Doberman Pinscher

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Information

Name: Doberman, Dobie
Origin: Germany
Breed Group: Mastiff, Working dog breeds
Size: Large
Hypoallergenic: No
The Doberman Pinscher is probably the most frightening dog breed. However, despite their fierce appearance, Dobermans can make for loyal and loving companions. All they need is a loving family whom they will protect with the cost of their life. Furthermore, this breed also happens to be one of the top 10 smartest dog breeds in the world. Aside from guarding and watching, these dogs also excel at numerous other tasks. They are very efficient in police and army missions as well as in search and rescue missions, therapy work and competitive obedience. Doberman Pinscher Picture Doberman Pinscher Picture Origin You don't need to do a lot of guessing in order to determine the origin of this breed. As the name clearly suggests, the breed originated in Germany. It is believed that these dogs appeared somewhere in the 1860s as a crossing between German Pinschers, Rottweilers, Greyhounds, old Shorthaired shepherds and Baucerons. The breed gets its name from its creator, Louis Dobermann who decided to create the perfect guard dog in order to protect himself from bandits who roamed the areas where he often traveled. This breed was recognized by the AKC in 1908. Doberman Pinscher Picture Doberman Pinscher Picture Physical description The Doberman breed is characterized by a large, muscular body. The males are usually about 26-28 inches tall and weight about 70-88 pounds, whereas the females are about 61-66 inches tall and weight about 66-78 pounds. There is also a larger variety called the Warlock Doberman. At first sight, the Doberman Pinscher appears to have a compact, squarely built body. Its head is long and features a flat top of the skull. The nose has a triangle shape and can come in numerous colors, depending on the color of the coat (from black to dark brown, dark gray, fawn and even pink). The ears are erect, as they are cut at a young age (about 12 weeks) and taped for a couple of months. A lot of breeders also dock the tail. Docking the tail and cropping the ears is an old practice which continues to be popular even nowadays. However, more and more breeders are abandoning these barbaric practices, especially since they are banned in many parts of the world. If left natural, the ears and the tail of a Doberman resemble the ears and tail of a hound. Doberman Pinscher Picture Doberman Pinscher Picture Personality Dobermans are generally very active dogs. They have a lot of stamina which is why they require daily exercise. However, these dogs are also very friendly and highly intelligent. As such, even if you allow them to play in a large yard all day long, unless you play with them on a regular basis, they are likely to get bored. These dogs love being with their humans and enjoy engaging in all kinds of physical activities. They are also very loyal and dedicated to their families. They are very easy to train, but they need to be taught the meaning of obedience from an early…

Characteristics

EASE OF TRAINING
INTELLIGENCE
SHEDDING
KID FRIENDLINESS
ADAPTABILITY
ENERGY LEVEL
EXERCISE NEEDS
GUARDING ABILITIES
WATCHING ABILITIES

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The Doberman Pinscher is probably the most frightening dog breed. However, despite their fierce appearance, Dobermans can make for loyal and loving companions. All they need is a loving family whom they will protect with the cost of their life. Furthermore, this breed also happens to be one of the top 10 smartest dog breeds in the world. Aside from guarding and watching, these dogs also excel at numerous other tasks. They are very efficient in police and army missions as well as in search and rescue missions, therapy work and competitive obedience.

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Origin

You don’t need to do a lot of guessing in order to determine the origin of this breed. As the name clearly suggests, the breed originated in Germany. It is believed that these dogs appeared somewhere in the 1860s as a crossing between German Pinschers, Rottweilers, Greyhounds, old Shorthaired shepherds and Baucerons. The breed gets its name from its creator, Louis Dobermann who decided to create the perfect guard dog in order to protect himself from bandits who roamed the areas where he often traveled. This breed was recognized by the AKC in 1908.

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Physical description

The Doberman breed is characterized by a large, muscular body. The males are usually about 26-28 inches tall and weight about 70-88 pounds, whereas the females are about 61-66 inches tall and weight about 66-78 pounds. There is also a larger variety called the Warlock Doberman. At first sight, the Doberman Pinscher appears to have a compact, squarely built body. Its head is long and features a flat top of the skull. The nose has a triangle shape and can come in numerous colors, depending on the color of the coat (from black to dark brown, dark gray, fawn and even pink). The ears are erect, as they are cut at a young age (about 12 weeks) and taped for a couple of months. A lot of breeders also dock the tail. Docking the tail and cropping the ears is an old practice which continues to be popular even nowadays. However, more and more breeders are abandoning these barbaric practices, especially since they are banned in many parts of the world. If left natural, the ears and the tail of a Doberman resemble the ears and tail of a hound.

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Personality

Dobermans are generally very active dogs. They have a lot of stamina which is why they require daily exercise. However, these dogs are also very friendly and highly intelligent. As such, even if you allow them to play in a large yard all day long, unless you play with them on a regular basis, they are likely to get bored. These dogs love being with their humans and enjoy engaging in all kinds of physical activities. They are also very loyal and dedicated to their families. They are very easy to train, but they need to be taught the meaning of obedience from an early age. An untrained Doberman Pinscher might try to take over as the family’s alpha male. However, as a master, if you learn how to treat your dog with a firm authority, you will soon discover that the Doberman is not only a loving companion, but also a very smart one, who will eagerly keep you company with all of your daily tasks. Despite the fact that their frightening appearance has given them a very bad reputation, Dobermans are not aggressive and they can even make great therapy dogs.

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Health

Dobermans are very strong and healthy dogs that can live up to 10-14 years. However, like all breeds who were developed by mixing several other breeds, the Dobermans can also be susceptible to several health conditions such as: Von Willebrand’s Disease, Hip Dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Hypothyroidism, Wobbler’s Syndrome, Cardiomyopathy, Albinoism, Color Mutant Alopecia, Narcolepsy and Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus. Not all dogs will develop these conditions, but it helps to be aware of them so that you can prevent them. Needless to say, you should only buy puppies from good breeders who can provide medical clearances for the pups’ parents.

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Care

Despite their large size, Dobermans can live a very happy life in an apartment. However, in order for them to stay healthy, they need to be exercised daily. Daily walks or jogging sessions are usually the best ways of exercising these dogs. However, make sure to always keep the dog at heel or behind you, in order to avoid engaging the dog in any alpha male fantasies. People who live in houses with large yards, might consider leaving the dog outside even during the night. However, keep in mind that these dogs are not meant to live outside as they are quite sensitive to cold.

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Coat

Dobermans are average shedders so they require little grooming. Generally, a brushing session per week is more than enough in order to keep the dog’s coat in good condition. Dobs feature a short, hard coat. Some dogs can even feature an invisible gray undercoat on their neck. The coat can be black, black with tan markings, red, blue-gray, fawn and white or even solid white. White markings are controversial as some clubs accept them while others consider them to be flaws.

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Friendliness

Since Dobermans make for excellent therapy dogs, you can imagine that they are very loving, friendly and patient. They love children but, like it goes with all dogs, they should not be left unsupervised with small children or with children who don’t know how to interact with dogs. No dog likes to have its food taken away or its tail pulled. Furthermore, due to their large size, Dobermans can often cause accidents, such as unwillingly tipping over a small child. Socialization is also an important aspect to consider. If it is introduced to other people from an early age, as well as with children and other pets, the Doberman can grow up to be very friendly. These dogs are also very protective of the children in their family.

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Ease of training

As we mentioned above, the Doberman Pinscher is one of the smartest dog breeds in the world. This type of dogs like to keep busy so make sure that they have something interesting to do each day. As they are fast learners, it is essential to keep the training fresh and come up with new ways of getting their attention.

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