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Fearless, loyal and devoted

About the Dobermann

Despite being a relatively new breed, the Dobermann is well-recognised all over the world. With their distinctive looks and fierce loyalty to their owners, Dobermanns are premiere guard dogs. They are large, powerful and elegant dogs with the soul of a family pet.

These dogs are intelligent and athletic, with a tough exterior. However, underneath that intimidating presence is a heart that yearns to be part of the family. They’re trustworthy with children and gentle when playing with their family members.

These gentle, watchful and loving dogs may not be for everyone, but those who are lucky enough to own a Dobermann wouldn’t trade their dog for any other.

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Dobermann Breed Characteristics

60 to 71 cm at the shoulder

60 to 80 pounds

Life Expectancy
10 to 12 years

Coat Colours
Black, red, blue, fawn

Here are some of the qualities you can expect from the Dobermann, rated from one to five stars. However, all dogs are individuals, and your dog may not display exactly the same characteristics.

Family Life
Friendly with Kids
Friendly with Dogs
Ease of Grooming
Exercise Needs
Prey Drive
Tendency to Bark or Howl
Good for Novice Owners
Apartment Living

Dobermann Breed History

The development of the Dobermann can be credited to a man named Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann. He was a tax collector and dogcatcher in 19th century Germany who lived in Apolda, in the Thuringia district of Germany.

Herr Dobermann decided that his work was too dangerous, so he decided that he needed a dog to accompany him on his travels. Since he was also a dogcatcher, he began breeding dogs to fit his ideal: a dog that would be intimidating and powerful, but also loyal and biddable.

It is unknown what breeds were involved in the creation of the Dobermann, but it is theorised that Herr Dobermann used the Rottweiler and German Pinscher. The breed would eventually be named in his honour.

Today the Dobermann has changed a great deal from the original dogs that were bred in Germany, making the breed much friendlier and more suited to being house pets.

Caring For a Dobermann

How to Choose a Responsible Dobermann Breeder

Buying your Dobermann puppy from a reputable breeder is the best way to ensure the health of both your puppy and the breed. The best Dobermann breeders will test their dogs for genetic issues and choose only breeding partners that will result in healthy dogs. A responsible breeder will be able to advise you about any potential health problems for your puppy.

When looking for a puppy for sale, try to visit the breeder’s property so you can see the living conditions of their animals and meet the parents of the puppy you plan to buy. A puppy’s environment will have a large effect on their temperament, and a clean and safe space for the animals should be top priority.

Dobermann FAQ

No, they need the company of their owners or family members. They are unsuited to living in a yard by themselves or being left alone at home. Leaving one of these dogs alone for an extended period may cause them to become moody and develop negative behaviours.

No. They are excellent as guard dogs due to their protective nature and have even been used by military and police forces, but they are not naturally aggressive or dangerous. A well-socialised and well-trained Dobermann kept as a family pet will be gentle and well-behaved.

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The information is for general use only. For any specific advice or queries, please consult with your veterinarian.

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