Doberman Pinscher dog, or Dobe

An Intelligent, and Swift Learning Guard dog

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Breed History:

  The Doberman Pinscher was named after its creator, Louis Dobermann, a tax collector, dog fancier of Apolda, a town in Thuringen, Germany. He wanted and needed an alert, companion, guard dog, to protect him while making his rounds. He began his project in the 1880s. He didn't keep records, but it is thought that he used the German Pinscher, Rottweiler, Manchester Terrier, perhaps the Greyhound and other breeds too. By 1889, Dobermannís creation was complete and breed type was fixed. A breed standard was drafted. A specialty club was organized for the breeds promotion and improvement. The Dobe was then introduced to the public at a dog show. The reception was less than enthusiastic. Early specimens were considered coarse, rough and ill-tempered. Herr Dobermann was joined by another man, Herr Goeller, who worked towards improving the looks, elegance and refinement. It was Herr Goeller who drafted the first breed standard and obtained official recognition of the breed, by the German Kennel Club, in 1900. It was imported to the US, about 1908, and the Doberman Pinscher Club of America was founded in 1921, the same year it was recognized by the AKC. American breeders are credited with developing and refining this intelligent, elegant medium size dog, the present-day Doberman. Through the efforts of this club, the Doberman remains one of the top breeds registered by the American Kennel Club. The breed was first registered in Canada in 1912. The name Doberman Pinschers is often misspelled as Doberman Pincher, or Doberman Pinchers, even Doberman Pincers.
Height Dog:  26 - 28 in (66 - 71 cm) at withers.
Height Female:  24 - 26 in (61 - 66 cm)
Weight:  65 - 90 lb (29.5 - 41 kg).
Activity Level:  Average.
Exercise Needs:  Average.
Playfulness:  Quite High.
Affection:  Quite affectionate.
Shedding:  A little.
Grooming:   Minimal required.
Trainability:  High.
With Other Dogs:  Not very good.
With Other Pets:  Quite Good.
With strangers:  Very reserved.
Bonding:  Bonds to whole family.
With children:  Good.
Watchdog & Excellent.
Protection:  Excellent.
Function:  Security, Schutzhund, Companion.
Life Expectancy: 10 - 12 years.

Dobe Appearance:

  Affectionately called Dobe, or Doberman, they are a medium size dog, with a square body. That means the vertical height from the ground, to the highest point of the withers, equals the length from the fore chest to the rear projection of the upper thigh. There is an air of nobility and elegance about the Doberman, giving the impression of a blue blooded animal, or aristocrat. He should be compactly built, muscular and powerful, for endurance and speed. From the strong muzzle and wedge-shaped head to the clearly defined stifle, the outline is definite and sharply etched. Ears are usually cropped, but folded ears are also acceptable and are seen more frequently nowadays, in the show ring. Its gait is free, balanced and effortless.


  Doberman dogs are energetic, watchful, determined and capable guardians. He is alert, fearless, affectionate, obedient and loyal. He must not be shy or vicious towards humans. He can be aggressive with strange dogs especially of the same sex. Doberman Pinschers do better in a larger house. He is sensitive and responsive to his owners wishes, but some can be domineering. A Doberman puppy definitely needs early training. Fortunately, he is easily trained, soon excelling at obedience events. Doberman dogs need grooming, about once a week, and moderate daily exercise. The Dobe is good with children. He bonds to the whole family, making a Doberman Pinscher puppy a good family pet, for the right people.

Finding other breeders:

Are you wanting a Doberman puppy? Are you looking for Doberman breeders with Doberman Pinscher puppies for sale? See the breeders section. If there are no nearby Doberman Pinscher breeders, see the Canadian Doberman dog club, or Doberman rescue. Also, see the American Doberman dog club, Doberman rescue, for other nearby breeders.

Doberman Health Issues:

Doberman Major concerns:   CVI (Cervical Vertebral Instability or simply, "Wobblerís syndrome") ; Cardiomyopathy, (Dilated cardiomyopathy means that the heart muscle, especially the thick muscle wall of the left ventricle, becomes much thinner than normal. The pressure of the blood inside the heart then allows this thinned wall to stretch, resulting in a much larger left ventricular chamber.)
Minor concerns:   vWD, (It s the most common inherited bleeding disorder of both man and animals.); Demodicosis, (It is commonly called "demodectic mange" or "red mange". It is a skin disease which affects dogs, caused my microscopic mites.); Osteosarcoma, (It is the most common primary bone tumor in dogs.); Gastric Torsion, (A twisting of the stomach after gastric distention occurs. This is a life threatening problem. Immediate Veterinarian help is required.); CHD, (Canine Hip Dysplasia).
Occasionally seen:   Albinism, (This is a pigmentation deficiency resulting in white fur, pink skin, and pink or blue eyes.); PRA, (It is a recessively, inherited disease. Progressive Retinal Atrophy is a deterioration of both retinas simultaneously, and which leads to blindness.); Hypothyroidism, (is a disorder of the thyroid gland. It is unable to secrete enough thyroid hormone. This, in turn, decreases your dogís metabolism.); Narcolepsy, (Dogs suffering from narcolepsy, periodically, (and abruptly), fall into a state of deep sleep, during normal waking hours. They often become partially or completely immobilized.)

Suggested Tests:

Cardiac, Hip, Eye, DNA for vWD.