Doberman Pinscher – Breed Information
Breed Information: The Doberman Pinscher is a very muscular and powerful dog which has a hard, short coat that can be black, red, blue, or fawn with copper points (see Kennel Club for specifics). While white Dobermans are being bred, they are still not recognized by most kennel clubs. The Doberman has a short back and a muscular neck leading to a head that bears a resemblance to a blunt wedge. The eyes should be dark with an intelligent expression. Although in the past ears were cropped and tails docked, if dogs are hoping to compete internationally the owner should check current specifications on these details.
- Size:Dogs Height: 26-28 inches/Weight: 66-68 poundsBitches Height: 24-26 inches/Weight: 66-68 pounds
- Breed Specific Health Issues: Although this breed is generally healthy, Hip Dysplasia and heart disease must be looked out for.
- Life Expectancy: The lifespan of the Doberman Pinscher is 12-15 years on average.
- Grooming Requirements: As the Doberman has a short, hard coat, not much grooming is required, although wiping their coat with a damp cloth to remove dirt and excess hair is recommended.
Doberman Pinscher – Breed Behavior
Because the Doberman Pinscher was bred to be a guard dog, it is essential that they are socialized from a very early age to avoid over-guarding. Dobermans must also be well-trained well-trained and well-socialized Dobermans are the safest and happiest type. All members of the family should know how to treat the dog to remain higher than the dog in the pack because Dobermans can become pushy if they feel they are higher in the pack class than someone else.
Dobermans are very energetic and need a lot of exercise. For this reason they would not do well in an apartment, unless it was large and had a large backyard/garden for the dog to spend time in. This being said, Dobermansmust not be left outdoors for long periods of time in the winter as they are not able to stand it.