New Doberman Owner
I just adopted a red 3 year old male Doberman yesterday from the shelter. He has floppy ears and a docked tail. I've never had a doberman before, but when I was looking at breeds a few months ago, I briefly read about the breed and watched a few videos. I didn't expect to actually get one! I'm new to the breed, but not to dog owning. I've had a GSD/Alaskan Malamute (guess) for twelve years (old age), a border collie/lab (mother was pure BC and he looked like a hairy lab) for six years (anal gland cancer, if I remember right), a Rottweiler/labradoodle/Aussie shepherd (DNA tested; and yes, she had an interesting build) for seven years (brain cancer that caused blindness; she lived a year after diagnosis via steroids and eye drops), and two sibling American Staffordshire Terrier/labs (DNA tested) for four years (male got bloat last year and was put down; the female is still living, but with my family, not me, as she's a family dog and I moved away). I've never been a dobie person, haven't really cared either way, but recently they've been catching my eye, mostly the natural-eared ones. This boy caught my attention at the shelter by his calmness. He's curious, but not overly eager. If no one was interested in him, he was fine taking a nap. But when I gave him attention, he was all for it, in a calm way. I liked how he behaved outside and how he reacted to other dogs and to people (curious, interested, but not lunging or seeking attention). He did well with my umbrella test. I'm just hoping all goes well from here! I get him some time this week after he's been neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped.
I'm in the process of browsing the forums and the web for information. I've already had carts on Amazon, Chewy, Pet Mountain, and Petco for supplies I've picked out, but I've had to adjust some things, such as the crate size. Now I'm just choosing the best deals...and getting sucked into the rabbithole of dog supplies. I've been looking all day at dog stuff.
I'm not sure if I should get the 42 inch or 48 inch double-door crate. He's 70lbs. I'm not sure how tall or long he is, but he's big.
He currently has dandruff, but with a proper diet (I'm going to feed raw as much as possible, or a half raw/half kibble diet, at least for a little while, since I'm new to feeding raw and to transition him), I believe it will go away. His fur is longer and thicker than I'd expect of a doberman. I'm getting a natural shampoo. I've read good things about the KONG Dog ZoomGroom Multi-Use Brush, so I'm getting that.
A couple different balls, a few cheap stuffed animals (not expecting them to last long), and I'm currently looking at kongs and puzzle toys. I was going to get bully sticks, but after reading a thread here, I decided against it. I may do a one-time or occasional subscription/order of BullyMake or Bark Box.
I just read the threads about raised feeders, so I won't get those. I've done hours and hours of research on canine nutrition and have a spreadsheet of pre-made, dehydrated, freeze-dried, dry, canned, and cooked foods with ingredients, costs, and cost predication for an estimated size. My dog is 20 pounds more than what I was looking/estimating for, so I'll need to go adjust all that, but it was just to give me an idea of what's available, how long each product will likely last for the cost, etc. as well as to keep track of all the brands and information because there's so much.
I get a free vet check at any associated vet for adopting him, as well as free 30 days pet insurance. Not sure what either entails/covers, but I want to test for common dobie health problems such as DCM, maybe vWD? Anything else?