General Information

Dog NameDoberman Pinscher
Other NamesDobie
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupWorking Dog
Breed ForGuard dog for taxman
Country of OriginGermany

Physical And Size

Min Life Span10
Max Life Span12
Min Ideal Weight for male34
Max Ideal Weight for male40
Min Ideal Weight for female27
Max Ideal Weight for male40


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentCourageous, Intelligent, Alert
Prey DriveNo
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyLow
Child FriendlyMedium
Cat FriendlyMedium
Dog FriendlyLow
Office FriendlyLow
Apartment FriendlyMedium
Senior Citizens FriendlyMedium
Service DogMedium
Search and Rescue DogMedium
Biting PotentialMedium
Country of OriginGermany
Nicknames and Other NamesDobie, Doberman,
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupWorking Group
Bred ForGuard Dog for the Taxman
Recognized ByAkC, UKC, ANKC, CKC, KC, NZKC, FCI
Life Span10-12 years
Ideal WeightMale: 75-100 pounds
Female:60-90 pounds
Ideal HeightMale: 26-28 inches
Female: 24-26 inches
Fur TypeShort, thick, smooth
Common ColorsRed and Rust, Blue and Rust
Black and Rust, Fawn adn Rust
AvailabilityCommonly available
AchievementsA life-size Doberman in bronze
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarUsed as a war dog in World War II
Most Similar ToBeauceron

With lots of energy and stamina, the Doberman Pinscher is considered to be a powerful and active dog that needs plenty of exercises to keep them fit and healthy.

These extremely energetic dogs are medium-sized dogs with a long head, muscular body, cropped ears, and a short docked tail.

Origin & History Of Doberman Pinscher

The Doberman Pinscher was originated in Germany. Once there was German named Louis Dobermann, who was a tax collector is credited in developing the Doberman Pinscher in the late 1800s. He wanted a fierce guard dog to accompany him everywhere.

It is believed that the Doberman Pinscher is the mix of many breeds which includes Rottweiler, German Pinscher, Great Dane, a German shepherd dog, Manchester terrier, and English greyhound shorthaired shepherd.

Although they were originally bred to use as guard dogs, now they have been used for military, rescue and therapy dogs as well.

Are They Child-Friendly?

Doberman Pinscher is known to be one of the loyal dogs, they can be trusted around children as long as they are treated kindly. They make great companions with children, but it is essential to supervise your children around dogs.

Due to their heavy size, they do best with older children, that cannot be knocked down easily.

Behavior, Temperament & Personality

Doberman Pinscher has a fun-loving temperament, they are considered to be people-oriented dogs that love to be around its family members and involve in family events. But apart from that some of them are very dominant and aggressive toward other pets.

They are affectionate and loving with people if properly trained and socialized.

They have a very loyal personality as compared to other breeds, they quickly become a trusted and important member of the family. A Doberman Pinscher is a fearless breed that makes great watchdogs too, they have an instinct to protect their own ones with intruders.


Training a Doberman Pinscher is not that difficult, as they are very intelligent and intuitive dogs. They are very smart and eager to please dogs, and that’s what makes them highly trainable.

Doberman Are Medium-Sized Dogs
Doberman Pinscher Image Via Pet4Homes

Dobermann responds very well to dog training and quickly pick up commands. Their training should be consistent and as an owner, you should establish sturdy leadership and dominance. Positive reinforce, offering treats will help you the most.


Interesting facts about Doberman Pinscher

  • They are fairly new breeds
  • They were first bred by a tax collector.
  • They are also war heroes
  • Breeding is making them more gentle

Health Issues Of Doberman Pinscher

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesHip Dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy,
Wobbler’s Syndrome, Von Willebrand’s Disease,
Vaccination RequiredLeptospirosis, Rabies, Canine Distemper,
Canine Parvovirus, Canine Parainfluenza,
Kennel Cough, Canine Coronavirus
SheddingModerate Shedder
DroolingModerate to Lot Drooler
GroomingEasy and Minimal Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage
Separation AnxietyModerate Chance
AllergiesSkin Allergy
Diets and SupplementsPuppy calories per day: 900-1200
Protein for Adult: 30%
Fat for Adult: 12%
Fish Oil

Doberman Pinscher is prone to certain health issues, such as:

  • Bloat
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Enlarged Heart
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease (clotting disorder)
  • Retinal Atrophy (and other eye issues)
  • Albinism
  • Hypothyroidism.


Doberman Pinschers are found in various colors, such as:

  • Black
  • Fawn
  • White
  • Black & Rust
  • Fawn &Rust
  • Blue
  • Blue & Rust
  • Red
  • Red & Rust

Puppies Of Doberman Pinscher

If you are buying a Doberman Pinscher, then it is very important to buy it from a reputable breeder who will give you the correct history of the Doberman Pinscher parents. However, buying a Doberman Pinscher can be expensive. The price depends on breeding, they often cost$1,000-$2,400.

Which Dogs Are Similar to Doberman Pinscher?

Dogs similar to Doberman Pinscher are:

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