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Doberman Pinscher

  Large Breed

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  Guard Dog
  Country of Origin Germany 1800s
  Ancestry The Doberman Pinscher is a mixture of Geman Shepherd, German Pinscher, Black and Tan Manchester Terrier, Greyhound and Weimaraner.
Original  Function Guard dog for a tax collector named Dobermann.
  Height at Shoulder Female 24-26"  Male 26-28"
  Weight 65-90 lbs
  Lifespan 12 Years
  Coat The Doberman Pinscher's coat is short and hard. Combinations of tan with black, red, blue and fawn are acceptable.  Albino Doberman Pinschers are considered outside of the breed standard.
  Tail Docked short to the second joint.  Held up. 
  Head Strong and long with a flat skull and a wedge-shaped appearance.
  Ears Medium-sized and often cropped to stand upright. With no cropping, held down.  The traditional look of the Doberman Pinscher is cropped ears and tail.  Without cropped ears or tail, the appearance is less agressive and more hound-like. 
  Related Breeds German Shepherd, German Pinscher, Black and Tan Manchester Terrier, Greyhound, Weimaraner
  Alternative Names Dobermann
  Nicknames Dobies, Dobs


  Grooming: The Doberman Pinscher's short coat requires minimal attention aside from occasional brushing and bathing.
Exercise requirements: Moderate
  Aggression: As a guard dog, Doberman Pinschers can be aggressive towards strangers and other dogs.
  Temperament: Serious and eager to learn. Doberman Pinschers an be dominant and stubborn.
  Owner requirement: Firm and physically strong.  Willing to keep the dog mentally challenged and well trained.  Due to its size, strength and guarding capabilities, the Doberman Pinscher can be a challenging dog and is not for every family. 
  Trainability High
  Health concerns Wobbler's syndrome, cardiomyopathy, bloat and gastric torsion, canine hip dysplasia, osteosarcoma, narcolepsy, cataplexy, von Willebrande's Disease (vWD), chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis, demodicosis.  Blue Dobermans can have alopecia while albino Dobermans have a number of health problems.  
  Environmental requirements: Moderate tolerance for heat and cold.
  Feeding requirements: Smaller, more frequent meals to prevent bloat and obesity.
AKC: American Kennel Club USA: Working Group
UKC: United Kennel Club USA: Guardian Dogs  
CKC: Canadian Kennel Club: Working Dogs 
FCI: Fédération Cynologique Internationale: Molossoid Breeds
   Group 2/Section 1/The Doberman Pinscher is Breed 143

ANKC: Australian National Kennel Council: Utility
KCUK: Kennel Club United Kingdom: Working
NZKC: New Zealand Kennel Club: Utility 

The Doberman Pinscher is an athletic, muscular and alert protector of the home.  It is smart, sensitive and requires mental stimulation to keep from becoming destructive.  Doberman Pinschers require a firm hand and consistent training to keep from becoming domineering.  As a guard dog, the Doberman Pinscher is reserved towards strange humans and can be aggressive towards other dogs. 

The Doberman Pinscher was developed by Louis Dobermann of Thuringen, Gemany in the late 1800s.  In his sometimes unpleasant profession of collecting taxes, Dobermann sought to develop a compact, lean and athletic dog to take with him on his rounds.  Early Dobermans were more rounded and heavy-boned than the leaner and more stylish dog of today.  Doberman Pinschers found favor as police dogs, guard dogs and even dogs of war.  They became popular as family protectors, show dogs and pets.  The first breed club was founded in 1899.  Dobermans came to the USA in 1908.

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