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Doberman Pinschers

Doberman Pinscher

The Doberman is a domestic breed of dog that originates from Germany. They are very common today as house pets and are very easy to recognise because of the amount of, mostly negative, media attention this dog has received compared to other breeds. These powerful dogs were once bred as guard dogs and police dogs and, even though they are more common as pets today, they are still sometimes used in the aforementioned roles. The Doberman is medium in size with a compact and muscular body. The coat is short and smooth and tends to come in a predominantly black color.


Despite some of the bad publicity the Doberman gets, this dog is not naturally aggressive. Any violent tendencies have been bred out of the modern day Doberman. Due to its past as a working dog, the Doberman is both highly intelligent and highly active. It is therefore easy to train and obedient. These dogs are adaptable and versatile in their skills and abilities. Loyal and affectionate to its owner and family, the Doberman prefers to be around people than left on its own. The Doberman is also very protective of its family and territory and wary of strangers therefore making them a great guard dog. Owners need to be firm and confident when training this dog and setting rules.

  • Height, Weight

    Height: Dogs 26-28 inches (66-71cm) Bitches 24-26 inches (61-66cm)

    Weight: Dogs 66-88 pounds (30-40kg) Bitches 66-88 pounds (30-40kg)

  • Health Problems

    Can be prone to cervical spondylitis, or Wobbler Syndrome as it is also known. Skin issues, bloat, hip dysplasia and certain heart issues can also affect this breed.

  • Living Conditions

    Will be fine in apartments if given sufficient exercise. However, these energetic dogs are far better suited to larger households with a good-sized yard. Dobermans are sensitive to the cold and are certainly not suited to being left in a Kennel.

  • Exercise

    Highly energetic, the Doberman must be taken on long, daily walks. These dogs are best suited to an active owner who will give them the mental and physical stimulation they need.

  • Life Expectancy

    Dobermans can live up to 13 years.

  • Litter Size

    The litter size is 8 on average.

  • Grooming

    Dobermans need little grooming due to their short-haired coats and shed very little also. They require little maintenance in that respect.

  • Group

    Mastiff, AKC Working

  • Recognition