Breed Info

Origins and History

The Dobermann originated in the town of Apolda, Thuringen in Germany and was created by Herr Louis Dobermann. There was a need for sharp, fearless watchdogs and he set about selectively breeding using a combination of the old German Pinschers coupled with Rottweilers and the local Shepherd dogs. Later infusions included Greyhound and the Manchester Terrier. In 1899 the breed was officially named the Dobermann Pinscher and kept this name until after World War II when the word Pinscher (meaning terrier) was dropped in 1949.

General Appearance

Males are approximately 69cm (27”) tall at the shoulder and females 65cm (25.5”). They should weight between 32 to 40kgs. Colours are black, brown (known as red in the USA), blue and fawn. The latter two is less common.


The Dobermann is an ideal personal companion and can be an excellent watchdog. They have been used with great success as police rescue, sniffer, guard and even as guide dogs.


Dobermann’s are energetic, determined, fearless, loyal and obedient. They are naturally very protective but require an owner to be able to give then some control and guidance so they can fit happily into the family environment.


The Dobermann are highly intelligent and benefit greatly from training which should begin at an early age, i.e. 4 to 6 months. Otherwise, undisciplined, the Dobermann can become a handful. Obedience is best taught by their owner. The Dobermann Club as well as many obedience clubs conduct training classes, which also allow your Dobermann to socialise with other dogs.


A Dobermann must have a large well-fenced garden to live in and they enjoy as much exercise as you can give them. A long daily walk is essential to maintain muscle tone as well as mental stimulation.


The Dobermann is an easy care dog. They have a short smooth coat that a wipe over with a damp cloth once a week will help keep their coat clean and shining. You should also clean their ears and have their toenails trimmed once a week.

Meal Time

The Dobermann is generally a good eater if you start them off right. The breeder generally supplies a feeding sheet, which will explain it all.

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