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Doberman Pinscher Dogs

Updated on April 13, 2016

Guard Dogs

The Doberman Pinscher is a working guard dog that should have a fearless, aggressive, and intelligent temperament with obedience and loyalty. If they get enough training and exercise, they will not become too aggressive. This is about the history of the Doberman and how to care for your dog. I drew this picture with an art pencil.

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Herr Louis Dobermann, a tax collecter from Germany, founded the Doberman Pinscher in the 1880's. He wanted the perfect guard dog to protect him at his tax collection job.

The German Pinscher, a fearless and ferocious dog, was common. Herr Doberman added the Rottweiler to make the dogs bigger. Other common dogs in Germany at that time were added, such as the Weimaraner, where the blue colored Dobermans came from.

The people wanted large alert watchdogs, so the dogs became popular.

In 1899, Otto Goeller started the National Doberman Pinscher Club to write an official standard for the breed.

The first dogs were only black and tan. Later blue and tan and red and tan colors were allowed.

In 1908, Dobermans were exported to the United States. World War I destroyed almost all of the dogs in Germany.


The Doberman Pinscher is a working dog, designed for guard dog work. They must be fearless, aggressive, and intelligent with obedience and loyalty.

In the United States, their ears are cropped. In Great Britain and Germany, their ears are left natural.

They are one of the most popular breeds, like the Poodle and German Shepherd Dog.

If well-bred, the Doberman is not prone to violent outbursts, but unstable poorly bred dogs can occur in any breed.

Any time that a dog breed becomes popular, uninformed breeders can do harm. Puppy buyers should check the health and temperaments of the puppies before buying one.

Training and Exercise

The Doberman Pinscher is not the best dog for everyone.

Since they are strong willed, they must be obedience trained as early as possible to keep their aggression under control.

They need a large amount of exercise every day. Take them for a walk that is at least one mile long or longer or let them run around a large open space.

If the dog is not aggressive to other dogs, then letting them run and play together with other dogs is the best exercise.

A tired dog is a well behaved dog.

If they get as much training as soon as possible when they are puppies, and a lot of exercise every day, they should not develop any behavior problems.

Pet Carriers

It's very important to keep your dog safe while traveling in the car and on an airplane. Some dogs like to have a nice safe den to hide and sleep in like their wolf relatives.

My Drawing

I drew this picture in full color with art pencils many years ago when I was younger.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I learned a lot here. Thank you for personalizing the experience with your drawings and including interesting engagement opportunities (quizzes). Nicely done.

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      Scott A McCray 4 years ago

      I love Dobies...probably my all-time favorite canine. It might have something to do with the ones I grew up with as a kid... ;-)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Great background info on these dogs.

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      You are a very talented artist - would love to see more of your drawings. Aren't dogs wonderful?

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      NC Shepherd 5 years ago

      I've had two Dobermans in my life. They can be real goofballs. They were great with the kids, too.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      Interesting that we still crop Doberman Pincscher ears here in the States while they're left natural in other countries. Hopefully that practice will stop here soon.

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      CritterLover LM 6 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great tips from a dog lover, our pets need to be specially cared for.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Another well written lens *-*Blessed*-* and featured on angel blessings for dogs on squidoo

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Sure is a lot of information and helpful resources listed here about the Doberman Pinscher

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      California_Dreamin 8 years ago

      Excellent lens. Five stars from me.