Doberman Pinscher is a medium-sized breed that falls into the working dog category with a fearless, alert, and intelligent nature. They go through different behavior and appearance changes from their birth to adulthood so, there is a lot of responsibility while raising them.

A mother Doberman gives birth to 4-6 puppies at a time. Here in this article, you will learn more about their development and how to take care of them.

Newborn (0-2 Weeks)

After the birth of new babies, they are completely blind, deaf, and toothless. Their eyes and ears would be sealed so, don’t try to open them as it can hurt the puppies. They are fully dependent on their mother’s milk, warmth, and comfort. Furthermore, the pup can’t generate its own heat and depends on its mother and littermates thus, abandoned or separated dogs are likely to die from hypothermia.

Doberman Pinscher Puppies

The newborn can’t walk properly as they crawl through their stomach to get towards their mother with her milk’s smell. Then at the end of week 2, they began to open their eyes are ears although, their vision will still be blurry for some time. Slowly, the pup will start to grow stronger and move with their front legs and will continue to grow by adding 10% to their body weight.

Transitional Stage (2-4 Weeks)

As your Doberman pup enters transitional stage, they starts to show personality changes whereas their body also shows various changes. Their teeth begin to grow while they learn to walk but do their wabbly walk at first. The Doberman puppies start to bark and wag their tail while roaming here and there in your house.

In addition, the pup will be more playful and start to interact more with their littermates and mother. They communicate with each other on their own vocabulary. Furthermore, after 12-14 days, the puppy hears its mother and littermates voice for the first time since birth.

Socialization Stage (4-12 Weeks)

The socialization stage is very important for the puppy since their behavior during this period stays with them forever. Therefore, start socializing with them at an early age. As for now, they will be noisy as they can bark more properly than before and starts to gain additional weight per week.

8 weeks old Doberman Pinscher puppy sitting on carpet.
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When the pup reaches eight weeks, they have grown enough to learn some basic command and obedience training. This is the chance to train them properly and expose them to the outer world in about 7-12 weeks. But remember to socialize them with family members first. The mother dog also teaches them some discipline and manners along with how to bite and how it feels to get bitten.

Juvenile Stage 3 to 6 Months

During this period, the Doberman puppies will start to loose their puppy face and look more like an adult version of himself. They are highly energetic breed and needs a lot of exercise as its scarcity can make them more aggressive or irritable. At this time, they grow stronger and confident moreover they will be influenced by humans and other canines.

They also develop fearfulness which can last for a month however, don’t panic if they easily get scared out of nowhere. These breeds can be very stubborn during this age so be patient throughout their growth and correct the habit immediately even during their training.

Adolescence Stage 6 to 18 Months

When Dobermans reach this stage, they still can be a handful as it has hit puberty. They are extremely active and have a low tolerance for boredom. For example, involve them in activities like walking, running, and hiking to keep them busy.

Picture of an adult Doberman Pinscher.
Image Source: American Kennel Club

At the age of six months, female Doberman experiences their first heat while male starts to show more interest on female. They are matured by age but not sexually so, breeding at this age is not recommended as it can affect their health. Wait till 18 months for their breeding as it’s right time for them.

Vaccination Chart for Doberman Pinscher

6 to 8 WeeksDistemper, parvovirus
10 to 12 WeeksDHPP (vaccines for distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, and parvovirus)
16 to 18 WeeksDHPP, rabies
Every 1 to 2 YearsDHPP
Every 1 to 3 YearsRabies (as required by law)
Vaccination Chart For Doberman Pinscher.

Vaccination cost for Doberman Pinscher

The cost of the vaccination for Doberman Pinscher is between $75-$100 for DDHP and for rabies is between $15-$20.

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