Have you heard of a German tax collector called Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann? Well in the 1870s he bred us by crossing a variety of dogs, including the German Shepherd, Pinscher, Rottweiler and Manchester Terrier. And why did he go to all this trouble? To create an animal to help encourage reluctant debtors to pay up of course! He must have had some really bad clients to go to such lengths. We are now extremely popular around the world, but particularly in America. The spelling of our name varies around the world, but perhaps the common anglicised variant is now Doberman Pinscher, or just Doberman for short.
What do I look like?
We’re what you call in the business a ‘real dog’. I don’t mean that to sound arrogant, but we are everything you expect a working dog to be and that is reflected in our appearance. Strong and muscular, intelligent eyes and an alert and inquisitive expression. Our head is quite narrow with a long muzzle. Our nose varies in colour as it more or less matches the colour of our coat. Coats are always smooth, short and close-lying. Colours are black, blue brown or fawn with tan markings above the eyes, on the muzzle, throat, chest, legs, feet and tail.
What do I need from you?
We do require a lot of exercise so you will need to be fit and able. Happily we’re easy to maintain, needing little in the way of grooming and care. We are good eaters of course.
What I will give in return
Well, if you’re in the tax collection business then look no further! Failing that, I can deter most kinds of miscreants, due to my ferocity, speed and strength. Part of the problem of being a Doberman is the tarnished image that goes before us. The truth is we are superb pet if trained properly from puppyhood. We are loyal, intelligent and can be very good with children (supervised). Whilst this video might not court favour with some, it is a great example of how supervised interaction with children and dog breeds such as mine is a beautiful part of life.
What's our health like?
Sadly ‘dilated cardiomyopathy‘, which is a type of heart failure, is a major cause of death in Doberman Pinschers. Whilst it is a relatively rare disease, we are one of the breeds with a high prevalence to it. Unfortunately, there is no known cure once we develop the disease and we will die within around 2 months. Don’t let this deter you from owning a Doberman, however you should be aware of this and other conditions (such as cervical vertebral instability, von Willebrand’s disease and various prostatic diseases) that are prevalent amongst our breed.
How big will I get?
We’re quite a big dog and grow up to around 27in (68cm), weighing about 83lb (37.5kg). Female dogs are slightly lighter and shorter.
How long should I be around for?
The average lifespan of a Doberman Pinscher is about 10-12 years.
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