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. 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 ensure they are well trained and socialized.
They require regular exercise to keep them fit and properly stimulated, but their short coats make them easy to groom. Due to their size, they are not recommended for apartments.
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.
- Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a heart condition in which the heart enlarges and can't pump the blood properly. Unfortunately, there are often no outward symptoms to help in detecting the disease and it may cause sudden death. It can be diagnosed by scans and treatment will improve it. Some vets advise annual scans for all Dobermans.
- 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 and many vets will advise this is done before any surgery is performed.
- 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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