Doberman Pinscher Information

Overview: The Doberman Pinscher, of the mastiff family of canines, exhibits clean, elegant lines. This high energy breed is affectionate toward its family, loves to play and is easily trained. Often used as a guard dog, protection dog and watchdog, the Doberman Pinscher generally gets along well with other family pets but not other dogs and is reserved with strangers.

Temperament: The Dobie, as it is sometimes referred to, is alert, loyal and adventurous. Though some of this breed can exhibit tendencies toward dominance, it is usually very responsive to the wishes of its owner and excellent at obedience training. This canine breed is courageous and determined and should not be shy. It is highly valued as a family pet and protector.

History: In the late 19th Century, Louis Dobermann of Thuringen, Germany desired to have a medium size dog to help guard him in his tax collection duties. Over a period of years, he experimented with cross breeding such breeds as German Shepherd and German Pinscher, and then later crosses of the Rottweiler, Greyhound and Weimaraner. Eventually, Herr Dobermann found what he was looking for. As other enthusiasts bred it, they sought to streamline the Dobie by lightening its bone structure and narrowing the head a bit. The breed exploded in popularity and by 1899 the first breed club was formed. It growth in acceptance continued unabated until the late 1970s by which time it had become the second most popular breed in the United States. 

Names: The Doberman Pinscher is also known simply by the name Doberman or sometimes affectionately as Dobie.

Groups: The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Doberman Pinscher in the year 1908 placing it in the Working Group.

Physical Characteristics: Streamlined and chiseled, compact and muscular, the Doberman Pinscher has speed, strength and endurance while appearing genteel. The short, sleek coat allows the breed's clean lines to show. The hard, thick coat lies close to the dog's skin. The variety of colors includes black, red, blue, and fawn (also known as Isabella) with rust markings on all legs and feet, above the eyes, on the throat, muzzle and chest. Rarely, parent dogs may carry an albino gene.

Care: Moderate daily exercise, such as a leashed walk, helps keep the Bullmastiff in good condition. However, the owner should avoid exposing this breed to hot and humid weather. This breed lives comfortably as an inside dog with soft bedding and plenty of room. The coat requires little care.