Doberman Pinscher Breed Information

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At a Glance

Male Height26 - 28 inches
Female Height24 - 26 inches
Male Weight88 - 99 pounds
Female Weight71 - 77 pounds
Colorsblack, red, blue and fawn
PersonalityAdaptabable, Alert, Brave, Confident, Intelligent, Protective,
Lifespan10 - 11 years


The Doberman Pinscher is an intelligent medium-large breed of dog. Their tenacity and alertness and loyalty makes them ideal companions for law enforcement and military personnel as working or guard dogs. They can also make good pets, but an owner must be prepared to put in the time to train this magnificent breed.


The Doberman was purposely bred by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann near the Apolda area in Germany during the late 1890s as a protection dog by mixing various breeds of dogs.. Dobermann was a tax collector and specifically bred the dog to aid him during collections. Since then this muscular breed, with a strong bite has become a favorite of the police.


Dobermans are described as intelligent and alert and loyal to their owner. However they are also known to be stubborn and need to be taught their position in the pack hierarchy. Once that is established Dobermans are eager to please their owners and adapt quickly. They value attention.


The Doberman coat is smooth-haired, short, hard, thick and close lying. Some dogs sport a hidden gray undercoat on the neck. Healthy well groomed Dobermans have a shiny straight coat that lays flat, and closely coats the body.

Do Dobermans do well in Apartments?

A Doberman does best in a house with a large yard, but can be kept in an apartment as long as it is spacious enough. Dogs kept in apartments need to be well trained, and owners will need to be prepared to stick to a rigorous exercise regimen.


Bored Dobermans can have barking problems. It is imperative that the owner, properly exercises the dog and trains them well.

Do Dobermans Get Along With Children & Other Pets?

Well trained Dobermans can get on well with children and other pets - but should be watched carefully around toddlers. Raising them with children and other pets tends to produce better results, however the temperament in this breed can vary - you will need to use your judgement and put the time and effort into your dog. Dobermans are perceived to be one of the more-likely breeds to show aggressive behaviour toward strangers and other dogs, but not among the most likely to do so.

Exercising a Doberman Pinscher

These dogs are high energy - taking them for daily works is not enough. If you do not have a large yard - you need to be prepared to take your dogs for runs - ideally in dog parks or some other wide open space.

How to Groom a Doberman Pinscher

To keep the Doberman' coat shiny and in good shape it must be groomed once a week to remove the dead fine hair from it's coat. Not only will you have a fine looking dog - but you will avoid that 'doggy smell'.

Doberman and Shedding

For the most part Dobermans shed year around. However the hair is short and the Doberman is usually single coated so the hair mess is quite a bit less than longer haired or double coated dogs..

Doberman Health Problems?

Common serious health problems include dilated cardiomyopathy,[28][29][30] cervical vertebral instability (CVI),[31] von Willebrand's disease (a bleeding disorder for which genetic testing has been available since 2000; the test enables both parents of a prospective litter to be tested for the carrier gene, thus preventing inheritance of the disease ),[28] and prostatic disease.[32] Less serious common health concerns include hypothyroidism and hip dysplasia Dilated cardiomyopathy serious disease is likely to be fatal in most Doberman Pinschers affected

Are Dobermans Intelligent?

The Doberman Pinscher has ranked among the most intelligent of dog breeds in experimental studies and expert evaluations. The Doberman ranks as the 5th most intelligent dog in the class of obedience command training.

Doberman Pinscher

They can easily learn to 'Respect and Protect' their owners, and are therefore considered to be excellent guard dogs that protect their loved ones. it is the Doberman owner’s responsibility to provide training in order to raise a healthy and happy Doberman.