Dobies 101

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Athletic, active and devoted to family, the Doberman Pincher is a different dog from those once known as “Devil Dogs” for their courage as World War II sentries. While Dobermans can still be found in military and law enforcement jobs, today’s dogs are generally friendlier towards strangers.

Dobies are also versatile and can be found as service dogs, dog sports competitors and, of course, as companions adaptable to city and suburbs alike. Dobermans are intelligent, eager to please and playful, but they do not do well with harsh handling. Early socialization and manners training lay the foundation for a confident adult.

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The Doberman needs regular exercise and is an ideal companion for runners, a effective deterrent in case of any trouble.

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Size
24 to 28 inches tall
Group Size Large
Lifespan
10 to 12 years
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Weight
60 to 100 lbs
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Mature adult Dobie

5 years to 7 years

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Senior Dobie

8+ years

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Dobie puppy

0 to 1 year

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Young adult Dobie

1 year to 4 years

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Mature adult Dobie

5 years to 7 years

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Senior Dobie

8+ years

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Dobie puppy

0 to 1 year

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Young adult Dobie

1 year to 4 years

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During WWII, a famous Doberman Pinscher named Kurt served as a war dog. He was a messenger and scout dog for the U.S. Marine Corps, saving lives with his keen senses. Kurt showcased the Doberman's intelligence and loyalty, becoming a celebrated hero in the Pacific theater.

Doberman Pinscher coat care and colors

The coat of the Doberman is easy to care for: Sleek and short, all it needs is weekly brushing and an occasional bath. While most Dobermans are black with rust accents, the breed comes in other colors, all with the same rust accents. In addition to black, Dobies can be steel-blue, red or a fawn color known as Isabella. Rarely, Dobermans come in white, although it’s not a recognized color.

Many predominantly black dogs have black nails, making it sadly too easy to hit the vein in the middle of the nail, called the quick, during trims. Grinding the nails instead of clipping may be the best way to avoid bleeding. Make nail trims easier in adult dogs by acclimating puppies to having their feet handled.

Do Doberman Pinschers shed a lot?

All dogs shed, some a little and some a lot. Dobermans shed minimally. The perception of how much a dog sheds typically related to how much fur ends up on clothing, furniture and carpets. Regular brushing and bathing as needed will reduce shedding.

How do I keep my Doberman’s coat shiny?

The key to keeping your Doberman's coat healthy and shiny can be found both on the inside and on the outside of a dog. Good health, good nutrition and veterinary-prescribed parasite control will show up as a healthy, shiny coat. Regular combing, brushing and bathing as needed will keep a healthy coat looking great.

How do I take care of my Doberman’s skin?

Regular brushing and baths as needed, along with parasite control, will keep your Doberman's skin in good shape. If you see issues developing, talk to your veterinary healthcare team for advice and treatment options.

Dobie exercise & training

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Exercise level

The Doberman Pincher is built for athletic endeavors, and they need daily exercise. They’re a superb running companion and excel in dog sports such as agility.

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Trainability

Teaching good manners to a Doberman isn’t difficult, but keeping this smart breed engaged might be. Reward what you want and keep adding new things to learn.

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