Description: This strong, intelligent, fearless, brave, dependable, active and cunning breed can become noisy and boisterous, not particularly bad traits considering what it was bred to do. Doberman Pinschers bond very closely to their family/owner/handler and have a tendency to become particularly attached to one person.
Though these dogs are naturally straightforward and reliable, they can become fearful and snappy without careful, consistent, harmonious training. Thus you may want to consider another breed if you do not have the time to train your Doberman Pinscher properly. Always act fairly and clearly and never hit it. Donít push serious guard-dog training until the dog matures somewhat and that is at about the age of two.
Other Names: Dobermann
Height: Males 26 - 28 inches, Females 24 -26 inches
Weight: 66 - 88 lbs.
Colors: Solid black, brown, blue, fawn (Isabella) with rust marking on his head, body and legs.
Coat: Smooth, short, thick and close
Temperament: 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: He needs daily extensive exercise including running. He 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.
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: His origins come from Apolda in Thuringen, Germany in the 1890's. Most authorities feel he came from a shorthaired shepherd, the Rottweiler, a German smooth-haired Pinscher and a Black and Tan Terrier. His 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