Are you seriously considering adopting a Doberman puppy? If so, then you’ve come to the right place! We’ve put together some information on where to find Doberman puppies, as well as what to expect with a five-month-old Doberman puppy and more! Let’s get started!
What is a Doberman?
Dobermans, also known as Doberman Pinschers, were originally bred to work as guard dogs. No one knows for sure which breeds were used to create Dobermans. However, it’s thought that they may have included Rottweilers, Black & Tan terriers, and the German Pinscher
These dogs are famous for their sleek, black coats and athletic bodies. They also have a very regal appearance. Dobies (another name for Dobermans) are extremely intelligent and have a ton of energy! They’re often used in police and military work, as well as family guard dogs, companions, and in canine sports.
Dobies have a reputation for being fierce and extremely aggressive. While they are very protective, these dogs can also be very gentle, loving companions. But if their home or family are attacked, the Doberman can be fearless in defending their home and family.
The truth is that Dobermans love being part of a family. And they prefer being as close as possible to their favorite person. However, this is not the right dog for everyone. For one thing, Dobies are large and usually weigh between 60 to 80 lbs. They’re also very active and require plenty of mental stimulation. You’ll need to be prepared to ensure your fur baby gets plenty of exercise, too!
However, properly trained and socialized Dobies can make wonderful family companions. Especially if there’s a pet parent who understands the breed and how to train/socialize these beautiful dogs. Keep in mind that Dobermans will take over the alpha role in the household. This is why it’s essential that the pet parent understands these dogs and the need for consistent training from a young age.
Where Can You Adopt a Doberman Puppy?
The best places to adopt a Dobie are from reputable breeders or shelters that specialize in these amazing dogs. The places to avoid are backyard breeders and puppy mills. It’s true a backyard breeder may have healthy, well-adjusted puppies. However, you never know for sure if your dog is purebred or not.
There’s also no way to be certain that the parents did not pass along bad genes. Bad genes can cause horrible physical problems for the dogs later in life. Not only that, but these health problems can also be expensive for the pet parents. Still, it is possible to find a Dobie puppy raised by a backyard breeder, but this is not recommended.
Puppy mills are another problem and a place to avoid when looking for your Dobie fur baby. Puppy mills are run by breeders who are only interested in how much money they can make. They take no care in which dogs are bred or how often the mothers are bred. The breeders may not provide clean, spacious pens or cages for the dogs. And these places are usually very dirty and the dogs unkept. What’s more, the health of any puppies coming from such a facility is in question.
Instead, the best place to adopt your Doberman puppy is from a reputable breeder. Reputable breeders love their dogs and the breed they’ve chosen. The dogs and puppies will be kept clean and healthy. Their pens and cages are also clean and provide enough room. What’s more, the breeders ensure they breed only parents who are free of genetic problems, and the dogs are bred only once a year. The resulting puppies are healthier and well-adjusted. The breeder also begins to train and socialize the puppies at a young age.
If you don’t want a puppy from a reputable breeder, then you’re very likely to find beautiful Dobie puppies at a shelter that specializes in Dobermans. These facilities ensure the puppies are socialized and trained. They also provide the puppies with medical care, including their vaccinations. The place will also be clean, with plenty of space for the dogs and puppies.
Finally, if you’re not sure where to find a puppy, then you might also ask your vet. The vet may know of a local breeder who has puppies available for adoption. And we’re sure the vet will only recommend reputable breeders!
How Much Does a Doberman Puppy Cost?
The cost of a Dobie puppy will depend on various factors, including the location, the breeder, the puppy’s pedigree, and more. If you buy from a breeder, this is the most expensive adoption. Expect to pay between $1000 to $2500 for a puppy. If you want a dog with an excellent pedigree and/or a show dog, then the price will go much higher.
If you adopt a puppy from a shelter, the cost may be about $300. However, this also depends on the location. The price will be higher in urban areas and lower in rural areas.
What to Expect with a Five-Month-Old Doberman?
By the time your Dobie is between five and six months old, he will be completely weaned. The puppy is used to eating, drinking, and playing on his own. Your puppy will also have most of his adult teeth during this time, and his ears will be standing almost straight up.
During this time, your puppy requires consistent training and socialization. This is imperative if you want to have a well-balanced, happy dog. The puppy needs to learn commands and how to behave with other people and pets. He also needs to learn more about the world around him. Attending a dog obedience training class can be extremely helpful with this process. And remember that Dobies respond best to positive reinforcement training.
Also, during this time, your Dobie puppy will become something like a teenager. Many puppies this age tend to become more independent and stubborn. Your dog male puppy may also begin to scent mark his territory around this time. They may also become more aggressive with other dogs, and he may also become interested in female dogs. This is a good time to talk with your vet about spaying or neutering your Dobie.
Summing It Up
As you can see, Doberman puppies are wonderful companions if they receive the proper training and socialization! We’re very sure you and your Dobie will have many adventures together in the coming years!