Loyal, Fearless, Alert

AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 15 of 194
Height: 26-28 inches (male), 24-26 inches (female)
Weight: 75-100 pounds (male), 60-90 pounds (female)
Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
Group: Working Group

Sleek and powerful, possessing both a magnificent physique and keen intelligence, the Doberman Pinscher is one of dogkind’s noblemen. This incomparably fearless and vigilant breed stands proudly among the world’s finest protection dogs.

Dobermans are compactly built dogs—muscular, fast, and powerful—standing between 24 to 28 inches at the shoulder. The body is sleek but substantial, and is covered with a glistening coat of black, blue, red, or fawn, with rust markings.

These elegant qualities, combined with a noble wedge-shaped head and an easy, athletic way of moving, have earned Dobermans a reputation as royalty in the canine kingdom. A well-conditioned Doberman on patrol will deter all but the most foolish intruder.

American Kennel Club

Doberman Pinscher Club of America

Health Concerns

Doberman is a generally active, free from serious health issues breed of dog.  But as with ALL breeds there are some issues of concerns that plague this breed and you should be aware of them.  If you suspect any of these issues are a concern with your Doberman seek out a competent vets help for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Von Willebrands (vWD): is a bleeding issue that some may carry but never experience.  If they DO experience an active issue it can be serious, even life threatening.

Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM or Cardio): while there is no definitive test for DCM symptoms range from benign to deadly.  Your Veterinarian can suggest some medications that may help “manage” the illness.

Wobblers Syndrome (CVI): is a painful condition caused by abnormality in the spine there is no screening available and valid tests (MRI and myelogram) are expensive and not without risks.

Hypothyroidism (low thyroid): is an easy and very inexpensive issue to treat.  Skin/coat problems are first initial indicators along with weight gain and decreased energy.

Color Dilution Alopecia (CDA): is almost always cosmetic resulting in varying degrees of hair loss and is not related to mange.  For the most part there is no Doberman “rug” or hairpiece to cover the balding areas and this normally is limited to fawns and blues.  One needs to invest in good sweaters and coats for winters and like the “slick” look of the balding torso.

To a lesser degree “some” instances of hip displasia may on occasion touch the lives of Dobermans, in general they are a healthy happy easy breed to maintain and minimal grooming needs.

Myths: What They are Not

  • The Doberman is NOT related to the Miniature Pinscher (Min Pin).
  • The Doberman is NOT a vicious dog who’s brain is crammed into a “too small “skull causing insanity.
  • The Doberman is NOT a dog that is to be chained outside as a guard dog.
  • The Doberman is NOT a dog for someone who is abusive and overbearing.
  • The Doberman is NOT a dog for someone who is incapable of stepping up and firmly but kindly taking charge.
  • The Doberman is NOT a yard ornament nor do they do well left outdoors.  They are indoor valuable family companions who’s biggest desire in life is to be with family.