- AKC recognized in 1908
- Lifespan: 10-11 years
- Size: Medium
- Energy: High
- Recommended Crate Size: 48” dog crate*
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The Doberman Pinscher is one the most intelligent and fast learning among dog breeds. They are able to learn new commands very fast and often considered the easiest dog to train. When you decide to have a Doberman, you have to commit to providing them with sufficient exercise, attention, care, and training since the Doberman is a very energetic dog. With this in mind, the Doberman is not for everyone. The Doberman was named after its first breeder, Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann around 1890 and was originally bred as a guard dog.
The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Doberman Pinscher in 1908. These high energy dogs have a naturally protective instinct with the characteristics of being obedient, fearless, watchful, and extremely loyal. They also have a high alarming sense which adds to their guarding qualifications.
The Doberman is descended from various dog breeds such the Greyhound, Great Dane, Rottweiler, and German short-haired pointer. They adapt quickly and can be very loving. If they are properly trained, they can be a good companion for children as well.
The Doberman is a medium to large size dog with a short coat and square build. The body is compactly built as well as athletic. The purebred Doberman usually has markings on its paws, chest, muzzle, above its eyes and tail. They have a long muzzle which gives them an extremely strong bite and great sniffing ability.
It is recommended to provide feed formulated to medium–sized breeds. It also highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and breeder to determine size and frequency of meals in order to ensure proper health and lifespan. As always, it is important to provide ready access to clean and fresh water.
To keep their coat healthy, clean, and shiny, you can regularly use a soft bristled brush and hound gloves. These dogs shed in a relatively minimal amount but they will also enjoy these occasional grooming sessions as they can spend time with their owners.
Their nails are fast growing and require regular trimming with a nail clipper to avoid cracking and overgrowth. Check the ears regularly to avoid debris and wax which can lead to infection. Surprisingly, the Doberman tends to be afraid of rain, which can make it quite a challenge when it comes to shower/hose time.
High intensity exercise for Dobermans is a must. They were bred as working dogs. The Doberman should have sufficient opportunities to vent their excess energy. Owners will need to commit to providing them with regular \, daily exercise. Activities can include a brisk morning and evening walk or jog. They also love to fetch frisbees or balls.
Pet Crate Size
Pet Crates Direct recommends 48" dog crates* for most adult Doberman Pinschers.
* Links for crate sizes will bring you to the most appropriate Amazon page.
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