Doberman Pinscher Information & Dog Breed Facts
Collection of all the general dog breed info about Doberman Pinscher so you can get to know the breed more.
Other Names |
What other names does the Doberman Pinscher have? The dog breed also known as...
|Dobie, Dobermann, Dobynm, Doberman|
Breed Type |
What type of dog breed is it?
AKC Group |
Is Doberman Pinscher recognized by the American Kennel Club?
|Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Working breed.|
FCI Group |
Is Doberman Pinscher recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
|Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section.|
Breed Recognition |
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Doberman Pinscher breed?
|American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel ClubCanadian Canine Registry|
How much does the Doberman Pinscher puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Doberman Pinscher price:
If you choose to purchase the Doberman Pinscher, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Doberman Pinscher for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Doberman Pinscher gets to a happy place.
Doberman Pinscher History
Doberman Pinscher Origin
The Doberman Pinscher is a relatively modern breed, having been developed in Germany in the 1890s. A man called Karl Friedrich Louis Doberman worked in a number of high-risk jobs, including tax collection and night policing. It was normal practice at the time for members of these professions to have protection dogs with them to scare attackers or defend themselves if required. For some unknown reasons, Doberman was dissatisfied with the breeds and mixed that was already in use for this purpose, so he chose to make his own breed. The exact date when Doberman began to create his own dog is known, but it is generally accepted that he probably initiated casual breeding efforts in the 1870s or 80s and that the real birth year of the Doberman Pinscher occurred in 1890 when he purchased a house in Apolda with the intention of becoming a serious breeder. He was seeking the ideal personal protection dog, one that was intelligent, loyal, and fearless, as well as possessing a natural protective instinct and a trustworthy personality. However, Mr. Dobermann did not keep detailed records of the dogs he used, and in many cases the breeds of the dogs he used to make his personal security dogs were unknown.
Debates concerning the basis for the breed
The main point of contention among modern fanciers is which breed was used to create the Doberman. Some say it was a German Pinscher, which was one of the most popular German breeds at the time and looked very similar to a Doberman Pinscher. Others argue that it was the Old German Shepherd, the ancestor of the modern German Shepherd dog. Others have speculated that it was the Beauceron, a French dog that was transported to Germany by Napoleon’s army and is strikingly similar to the Doberman Pinscher in many ways. The truth is that Mr. Doberman employed so many breeds that no single one predominates, and the majority of early Doberman lines were most likely mixed and stray dogs. In addition to the German Pinscher, Old German Shepherd, Beauceron, and mixed breeds, the Rottweiler, Bullenbeiser, and Weimaraner were almost certainly used as well. Other possibilities which have been suggested by experts include the Boxer, the English Bulldog, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and various types of German scent hound.
The breed’s job
Whatever breeds went into the ancestry of the Doberman Pinscher, the breed standardized very quickly. By the time of Mr. Doberman’s death in 1894, the breed was largely stabilized. Since their inception, these dogs have served as guard dogs, police dogs, and military dogs, and they were also major actors in World War II, functioning as sentries, couriers, and even scouts. Dobermans were involved indirectly supporting the military in the battle of Okinawa in 1945, and a memorial statue of a Doberman stands in Guam to commemorate the 25 marine war dogs that gave their lives to free it. However, these brave dogs have a gentler side, they can make loving and affectionate companions, as well as true and loyal friends to those they care about.
Doberman Pinscher Recognition
Although it is not quite clear when the first Doberman arrived in the United States, among the first of which we have records were imported in 1907. In 1908, the American Kennel Club granted full recognition to the Doberman Pinscher as a member of the Working Group. By 1921, interest in the breed has increased to the point that George Earle III founded the Doberman Pinscher Club of America to promote and protect the breed in the country. Throughout the 1920s, interest further increased in the breed, likely the result of the World War I veterans wanting a guard dog to protect their newly brought properties. Moreover, beginning in the 1940s, the United Kennel Club also granted full recognition to the breed.
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What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Doberman Pinscher size:
How much does the Doberman Pinscher weigh? Doberman Pinscher weight:
|Male: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg), Female: 71-77 pounds (32-35 kg)|
Avg. Weight |
What is the average weight of the Doberman Pinscher? Doberman Pinscher average weight:
|Male: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg), Female: 74 pounds (33.5 kg)|
How tall is the Doberman Pinscher? Doberman Pinscher height:
|Male: 26-28 inches (66-71cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)|
Avg. Height |
What is the average height of this fido? Doberman Pinscher average height:
|Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm)|
Coat / Hair Types |
What type of coat does the Doberman Pinscher have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Doberman Pinscher's coat?
How to groom the Doberman Pinscher and how often?
Easy to groom: The Doberman Pinscher doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Doberman Pinscher is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level |
How much do Doberman Pinscher dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Dobie? Doberman Pinscher shedding level:
Doberman Pinschers shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
What kind of personality does the Doberman Pinscher have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank |
How smart is the Doberman Pinscher? Are they intelligent?
Outstanding: Doberman Pinscher is one of the brightest dog breeds. They desire to learn tricks and commands often. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in fewer than 5 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 95% of the time or better.
Are Doberman Pinscher dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Doberman Pinschers are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
How playful is this breed?
Doberman Pinschers, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level |
How sensitive are they? Doberman Pinscher sensitivity:
Doberman Pinschers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level |
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Doberman Pinschers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs |
How much social interaction does the Dobie need? Doberman Pinscher social needs:
Doberman Pinschers need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Do Doberman Pinscher dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Dobermann bark?
Low to Average: The Doberman Pinscher rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability |
Is Doberman Pinscher good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Doberman Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Doberman Pinscher dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial |
Do Doberman Pinscher dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Doberman Pinschers are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Doberman Pinscher can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Doberman Pinscher will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential |
Do Doberman Pinscher bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Dobie? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Doberman Pinscher? Why do dog bites happen?
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Doberman Pinscher do?
Doberman Pinschers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Doberman Pinschers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam |
How likely is the Doberman Pinscher to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Doberman Pinscher roam?
Doberman Pinschers tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive |
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Doberman Pinscher have high prey drive?
Doberman Pinschers don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals. Their prey drive is low.
Apartment Friendly |
Is Doberman Pinscher good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Doberman Pinscher fajta. Jó, ha van egy kis kerted, ahová néha kimehet elintézni dolgát, ugyanakkor ez egyáltalán nem fontos. Napi egy-két sétával kellőképpen lemozgathatod, így nem jelenthet gondot Doberman Pinscher tartása lakásban.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Doberman Pinschers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone |
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog |
Where Doberman Pinscher dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Stranger Friendly |
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Doberman Pinscher temperament with other people:
Doberman Pinschers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly |
Are Doberman Pinscher dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Doberman Pinscher temperament with children:
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly |
How well do Doberman Pinscher dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly |
Is Doberman Pinscher good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Doberman Pinscher dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Doberman Pinschers are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Doberman Pinscher is not a good choice.
Office Friendly |
Are Doberman Pinschers good office dogs? Do Doberman Pinschers make good office friendly dogs? Can Doberman Pinschers be office dogs?
Doberman Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly |
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Doberman Pinscher dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Dobie temperament with senior people? Are Doberman Pinscher dogs good for elderly owners?
Doberman Pinschers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly |
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Doberman Pinscher dogs get along with other pets? Are Doberman Pinscher dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Doberman Pinschers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners |
Is Doberman Pinscher breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Doberman Pinschers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog |
Are they good as service dogs? Can Doberman Pinscher be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
|Not really |
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Doberman Pinscher is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog |
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Doberman Pinscher be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Doberman Pinscher be an emotional support animal?
|Not really |
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Doberman Pinscher is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog |
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Doberman Pinscher be a sniffer dog?
|Not really |
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Doberman Pinscher is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) |
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Doberman Pinscher be a search and rescue dog?
|Not really |
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Doberman Pinscher is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog |
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Doberman Pinscher be a boat dog?
|Not really |
Doberman Pinscher breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog |
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Doberman Pinscher be a drafting dog?
|Not really |
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Doberman Pinscher is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Health Issues |
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Doberman Pinscher dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Doberman Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems |
What genetic/health problems does the Doberman Pinscher breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Doberman Pinscher breed? Most common health risks of Doberman Pinscher:
|CardiomyopathyHip DysplasiaProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Von Willebrand's DiseaseWobbler's Syndrome|
Life Expectancy |
How long do Doberman Pinscher dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Doberman Pinscher be?
Is the Doberman Pinscher breed hypoallergenic?
Doberman Pinschers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level |
How much energy does the Doberman Pinscher have? What is the activity level of the Doberman Pinscher?
Doberman Pinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need |
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Doberman Pinscher dogs require per day?
Doberman Pinschers need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need |
How much sleep does this fido need?
Doberman Pinschers sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption |
How much food does the Doberman Pinscher need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
|5 to 6 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.|
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity |
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Doberman Pinscher risk for obesity:
Average. The Doberman Pinscher has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Doberman Pinscher's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate |
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
|Prefers warm weather|
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency |
Does the Doberman Pinscher drool?
The Doberman Pinscher drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool more than others, just like the Doberman Pinscher. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.
Gestation Length |
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
Reproductive cycle of the female Doberman Pinscher: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
|How often can the Doberman Pinscher have a litter?||Once a year.|
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size |
How many puppies can the Doberman Pinscher have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
Doberman Pinscher Pros & Cons
- Intelligent Rank: Outstanding: Doberman Pinscher is one of the brightest dog breeds.
- Health Issues: Doberman Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs.
- Apartment Friendly: Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Doberman Pinscher fajta.
- Grooming: Easy to groom: The Doberman Pinscher doesn't require a lot of grooming.
- Watchdog Ability: Doberman Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
- Mouthiness: Doberman Pinschers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
- Impulse to Wander or Roam: Doberman Pinschers tend to escape less than other breeds.
- Adaptability: Doberman Pinschers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
- Hypoallergenic: Doberman Pinschers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
- Drooling tendency: The Doberman Pinscher drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
- Dog Friendly: Doberman Pinschers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
- Office Friendly: Doberman Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
- Good For First Time Owners: Doberman Pinschers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
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Doberman Pinscher Comments, Reviews & Questions
- Jennifer Morningstarr
Aug 2, 2021, 9:42:20 AM:
Best dogs ever. Good with cats of the household, friendly , loyal , loving. Prefers large garden but will also adapt to apartment life. Important thing loving connection with owner.
Jul 20, 2021, 12:20:31 PM:
Mine is comical, loving, goofy, sometimes stubborn, always by my side and overall a fantastic pet. He does have allergies but is otherwise very healthy at 9 years old. He loves everyone he meets.
Jun 1, 2021, 8:14:33 AM:
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Jun 1, 2021, 6:51:31 AM:
I like your advice of a Doberman and it is really good facts to know about
Dec 27, 2020, 3:21:09 AM:
dog being to big isn't a reason to not get it also a dangerous dog isnt a breed it's a owner who takes care of it PERIOD.
- HELLO TOO BIG
Nov 23, 2020, 8:43:28 PM:
This dog breed is very dangerous. DON'T GET IT!!!
May 7, 2020, 9:28:50 AM: