Dobermann. Doberman. Dobe. Dobermann Pinscher. Whatever you choose to call it, this breed will knock your socks off with its agility and intelligence. It was originally bred in Germany as a guard dog. The Dobermann is a huge, sleek and shadowy character as far as appearance goes, marked out by an inquisitive face and perky upright ears. Having since shed its image as a relentless bully thanks to careful breeding, the Doberman is now more popular with families.
Rumour has it that a German chap called Louis Dobermann wanted to breed an intimidating dog to accompany on his mission to collect late payments – and to provide protection when he travelled through regions ridden with bandits. He achieved this mission by crossing a German Shepherd, German Pinscher, Rottweiler, Weimaraner and Greyhound during various stages of the process.
The average lifespan of the Doberman is 10-12 years.
Major health issues include heart and back problems. Minor health issues include hip dysplasia, Wobbler’s syndrome, narcolepsy, cancer, Von Willebrand’s disease, eye problems, thyroid problems and hair loss.
The Doberman rewards careful training with unparalleled obedience and loyalty. As a powerful, canny dog with tons of stamina, this breed is best suited to an experienced dog owner – someone capable of showing strong leadership. The Doberman’s reputation as an aggressive dog is undeserved nowadays and they can make fantastic family pets – but a lack of authoritative training won’t bring out this breed’s best side.
Regular and thorough exercise will keep this mentally active breed stimulated and give it an outlet for its natural energy and inquisitivity. Jogging on the leash or a romp off the leash will satisfy its hunger for excitement. If you’re tempted to take on a Dobe, just make sure you have enough time to spare.
Dobermans are famous for their power and intelligence, so it’s no surprise that they’re a popular choice for police dogs and guard dogs. They learn faster than most breeds in town. However, the very traits that make them suitable for such jobs can also present a challenge for training, unless you have the confidence to curb the edges of this breed’s natural dominance.
Good news! Dobermans are among the easiest breeds to housebreak.
Where to find Dobes
So you’re a devout Dobe fan and want to connect with others? Find a Doberman breed group below.
The Dobermann Club
The United Kingdom Dobermann Association
The South East of England Dobermann Club
The North of England Dobermann Club
South West Dobermann Club
Adopt a Dobermann
Can’t wait to enjoy the smart, sleek company of your very own Dobe? Find an approved Doberman breeder below.
Kennel Club Assured Breeders