Doberman Pinscher | Doberman Pinscher History

Quick Facts

  • Weight: 66 – 88 pounds (29.94 – 39.92 kg)
  • Height: 24 – 28 inches (60.96 – 71.12 cm)

The appearance of a Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinschers have a sleek, powerful and distinguished frame. They have a poised, alert, film-ready demeanor and a lively, intelligent expression. Dobermans have a deep, broad chest, a strong neck and a medium-sized, square and muscular body. Their heads are wedge-shaped with watchful, dark eyes and ears that are either cropped or pointing upwards. They (usually) have docked tails and straight limbs. Dobermans can come in black, black and tan, blue-gray, fawn, red and white. In general, they have a courageous, determined and proud appearance.

Distinctive features

  • Bold and assertive
  • Protective
  • Tough and fearless
  • Intense
  • Easy to train
  • devoted friend

Ideal Human Companion

  • singles
  • Active, sporty types
  • Experienced dog handlers
  • A-type personalities

How they are to live with

Despite their fearsome reputation, Doberman Pinschers are loving, affectionate intelligent dogs. They are also known for being conscientious and sensitive, cunning and attentive which would explain their success as police and military dogs.

Above all, these are people-oriented dogs, who crave attention, positive reinforcement and quality time with family. If properly trained and socialized they can be sweet and easy going with children.

Highly intelligent, Dobermans have a range of skills including search and rescue, agility and therapy. When given a task and plenty of mental stimulation, Doberman Pinschers will remain obedient and happy.

Dobermans, while loving towards their family, can be very protective and suspicious of strangers. If they think their handler is being threatened, they will do everything they can to keep them out of danger.

Things you should know

Do not be afraid of your Doberman. They need a sturdy owner and everyone in the house should know how to discipline them (in a very positive way, of course). They can become pushy if they are given their way for too long. If you are not willing to work with your Dobermann, you can try a more manageable breed.

Dobermans will be fine in an apartment as long as they are given plenty of exercise and attention. They probably aren’t the best pets to have around small children.

A healthy Doberman can live up to 12 years old. Common health problems include heart disease, hip dysplasia, and bloating. Protect them from cold climates – their short coats make them sensitive to the cold.

Doberman Pinscher History

Doberman Pinschers (pinscher means “biter” in German) were developed in the 1800s by a German tax collector named Louis Doberman. He bred these fearsome dogs to protect him during his daily rounds. Taking advantage of his part-time job at an animal shelter, he used a mix of dogs—probably Rottweilers, Black and Tan Terriers, and German Pinschers—to create the classic Dobermann. In 1921, the Doberman Pinscher Club of America was founded, which helped promote the breed in the US

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