The Doberman Pinscher – Intelligent, Intense and Affectionate

The is a very popular dog nowadays, and is an affectionate, intelligent and loyal pet.

Where do Doberman Pinschers hail from?

This streamlined, intense breed owes its name to a German tax collector who developed the breed – Louis Dobermann. Originated in the 1860s, the Doberman is a mixture of German pinchers, English Greyhounds, Rottweilers and the Beauceron. (Quite a list, eh?).

This beautiful and intelligent dog has been a favorite breed ever since its first dog show presentation back in 1876.

Doberman Pischers at Attention

So, they are show dogs. When were they officially recognized?

The Doberman pinscher was recognized as a member of the working dog group by the AKC in 1908. It has its own special club – the Doberman pinscher club of America, which was founded in 1921.

Are they pretty big? What do they look like?

This sleek shorthair dog weighs in at between 66 and 88 pounds and grows to between 24 and 28 inches in height.

Well known for its muscular physique, the Doberman pinscher is an elegant looking dog – thin but powerful with a well proportioned chest and muscular neck.

Doberman Pinschers in the Park
Dobermans in the Park

His dark eyes are lively and intelligent and stickup straight from his head and are usually cropped.

He has a short coat that is tight to his body and comes in fawn, white, red, blue-gray, black & tan and plain black.

I've heard Dobermans can be mean. Any truth to that?

Many people think the Doberman pinscher is vicious and aggressive but he really is not.

Doberman Pinscher is All Smiles
“Smiling” Doberman

This is a very intense dog that has a lot of energy along with tremendous stamina and strength. They are highly intelligent and easy to train, although the females can be more stubborn and maybe a bit difficult to train.

They are fearless and determined and loyal and affectionate towards their owners.

These dogs are naturally protective, which is why they make good guard dogs.

This breed can actually have large variations in temperament with some being very submissive and others taking only to one person while still others are great with the whole family.

Are There Any Health Concerns?

Doberman pinschers usually enjoy good health but they can suffer from an inherited blood disorder called as well as cervical sodalities.

Other that may crop up include hip dysplasia or, congenital heart disorders and bloating.

These dogs can also get rather obese in their later years.

What About Activity? Do They Like to Run?

Dobermans do need sufficient exercise but they can live In apartments as long as they are exercised frequently.

Although they are very energetic, it is not a good idea to keep them outdoors because they can be sensitive to the cold.

With All That Short Hair, Are They Easy to Groom?

As far as grooming goes, this dog is very easy to care for is they really don't need any grooming and they shed very little hair.

Lee Dobbins is an avid dog lover and pet owner who writes on many topics including different breeds of dogs. Visit her at and find out more about dogs such as the loveable Doberman Pinscher.


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