No one dog can do it all, but when it comes to all-around ability and eagerness to please, probably none comes closer than the stalwart Doberman Pinscher. Few breeds, if any, have served man more dutifully or with more enthusiasm. The Doberman is truly a breed apart.
If you have acquired one of these noble creatures, or are contemplating doing so, it is important that you know exactly what to expect, having such a powerful, physically active, and generally fearless animal under your charge, and, equally essential, that you understand exactly what is expected of you as its master, best friend, teacher, and provider.
The chapters that follow address these and other concerns of the Doberman fancier, and they do so in a way that even the first-time dog owner will find easy to comprehend. The book begins, appropriately enough, with considerations before you buy-is the Doberman right for you?; male versus female; puppy versus older dog; and so on. Subsequent chapters deal primarily with the basics of pet care-housing, nutrition, exercise, training, and grooming. Also discussed are the general principles of canine behavior, ailments and injuries, the selection of puppies, and breeding practices.