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The Doberman Pinscher

Updated on August 10, 2013

So You Are Seriously Thinking About Getting Yourself A Pet Doberman Pinscher

Dobermans are very intelligent and loyal dogs. Dobermans are the kind of dogs originally trained to be the master or the bodyguard of the house.

They are naturally protective dogs which are highly trainable and they are the type of dogs which are naturally caring to their owners. In their owner’s homes, they are the ultimate protectors.

They are very devoted to the family they are with. What you teach them, they follow because they are highly intelligent. The only thing that they don’t do is probably the only thing that you don’t teach them.

Physically, Dobermans are a very strong and muscular dog and elegant looking as well. On the outside they look very intimidating and scare house intruders without effort. However, on the inside they are very lovable dogs who love to be cuddled by their owners.

In year 1870, a tax collector in Apolda, Theuringen named Karl Friedrich Louis Doberman wanted to create a new breed of dog which would help him protect himself and keep him secured, sound, and safe.

He himself was a dog lover and that time was raising a pinscher. In 1893, that was the period when the Doberman pinscher was officially recognized. Pinscher because the Doberman has adapted its pose and its boldness.

The breed was quickly re cognized in the surrounding countries such as Germany, then later in Russia, Poland, and Scandinavian countries. Mostly countries in Europe. In England, after the second world war, the Dobermans were at once made to work as a police dog.

Its sharp sense comes from the temperament of the Shepherd dog, but they have the Greyhound’s temperament in which they are characterized for their speed in running, not in hunting.

This breed is also found in continents like Africa, Asia, South America and the USA. In the marines, the Dobermans are also serving.

Dobermans are very useful dogs. Both at home as a lovable dog, and outdoors as a protector. This dog breed serves all. The Dobermans love to belong to a family.

They immediately feel that they are part of the family once they are in it and they begin to protect the family, their owners. They are not the type of dogs which should be caged.

Rather, they love to be considered as companions. When danger in the house is present, they take charge in protecting the family.

They are very strong dogs and physically, they have pointed ears and their pose is like that of a guard’s pose, very alert.

This breed is very protective to his surroundings. Dobermans always watch out and check for potential harm or threat in the area, especially in the home.

They don’t miss out on anything. They are fearless, they’d do anything, with its strong physically features, accompanied by its rapid reflexes, they are considered as one of the best protection and you could have in for your family.

A good companion, a friend, a comrade, a loyal protector. These are the traits people always look for in a dog. Fortunately, the Doberman possesses all these qualities.

Very determined and easy to train, they have a natural characteristic to please their owners. It is part of them to love their owners and do exactly as they are told.

Dobermans have a strong reputation of being aggressive dogs, but this is not true. Because Dobermans are actually quite lovable, they could be great yard or house dogs.

It is very important to provide them with a big yard for the exercise that they need. Dogs in general have a higher potential to become very aggressive and violent if they lack proper care.

When given proper care (which includes food and shelter, the basic needs), they make very sweet house pets who are very good in serving children, the elderly and disabled in some cases.

Although some think it is cool to have their Pinschers become very mean, rough, aggressive, and brutal. However, this is one way of maltreating the dogs who are naturally people-lovers and protectors of the home.

Naturally, the tail of the Doberman Pinscher is fairly long. However, as a result of docking, individual dogs have short tails. This is a procedure in which most of the tail is removed surgically not too long after being born.

An umbrella term, canine intelligence encompasses all the involvements in a broad range of tasks that are mental such as communication, problem solving and learning.

Among expert evaluations and experimental studies, the Doberman Pinscher has ranked among the fifth most intelligent dog based on surveys done by trainers documented in the book of Stanley Coren, The Intelligence of Dogs.

In addition, another study in nineteen eighty five by Hart and Hart has ranked this breed the number one most intelligent dog in this category. The Doberman also has the topmost rank in terms of trainability as claimed in nineteen eighty by Tortora.

Although there are different methods of evaluation, this research shows consistently that the DobermanPinscher along with the Standard Poodle, the German Shepherd and the Border Collie are the breeds of dog which are most trainable.

Some evidence claims that there is a more even and calm temperament in North American Doberman Pinschers compared to their counterparts in Europe. This is due to the employed breeding strategies of breeders in America.

Due to these varying strategies, a varied line of Doberman Pinschers has developed traits that are different.

Even if many North American Doberman Pinschers are friendly and gentle to strangers, there are some lines that are bred in such a way that they remain true to their original standard of personality.

On the average, the lifespan of the Doberman is about ten to eleven years old. There are a few health concerns they may suffer from.

These include prostatic disease, von Willebrand’s disease, cervical vertebral instability or dilated cardiomyopathy. Health concerns that are less serious include hip dysplasia. More than any other breed, this breed suffers diseases that are prostatic including benign hyperplasia.

One primary cause of death is dilated cardiomyopathy. This affects Dobermans more than any other dog and almost forty percent of this diagnosis are for Pinschers followed by thirteen percent of German Shepherds.


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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      It's nice to know more about Doberman, thank you so much useful hub.

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      When I was in my twenties, I went out with a German guy who bought a doberman. Quite the guard dog as you say, but what I remember most of all was the fact that even when he was fully grown he wanted to sit on my lap. His boney behind would be placed on my lap with his feet on the floor! Great dogs, marvellous temperaments. Up, interesting and useful.

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      elle64 5 years ago from Scandinavia

      It is so nice when a dog fullfill your dreams, thanks for stopping by.

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      Fraser soul 5 years ago

      My daugther just got a Doberman he is only three months old but he is so smart.