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Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher

Basic Doberman Pinscher Information

  • Lifespan: 10 - 12 years
  • Height: 24 - 28 inches
  • Weight: 65 - 90 pounds


Medical Conditions Seen in Doberman Pinschers


Doberman Pinscher Traits

  • Joggin Partner
         
  • Lap Dog
         
  • Good with Children
         
  • Warm Weather
         
  • Cold Weather
         
  • Grooming Requirements
         
  • Shedding
         
  • Barking
         
  • Ease of Training
         


Doberman Pinscher History

  • Louis Dobermann was a door-to-door tax collector in Germany who needed a good guard dog to accompany him on his rounds. In the late 1800s he set about to create the ideal dog for his needs, combining a shepherd-type dog with a German pinscher, with later crosses to the black and tan Manchester terrier, greyhound, and weimaraner.
  • By 1899 the breed had developed to the point that a breed club was formed.
  • The first Doberman pinscher arrived in America in 1908.
  • Dobermans gained favor as police, guard and military dogs, and their popularity grew following both World Wars.
  • Dobermans were the second most popular breed in America in 1977.
  • In some communities they have been the target of breed specific legislation.


Doberman Pinscher Behavior Concerns

  • Makes a loyal and protective companion, an excellent guardian and watchdog.
  • Playful and generally gentle with children.
  • Tends to be reserved with strangers.
  • Not very friendly towards strange dogs, and may not be good with small pets.
  • Learns quickly, and enjoys mental challenges.
  • It is actually quite sensitive, and does best with a firm but gentle owner who can combine reward-based training with good control and leadership.
  • Some owners train their dogs in Schutzhund, a sport that combines obedience, tracking, and protection.
  • Dobermans are among the top obedience dogs in competition.


Doberman Pinscher Suggested Exercises

  • Makes a calm yet alert housedog given adequate exercise. Otherwise it can be overactive and destructive.
  • Requires daily exercise in the form of a long walk, or preferably, long jog. Games and sprints can also help burn off energy.
  • The Doberman enjoys cool weather for exercising but cannot live outside in it because of its short coat.
  • Obedience training is essential not only for control, but for the mental exercise it provides.
  • Agility training is an excellent way to challenge its mind and body.


Doberman Pinscher Grooming

  • Coat is short, smooth and hard.
  • The coat needs only occasional brushing, once every week or so, to remove dead hair.
  • Shedding is average.


Suggested Doberman Pinscher Nutritional Needs

  • Dobermans tend to stay in good weight or be slightly overweight.
  • Adult dogs should be fed a balanced diet, with restricted calories if the dog starts to gain too much weight.
  • Puppies should be fed a large-breed growth food, which slows their growing rate but not final size. This may decrease the incidence or severity of hip dysplasia in adults.


Did you know?

  • Grapes and raisins are harmful to dogs.
  • Some dog parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your dog.


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Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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