Dobermann - General Care
How much exercise does a Dobermann need?
They require a fair amount of exercise, young Dobermanns in particular demand tremendous amounts of physical exercise.
If this need isn’t adequately met, the results will be a hyperactive, poorly behaved dog.
Puppies however should have restricted amounts of exercise whilst growing, the amount of excersie given should be built up gradually. Until your puppy is at least 6 months old, we believe exercise should consist of short but frequent
sessions on lead (a baby puppy on a flexi lead on soft open grass is suitable to build up their little muscles).
NO FREE RUNNING AT THIS STAGE.
Dobermanns grow rather rapidly therefore over exercising your puppy at a young age
(to get body & muscle on them which only comes with maturity) will lead to all sorts of joint problems, ligament damage, weak pasterns/feet and also cow hocked backends. Bone and substance can also be run off if you are not careful!
Once 6 months old we start to free run our younger Dobes on their own for at least 20 mins a day, again increasing their exercise gradually with age. Our more mature Dobermanns are free run several times throughout the day.
This is an active breed and will enjoy swimming, racing across open fields, accompanying a cyclist, retrieving objects, tracking and generally fooling around. The word "looney" is typical of how to describe a Dobermanns Character, they are FULL ON !
Our dogs are also exercised in our Hydro Physio water treadmill for extra muscle tone and bodystrength and when needed this is used for rehabilitation,
A water treadmill is much more effective and more pleasant than any "normal" treadmill. The water is weight bearing on the dogs muscles and joints therefore exercising with minimal impact. Our Dobermanns absolutley love it, especially the biscuits they get before and after!
Dobermanns require very little grooming.
A good rub down with a rubber grooming mitt will remove any dead or loose hair.
We brush our Dobermanns weekly, they love being groomed and queue up in turn for their go.
We use a "ZOOM GROOM" which is only a rubber brush, but it works wonders.
We also use baby wipes to keep their coats nice and shiny, we never bath our Dobes because this removes all the natural oils from their coats and can make them quite scurfy (dandruff like)
9 - 15 years
The average life span of a healthy Dobermann is 10 years old.
(See Health Page for more info on Lifespan of The Dobermann)
Jojavik Dick Darstardly
TO EACH DOG THEIR OWN DIET; The nutritional requirements of a dog vary greatly from that of man; you shouldn’t be tempted to feed your dog as you feed yourself! Your dog’s daily intake should include not only the energy they require but a balance of all of the nutrients essential to health. The best diets available take these requirements into account specific to the breed, size, age and activity level of your dog. This balanced approach is the basis of Health Nutrition.
We feed & recommend as good complete foods SYMPLY (Lamb & Rice)
CANAGAN (Grass-Fed Lamb & Large Breed Free Run Chicken),
PLATINUM (Adult Lamb/Rice or Chicken) & ROYAL CANIN PROFESSIONAL (Maxi Adult)
We also fed raw from They Love it Raw Dog Food - www.theyloveit.co.uk
Symply - www.symplypetfoods.co.uk
Canagan - www.canagan.co.uk
Platinum - www.platinum.co.uk
Canagan & Platinum are both grain free.
Our puppies/litters are weaned on Royal Canin Maxi Junior- www.royalcanin.co.uk/products/dog/size-health-nutrition/maxi/maxi-junior/
For adults we recommend www.royalcanin.co.uk/products/dog/size-health-nutrition/maxi/maxi-adult/
We also recomemmend "NATUREDIET" as a good natural wet meat.
Being a deep-chested dog, Dobermanns can be prone to bloat and should not be fed or drink too much water prior to exercising or one hour after exercise.
Two small meals per day are safer than one large meal, we feed breakfast and a meal in the evening.
Puppies should be fed a highly nutritious diet to ensure correct growth and development levels.
Dobermann puppies develop very quickly in the early stages making diet very important.
Although some breeders believe the diet should be supplemented, like using calcium to help bones develop strong (we don't)
we believe that if a good quality complete food is fed, there is no need to supplement.