Doberman Pinschers are fiercely loyal and loving toward their chosen people. They're also one of the smartest breeds around. Bred to be guard dogs, careless breeding in the past has given these dogs a problematic reputation. But if do your research and due diligence before you adopt one and are careful to work with reputable organizations, your Doberman should be loving, reliable, and protective. Many also work in the military and law enforcement.
Originally from Germany, this medium-sized and high-energy breed can grow to between 65-90 pounds and lives an average of 10-12 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Working group.
|Breed's original pastime||Hunting|
|Average lifespan||10-12 years|
|Date of origin||1600s|
|Average size of male||Height: 26-28 Weight: 65-90|
|Average size of female||Height: 26-28 Weight: 65-90|
|Energy level||Medium energy|
|Affection level||Moderately affectionate|
|Friendliness toward other dogs||Shy|
|Friendliness toward other pets||Friendly|
|Friendliness toward strangers||Shy|
|Ease of training||Hard to train|
|Protection ability||Very protective|
|Grooming needs||Low maintenance|
|Cold tolerance||Medium tolerance|
|Heat tolerance||Medium tolerance|
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS A DOBERMAN PINSCHER'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
Doberman Pinschers are fearless, very intelligent, and somewhat playful and affectionate. They are generally good with kids and other pets, given appropriate socialization, but should always be monitored closely with them.
This breed's protective instincts make early and frequent socialization absolutely essential to prevent suspicion or even aggression around strangers.
WHAT IS DOBERMAN PINSCHER BEHAVIOR LIKE?
These are sleek, speedy, strong, and enduring dogs who need a lot of exercise. Plan for long walks or jogs, sprints, and spirited games. Given proper training, Dobermans are highly obedient.
Doberman Pinschers are alert, vigilant, highly motivated guard dogs who are innately protective of their families. This makes early, often, and careful socialization necessary.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A DOBERMAN PINSCHER?
Doberman Pinschers are very biddable dogs who want to please their people. Obedience training plays to this breed's strengths and provides much needed mental stimulation. Dobermans are fast learners who enjoy meeting new challenges. They're also sensitive, so be gentle with your furry friend.
Don't disregard this dog's intelligence: if your Doberman Pinscher is bored and neglected, you're going to have a destructive and barky genius in your backyard. Hint: This breed excels in agility training.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO DOBERMAN PINSCHERS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
This breed's single coat is short, shiny, and hard. Doberman Pinschers are average seasonal shedders who require very little in the way of grooming. Plan to brush yours roughly once a week.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO DOBERMAN PINSCHERS HAVE?
Doberman Pinschers are a robust breed. Keep an eye out for symptoms of eye disease, hip dysplasia, or von Willebrand disease. Dobermans are also particularly prone to bloat, a condition that requires immediate attention from your veterinarian. Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV) and contact your vet at once if you suspect your dog might be suffering from this ailment.
Feeding your baby Doberman Pinscher a growth food for large-breed puppies will slow their rate of growth but not diminish their adult stature, and may help prevent or reduce the impact of adult-onset hip dysplasia.