Breed Group: Working Group
Shoulder Height: 25-28 in.
Weight: 71-99 lb.
Life Span: 10-11 years
Colors: Black, brown, red, blue, fawn, white
- Doberman Pinschers were originally bred in the German state of Thuringia in 1890.
- They are the perfect breed for someone looking for a combination of strength, speed, intelligence, and loyalty.
- The Doberman Pinscher is descended from a complex combination of a variety of different breeds including the German Shorthaired Pointer, the Great Dane, and the Rottweiler.
The Doberman Pinscher has always had the look and attitude of the perfect guard dog. With their dark coat and erect ears, they seem to always be on the alert. While this is certainly the case, Doberman Pinschers are not nearly as standoffish as you might expect.
They are extremely affectionate and love being in the company of their masters. Doberman Pinschers of the right line and with proper training can make excellent family dogs and are quite loyal towards children. They can have an aggressive streak, though, which requires the pet parent to take a strong alpha role to maintain control.
They do not get along well with other dogs, especially other Doberman Pinschers, so you have to socially train them with caution. They do require regular walking to keep them fit, but their short coats make them easy to groom. Due to their size, they are not recommended for apartments and they do not train on kennels very well either.
Doberman Pinschers do suffer from a variety of different maladies associated with the breed as well as large dogs in general.
- Hip dysplasia is fairly common in the breed, since they are large dogs, but they are not as prone to it as other large breeds.
- The most common cause of death in a Doberman Pinscher is dilated cardiomyopathy, which is a breed-specific disorder that causes the heart to enlarge and not pump blood efficiently.
- Von Willebrand's Disease is another common illness in Pinschers; it is a genetic disorder that affects a dog's ability to coagulate (ability to form blood clots). There is testing available to identify this condition.
- Kurt was a Doberman Pinscher in WWII who saved the lives of 250 Marines when he alerted them of Japanese soldiers on Guam. He was also the first canine casualty of the war.
- Rancho Dobe's Storm won back-to-back Best in Shows at the Westminster Kennel Club and remains the only Doberman to have won it more than once. He was undefeated in the Best of Breed category, having won all 25 of the shows he entered.
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