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Dobermann Breed Summary

Loyal, Protective, Intelligent, Athletic and Affectionate

These doggies are extremely intelligent, well known all over the world for their extremely good senses and alertness! However, regardless of their fantastic watchdog abilities, they also make fantastic family pets, due to their fantastic adaptability and ability to fit in well with family life.

Breeders have taken great care to breed Dobermans with good tempers. Additionally, they are not taught how to protect, as this trait is already naturally embedded within them.

Fun Fact: They have been owned by some very famous faces, including Nicholas Cage and John F. Kennedy!

Kennel Club Group Working
Lifespan 9 - 12 years
Height (at the withers) Males 68 - 72 cm, Females 63 - 68 cm at thewithers
Weight Males 40 - 45 kg, Females 32 - 35 kg
Coat Short, Hard and Thick with a Smooth Texture. Coat is Close-Lying
Colour Black & Rust Red, Black with Red Rust, Blue & Red Rust , Blue with Rust Red, Brown & Red Rust, Brown with Rust Red, Cream & White, Fawn & Rust Red, Fawn with Red Rust, Isabella & Rust Red, Isabella with Rust Red
Eye colour Dark Brown and Black
Common health issues Dobermann Cardiac TROPONIN I (cTnI), Von Willebrand's disease (vWD), Persistent hyperplastic tunica vasculosa lentis (PHPV), Hip dysplasia, Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), Eye issues, Bloat, Hypothyroidism, Canine Wobbler Syndrome (Cervical Spondylitis), Arthritis
Other Names Doberman Pinscher, Dobie, Dobynm

Today, the Dobermann's are known for their upmost loyalty to their ‘hooman’ families. They are also highly affectionate with their owners and make fantastic companion dogs. They are also highly intelligent and alert, so with good training make excellent guard dogs. They will never look for trouble, but if they feel themselves or family is threatened, then they will return to their instincts and do everything they can to protect their loved ones. These doggies are also highly active and need a lot of physical exercise to stay healthy. They aren’t therefore the best breed for everyone and need a family that can support their need for physical and mental stimulation. But for those owners that can provide this, they will almost always make loving, family pets.

These noble-looking doggies came around during the late 19th century in Germany. A local man, from a town called Apolda, earned his living as a tax collector, though his job was very dangerous, as attacking from bandits was not uncommon! As he also worked as a dog catcher, he decided to begin breeding a dog that was up to the task of being both a protector and loyal companion. This led to experimenting with dog breeds, that would eventually result in the Dobermann! Although there are no records of which dogs were used, it’s thought these doggies are the products of Rottweilers or Pinschers. After his death, breeding continued on, with a heavy focus on functionality, but it wasn’t until 1908, that the breed really started to take off. Nowadays, breeders are working to create a gentler doggy, with much less of a focus on functionality.