Doberman Pinscher Dog Breed at a Glance
The Doberman Pinscher dog breed, which is also known as a Dobe, Dobie, Doby, Doberman, Dobermann, and Dobynm, is one of strength and elegance combined. This large dog has a long muzzle which provides it with its extremely strong bite. It is most recognizable by its cropped ears and docked tail (a practice that has been prohibited in many countries), along with its distinctive markings. Its graceful gait is attributed to the manner in which the Doberman stands and walks–on its toes, rather than on its pads. It is an excellent guard dog, a loyal and loving companion, the can make an excellent family dog, if trained properly, as it is an aggressive dog, in general. If raised with children, the Doberman is may be good a good option, but it is a good dog for new owners who don’t have much experience with dog ownership.
HISTORY of the Doberman Pinscher Dog Breed
Dating back to the late 19th century, the Dobie was developed by Louis Dobermann, a German tax collector. Given the dangerous job of the local tax collector, he needed a dog to protect him. The dog was bred using a Beauceron, Black and Tan Terrier, Rottweiler, and a German Pinscher. German breeders were looking to create an athletic, intelligent, and brave dog, and they completely succeeded with the Doberman.
The Doberman was the official War Dog for the United States Marine Corps during World War II.
The Dobie is an aggressive, alert, and courageous dog eager to protect its family if a situation so arises. It is highly intelligent, easy to train, energetic, loyal, and quiet, but its sensitivity level is high, so it doesn’t take well to punishment or reprimanding. This breed of dog is also affectionate and not as aggressive as the early specimens. In fact, the Doberman that’s well trained is trustworthy with the owner’s children and friends. The Doberman is a cat-friendly dog.
The Doberman Pinscher is linked to 26 human attacks since 1982, placing it in the top 20% of dog attacks. Of those attacks, there were 9 adult victims and 15 child victims. There were 15 maimings and a total of 8 deaths attributed to the Doberman. Having said that, it is still highly unlikely that a Doberman will cause death.
Physical Characteristics of the Doberman Pinscher Dog Breed
The common colors of the Doberman are black and tan, black, blue, red, brown, and white. Its coat is thick, short, fine, and smooth. Naturally, it’s ears are floppy, but were always cropped to stand until recently.
The typical weight of the Dobie is between 65 and 90 pounds and it stands between 24 and 28 inches tall, depending on the gender.
Expect shedding with the Dobie, so prepare to vacuum regularly. This dog breed also has a high tendency to drool, leaving slobber on furniture and clothes. The Doberman is not a hypoallergenic dog breed.
HEALTH and CARE of theDoberman Dog Breed
The life expectancy of the Doberman Pinscher is between 10 and 12 years, which is slightly shorter than the average lifespan of large dogs.
Common Health Concerns
Each dog breed is susceptible to certain health issues. The Doberman is at a high risk of developing:
- Cardiomyopathy (affects Dobermans more than any other breed)
- Chronic Inflammatory Hepatic Disease
- Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (Bloat)
- Lick Granuloma
and it is at a medium risk for developing:
- Mitral Valve Disease
- Copper Hepatopathy
This dog breed requires significant exercise to stay fit, so regular long walks are necessary for those who live in an apartment.
Feed your Doberman between 3 and 4 cups of kibble each day, due to its large size. Be careful to feed your dog high quality foods and keep snacks to a minimum, as Dobies are likely to gain weight.
Doberman Pinschers have very low grooming needs, so they are perfect for those who don’t want to put in a lot of effort and money into professional grooming. It requires no stripping nor trimming, but regular brushing helps keep the coat clean and reduces the amount of hair shed.
According to the American Kennel Club, the Doberman Pinscher rank 12th overall as most popular dog in the United States for the years 2012 and 2013.
The Doberman Pinscher dog breed was recognized by the AKC in 1908.