This breed was developed by Louis Doberman of Thuringen, Germany. Louis Doberman was a door-to-door tax collector and therefore he needed an intelligent, alert and watchful dog to accompany him on the tax collection rounds. During the late 1800s, Doberman started the development of a watchful guard dog by crossing German pinscher and old German shepherd with later crosses of greyhound, tan and black Manchester terrier and Weimaraner. In no time he succeeded in developing a prototype breed that is now named after him. The initial Dobermans were still a bit round-headed and heavy-boned but the subsequent breeders chose for some more racy-looking dog. The Doberman evolved in a very remarkable time. In about 1899, the first breed club was established. The Doberman breed kept getting acclaims and the very first dog of this breed arrived in the US in 1908. Doberman soon found a job throughout America and Europe as a police guardian dog and was latter acclaimed as a war dog. Doberman’s prowess in such areas quickly attracted more admirers and this breed soon became a valued family protector. However, this dog’s chiseled silhouette and alert fearless demeanor has made it one of the top contenders as a show dog.
Dobermans are adventurous and loyal companions. They like to be mentally challenged and are gifted obedience pupils. Dobermans are generally usually reserved with strangers and can be aggressive with stranger dogs.
- Activity level: 5/5 (great sprinters)
- Intelligence level: 5/5 (alert and intelligent)
- Curiosity: 5/5 (always watchful and curious about their surroundings)
- Friendliness: 2/5 (may not be too friendly with strangers)
- Vocal: 1/5 (not too vocal)
They have an appearance of dogs that are medium in size with bodies that are square. Dobermans are muscular, powerful and compactly built for great speed and endurance. Boasting an athletic build, a sleek coat, characteristic cropped ears coupled with docked tail, Dobermans look like an aristocrat.
Fur: Dobermans have a smooth, sleek coat that is short and lies close to the skin. They may have a slight undercoat around their necks. Their coat colours range from red, fawn, black and blue.
- Eyes: The dog has medium sized sharp eyes.
- Body structure: The dog has a strong, athletic body with slim bones and strong muscles. Their tail is fairly long and strong held with an upward curve.
- Facial features: The skull is long and lean with a wide forehead. The ears are large and erect.
- Weight: The average weight of a male dog is 40 kg while that of a female dog is 33 kg.
Don’t think that their coat doesn’t shed since it is very short in length. These dogs need weekly brushing with a rubber curry or a grooming mitt, however, they don’t need a regular bath until they roll into something dirty. Brushing their teeth around two to three times a week is in necessary to prevent them from gum diseases which they are prone to.
Dobermans are generally a strong breed but may face some serious health problems like Dilated Cardiomyopathy and Von Willebrand’s Disease, which is a sort of bleeding disorder. A reliable genetic test has been there to help detect this disease in them since 2000.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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