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Doberman Pinscher

A super-active, intelligent dog is what you get when you adopt a Doberman. You also won the lottery when it comes to an amazingly trustworthy, tenaciously loyal, playful, and fun-loving family member.

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Animalia Team
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    Country of Origin

    Germany

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    Breed Group

    Working dogs

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    Height

    Male 27-28 In

    Female 25-27 In

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    Weight

    Male 88-99 Ib

    Female 71-77 Ib

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    Life Span

    9-13 years

In a Nutshell

Dobies love to be loved and close to those who love them and are kind. They are genetically naturally protective, vigilant, and incomparably fearless, and the world’s best protectors. These traits have probably garnered Dobies a reputation for being aggressive. However, that isn’t the case, and studies have proved this. They are only aggressive in certain situations – like in the face of stranger danger. Dobies are definitely not more aggressive than many breeds people consider harmless, like Dalmatians, Great Danes, and Cocker Spaniels.

Life With a Doberman Pinscher

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    Home Alone

    Consider working from home

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    Living Arrangements

    Definitely a yard

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    Kid Friendly

    Yes

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    Pet Friendly

    Yes

Looks & Personality

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Dobermans have magnificent, athletic physiques and are considered canine kingdom royalty. They’re sleek with a glistening coat and exude power, yet they are elegant and brilliant. Because Dobermans were bred as guard dogs, the males usually have compact, muscular bodies, compared to the thinner females, with wedge-shaped heads and a somewhat intimidating appearance.

Their physical attributes impact their energetic personality. These athletes need a lot of playtime and exercise. Besides long walks or hikes, having a large fenced-in area where they can run is essential for their mental and physical well-being. They also excel at sports such as tracking, agility, and obedience. 

Dobies love to be busy both mentally and physically. They are so quick to learn and easy to train that the challenge is keeping lessons fun, exciting, and fresh. One thing these dogs can have is their own ideas about who the boss is, so they need a firm owner who shows kind, consistent leadership. Otherwise, we know who is going to be the leader of whom!

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A tip from a vet

The Doberman enjoys cool weather for exercising but cannot live outside in it because of its short coat. It also requires daily exercise in the form of a long walk, jog, games and sprint.
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A tip from a trainer

Dobermans are strong dogs and can become unmanageable, pushy, or destructive if not raised and socialized correctly from puppyhood. The breed should always live inside the house with their people, not outdoors.
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Did You Know

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    Dobies are sensitive to the cold and need sufficient shelter in winter – their ideal is next to the fireplace!

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    The US Marine Corps adopted the Doberman Pinscher as its official war dog during World War II.

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    According to the latest 2017 American Kennel Club ranking, Dobermans are the 16th most popular dog breed due to their agility and intelligence.

In The News

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A Doberman named Kurt became the first K-9 casualty during the second World War on 23 July 1944 when he was fatally wounded by a Japanese grenade. Kurt was the first dog buried in the War Dog Cemetery and is the bronze dog depicted on the WWII War Dog Memorial, sitting quietly yet alert. Cappy, Kurt, and 23 other Dobermans are buried there, including a Doberman named Cappy, who saved 250 US Marines by alerting them to Japanese soldiers.

Famous Doberman Pinscher Owners

Tanya Roberts, John F. Kennedy, Raquel Welch, Rudolph Valentino, Victoria Principal, William Shatner, Forest Whitaker, Nicolas Cage, Kevin Hart, Mariah Carey, Sylvester Stallone, Kendall Jenner.

The History Behind the Breed

Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann was the first to breed Dobermans in Apolda, Thuringia, Germany, during the 1880s. Dobermann was a tax collector who ran the Apolda dog pound. His access to many types of dog breeds gave him the idea to create a new kind of dog with the strength, stamina, and intelligence to protect him. The exact details of the makeup of the Doberman are not known. Five years after his death in 1894, Otto Goeller, another breeder, started the National Doberman Pinscher Club (named in Karl’s honor). It is believed that Goeller refined and established the breed in the 1890s. Eventually, the "Pinscher" part of the name was dropped along with the double “n” in Dobermann. Only the US and Canada still use “Pinscher” in the title.

If a Doberman Pinscher Could Talk…

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"I cannot understand why people call me a Velcro dog. Just because I want to be with my human pack 24/70365 because I am in love doesn’t mean I’m sticky... does it?”

A Quick Anatomy Lesson

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Dobermans are generally healthy but prone to specific health issues so it is advisable to have early evaluations for the following: thyroid, heart, eyes, hips, and a DNA test for Von Willebrand's Disease.

Common Health Problems

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