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Doberman Pinscher

Quick facts

Doberman Pinscher AKC Group: Working
Height: Male: 26-28 inches, Female: 24-26 inches
Weight: Male: 75-100 pounds, Female: 60-90 pounds
Colors: One gene for black; another gene for color dilution (blue, red, fawn)
AKC recognized in: 1908

No two ways about it, the Doberman Pinscher is more notoriously known as THE Doberman. The name itself sounds formidable!

It can be quite misleading - to think that the Doberman was originally bred in 1890 as a domestic dog. Most probably, it's a cross among the German Pinscher, Old German Shepherd, Beauceron, Greyhound, Great Dane, Shorthaired Pointer, Rottweiler, and Manchester Terrier.

The hint of German blood in the name "Doberman Pinscher" holds true, because the bloodline can be traced back to the German state of Thuringia. Dobermans were first bred sometime in 1890 in a town called Apolda.

Credit goes to Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, the man after whom the breed is named. Call him an ordinary tax collector with an extraordinary vision. His ultimate goal was to breed a dog type that embodied intelligence, strength, loyalty, and courage.

The work to develop the breed was continued by Goeller and Gruening, successfully giving rise to what the Doberman is today. It was first presented in 1876 and then recognized by the AKC in 1908.


Doberman Pinscher Summary
Affection five paws
Cold Tolerance one paw
Ease of Training five paws
Energy level three paws
Exercise Requirements three paws
Friendliness : Children three paws
Friendliness: Other Animals three paws
Friendliness: Other Pets three paws
Grooming Requirements one paw
Heat Tolerance four paws
Playfulness five paws
Protection Ability five paws
Watchdog Ability five paws

Efforts have been made at improving the disposition of Dobermans, and it has been achieved through careful breeding. The new breed of modern-day Doberman Pinschers is livelier, friendlier, and more affectionate. It is much more suitable for family life and companionship.

Its best qualities remain. Formidable in its square built and muscled body, the Doberman is equipped for speed, stamina, and energy. With legs perfectly straight rising up to a chest which is broad, the Doberman is a sure sign of pride and confidence. Still it can be trained to be loyal and obedient.

As a pup, its tails have been docked and its ears cut to stand erect, giving it a look of being keen, alert, and easy to train. Beneath its blunt, wedge-shaped head and almond-shaped eyes are a very superior level of intelligence and determination! The expression in them is calm yet watchful.

The Doberman has undoubtedly become a household name to many dog enthusiasts. As to the fame and notoriety of these Pinschers, charge it to the 1972 movie "The Doberman Gang". A memorable film to many, there was no trouble at all committing their names to memory. After all, the pack of six Dobermans was named after legendary bank robbers like Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Ma Barker. In the reel world and in real life, Doberman Pinschers will always be depicted as intelligent police dogs, alert guard dogs, and loyal companion dogs. This sums up as their longstanding reputation as a breed.

Health and Exercise

The Doberman Pinscher has a life expectency of between 10 and 13 years.

Doberman Pinschers are generally healthy, but are most prone to heart problems like cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure, musculoskeletal disorders like cervical vertical instability, and bleeding diseases like von Willebrand. Additional problems include:

  • Hypothyroidism - an underactive thyroid gland, which can result in obesity, epilepsy, lethargy, and skin conditions.
  • Hip Dysplasia - Where the thigh bone does not fit snugly into the hip joint. This can lead to severe lameness or arthritis. A dog diagnosed with hip dysplasia should never be bred, as this is an inherited condition.
  • Gastric dilation-volvulus, or bloat - this is a life-threatening condition where the stomach becomes distended with gas or air, and then twists. This can happen with all deep chested dogs, especially if they eat their meal rapidly or drink large volumns of water. If this happens, it is extremely important that you get your Doberman Pinscher to a vet immediately.

A balance of daily physical exercise and challenging mental stimulation keeps a Doberman consistent in performance. This dog requires a lot of exercise every day, so be prepared to meet this demand. They are best suited in a home with a secure fenced yard, both for his safety and that of the people and animals that happen to be walking in the nearby area.

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