The Doberman was originally bred by Karl Friedrich Louis Doberman in Germany. They were bred as an athletic and powerful guard dog. Because of their characteristics, the breed excels in security and police work. The Doberman was bred for aggression and intelligence, with the idea that they would be trainable enough to only attack when told to attack. Now, they are commonly kept as pets, and many times are used for police work in America, Germany, and Canada.
The basic temperament of the Doberman Pinscher.
The Doberman temperament in relation to how the dog is bred.
Because of how the Doberman was bred, it is important that they are owned by someone who understands the intelligent and dominate temperament of the Doberman Pinscher. The Doberman is a very alert breed and will bark at unknown people and dogs, making them a fantastic watchdog. When socialized properly from a young age, the Doberman is a confident people loving dog. Though likely to show dominance towards other dogs, they are not prone to dog aggression, especially socialized Dobermans.
Loyalty and Separation Anxiety of the Doberman.
Because the Doberman is so loyal to his master, they are prone to develop separation anxiety. Because of this, it is often helpful for a Doberman owner to create train his dog. Crates make a dog feel safe and secure while his owner is away, and keeps them from destroying belongings and furniture. If an anxious Doberman is left to its own, it will find ways to entertain its bored and worried mind and destroy many things, putting it in harms way.
The endless energy and intelligence of the Doberman
The Doberman is a breed with endless amounts of energy. If the Doberman is not exercised enough, it will become anxious, bored, and in a lot of cases destructive. It can be helpful to do sports with a Doberman, or even just play fetch, hike, or ride your bike with your Doberman every day to keep the dogs mind and body exercised.
Health and Lifespan of the Doberman Pinscher
Why finding a great Doberman Breeder matters.
Because the Doberman is prone to a few health conditions, it is important, if a dog owner wants a long lifespan, to understand the health conditions, and avoid them. The Doberman Pinscher is prone to hypothyroidism, albinism, clotting disorder, bloating, enlarged hart, and eye issues. First and for most, finding an ethical breeder is the best way to avoid any of these issues. Do not buy from shady breeders who do not disclose information to you, and only buy from breeders who are proven to health test their dogs.
Watching out for and preventing health problems in the Doberman.
It is also helpful to visit the vet for yearly check ups and even in some cases, get blood testing done to watch for any potential conditions. If the Doberman is kept healthy its whole life, a Doberman owner will be blessed with 10 to 15 years of pure Doberman loyalty and love.
Grooming and shedding of the Doberman Pinscher.
The Doberman is a dog of little need for grooming. They can be brushed on occasion and bathed as needed. Their teeth should be kept brushed and their nails trimmed, just as any other shorthaired breed, they are relatively clean and low maintenance.
Guardian Dogs (UKC)
|Male: 26-28 inches (66-71cm)
Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)
|Male: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg)
Female: 71-77 pounds (32-35 kg)
Black and Tan
|Average $800 - $1000 USD