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Why Doberman Pinchers Make Great Pets

Updated on April 12, 2012

Doberman Pincher Make Great Pets

Doberman Pinchers are among the smartest canine breeds in the world. Their personality has been called; breathtakingly perceptive, intuitive, and sensitive. Dobermans look to follow their “pack leader”, who they follow well, but they respond best to a calm, but firm, stable and enlightening authority. If a Dobie is unable to do so they will feel obligated to assume your role.

Picking You Dobie Puppy

I recommend picking your Doberman while a puppy. This way you are the only authority figure they known. When looking for a Dobie puppy, make sure the parents are register with the American Kennel Association, and the seller has the required paperwork available for your puppy. The puppy’s seller should also offer recent photos or preferably, allow you to see the physical appearance of the puppy’s parents. If the two simple standards are not meet, move on to another seller. Once you have found your puppy there are two things, physically, you should look for. First, has the puppy’s tail been docked? Second, has the due claw already been removed? The due claw is located high above the paw. If the claw is not removed it can be easily torn or the nail can grow into the skin causing great pain. Both of these procedures should be done shortly after birth, before they are old enough to be taken from their mother.

Color and Gender


Although I prefer the traditional and most common color, back and rust Doberman, there are a few other and rare colors you may come across. Some of the others colors you may see are; Blue (grayish), Fawn (a diluted red), and the very uncommon White Doberman.

Male or Female:

If you are looking for a larger size, the males can grow to be 28” and 75-100Ibs, where a female can be estimated at 25.5” and 60-90Ibs. Although males may look more intimidating due to their larger size, the females seem to be more protective, especially over younger children.


The Movies Version
The Movies Version


The movies have given Doberman’s the image of vicious aggressive creators out for blood, but the fact is they are extremely sensitive and loving dogs. Dobermans are extremely intelligent and want badly to please their owner. Many mistake these dogs’ extreme loyalty and protective nature as aggression. They can easily be taught to 'Respect and Protect' their owners, making them excellent guard dogs that care very much for their loved ones. They are generally sociable towards humans they know, are introduced to, or do not show a threat. They can be with and play well with other dogs. There is a great deal of scientific evidence that Doberman Pinschers have a number of stable psychological traits, such as personality factors and intelligence. Dobermans will express sadness when their owners are disappointed in them, excitement when praised and concern if their owners seem unhappy.

Summary: Energetic, watchful, determined, alert, perceptive, fearless, loyal and obedient.

Dobermans and Children:

My Doberman is my 6yr olds best friend “agreed upon by both”. Although they are protective over all of their loves ones, they can easily be taught or are instinctively carful and observant around children. They will put themselves in front of harm quickly for their loves ones.

Personal Experience: My three year old Doberman would pace franticly behind a fence when my two girls would wait for the school bus across a busy neighborhood street. Normally my girls are not allowed out of the yard and Duchess (my Dobie) knows that. The first day she say them leave on big yellow bus, she was in a panic. I eventual started letting Duchess walk the girls to the bus and stay there until they got safely on the bus. Duchess comes home after the bus is down the road and out of sight. I think she has become the official bus stop guard. There are several parents in the neighborhood that started dropping of their kids at the girl’s bus stop.

Ear Docking:

Ear Docking:

Doberman Pinschers often have their ears cropped. Ear docking is a procedure that is functionally related to breed type for both the traditional guard duty and effective sound localization. This procedure is normally done between 7 and 10 weeks of age. Cropping done after 12 weeks is not suggested or sometimes even agreed upon by a veterinarian. This is because docking ears after 12 weeks of age produces a low rate of success in getting the ears to stand. Some Dobie owners prefer not to have their pet's ears cropped. The procedure is painful, presenting the owner with concern.

The surgery involves trimming off part of the animal's ears and then propping them up with posts wrapped with tape bandages. The support of the post allows the cartilage to develop into an upright position as the ears grow. While healing the incision area must be cleaned of any puss or leakage that maybe produced by the natural healing process. The incision scab falls off on its own within a week’s time, while the stitches must be removed by the vet a week after scab. The puppy will still have the ability to lay the ears back or down without incident, unless the vet did not do the surgery properly (Research your veterinarians work). The process of posting the ears generally takes about a month, but longer show crops can take several months. Ear posting is obviously uncomfortable to the dog, more so than the actual surgery. Posting techniques and the associated discomfort vary from one posting technique to the next.

Personal Experience: If I was given the option of docking my dobies ears again I would likely not do it. She was extremely uncomfortable and in a lot of pain after surgery. I personally felt horrible because it is NOT necessary, but cosmetic surgery.


Dobermans look to follow their “pack leader”, who they always follow well, but respond best to a calm, but firm, stable and enlightening authority. If a Dobie is unable to do so they will feel obligated to assume your role.


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      Doberman 6 years ago

      So obedient and protective!!!! doberman pinscher is really a carefully breed.........

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      Dave 7 years ago

      My dogs came out no worse for ware after their ear dockings. Uncomfortable for a bit, well naturally. In pain?? I never once got that impression from my dobes. I could touch their ears and clean them etc and never got the impression of pain. My belief rather right or wrong (right to me obviously) If a month of discomfort for my dog adds to her "intimidation" and fear factor and keeps me and my family that much safer from strangers and intruders etc just from a simple visual scare.. I will crop every dobe I ever own with out hesitation or any form of guilt what's so ever! Also I have never had a dobe with an ear infection ;) and seeing a dobe cropped vs a dog with long floppy ears you can see the difference it makes in their hearing and location skills. Cup your hands behind your ears and tell me how much better you hear :)now lay your hands flat over your ears and tell me how great you hear...Everyone has their own opinion on the matter and mine has been formed by my own experiences all of which have been good.

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      MCWebster 7 years ago

      Interesting article, thank you. I always like learning about different dog breeds.