We got Phoenix when she was just 8 DAYS old. Me, my wife, and our 10 year old daughter all took equal part in nursing her and caring for her. (We ALL work online). She is an extremely tough minded and strong spirited beast. Her will to proceed and succeed is unmatched. Training her has been very easy for us as I have had straight pits in the past (never had a Doberman though) so I knew what it would take. We ALL are very patient with her, but STERN. She learns SUPER FAST. It takes just 1 or 2 attempts to teach her something and she gets it as if she’s always gotten it. DO NOT GET THIS BREED IF YOU ARE LAZY. Dobemans are very athletic, and Pits are very STRONG. And BOTH are high energy dogs. She is taken out each day for a combined total of 5-7 miles of running and hiking. Yes, MILES. If you don’t give this breed at LEAST 2-3 miles of RUNNING (not walking) EACH DAY, you will have a difficult time keeping him/her calm and balanced because they are a literal ball of energy needing to expel its power continuously. Also, DO NOT GET THIS BREED IF YOU ARE NOT DOING WELL FINANCIALLY. For optimum health, development, and temprerant, this breed (as with ALL breeds) needs a primarily RAW DIET. Dry “dog” food and canned “dog” food is the reason most dogs are SICK, low on energy, bi-polar, and need to go the vet all the time. Phoenix is fed 2-4 lbs of RAW GROUND BEEF, 2-3 RAW CHICKEN LEGS (with BONE), 1 cup RAW chicken LIVER and GIZZARDS, 1 can of cooked sardines, 3 cups PURINA ONE (this is the ONLY DRY FOOD WE WOULD EVER FEED OUR CATS/DOGS), 1 cooked potato, 1 bunch of cilantro (to remove accumulated heavy metals and toxins from her system), 1 celery stick (for the fiber, hydration, mineral salts, and her gut health), 1/2 cup olive oil (for skin and coat), multi-vitamins, amino acids, PUMPKIN SEED POWDER (keeps her body free of WORMS AND PARASITES), vitamin B-1 (keeps FLEAS and TICKS and MITES off of her), vitamin D + K (for proper bone and skeletal form development), a few sprinkles of BLACK HIMALAYAN SALT (cuz high is SULFUR and other minerals), 1 cup Greek yogurt (for licking enjoyment), plenty of FRESH WATER. This is EVERY DAY. This diet will run you $600-$1000/mo. This diet will ALSO ensure you don’t have a “chewing” problem. DOGS ONLY CHEW ON STUFF (including “chew toys and bones”) BECAUSE OF A POOR DIET. Also, dogs only have “dog breath” due to a poor diet as well! Great diet = GREAT BREATH. Phoenix is the most trainable breed I have ever had. At 3 months she was already willing to die AND kill for my wife and daughter. She sees my wife as MOM, my daughter as SISTER, and me as FATHER/ALPHA. She is hands down the greatest guard dog I have ever known because she is so intuitive of people and circumstances. I highly recommend this breed if you can afford it in both time and money, and if you have the strength of mind and GUTS to. Again, this breed is POWERFUL both in body and will. Phoenix is just 5 months. So I’m sure the cost of maintaining her diet, her health, and her exercise will increase over the next 1.5 years. P.S. A crate is a MUST for training this breed if he/she is going to be kept indoors. Otherwise, this breed will pee and poop everywhere. Ever since she was a baby, she REFUSED to pee or poop in her box or bed. Keep this in mind. That’s why a CRATE is KEY to potty training your beast. Do NOT let them roam free out of the crate UNTIL they are trained to pee in ONE SPOT in your home on a pee/poop mat. “From crate to mat and back to crate” is the secret to potty training.