Other Names: Doberman
Type: Guardian Dog
Height: Males 26 – 28 inches, Females 24 -26 inches Weight: 66 – 88 lbs.
Colors: Solid black, brown, blue, fawn (Isabella) with rust marking on their head, body and legs. Coat: Smooth, short, thick and close
Temperament: Doberman Pinschers are bold, fearless, energetic, watchful, determined, alert, fearless, loyal. With Children: Usually gentle, but will upset with unruliness, best suited for older children. With Pets: Usually good, will adopt others to be boss. Special Skills: Guard dog, defense dog, family pet.
Watch-dog: Very High, suspicious of strangers. Guard-dog: Very High
Care and Training: Doberman Pinschers need daily extensive exercise including running. They should be groomed a couple of times a week with a soft cloth or brush. Puppies need firm handling and knowledgeable training and should be handled by numbers of people. Learning Rate: High, intelligent and creative
Activity: High energy. Needs daily, vigorous exercise Living Environment: Suburban or rural best, some can adapt to city life. A house with a fenced yard or kennel is essential for the Doberman Pinscher.
Health Issues: Wobblers Syndrome (disease of the spinal column of the neck). Lethal heart disorder. Von Willebrand’s disease is no longer a large problem.
Life Span: 12 – 15 years Litter Size: 3 – 8
Country of Origin: Germany History: The origins of the Doberman Pinscher come from Apolda in Thuringen, Germany in the 1890’s. Most authorities feel they came from a shorthaired shepherd, the Rottweiler, a German smooth-haired Pinscher and a Black and Tan Terrier. Their name comes from Louis Dobermann, a keeper of the local dog pound, who developed the breed as he was searching for the ideal guard dog and companion.
First Registered by the AKC: 1908 AKC Group: Working Class: Working Registries: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 2), KC (GB), UKC