Buddy ,introduction

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Hello.
Here is Buddy. He is approx 16 weeks ( born on Jan 11Th , 2010 ) , and weighing 21.4 lbs as of yesterday. He has been gaining about .8OZ a day so he shoudl be about 22lbs now. He is a little bit bigger than my largest cat. A lot of people have been asknig if he is a min pin ,and i have to tell them , NO , he is a Doberman Puppy. And then they say, oh he is so small. I got him to be protective of our home and of me , IF he becomes that way. :) I know there are no guerentees with that,so that is why i picked a breed with the most natural instincts, if he has them. I wanted a Dog that was very intimidating too,but did nto realize how smal lhe was until I started donig more research. I thought I paid a lot of $ for him,then found out he was quite a bargain compared to what Doberman's normally cost,and the breeder is most liekly a P.M. (after thinknig about things that I didn't pay attention to at the time). Well,he's here and So I am doing my best to create a very good well balanced dog,despite anything that might be wrong with him that is unseen.  He is going to Puppy classes, and being taught a few things at home as well.

I make an effort to take him out to at least 1-2 places EACH and every day, to be exposed to other people. And working with him to not get overly exited when he sees other dogs. I want to get him into the Schutshund not to get AKC tittles , but mainly so I can learn how best to have the most control of him , to help us bond together and learn to be a "team", and to give him something to do, outside of home. And as just another way to help him be a more balanced,socialized dog. In adddition to the socializang I'm trying to do with him. I will go check it out and have him evaluated in a few weeks to see if he has ANY potectial,and if the Trainers even want to teach us . The man in charge of the Club said that he starts with Tracking,then something else,then learning to bite. Iwill be compeltely new to it, and have no idea how they train these dogs for this.

He started going to Doggy Day Care (A real ,in door climate controlled *play* day care center)0-2X a week for half days. He plays with other puppies and has fun there. 
He is a very active Puppy. It is the hardest to train and entertain puppy that I ever had. I really hope that as an adult I am rewarded with a very good Adult dog, to pay off for all the hard work I am having to endure !

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Hi Buddys-owner, welcome to the world of the Doberman.  Buddy sure looks like a fine young dober-man in that pic.

I used to get the min-pin comments when Freyja was a small puppy, used to bug the heck out of me.  They will soon end as he gets some size on him.  If he's gaining close to a half pound/day (I assume you meant 8 oz, not 8/10 of an oz) he's growing at a pretty good clip.  Carry that out for 30 more days and you've got a 5 month old dobie who's nearing 40 pounds, hardly a min-pin   :)  Those min-pin comments Freyja used to get have now morphed into "you have a beautiful Doberman" everywhere we go  8)

Regardless of whether he came from a PM or not, he has potential.  Keep working with him and love him,  make the most of that potential.  Perhaps he will never win a best in show title or get his UDX, I'll bet he can win your heart, and once he does that he'll be the best dog in the world. 

Consider Todax's posts about giving Buddy a job to do.  Once he has a job in the pack he truly becomes part of it and will defend it.  I know I've come to rely on Freyja to do her jobs and we work much better together because she has work to fulfill.  Start slow, you'll soon find he learns quicker than you can keep up.

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Welcome Buddy and Buddy's owner
What a bright and stunning pup.. He looks so alert and ready for action.. ( he's keeping track of those min-pin comments I'm sure.) His ears are wonderful and from the girth and size of his legs and feet, he looks like he'll be one big boy ( and sooner than you anticipate)
Have fun and enjoy watching him grow.
Keep  us posted!!
Kate and Sofia

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Thanks guys (or gals ) . I did the calculations and it's actually 5 lbs gained in 11 days ,so it's .45 of a pound gained per day . About 6-7 OZ. He may be 35Lbs at the end of May at 5 months,and 45-50 lbs at 6 months , but that's only guessing of course . He may look alert, but his attention span is so short and he is constantly moving and doing stuff,and chewing on everything... that I can't even get a good picture without having him "sit" for a brief second and holding a treat above his head,LOL. So now you know why he is looking this way, LOL !

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well I think you're doing a brilliant job and as soon as you relax,,, so will he.. they learn at an early age to read body language and that's mainly how they learn from us..
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please don't worry about the min-pin comments.. people still think Sofia is a deer. She's a lovely fawn and looks more like Bambi than the Doberdiva she truly is..

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I posted another comment in your question about the ears standing. My best guess is that he will be about 65-75 pounds at adulthood, but that is based on the records I kept on Princess (now almost 18 months old) at various ages while growing up.

But, do not make the mistake that a smallish Doberman is any less intimidating that an 85 to 90 pound bruisher. The nature of the Doberman is such that they key a lot of their reaction off of their master's reactions. If you are comfortable with your surrounding area your companion will be also. Now, he may key you on a threat that you don't perceive, but he will also warn off those with whom you are uncomfortable.

At the same time he will be a loving companion who only wants to please you and be with you. By nature they crave human companionship. They are many times called velcro dogs because of the way they attach themselves to you.

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sounds like you are on the ball with training and all that...:)  I wouldn't worry a bit about his size, even a 50-60 lb dog is nothing to ignore when they bark or growl at you. 

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He looks great... I would not worry about the Min Pin comments because I used to get the same thing.  Snoopy was 25 lbs at 18 weeks, and he is on the small side ,but boy has he grown.  He is about 16 months now,and he weighs 68 lbs and looks like he is too tall and skinny.  He is still going to fill out a little I think.  My wife calls him "gangly elbow".  I do get so many compliments on him though and now he is bigger than 90% of the dogs we encounter on our walks.  When I first brought him home at 18 weeks old he was just so small in comparison to the other dogs in the neighborhood.  I did not notice how big he was getting because well I see him everyday and just dont notice the daily growth.  We go for walk and I realized that he is now one of the bigger dogs in the area.

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Thanks for your comments every one : )
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Buddy really does look good. There is no way he could be confused with a MinPin, at least by anyone who had ever seen one. He looks like he could already get a MinPin's entire head in his mouth (if he was of a mind to).

SnoopyDobe - He may grow a few more inches in the next 8 months (up to 24 months) and will definitely fill out.

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Hey Buddy and his owner  ;D Welcome to the Forum! Buddy you are one handsome boy! Glad to see yall here!!

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Really interested to hear about puppy weights. Somebody at the park yesterday commented that they thought she wasn't very big and would be a small dobe. Following this I weighed her last night. She's just over 29lb's (converted from kgs for the yanks!) and is 19 weeks old. She seems to have quite a fine build. I thought she was small but seems to be on par with the other dogs mentioned in this thead.

Cute pup!