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Doberman Pinscher Facts and Doberman Pinscher Dog Breed Information

Updated on May 11, 2011
the doberman pinscher dog breed
the doberman pinscher dog breed

During the 1880's in Apolda Thuringia, Germany a man by the name of Louis Dobermann, a dog pound keeper and door to door tax collector, set out to make the perfect guard dog. Louis created this breed by mixing together German Pinschers, Manchester Terriers, Rottweilers, Greyhounds, and possibly even Pointers. Shortly less than 20 years later, in 1900 the dog breed formally known as the Doberman Pinscher was officially recognized.

Louis Dobermann did much more than just create the guard dogs that he had set out to breed. Little did Louis know at the time, but the doberman pinscher dog would go on to play a major role serving as war dogs and were to be used in police task forces for many years to come. Although Doberman Pinschers have been recently replaced by German Shepherds as the staple war and police dog breed, Dobermans have currently climbed up as one the most popular purebred dogs residing in the United States today.


Doberman Pinscher Appearance

Doberman Pinschers have fairly square shaped, muscular bodies with virtually no body fat. This tone, lean built makes Dobermans the perfect dog for owners looking for a breed full of strength and stamina. Another, distinct feature of this breed includes their deep chests that lead to considerably small waists. Doberman Pinscher height withers typically lye anywhere between 24 to 28 inches. The average healthy weight of this working dog breed is roughly around 66 to 88 lbs.

Naturally, Doberman Pinschers have long tails, but are known for their signature short tails which are usually docked within 3 to 5 days after birth.

Doberman Pinscher Coat

These Pinschers have sleek, shiny, short coats that are smooth in texture. This working breed of dog comes in either with a combination of black blankets with tan fur on the muzzle, paws, chest, and lower for arms, red fur blanketing with light tan on the muzzle, paws, chest, and for arms, and may rarely come in predominantly solid blue or fawn coats.

Doberman Pinscher Face

Dobermans have long, slender faces that connect to their sturdy long necks. This German dog breed has long muzzles that come to a slight point. Doberman Pinschers have neat ears that lay down, but many owners often have their dobermans' ears cropped to where they stand straight up. The jaw of this type of dog packs one of the most powerful bites out of all the canines , one of the many reasons doberman pinschers make the great guard dogs that they do.

Doberman Pinscher Eyes

Doberman Pinschers display beautiful almond shaped eyes, which come in a number of different colors. Dobermans eye colors range from black, dark solid brown, auburn, golden, green, hazel, and blue.

The Doberman Pinscher Temperament

Despite the perhaps vicious villain persona that has long been portrayed of Doberman Pinscher dogs , this breed is actually perhaps one of the most sociable and loving breeds towards their owners and families. In recent years, the unnecessary aggressive behavior that some Doberman Pinchers did exhibit has since been bred out from the majority of these canine companion dogs .


If you love Doberman Pinschers or dogs and puppies in general, then I highly recommend reading my other blog on Rottweilers.


The Doberman Pinscher Dog Training

Often times people are unaware of just how intelligent Doberman Pinschers truly are. Believe it or not, these Pinscher pooches make the list of the top 5 smartest dog breeds. For those dog owners who just simply do not have the patience and time for long amounts of dog training , then this breed might be one you should consider owning.

Now, because these canine companion dogs are as powerful as they, it's still vital that dog owners give these dogs the proper dog training and use the positive dog training techniques Dobermans need, so that these pincscher dogs don't become aggressive. Dobermans in particular should have trainers who use good training methods since if they happen to develop an angry streak in them, Doberman Pinscher dogs  can become more hazardous than most types of dog breeds. Since these dogs can sometimes so loyal to their families, when unexposed to strangers or other people from a young age, they may become extremely weary towards outsiders. So that these canine companion dogs  can behave properly with new people, make sure that you at least periodically let your doberman puppy meet unfamiliar faces whenever they have a chance to.

Reading and researching just a few quick basic behavioral steps can make a huge difference in the relationship with you and your doberman pinscher or as of any dog.

Exercise Requirements

Doberman Pinscher dogs are very energetic canines that need plenty of exercise so they can stay in shape. Options for a Doberman's work out can come from a variety of activities ranging from playing catch to a good 45 minute jog. These German guard dogs do best in either active household or houses with decent sized yards to where they can play and runaround freely.

Doberman Pinscher Health

There are a few specific health conditions that the Doberman Pinscher dog breed are at a higher risk of developing. The main hereditary health concerns that dobermans are more prone to include wobblers’ syndrome (also known as CVI), heat diseases, Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHP) and cardiomyopathy.

I do recommend if you (or a friend) are looking to buy a Doberman Pinscher puppy from a breeder that you find out the parent dogs' medical histories, before making the final decision on your dog, since dogs born of parents who have a negative family health history are at higher risk of inheriting those same diseases or disorders.

Doberman Pinscher Life Span

Besides the chance of any health problems, Doberman Pinschers usually live long happy, healthy lives. The average life span of this dog breed on average lasts from about 10 to 12 years of age.

Dobermans are a courageous dog breed who are strongly dedicated to their masters and families, and will do whatever it takes to protect their loved ones in harm’s way. If any dog is loyal, it has to be the Doberman Pinscher.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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      8 years ago

      my dog is today 5 years old happy

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      j smitty 

      8 years ago

      i have a one year doberman . shes giving birth. what do i do

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      8 years ago

      Doberman is better breed than other.This blog help us for more information and facts of Doberman. Thank you for sharing with us.........

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      9 years ago

      Doberman Pinscher Facts and Doberman Pinscher Dog Breed Information. I love with dogs..... doberman beautiful and powerful......... thanks for giving information about doberman facts and pinscher dog breed...............

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      9 years ago from Wales

      I have had three Doberman over the years and they were all beautiful and faithful dogs.I push all the buttons for this one.

      I loved this hub and thanks for sharing.

      Take care


    • Miss Lil' Atlanta profile imageAUTHOR

      Miss Lil' Atlanta 

      9 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Oh, I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. It's a horrible thing to have to go through. I mean, dogs are members of the family; they're much more than just pets.

      Best regards, Miss Lil' Atlanta

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      Art 4 Life 

      9 years ago from in the middle of nowhere....

      I currently have a 13 yr old red doberman male, named Moose. He was just diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy. I am heart broken. He has been the best dog I have ever had. You are right, Dobermans are strongly dedicated to their masters..he has been the most loyal dog I have ever had. He will be missed greatly when he passes away, and I will be doing a hub dedicated to him when that happens...great hub

      I rate you UP



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