Board-certified veterinarian Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince has been in practice for over 25 years and currently treats companion animals at several veterinary clinics in northeastern Illinois. In his free time, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince enjoys spending time with his family and his two dogs, a Boston terrier named Bella and a Doberman Pinscher named Del.
Although they once had a reputation for being aggressive, the Doberman Pinscher is a loving dog that makes an excellent family pet. Developed in Germany in the late 1800s, the Doberman was originally bred to serve as a guard dog. The Doberman’s innate intelligence, alertness, and loyalty continue to make it a great working dog, and the breed is often employed to assist the police, military, and those with vision impairments.
As a pet, Dobermans stand out for the loyalty and affection they show their owner. They are also highly trainable and relatively easy to care for, but they do require a lot of exercise to maintain their athletic physique and promote their overall well-being. A fairly common household pet, the Doberman Pinscher is now the 14th most popular dog breed, according to the American Kennel Club.