At A Glance

Size: Large

Weight: 66 - 88 lbs.

Height: 24" - 28"

Life Span: 10 - 12 years


Also know as: Doberman Pinscher, Dobermann

Group: Specialty Show

Origin: Germany (1800s)

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts: 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.

Temperament / Behavior
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.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
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

Special Needs
Exercise: 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: No special grooming requirements.


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