Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinsher

Handsome…

Agile…

Affectionate….

and scare away scary people!!

Are you dreaming of a companion with these attributes?…

…Then the Doberman Pinscher is a great match for you! If you’re a potential dog owner, then stop what you’re doing and give yourself a pat on the back for doing a little research first! Get ready for some great details about the Doberman Pinscher.

Quick Facts

Country of Origin: Germany
Era of Origin: Late 1800s
Original Use: guardian
Today’s Use: security, police, military, schutzhund
Other Names: Dobermann
Life Expectancy: 12 years

AKC Group: Working
Size: Large
Height: 25 1/2 – 27 in (65 – 69 cm)
Weight: 66 – 88 lbs (30 – 40 kg)

Feeding: 3 out of 4
Coat Care: 1 out of 4

History

In the 1870s, Louis L. Dobermann was a door-to-door tax collector in Germany. He wanted an alert guard dog to accompany him during rounds. Dobermann believed he could create an improved guard dog. Most likely, the German Pinscher, Rottweiler, old smooth-coat and bob-tail German Shepherd, Visla, short-haired German Pointer, Weimaraner, and Manchester Terrier were used to create the Doberman Pinscher. With attributes of physical endurance, intelligence, and loyalty the breed became a popular choice as a police, military, or security dog. Doberman Pinscher remains a popular breed today as working dogs, or companions.

Description

The Doberman Pinscher has a square medium-large body type that is compact, and lean for agility and endurance. Eyes are alert and almond-shaped. Large, dropped, and set high are the ears, if not cropped and erect. Gait should be confident and elegant. Coat is short, think, and smooth with tan markings clearly defined. Coat varieties include black, blue, red, fawn, or white (albino). This breed has a very striking and bold appearance.

Temperament

Doberman Pinschers are active, loyal, affectionate, bold, and obedient. Being intelligent, alert and determined Dobermans can also quickly pick up on how to get their way. Consistent, firm, yet gentle handling is most recommended. This is a large breed, thus supervised is advised when small children are at play. If you have a family with small children, I would recommend finding a family oriented breeder where the puppies and puppy’s parents are around children on a regular basis. The Doberman Pinscher can make a great family pet or guard dog. With some tendencies of aggression towards strangers, this breed is not recommended for the inexperienced. Please be prepared to take you Doberman puppy or adult to obedience classes. Dobermans want nothing more than to understand what to do in order to please their owners and each family member should take part in regular training and socialization. Just keep a positive and relaxed attitude and you should do just great with training.

Exercise

Potential owners should consider how much exercise this breed needs. As a fairly large breed, Dobermans need at least 45 – 60 minutes of daily exercise. Dobermans can enjoy many activities such as retrieving, running, and swimming or a nice long walk twice a day. When your dog can’t get the right amount of exercise, behavior problems are sure to follow. Remember, a tired dog is an obedient and happy dog!

Grooming

Another fantastic thing about the Doberman Pinscher is their short hair. A quick weekly brushing should keep loose hairs under control. Additionally, wiping them down with a damp towel or grooming mitten can help keep their coat shiny (as well as a great diet). Also, since Dobermans have short hair, use of a doggie sweater or jacket is recommended during cold weather. Grooming for is very simple and minimal.

Health

The Doberman Pinscher is fairly hearty breed. Again, this is a large breed, so as they age issues with hip dysplasia, and/or arthritis can arise. Occasionally, the breed can suffer from heart disease. Some breeders offer a guarantee that if the dog gets heart disease, you can receive a new puppy. Basically, this is saying that their puppies and dogs rarely have issues with heart disease, so it would be great to be on the look-out for something like this.

Summary

The Doberman Pinscher makes a great family companion or working dog. They have a confident and elegant appearance. Being very intelligent, they love mental games and training. Dobermans would bake a great jogging companion. Coat care is very easy and minimal. They are fairly healthy, but can have some health problems. Overall, Dobermans are fantastic dog.

Doberman Puppies

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