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I have recently bought a 5 week old Blue Dobe and he is now 10 weeks. How do I train my dog physicaly to have a strong competition looking figure (for example a large chest and thin waist). I know some of you all will say that it is the dobermans natural build, but I have noticed some dobermans have a better build than others. Besides genetics what are some excercises that can give my Dobe a great professional looking figure?

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First diego, remember to limit exercise for puppies. He shouldn't have any workouts until he's over a year and a half or so. Over exertion is easy for young dogs and it has been proven to cause skeletal problems.

The characteristics you describe, the large chest and thin waste, are all genetic. Besides keeping your Doberman in good shape, not letting him over eat or get lazy, there's not much you can do to improve the dog's structure.

If you wanted a so called professional look then you should have bought a dog from a professional. To start with buying any dog at 5 weeks is obviously from the WORST BACKYARD BREEDER you can find. You probably don't know that dogs that are taken away from littermates and mother this early are just asking for several problems. Don't worry about finding exercise to make your dog look bigger you need to learn how to buy a dog and what questions to ask from a responsible breeder. What people like you do in supporting the backyard greeder is just further promote irresponsible breeding. I don't understand how anyone can look at these different websites and look at the POOREST of quality dogs that are available and think they are going to miraculously turn into beautiful swans. ITS ALL IN THE GENETICS!!!

Another thing that you should look into is how to take care of the blue doberman. One thing people need to be aware of is others trying to sell them as rare. They need extra coat care and many don't know that most of them will loose there coat. The DPCA has wonderful articles that you can read about caring for the blue dobermans coat. They also have articles on roadworking your Doberman and appropriate exercise. You can actually ruin hips and other things by working a dog to young.

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Diego, first of all, I think that some of the most important aspects of a Doberman are the temperament and loyalty. Yes, you may have purchased the boy too young, but that is the fault of the breeder, not you. When I was raising Dobes, I never let them go at less than 8 weeks, and hoped they were all adopted out before 10 (ears need to be done at 12). I have a 6 year old red male whom I got from a local breeder and he certainly would not win any dog shows, starting with the fact that he is oversized.

While Red (I was really imaginative in the name) is large (he peaked out at 146 pounds before being diagnosed with thyroid problems) his heart is also very large and my best friend. He is now down to 120 pounds and now that I have a 16 week old red female (they will not breed) she is wearing him out. I drove a good distance to pick her up from a quality responsible master breeder and Princess is true quality, but she will not be shown.

I limit her exercise at any one point in time. I will put the two Dobies outside to play for an hour or so, and then bring them in and put them in their crates to rest. I will let Red out after about an hour, but Princess remains quiet for at least two years. When I let her out, it's immediately outside to potty and then I let the two play again.

I have never specifically exercised a Dobe to achieve a deep chest, yet none of the dozen I have owned over the last 25+ years has failed to have the deep chest (and deep voice) so characteristic of a Dobe. The best indicator of what a pup will look like at maturity, is to look at the parents. Also the better the dam, the better the offspring. If you got to meet the parents and they looked good, then likely the pups will look good as adults. But his looks are secondary to his temperament and how he bonds to you. Red would never be permitted in a show, but you couldn't get him away from me. He loves people and gets along with almost everyone, but I wouldn't want you to come in the house uninvited. You should make sure that he is socialized with other dogs and people, and you will have a good companion.