I bought my wife a Doberman as a wedding present. We bred a couple of litters. It continued from there and we’ve been very successful ever since. The Doberman was originally bred as a protection dog for a tax collector, Louis Dobermann, many years ago lBack in Germany of course. They’re a very attractive dog but they do have this guarding temperament. So you should be aware of that if you’re going to introduce a Doberman into your family. They’re just a brilliant dog. Great company. Basically a one man dog – believe it or not. They will normally stick with one person as being the boss But, obviously will socialise with the rest of the family. They’re great pets. They are a reasonably large dog. I’m not saying they’re going to be a problem with children I’ve got an 11 year old son and he came along after we had the Dobermanns, And our dogs were absolutely fantastic with him. They only problem they could have caused with him is because they’re big, they could have knocked him over. Simple as that. The Dobermann is quite a smart dog. We’ve seen lots of them doing obedience andworking trials and things. It’s a very intelligent dog. It’s a very powerful dog. You need to think about doing lots of early training Using postive reward methods so you get all that power working with you. You need to train a Dobermann probably for the first two years of its life. They seem to be slow to mature But when mature and trained well they are a magnificent dog. Grooming is very minimal. They’re a short haired breed. They do moult as well. I won’t deny that. You can find little black hairs all over the place. But grooming, in essence, is very minimal. From a health point of view Dobermanns are susceptible to a thing called “Wobblers Syndrome” which means they have something wrong with the spine. So you want to be thinking about the equipment that you use for training. So possibly using a harness rather than a collar on its neck. Hip displasia used to be a large one (problem) and heart problems – caridomyopathy. Again, same as any other breed I believe – cancer. Anybody wanting to buy puppies, just make sure that the breeder has made the relevant health checks And they will be able to show you relevant health certificates from relevant people – vets and so forth – To prove that those checks have been carried out. The Dobermann is a fantastic breed. Very loyal. A great companion. If you want exercise, to go out running with, It’s a spot on dog to do it with.