Origin: The Doberman pinscher (also known as Dobe) was first bred in Germany in the late 19th century. A tax collector named Louis Doberman wanted to create a guard dog for his protection. It is believed that Doberman is a mixture of Rottweiler, German Pinscher, and Black and Tan Terrier. Doberman became a popular guard dog and got the tag of second most famous dog breed in America in the late 1970s.
Size: A Doberman pinscher has a sturdy body with a shoulder height of 25-28 inches. A Female Doberman stands 24-26 inches tall. Their weight ranges from 60-80 pounds. A male Doberman is larger than a female Doberman. Doberman has a flat skull, erect ears, almond-shaped eyes, and small round feet.
Coat: A Doberman possesses a smooth, stiff, and short coat that is close to the skin. They come in black, red, fawn, and blue color coats, with tan markings all over the body. The most common color in which a Doberman can be seen is black and tan. They have tan marking mostly on legs, feet, muzzle, and chest.
Temperament: Doberman pinschers are a super energetic and the most active breed of dogs. They love to be with their family and do not like to be alone for long hours. A Doberman requires a proper routine to keep them entertained and healthy both mentally and physically. Doberman Pinschers are incredibly loyal, intelligent, and adaptable. Their intelligence makes them perfect for serving as police and military dogs. They make excellent watchdogs as they do not get along with strangers. A Doberman is not suitable for novice owners as they develop a sense of authority if not appropriately trained. They should be socialized from a young age to turn into well-behaved pets.
Care: A Doberman pinscher has high energy requirements, so they need a lot of exercise daily to stay healthy and active. Keep your Dobie lashed in public places as they are assumed to be a sinister dog by appearance. Leaving them alone can cause destruction, so do not leave them alone for a longer period. A Doberman needs an open backyard and is not suited for apartment living. The Dobie’s coat does not require much grooming. Weekly brushing is enough to keep their coat hair in place. Brush their teeth regularly to avoid tartar. Nails should be trimmed and claws must be kept short. Doberman pinschers are sensitive to cold climates, so do not leave them in the backyard in winter seasons.
Health: Like every other breed, a Doberman is also prone to some health conditions which can be treated with proper care and nutrition. Hypothyroidism, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Wobbler’s Syndrome, Cardiomyopathy, Bloating, Hip Dysplasia, and Narcolepsy are some of the diseases a Doberman can get affected. Some of them are inherited conditions that can be avoided or treated medically. Do ask for a health clearance when you plan to get a Dobie home.