German Shepherd mix puppy
The Doberman Shepherd is a giant-sized, breed developed by crossing the German Shepherd and the Doberman Pinscher. These well-muscled, robust and compact dogs have an attractive appearance similar to their parents. They may have large, erect ears like the German Shepherd or even droopy ones. Owing to their versatile nature, they excel in a series of activities including racing, herding, sighting and military services.
Like all other designer breeds, this one too had evolved during the 1990s. Though not much is known about the history of its origination, breeders may probably have wanted to develop a kind of dog that would possess the intelligence, guarding instincts and hardy nature of both its parents, at the same time being attractive to look at.
Temperament and Personality
Inheriting the loyalty, intelligence and watchful nature of both its parents they can make for an excellent guard dog, going to any extent to safeguard the security of its masters.
Their strong-willed and dominant nature may sometimes cause them to be stubborn, which is one of the reasons why they are not recommended for younger children until socialized.
Despite their inherent obstinate disposition, many owners have found these dogs to be loving, affectionate and well-mannered, that may be polished with proper training.
Like most dogs, this one too loves to be in the company of people always, suffering from separation anxiety when left alone.
Similar to their Doberman Pinscher parent, this breed may not cope well with the cold weather, needing to be kept indoors during these times.
These athletic dogs need proper physical activities so that they do not get destructive sitting idle. Taking it out on regular walks and giving it sufficient playtime in a big yard would help it to be physically and mentally fit.
Being low shedders, they do not need much grooming. However, it is required to brush their coat three to four times a week. Bathe your pet whenever it gets dirty. Other measures like brushing its teeth, trimming the nails and wiping its eyes as well as ears are essential to ensure proper hygiene.
Though the Doberman Shepherd does not suffer from any known genetic problems, it may acquire the health concerns of its parents like bone dysplasia, heart disease, eye ailments or allergies.
Obedience: Make sure you give rewards in the form of treats at short intervals while teaching it certain commands like “stay”, “off” or “sit” so that it begins to enjoy the training process rather than resenting your instructions. You should lay particular emphasis on the command “stop” so that he ceases to bark or restores normal behavior once a threat is diminished.
Socialization: To channelize their guard dog instinct in a positive way, it is needed to make them interact more with people and animals, so that they gradually learn to differentiate threats and negative experiences from regular occurrences and do not get aggressive at everything.
Separation anxiety: It may be increasingly stubborn if it has the Doberman-like separation anxiety inherent in it. One of the ways you can counter it is by keeping your pet alone for some time during the day with the span increasing eventually. For this, you would need a safe area in your home that will comprise of its bedding, toys or other belongings. This will help it to gain self-confidence.