|AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 15 of 192
Height: 26-28 inches (male), 24-26 inches (female)
Weight: 75-100 pounds (male), 60-90 pounds (female)
Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
Group: Working Group
About the Doberman Pinscher
Dobermans are compactly built dogs—muscular, fast, and powerful—standing between 24 to 28 inches at the shoulder. The body is
sleek but substantial, and is covered with a glistening coat of black, blue, red, or fawn, with rust markings.
These elegant qualities, combined with a noble wedge-shaped head and an easy, athletic way of moving, have earned Dobermans a
reputation as royalty in the canine kingdom. A well-conditioned Doberman on patrol will deter all but the most foolish intruder.
Since the invention of money, one thing has been certain at all times and in all places: The tax collector is never a welcome visitor. In
certain precincts of 19th century Germany, the reception was downright hostile. All too aware of this was taxman and dog breeder
Louis Dobermann, from the town of Apolda. He hoped to breed an imposing but dependable protector to accompany him on his
The “Tax Collector’s Dog” quickly gained an international reputation as a working dog supreme. Dobes have excelled at police and
military K-9 duty, as therapy dogs and service dogs for the disabled, as searchers and rescuers, and in competitive dog sports.
During World War II, the U.S. Marine Corps Dobermans of the Pacific won the breed great fame. Twenty-five of these loyal “Devil
Dogs” died during the battle for Guam.
The Doberman Temperament – Loyal, Fearless, Alert, Intelligent, and Energetic Regardless of the individual, all Dobermans
are steadfast and loyal companions, true friends to the people they love. They are fearless in the face of danger and make excellent
guard dogs, but contrary to popular opinion, they are not attack dogs. Their method of protection is to keep intruders at bay,
pinning them to a wall or corner until backup arrives. Despite their reputation for viciousness, most Pinschers are big softies at
heart who love the companionship of people. Eearly socialization can make a big difference to your Doberman's personality, giving
them the opportunity to get used to other dogs and people. It makes life easier if you choose your dog's breeder carefully and make
sure you buy a pup that came from even tempered parents.
The Doberman is instinctively protective of their home and family, but they can do this job a bit too well if they aren't trained
properly. It's a good idea to continue your dog's obedience training beyond puppy pre-school so that you can control his behavior
when you invite friends and family to your home.