Dobermann, Doberman and the ‘Doberman Pinscher’, are all terms that refer to the same breed of dog. The largest of the Pinschers, the breed takes its name from the man who developed it: Louis Dobermann, a tax collector in Apolda, Germany. He wanted a fierce looking dog to protect him in his work, to act as a deterrent to any would be robbers, and with courage enough to defend and attack when required. To a foundation of Pinscher blood was added Weimaraner, Greyhound, Manchester Terrier, Rottweiler and German Shepherd blood to get a combination of intelligence, speed and toughness of character. By the late 19th century Dobermann had established the type he wanted in his dogs: the squarely built, clean outline with a wedge shaped head and keen expression. The breed was recognised by the German Kennel Club in 1899.
The Dobermann’s intelligence and trainability have been harnessed by the armed forces and the police and they have been used as a guard dog, a tracking dog and in various other roles. However, their loyal and obedient nature equips them to be an excellent family dog, a role in which they’re equally comfortable. They are loyal and affectionate and will certainly protect the home, they tend to be a ‘one man dog’ though. Owners of the Dobermann must be prepared to take the time to train them to cope with all situations, so the dog can live happily and safely around people of all ages and other animals. Dobermanns often have their ears cropped, a procedure that is thought to be done for functionality for both the traditional guard duty and effective sound localisation. Like tail docking, ear cropping is illegal in many countries and has never been legal in some Commonwealth countries.
Read about the history of Dobermann dogs – HERE
STATS AND FACTS
Most of these stats are from the UK Kennel Club. You can view stats from kennel clubs around the world at the links below, which may have different standards and classifications.
|Group – UK||Working|
|Country of Origin||Germany|
|Temperament||Intelligent, Loyal, Obedient|
|Exercise Needed||More than 2 hours a day|
|Size of Home Needed||Large|
|Height at Withers – Females||65 cm / 25½ in|
|Height at Withers – Males||69 cm / 27 in|
|Grooming||Once a week|
|Coat||Short and Smooth|
|Colour||Black, Brown, Blue, Fawn|
|Life Span||Over 10 years|
- Dobermanns have been used for a variety of jobs and sports including police work, scent tracking, coursing, diving, search and rescue, therapy, and guiding the blind.
- Tail and ear docking once had a purpose. Bred to be guard dogs, the tail and ears were the Dobermans weak point. A threat could pull the dog to the ground by a pull of the ears and tail. Now it’s mostly done for aesthetic reasons. Read more – HERE
- Dobermanns are intelligent. Dobermans are ranked the 5th smartest dog breed.
- The Dobermann has excellent hearing, hearing sounds over 250 yards away.
- Dobermanns do not like to get wet and often refuse to go outside in the rain.
LINKS TO KENNEL CLUB BREED STANDARDS AROUND THE WORLD
Breed standard varies throughout the world, these links will inform you of those standards and give further information about Dobermann dogs.
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WEBSITES ABOUT THE DOBERMANN
Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to the Dobermann breed. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site.
- Dobermann Rescue League
- Dobermann Pinscher Club of America
- Doberman Planet
- Dobermann Rescue UK
- The Dobermann Trust
- Dobermann Rescue UK and Europe
- The Dobermann Club
- The Dobermann Society of Great Britain
- United Doberman Club
- Doberman Chat
- United Kingdom Dobermann Association
- The North of England Dobermann Club
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