The Doberman Pinscher is a strong sleek dog originally bred for guarding. Herr Louis Doberman was a tax collector in Germany who developed this dog from a number breeds including the Rottweiler, German Shepherd, Great Dane, Weimaraner and many more. Doberman wanted a dog that was both powerful and intimidating. The Doberman Pinscher would keep him safe while walking the streets of Germany. Trained properly the Doberman Pinscher can be an excellent member of your family.
Housing Requirements: Although a large breed dog, the Doberman Pinscher can live in a variety of homes including apartments. As long as the dog is allowed lots of exercise.
Appearance: The Doberman is a large dog who can weigh from 60-100 lbs. The dog comes in two typical colors, rust with tan markings, and the more common black with tan markings. AKC standards include a tail docked at the second vertebrae, due claws removed and ears cropped. However, many pet Dobermans can be found with natural floppy ears and long tails.
Health: Life expectancy of the Dobe can be 7-12 years. The breed does have some diseases in it’s bloodlines including Wobblers and Von Willebrands. Be sure to get your pet from a breeder who can provide a health guarantee for not only the pup, but it’s parents. Due to lack of fat the Dobe can also be susceptible to the cold of winter. A sweater or jacket should be worn in cold weather.
Grooming: The Doberman is a short haired breed that requires little grooming. Shedding is minimal. As with most floppy ear dogs, the ears need to be kept clean and dry to prevent infection.
Temperament: Dobermans, just as many other breeds, have been the victims of the “vicious” stereotype. The dog was bred to be a fearless, intimidating dog with great obedience and restraint. Even more so now, responsible breeders focus on traits of intelligence and obedience. The Doberman is a loyal dog who is sociable towards visitors as long as they are exposed to many new sights, sounds, people, and smells at an early age.
Trainability: The Doberman is considered the fifth smartest breed of dog. Start training young, be consistent, and positive and you will have a loyal, obedient companion for life.