The Dobermann is a German working dog that was originally bred in the 1890's by a tax collector by the name of Friedrich Louis Dobermann. His idea behind creating this wonderful breed was to have a loyal companion that would serve as his personal protection. True to his initial mission, a Dobermann is a fiercely loyal dog that puts his family above all else.
Dobermanns, that are in America also known as "Doberman Pinscher", are medium sized dogs that belong to the working dog group. They make great pets, but it is recommended that they live in an experienced household as they are very driven and active dogs. They require constant mental stimulation, otherwise they can be known to become destructive. Dobermanns do best in a stable household that will set a firm schedule and rules for them. They are wicked smart and will take advantage of you if you let them. This is why early socialization and training its key.
With proper training, a Dobermann will excel in any task he's given. They make great sport dogs, police dogs and service dogs. They are amazingly quick learners, but with that, they can get bored easily so they constantly need new challenges.
Provided the Dobermann is trained and socialized properly, they will make wonderful companions and family dogs. The are by no means couch potatoes, but will gladly sit in your lap any chance they get. Their velcro personalities make them best suited for households where they will get plenty of interaction with their beloved humans.
Due to their short coat and no undercoat, Dobermanns are not suitable for outside living. If you are looking for a guard dog for your yard - the Dobermann is not the right breed for you. Their shedding is very moderate, is easily manageable and requires next to no maintenance. In Europe they come in 2 approved colors - black and rust and red and rust, while the American Kennel Club also allows fawn and tan as well as blue and tan. Albino and melanistic Dobermanns do not meet the breed standard and therefore we do not support breeding dogs that carry these colors.
When bringing a Dobermann home, they will have their tails already docked and ears cropped. In order for the ears to stand right they require constant taping. Some dogs only need to have their ears posted through teething whereas others need to be posted up until they are 11-12 months old. This is another very important thing to consider before getting a Dobermann as it requires a lot of attention and care.
The average life span for a Dobermann is 10 years. The breed is extremely prone to a variety of health issues even though their look suggests they are indestructible. Due to this fact, it is extremely important to provide your Dobermann with proper nutrition as well as regular veterinary check-ups and health tests.
Raising and owning a Dobermann requires a lot of hard work and dedication, but given the right regime in our humble opinion - there's no better dog out there.