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Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher is a medium sized courageous yet graceful dog. These dogs are often misunderstood to be very aggressive. But, in actuality, these enthusiastic dogs are always ready to shower their unconditional love and loyalty on their human companions. They do fairlywell under the ownership of dedicated and experienced dog owners.

This common dog breed was developed in Apolda, Germany by mixing various other dog breeds such as Rottweiler, English Greyhound, Beauceron, German Pinscher and Manchester Terrier. They were popularly used as police dogs and guard dogs on account of their strength, intelligence and alertness but they are now being used as companion dogs. These diligent dogs are used as Search and Rescue and Therapy dogs too. The breed is also popular by other names like Doberman, Dobermann, Dobe, Doby, Dobie etc.

Physical Appearance

Doberman Pinscher dog breed is characterized by a compact and athletic build with a high level of energy, endurance and agility. The color of the nose varies with the color of the hair coat. They tend to have moderately deep set eyes that are almond-shaped and seem bear an inquisitive and energetic expression.

Rust colored markings are often present on the muzzle, throat, chest, legs, feet, above the eyes, and below the tail. Activities like tail docking and ear cropping are generally not advisable and are even considered illegal in some countries.

Color: Common Doberman Pinscher coat colors are red, blue, fawn and black.
Height: An average Doberman Pinscher dog should normally grow to about 26 to 28 inches in height. The normal height for the female is around 24 to 26 inches.
Weight: The males usually weigh up to 75 to 100 pounds. Female Doberman Pinschers generally weigh between 60 to 90 pounds.

Health Problems

Like other breeds, even Doberman Pinscher is not free from illnesses. Some common health issues include, Cervical Vertebral Instability, Panosteitis, Hip Dysplasia, Bloating, Congestive Heart Failure, Chronic Active Hepatitis, kidney diseases, eye diseases, blood clotting disorders, thyroid problems, tumors, cancers and other similar diseases.

They are prone to hair pore infections and dandruff. Excessive exposure to cold weather may lead to Frostbite in these dogs. Fawn and blue colored Doberman Pinschers are susceptible to a hereditary condition called Blue Doberman Syndrome that affects the hair coat and makes the skin rough and flaky. White Dobermans are associated with an increased risk of deafness, instability of mind etc. Drug allergies have also been reported in some cases.

Life Expectancy: The average Doberman Pinscher lifespan is around 10 to 13 years.
Litter Size: 3 to 8 puppies

Grooming Requirements

Doberman Pinscher dog breed is characterized by short, thick and sleek hair coat lying close to the skin. Hence, it requires minimal and hassle free grooming, though on a regular basis like once a week. Rubber brushes should be used for brushing and combing the coat. Rubbing them down with the help of a wet towel is also a good idea. They tend to shed moderately.

Bathe the dog occasionally, when necessary. Mild shampoos are recommended for this purpose. Nails should be clipped on every week or at least every two weeks. Regular eye cleaning, ear cleaning and teeth brushing also form an integral part of Doberman Pinscher grooming.


These dogs are generally alert, obedient, intelligent, affectionate, sweet, energetic, watchful, determined, fearless and confident in temperament. The male dogs of this breed may exhibit territorial behavior and refuse to socialize with other male dogs. Early socialization and consistent obedience training are necessary to control these powerful dogs. These inquisitive and delightful dogs may become stubborn and strong willed at times.

More often than not, they are assertive but not to the point of being aggressive under normal circumstances. They get along well with children, provided they are never left unattended or unsupervised. These active dogs tend to become timid, fearful or anxious when kept alone or ignored for long. They can become reserved towards strangers. Doberman Pinscher dogs make for excellent and reliable watchdogs and guard dogs.

Key Points

Provide sufficient physical as well as mental stimulation to your beloved Doberman Pinscher in order to maintain his overall health in good condition. Hence, be prepared to take your protective, guardian dog for long brisk walks on a daily basis without fail.

In addition, make sure the dog gets plenty of opportunity to play in an average sized yard when dwelling in an apartment. They are sensitive to cold weather and hence should not be exposed to cold outdoor environment for longer durations.