 1990s – the term “dog food” didn’t exist. The best dog food was scraps from the table or homemade dog food. I remember establishing connections with local butchers to pickup weekly meat and bone leftovers from the market. At the end of 1990s commercial dog […]
Most of the dogs get pressure sores from laying on hard surfaces. My dobbies get them in summer, when they prefer cooler floor vs warm and soft bed. Overall pressure sores are harmless, but sometimes they get infected. Some warm summer days, my dobbie was licking one sore and made a bubu – it got […]
Where to find the best ear cropping vet in California? Ear cropping is a surgery, but also an art. As a good surgeon – the vet should be able to make a clean cut and do the stitches right; but as an artist – the vet has to give the ears a suitable shape, and […]
I made a quick decision to crop my puppy’s ears, took a long drive to Riverside for the surgery, and then realized I forgot how to post cropped ears. It’s been over 15 years since I’ve done it. What materials to use, how long to post, what to watch for? Nitro is 14 months now […]
Read my previous article – an overview on how to post cropped ears that describes different ear posting methods. Posting doberman ears with cotton swabs and nasal strips is an easy method. I recommend to use this method only for correction of already standing ears. I began using this method when my puppy was about […]
Read my previous article – an overview on how to post cropped ears that describes different ear posting methods. Ear posting with tampons seems to be the most common method. I found a Family Dobes ear posting tutorial that was easy to follow: There is an alternative way to use backers rod. It didn’t work […]
Read my previous article – an overview on how to post cropped ears that describes different ear posting methods. Well, Chihuahuas also want to be pretty! For the lack of another image, I’m using this photo (found online). I think this is the easiest way to post cropped ears. It is easy for a dog […]
Read my previous article – an overview on how to post cropped ears that describes different ear posting methods. I got this light ear posting method from my friend in Poland. Her puppy has a European show crop. This method uses only tape to shape the ears. I like this method because it is very […]
Being originally from Europe, there was the one and the only Doberman type that I knew – a strong athletic dog, with exceptional loyalty to his master, and superior protection ability. After moving to the US, I was surprised to learn that there is a difference between American vs European Doberman. Back in the days […]
How to change spoon splint for dogs? My little Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix injured his front leg. He must have been in pain for a couple of days until we figured out there is something wrong with him. He stopped eating and drinking and his limp got a lot worse.
How to measure blood pressure in dogs at home? Blood pressure in dogs is often overlooked. Dobermans are one of a few breeds that should be monitored for high blood pressure. I spent a few hundred dollars on blood pressure tests at vet clinics before realized I can do it home for fraction of the […]
I’ve posted a series of articles about my first experience of importing a dog from Europe to the US. Below are the links to the articles in chronological order: How to find a breeder in Europe? This article describes the steps I took when searching for a reputable European Doberman breeder in Europe. Doberman puppy […]
A question about doberman and child. How would a doberman behave with a teenager that visits a divorced parent? Q: I am retired military with a lot of time on my hands. I have owned other breeds before, but never a Dobie. I have been thinking about purchasing a Doberman, but do have one […]