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Temperament

Dobermanns present the picture of a muscular, powerful and ferocious breed. These dogs are as fierce in their character as they are in their appearance. 

The good thing about this breed is that they make fantastic guard dogs. They will intimidate and deter intruders from breaking into your home. They also make good family companions, as long as they are well socialised.

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Dobermann: The Smart and Fearless Guardian

 

Key Characteristics Of Dobermanns
How Can I Take Good Care Of A Dobermann Puppy?
Most Asked Dobermann Questions
Similar Dog Breeds

Dobermanns present the picture of a muscular, powerful and ferocious breed. These dogs are as fierce in their character as they are in their appearance. 

The good thing about this breed is that they make fantastic guard dogs. They will intimidate and deter intruders from breaking into your home. They also make good family companions, as long as they are well socialised.

 

Dobermann Origins

Dobermanns are named after Louis Dobermann. Louis was a German tax collector responsible for the breed’s development in 1870. His aim was to come up with a breed that could keep him company as he did his rounds.

It’s not known which specific breeds Louis used for the outcross. But many speculate that they originated from crossing cattle and shepherd dogs.

In particular, the breeds thought to have been a part of the ancestry are: the rottweiler and Great Dane. Manchester terrier, German pinscher, English greyhound and the German shepherd were also used.

Originally, Dobermanns were used to guard their owners and property. But nowadays, they’re also used as police dogs, rescue dogs and therapy service dogs.

 

Key Characteristics of Dobermanns

Are Dobermanns Family-Friendly?Yes. They remain loyal to their owners. They also get along well with kids, especially if they’re raised alongside them.
Daily Exercise Needs?1 - 2 hours of exercise each day.
Common Health Issues & ConsiderationsDobermanns face these health risks:
● Cervical vertebral instability (CVI).
● Wobblers syndrome.
● Hypothyroidism.
● Von Willebrand's Disease.
LifespanApproximately 10 to 13 years.
Nature / Temperament
People-oriented, energetic, intelligent, faithful, fearless and protective.
SizeWeight:
Male: 40 - 45 kg
Female: 32 - 35 kg

Height
Male: 66 - 72 cm
Female: 61 - 68 cm

Height:
30 to 35 cm
Suitable EnvironmentFare well both indoors and outdoors, although the ideal setting is in a home.
GroomingSince they are average shedders, brush their coats at least once per week.

Other considerations:

● Dobermanns sometimes bond to one member of the family. But if they’re taken to an environment with kids and other people, they’re less likely to become a one-person dog.

● They are energetic, and this enables them to handle a variety of tasks. They help with police work, scent tracking, rescue missions, therapy and course driving.

● The tail and ear docking in ancient Dobies was done for a reason. Back then, they were bred to serve as guard dogs. Thus, their tails and ears were considered their weakest points. Breeders decided to remove these parts to make them less vulnerable to predators.

● Dobermanns are ranked fifth when it comes to smartest dog breeds.

 

How can I take good care of my Dobermann or Dobermann Puppy?

Nutrition

These dogs need high-quality dog food to maintain their strength and stamina. The breed is also prone to certain conditions. Luckily, these can be prevented by making nutritional changes. 

As such, you’ll need to look for foods that list a meat source as the first ingredient. This could be chicken, lamb or beef. The second recommended ingredient is whole-grains like brown rice or sweet potatoes. Although, try to avoid products that contain grain cereals like corn or wheat fillers. 

Dobermann puppies need about ½ cup of dog food, which should be given 3 to 4 times every day. Once they’re 8 weeks old, you can reduce the frequency to just 3 times. But for adult dobermanns, they’ll need a total of 2 to 5 cups of dog food per day.

Grooming

Dobermanns have two coats: a semi-coarse overcoat and a soft undercoat. It’s important to comb their coat one or more times each week. Without regular brushing, the soft fine hair will result in an unpleasant dog smell. Worse, they’ll end up shedding all over your home.

Recommended grooming tips:

● Inspect and clean the inside of your dog’s ears

● Wipe eye boogers from their eyes

● Brush their teeth on a daily basis

● Bathe your pup every 6 to 8 weeks

Exercise

It’s wise to include a bit of exercise into your Dobermann’s daily routine. An ideal activity is allowing them to run and play around a safe yard area. However, if you don’t have that kind of space, a brisk walk twice a day is sufficient.

Training

Contrary to what many people think, the Dobermann is a pretty kind and affectionate dog. As such, this breed is very open to training. You’ll have greater success training them using a reward-based approach. Dobies are known for their strong food drive. So enticing them occasional treats will surely help them learn commands faster.

Most Asked Dobermann Questions

Are Dobermanns ideal for everyone?

No, they aren’t. Even though Dobies are a great breed, they’re not suited for everyone. If you’re a first-time owner, we wouldn’t recommend this breed for you.

They need owners confident enough to establish themselves as their “pack leader”. In other words, these individuals ought to take charge. They’ll then need to train their pups how to differentiate between good and bad behaviour.

Are Dobermanns good with children?

Yes, they are. Dobermanns will get along just fine with kids, particularly if they’re raised with them. 

These dogs have a high level of intelligence, and an affinity to spend time with humans. These two traits help them understand that the little ones need to be dealt with care and protection.

How much do Dobermanns cost?

A dobermann puppy typically costs between $1500 and $2500.

This is general information and should not be relied on as adoption or purchasing advice.

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