Considering Buying a doberman, Is the information I have researched correct?
I've done some research and I have learned they were originally bred for a tax collector (hence the named Doberman). He wanted a dog that looked aggressive and had a strong body. They have been recently breed to be more family dogs in recent years.
They have traits such as being loyal, fearless, obedient and smart
They need firm training and some don't mature until their a few years old
They live until around 12 years old.
They have issues such as separation anxiety, It dangerous for them to get cut as they could die from excessive bleeding.
There are laws in Ireland which I've read about owning one such as their collar must have a my Name and address, They must be muzzled in public places and that they need to be walked by an over 16 and short lead.
They don't do well in cold weather and prefer to sleep inside.
Now I have some questions
Whats their best diet how often to feed?
I have a rabbit as a puppy should I bring him up with the rabbit so he will be used to it and wont attack the rabbit if it escaped.
For 4 days a week I wont be home for 8 hours and for one day 4 hours, Will he be okay my mum and dad will be home so they will be around him not so much playing but they will be around him.
How long to walk?
Since he will be my first dog I plan on spoiling him! and he will be sleeping in my bed for sure!
Experience With Dogs
My mums dad did greyhound racing so she grew up with them and knows a good bit. My dad grew up in South Africa where all his dogs were guard dogs like self trained and were trained to attack but yet not to them so my dad has tones of experience. When I was little I had two little dogs but I was only 5 so can't really remember too much about them only a little. Two years ago my brother had two dogs a Boxer cross and Terrier Cross that was my second experience with dogs I brought them for walks when ever I stayed over then my brother went to South Africa so had to give them away But when my brother went to South Africa he got two guard dogs a Mastiff and a St Bernard Cross Something. So although this will be my first dog that will be long term everyone in my family has experience with dogs especially big ones. Like the mastiff was huge! I died when I saw the pictures!
Finally, What do you think do I know enough? Do you recommend me getting one?