Dog Profiles - Description of Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher

Description: The Doberman Pinscher is compactly built, muscular and powerful, has great endurance and speed. He is elegant in appearance, of proud carriage, reflecting great nobility and temperament. He is universally known as a police dog for his devotion to duty on the German Front during World War I. The Dobie is constantly alert and is a great companion or guard dog, shyness is a fault. He makes an admirable obedience and show dog or a wonderful family pet. An excellent breed for a jogger to own, he may be a challenge because of his dominance for the elderly or disabled.

Height: Males 26-28 inches, Females 24 -26 inches

Weight: 66-88 lbs.

Colors: Solid black, brown, blue, fawn (Isabella) with rust marking on his head, body and legs.

Coat: Smooth, short, thick and close.

Temperament: Bold, fearless, energetic, watchful, determined, alert, fearless, loyal. Usually gentle with children but will upset with unruliness, best suited for older children. Usually good with other pets. Will adopt others to be boss. Good guard dog, defense dog, family pet. Very good watch-dog. Suspicious of strangers.

Care and Exercise: He needs daily extensive exercise including running. He should be groomed a couple of times a week with a soft cloth or brush. Puppies need firm handling and knowledgeable training and should be handled by numbers of people.

Training: Learning Rate: High. Intelligent and creative.

Activity: High energy. Needs daily, vigorous exercise.

Living Environment: Suburban or rural best, some can adapt to city life. A house with a fenced yard or kennel is essential.

Health Issues: Wobblers Syndrome (disease of the spinal column of the neck). Lethal heart disorder. Von Willebrand's disease is no longer a large problem.

Life Span: 12-15 Years

Litter Size: 3-8

Country of Origin: Germany

History: His origins come from Apolda in Thuringen, Germany in the 1890's. Most authorities feel he came from a shorthaired shepherd, the Rottweiler, a German smooth-haired Pinscher and a Black and Tan Terrier. His name comes from Louis Dobermann, a keeper of the local dog pound, who developed the breed as he was searching for the ideal guard dog and companion.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 2), KC(GB), UKC