Doberman Pinschers are an elegant and loving breed, adored by those who are lucky enough to share their life with one. Unfortunately, like all large breeds, they just do not live long enough. As owners, we try out best to give them the best life possible. This means doing everything we can to not only keep them happy, but to keep them healthy and even lengthen their lifespan if we can. The following are three ways to keep your Doberman happy and healthy.
#1 – Test Her Heart Annually
One of the biggest risks is cardiomyopathy, a heart disease that can cause even a young Doberman a premature death. Dobie owners should have their dogs tested annually to detect this serious issue as early as possible.
#2 – Exercise His Brain
Dobermans love to use their brains, so giving them a job to do like agility or scent work will make your Dobie very happy. It will also keep him mentally healthy and less likely to be destructive.
#3 – Check for Von Willebrand Disease
One of every four Dobermans either has or is a carrier of this disease, which does not allow the blood to clot. There is a simple DNA test to find out if your Dobie is affected, a carrier, or clear, so every owner should get theirs checked. If you are looking at puppies, definitely ask if the parents have been tested and/or the puppies.