Doberman Pinscher

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Doberman Pinscher History

The Doberman Pinscher is a medium to large-sized breed of working dog that originated in Germany. The Doberman is descended from the Barbet, which was used for centuries to flush out badgers and similar animals from their burrows. The first recorded mention of the term “Dobermann” was in 1890, and it is believed that the modern Doberman descends from crosses between local dogs and the now-extinct Bullen- and Beauceron-type mastiffs. The AKC recognized the Doberman Pinscher as a distinct breed in 1908.

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Doberman Pinscher Physical Characteristics

The Doberman Pinscher is a medium-large, muscular, athletic, and agile dog breed that typically stands between 22 and 27 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 65 and 100 pounds. They have a long, lean body with a narrow, powerful build, a body that is longer than it is tall, and a prominent erect triangular wedge-shaped head. The Doberman Pinscher has a straight or slightly arched neck, a long tail, and curled ears. They have short, smooth, glossy, and tightly fitting coats. The muzzle is wide and flat. The eyes of the Doberman Pinscher are almond shaped and dark in color. The fangs are large and curved. The nose is broad and black. The ears are pointed, upright, and long. The footfalls of the Doberman Pinscher are powerful and compact.

Eye Colors

Hazel, Brown

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 26 – 28 inches

Female Height Range: 24 – 26 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 70 – 100 lbs

Female Weight Range: 60 – 90 lbs

Doberman Pinscher Health

Description of breed health.


10-13 yrs

Doberman Pinscher Health Concerns

Cardiomyopathy, Bloat, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Wobbler’s Syndrome, Bone And Joint Problems, Eye Problems, Hepatitis

Doberman Pinscher Temperament and Behaviour

The Doberman Pinscher is an alert, fearless, and protective breed of dog. They are intelligent, responsive, and obedient. They are highly loyal to their owners and will become aggressive if they are threatened. Despite their fierce appearance, they are generally very sociable and get along well with children and other dogs. Although they can be exuberant and even rambunctious, they are also very calm, confident, and dignified.

Doberman Pinscher Activity Requirements

Doberman Pinschers are a muscular, medium-sized dog that is known for its intelligence and protective nature. While they are an energetic, athletic dog, they are also known for being very loyal and obedient. While they don’t require hours of vigorous activity, they do require regular exercise. A daily walk or jog is the best way to meet your Doberman’s exercise and socialization needs. While they typically do well in homes with fenced yards and families that like to spend time outside, they do make excellent watchdogs. They are alert and aware of their surroundings and will let you know when something is amiss.

Miles Per Day

14 miles

Activity Per Day

90 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Doberman Pinscher is part of the Working group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Doberman Pinscher is part of the Working group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Doberman Pinscher is part of the Utility group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Doberman Pinscher is part of the Working Dog group.

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