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Doberman Pinscher

Personality:Alert, fearless, loyal, and highly trainable

Coat & Grooming:Short and shiny, the coat is an easy keeper

Energy Level:Very Active; Dobes are energetic dogs who need regular exercise to keep their magnificent physique

Originally: Germany

Nicknames: Doberman; Dobe; Dobie

Size: Medium

Meet the Doberman Pinscher

​Dobermans are compactly built dogs—muscular, fast, and powerful—standing between 24 to 28 inches at the shoulder. The body is sleek but substantial, and is covered with a glistening coat of black, blue, red, or fawn, with rust markings. These elegant qualities, combined with a noble wedge-shaped head and an easy, athletic way of moving, have earned Dobermans a reputation as royalty in the canine kingdom. A well-conditioned Doberman on patrol will deter all but the most foolish intruder.

What's Their Story?

​In the 1890s a German tax collector named Louis Dobermann bred a protection dog to accompany him on his rounds. There are different theories about which breeds Herr Dobermann utilized in his dog: The Rottweiler, Greyhound, Manchester Terrier, and Miniature Pinscher are some breeds mentioned as possible pieces of the puzzle. During World War II, the Marine Corps Dobermans won the breed great fame in America. The well-bred pet Dobe of today is a more attractive and obedient version of the original “Tax Collector’s Dog.”

What are they Like?

​Described here are Dobermans of sound, responsible breeding who have been well trained and socialized since puppyhood. A Dobe who meets these conditions is a loving pet, a world-class family guardian, a versatile canine athlete, and a credit to his community. Doing your homework and finding the right breeder is vital with any purebred, but it’s extra important when acquiring a quick, powerful dog with strong protective instincts. When you do it the right way, getting a Doberman can repay your effort a million times over.

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