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Size: Large

Weight: 66 - 88 lbs.

Height: 24" - 28"

Life Span: 10 - 12 years

Health Problems: Be sure to obtain your Doberman from a reputable breeder to avoid aggression and health problems. Common breed-related health problems include: cardiomyopathy; cervical vertebral instability; hypothyroidism; narcolepsy; von Willebrand's disease; osteosarcoma; parvovirus; acral lick dermatitis; demodicosis

Origin: Germany (1800s)

Also Known As: Doberman Pinscher, Dobermann

Group: Guardian

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Doberman will need a confined space to run because it is an extremely energetic breed. Daily walking or jogging will not be enough to satisfy your Doberman's exercise needs.

Grooming Needs

No special grooming requirements.


The Doberman is an alert guard dog, as well as energetic, sensitive companion. These dogs respond better to praise, rather than discipline. Because Dobermans tend to be aggressive, especially with other dogs, early socialization is necessary. If raised properly, Dobermans normally get along well with children and can be extremely sweet and submissive. Avoid playing aggressive games with your Doberman and be sure to attend obedience training for the best temperament.

Compatibility with Kids

Normally gets along well with children


The Doberman originated when Louis Doberman, a German tax collector, set out to develop a watchdog to accompany him on his rounds. This breed is a cross of the German Shepherd and German Pinscher, as well as the Weimaraner, Rottweiler, Greyhound and Manchester Terrier.

Pet Facts

Dobermans that may carry the albino gene have a tagged registration.

Best Dog Food for Your Doberman

Puppy, Diet, Senior & Sensitive Stomach Formulas

Large Breed Puppy 15 lb. Front Counter

Large Breed Puppy

Lower protein and fat levels than our Puppy Select Formula.

Large Breed Adult 15 lb. Front Counter

Large Breed Adult

Carefully formulated for the care and nutrition of large breed dogs.

Sensitive Solutions Skin & Stomach Support 6 lb. Front Counter

Sensitive Solutions Skin & Stomach Support

Features the SmartDefense™ System, with vitamins C & E.

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