The sire weighed about 130 pounds and the dam about 90 pounds (both black/rust though she stated that the dam had the red and blue bloodline). This was our first time purchasing a Doberman puppy and should have done a little more research.
As someone else already said, oversized huge Dobermans are not a good thing physically, the bigger the dog, the shorter the lifespan in general as well. But I am glad you are now doing your research. Welcome to the world of being owned by a Doberman
The wife had been wanting one for the longest and we saw the person advertising them in the classifieds
The classified are not a good place to find a breeder for a Doberman puppy. Usually these people are backyard breeders, who charge less money b/c they don’t health test their dogs, don’t show their dogs, don’t temperament test their dogs, don’t crop their dogs or puppies, aren’t up to date on vet care for the puppies (shots, wormings,etc.) and don’t do much as far as socialization goes for Dobe puppies (this is REALLY important in Dobes), and don’t really know what they are doing, other than making money. And that is not a good reason to breed at all.
We were both under the impression that the ear cropping could be done any time and quickly found out that was not true
Reputable breeders who health test and show have the puppies cropped BEFORE the future owners take them home. That way the crop looks good (many vets don't know how to do a good Dobe crop) and is less hassle for the new owner. Many also do some of the aftercare and send puppies to their owners in posts, esp. if they are first time owners. Then they are available for help at any time with the puppies ears, or anything else “puppy” that comes up and the owners need help with. I know this doesn’t help now, but at least now you know for future reference.
We have done alot of research on posting as well and need to decide whether to use the tampon method or the measuring tape method.
There are many ways to tape Doberman ears. I use foam that you can buy from Lowe's and Zonas tape. If you search old threads you will find a lot of ear posting advice and illustrations. If you need more help, just ask. The people on this board are really friendly and maybe know people in your area who could help you hands on with your new puppy. Remember not to post too tight, as it can cut of circulation. Also, don't post too loose, or it will come out. The aftercare in posting ears is really important on a crop, it can make or break the look of the dog’s ears if the crop was done by a cropper who is an expert.
Kilo is extremely energetic and begininng to show signs of protection in the household. He knows when a stranger is in the house and will bark like crazy.
It is highly unlikely a three month old puppy is “protecting”. He is just a BABY, he is not protecting you, he is scared and not feeling okay around new people, and at this young of an age, that would really concern me if I wasn’t taking steps to socialize the heck out of a puppy like this. Especially if I had kids in the house, I don’t need the kid’s friends to be harassed just for coming over to play. If you are okay with new people in your house, he should be too.
At this age, don’t expect much. As a baby puppy, if he is so leery of strangers this means he needs a TON more socialization to grow into a confident, non-fearful, mentally stable adult dog.
Do you take him on walks? How is his behavior on those walks? What types of things have you done for socialization with this puppy? Where all do you take the puppy?
It is way more likely that this Doberman puppy was not socialized properly at his breeder’s (a must for this breed) and has a lot of catching up to do in that department. He is either nervy or lacking confidence and therefore he barks a lot “like crazy” at this young age. Don’t fool yourself; he is not protecting the household just yet.
We are currently researching what size crate to get him into as he is quickly outgrowing his puppy crate. What size does everyone recommend?
You can get a large wire crate at Petsmart or Petco and make sure to get one that comes with a divider. This way the crate can grow with your puppy. Based on his parent’s size, you might want to get a bigger one than is normally suggested for Dobes and section off the crate until he grows into it.
We have also been having problems with him urinating in his crate and not giving us any sign. We can cut him off from water for hours and maybe give him a little in the middle of the day. After letting him outside a few times as well as before bedtime, the next morning his cage is flooded.
He is still young, his control over this bladder is just not 100% at this age and he will have accidents. But I don’t suggest cutting him off from water unless he is just really guzzling it down. It is not healthy, puppies bodies need water and need to stay hydrated. It is up to you to prevent accidents at this age, which means take him out RIGHT when he gets up, even if you have to carry him, take him out immediately, this means naps too, not just in the morning. Take him out after a long play session, or even in the middle of one. Take him out right after he eats anything and after long drinks. Basically you are going to have to take him out A TON because he is a puppy and puppy pee all the time. Tell him go potty when you do, stay out there with him at this young age, train him to do his business right away then praise and reward him a lot, make using the bathroom outside a great things to him, you can even feed him treats. To potty train him you have to keep a very close eye on him, prevention is the thing here. You cannot give him too much freedom too soon, for instance, if you are playing in the living room, shut the doors and make sure he can’t roam around without supervision to potty in the house. I agree with MaryandDobes, he needs more meals a day, smaller, more frequent meals, and needs to be fed earlier. Also, he needs to be let out during the night. Some puppies need this for awhile, others don’t, but I think yours does for sure right now. When they have to go, they have to go. You can set a timer and wake the puppy up and take him out, this will help him not accidentally pee on himself. Good luck. Hope this helps a little bit.