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Group: Working group.
Purpose of Breed: Guard dog
Country of Origin: Germany.
Average Size: Ranges from 24-28 inches depending on sex and weighs between 66-88 pounds.
Color(s): Black, brown, blue and fawn with well-defined rust-colored markings on the head, body and legs.
Coat Type: This breed's coat is short, thick and lays flat against the body.
Grooming: Care for the Doberman's coat is minimal. The coat should be brushed once per week and checked regularly for skin diseases. This breed requires standard care for eyes, ears, pads and nails.
Exercise Needs: The Doberman can make an excellent house dog if given lots of daily exercise and mental stimulation. Due to this breed's energetic and dominating nature, they should be exercised on a lead and live in a home with a fenced yard.
Temperament: The Doberman is intelligent and makes a faithful companion and protector of home and family. Although his ability to guard has earned him a fierce reputation for aggression, that trait has been somewhat softened though responsible breeding. When properly trained and handled, this breed is very trustworthy with children, friends and family and makes a loyal companion. Doberman's have a domineering nature and early obedience training and socializations is a must. The Doberman owner should be confident, calm and assertive.
Common Ailments: Susceptible to Wobblers Syndrome and cardiomyopathy.
Life Expectancy: Averages 10-12 years
Trivia: A life-size bronze sculpture of a Doberman entitled, "Always Faithful," is located in the war dog cemetery at the U.S. navel base in Orote Point in Guam.
More Information: Doberman Pinscher Club of America
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This is Jack, a Doberman. He just passed away at the age of 10 and 1/2 years. We got him in July of 2000 from a neighbor after seeing what a beautiful puppy he was.
He enjoyed running after the balls we threw for him in our backyard. He loved squeaky toys. His very favorite was a hedgehog stuffed animal that squeaked out a grunting sound.
By Tina J.
Sauer Sig D'Coursey is a 7 month old Doberman. My in laws bought him for us in April. He is a decendant of champion bred dobermans. He is all puppy! He loves to chase the kids tackle them, fetch and chewing anything he can get his teeth around. It's how he investigates things.
Sauer is extremely smart, we had him potty trained in two days. If he had an accident, it's because we didn't let him out. He also learned come in three times. Generally 3-5 times repetitions and he knows what to do!
He is already extremely protective of me but plays well with the kids. Dobermans are a great addition to any family because they are bred guard dogs and extremely loyal. Historically, dobermans have been used by the military, police and fireman. Truly, they are a great breed of dog!
By Mistie from Baton Rouge
Amber Graces is an 11 year old Doberman Pinscher. We bought her as a pup at 6 weeks old. When we went to the beach in Florida, she loved playing in the waves. We would have to keep a leash on her, so she wouldn't swim out to sea.
Now with her advanced age, she watches out for the barn from the bedroom window. At night she lays on the back porch to bark at the wildlife. She has the kindest, gentlest heart. I have only seen her mad a couple of times, and she still never used her teeth.
Amber Graces is using my iPod Nano to block out the thunderstorms. She is so afraid of them.
By caralea from Marshall, TX
Elvis is a 6 year old Doberman. He is great at tracking and obedience. For fun he loves to run in the barnyard. He is very sensitive to our feelings, he's funny and very intelligent!
This is my Dukane, my Doberman in his last picture taken before he was put down on Oct 3rd. He had liver cancer.
Amber Graces (Gracie) is a ten year old Doberman Pinscher. She came to live with us when she was 6 weeks old. She plays out side with sisters: Minnie and Puppy. She likes to rest in the dirt while I garden and watches the squirrels.
Dukane is a 5 year old Doberman Pinscher. I got Dukane from a Doberman breeder in Wisconsin. He likes to play out in the snow go for walks. He loves his football.
Dukane is a 4 year old Doberman. We got him from a very good Doberman breeder here in Wisconsin 4 years ago.
Buddy was rescued 7 years ago.
I just wanted to show off my baby Kohl. He is a two year old Doberman Pincher. He is the love of our life.