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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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