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Make an Informed Decision

Usually, first-time dog adopters chose a breed that looks good to them or that is popular or featured in the media at the time.  Quite often, however, the dog doesn’t fit the lifestyle of the person who chose the breed—I strongly recommend doing your research first; it may save you uncomfortable adjustments when the fit proves to be less than ideal.  Learn something about the temperament and the instincts of any breed that interests you and think about what those tendencies would be like to live with.  Consider this relationship as a kind of partnership, and try to match your qualities with that of the dog.

First, consider your activity level.  If you are an athlete, choosing a breed that is known for its long line of couch potatoes isn’t the optimal choice, however cute that couch potato may be.  Conversely, if you lead a sedentary life and prefer it that way, that beautiful canine athlete you’ve had your eye on may prove to be very high maintenance. If you run regularly, you might prefer a dog with relatively long legs; if you’re a single woman, your running partner could be one that will either protect you or discourage attackers by virtue of size, reputation, or demeanor.  If you hike a lot, a small dog may need to be carried much of the time and will find it difficult to negotiate tall grass and fallen logs.

Consider size.  Wisdom dictates that you choose a dog that you can carry in an emergency.  Generally, a larger person is better off with a larger dog and visa versa.  Often people want to fulfill a fantasy when they acquire a puppy, and the fantasy turns out to be impractical.  And yet, bigger does not equal better when it comes to dogs:  smaller dogs tend to live longer and have fewer medical conditions, although the mid-size range is less of a departure from the wild canid and therefore more robust in some respects.
If you’re the sort of person who suffers from separation anxiety, you might want to research longevity not only in different breeds, but in different bloodlines.  Ask potential breeders how long-lived their breeding stock has been and ask for contacts among the breeder’s puppy adopters.  Also ensure that any breeder you consider has all of the necessary health testing done before breeding any champion.  If the breeder isn’t willing to show you health certificates, you might want to keep looking around.

While we’re on the topic of finding a good breeder, keep in mind that the early formative weeks of a puppy’s life can determine how clean that dog will be as an adult.  In other words, if the breeder’s kennel is clean the puppy will be a dog that prefers to stay clean.  If the kennel is dirty, the puppies will probably be hard to housebreak and more likely to bring dirt into your home.  Some dogs can be very fastidious and instinctively avoid dirt, while others will roll in it.  Dogs will never be as phobic about bacteria as we are, but that’s why dogs have more fun . . .

And while we’re on the topic of housekeeping, having a roommate always entails some adjustments.  When you have a dog, there will be more housework, but that’s true of another human occupant in your home as well.  I’ve had Dobes that were much tidier than people I’ve had to clean up after.  Similarly, you may no longer have a perfect lawn after you’ve acquired a canine family member, but if you love dogs you won’t care as much as you thought you would.

If the Doberman Pinscher is a breed you are considering, the thing to remember is that the Dobe doesn’t have an “off” switch when it comes to energy level.  Dobes tend to be the most interactive breed, requiring a lot of human companionship.  Dobes love to do things with their human pals, even if it’s just grilling on the patio.  Don’t believe what you see on some sites that indicate Dobes don’t require regular exercise.  While some Dobes may be couch potatoes, they still need a good run to make them enjoy the couch time to its fullest.

If you have some extra property for a dog to play in and it doesn’t have to resemble Better Homes and Gardens, that would suit a Doberman.  Dobes have the terrier instinct to dig, and you may find a number of small holes and also some large ones in your back yard, but you won’t have to worry about voles invading your garden.  If you hike a lot with your Dobe, you will probably have fewer holes in your yard, because a tired dog will get into less trouble at home.  If you’re the sort of person who requires “total control” of your dog, however, your values may need adjustment.  Dobes don’t make good robo-dogs; or, you might want to consider a German Shepherd instead.

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