The Doberman Pinscher was originally bred as a guard dog in Germany. This breed is considered relatively new as it was developed only in 1890.
This breed is often stereotyped as aggressive and malevolent. But many people who have taken in Dobies as household companions find them fiercely loyal, protective, playful, and sweet.
Doberman Pinscher Dogs and Puppies
What is a Doberman Pinscher?
The Doberman Pinscher is a breed many people find intimidating. But there’s more to this breed than it’s reputation. Many might be surprised to find this breed extremely loyal, alert, intelligent, and trustworthy.
Get to know the Doberman Pinscher more and see if this is the breed you want for a companion.
Where is the Doberman Pinscher from?
The Doberman Pinscher was originally developed in Germany in the late 19th century. Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann first bred the variety that would be the foundation of the breed in the town of Apolda, in the state of Thuringia. The breed was named after him.
Dobermann was a tax collector and wanted a dog to protect him from bandits as he collected money in the area. He aimed to develop a breed with these qualities: loyal, intelligent, swift, strong, enduring, and ferocious.
He ran the town’s dog pound and had access to different breeds of dogs. It was not exactly known what breeds he used to develop the Doberman Pinscher, but it was believed a variety of breeds were used; including the Rottweiler, the Manchester Terrier, the German Pinscher, the Greyhound, and the Beauceron, among others.
Some German breeders continued developing the breed after Dobermann died.
Dobies almost became extinct in Europe after both World Wars. It’s a good thing the breed was brought and began to spread out in the United States in the early 20th century.
In 1921, the Doberman Pinscher Club of America was established.
The Doberman Pinscher was used for guarding (and even during the war) for a number of decades. A reputation for the breed’s ferocity was built. However, modern breeders are making it a point to tone down the Dobies’ aggressive nature, and are striving to produce ‘pet-quality’ lines.
What does a Doberman Pinscher look like?
Many Dobies sport an alert and seemingly aristocratic look with their short tail and large, pointed ears. But Dobies are not really born with these trademark traits. They mature with floppy ears and long tails if these are left untouched. Many owners choose to have their Dobies undergo docking and cropping to get the signature look the Doberman Pinscher is known for. These procedures, however, are actually illegal in some countries.
At a glance, one would perceive the Doberman Pinscher as an active and athletic breed, with its sinewy and compact build. Its square-like body is built for speed and endurance.
The Doberman Pinscher is considered a medium-large breed, with a height of 24 to 28 inches. A male Dobie can weigh around 40 to 45 kg; a female Dobie, on the other hand, is smaller; weighing around 32 to 35 kg.
The breed has a smooth and short coat. Common coat colors are black and red, with ‘rusty’ markings on the feet and legs, chest, and muzzle. These marking can be found like dots above their eyes as well.
There are color dilutes from the breed’s common colors. When diluted, black can become blue and red can become fawn.
Some Dobies are born all-white, being albino. It’s rare to have a white Doberman and it can be tempting to have the unique color retained through selective breeding. However, albino Dobies aren’t exactly fit for breeding as they tend to suffer a lot of health issues.
What is the Doberman Pinscher like?
Dobies do have inherent qualities that other people may find intimidating. But breeders today have been focusing on toning down the breed’s aggression. Over the recent years, Dobies have become popular household pets. The breed ranked the 14th most popular dog breed in America in 2015.
Dobies need a lot of mental and physical exercise because they are really smart and energetic. They love challenging tasks to keep them busy. Proactive training activities can be very beneficial to them.
Their aggression is ‘toned down’ but they can still be very protective of their owners. They can also be quick in expressing their loyalty.
Overall, Dobies are found to be intelligent, playful, alert, loyal, obedient, and fearless companions.
Are Doberman Pinscher dogs dangerous?
The Doberman Pinscher has quite a reputation as an aggressive breed. This stereotyping of the breed makes it, most often than not, more harmful than it really is. It’s undeniable the breed does have a history as guard dogs and even war dogs in World War II.
Is the Doberman Pinscher a dangerous breed? Yes, it can be. A Dobie can be dangerous if it comes from a lineage bred selectively to be aggressive. A Dobie can also be dangerous if it’s taught to be harmful and vicious to others.
It’s not just about the breed. Any dog can become threatening due to a number of factors such as mistreatment and abuse. Owners have the responsibility in raising a well-mannered and even-tempered dogs. What they can do is to care for them and use disciplinary methods that do not promote hostility.
Why are the Doberman Pinscher’s ears cropped?
Many people have seen Dobies with large and pointy ears but this is not actually the breed’s natural physical trait. Their ears are naturally floppy but when they are at least two months old, some owners choose to have their Dobies’ ears cropped. Cropping is a procedure in which a part of a dog’s ear is trimmed away. The ears are posted and taped for days after the procedure to keep them upright and pointed.
The Dobies’ ears were originally cropped to help them pick up sounds better. Cropping was also done to protect Dobies from harm. The ears are easy targets for attackers to injure by grabbing or biting. But most Dobies undergo cropping for aesthetic reasons these days. Mainly to keep the traditional look.
What is the Doberman Pinscher’s bite force?
According to Philly Dog Bite Law, Dobies have a bite force between 200 and 400 pounds.
They become aggressive when they feel their family is in danger. They usually direct their aggression towards strangers.
How much are Doberman Pinscher puppies?
Dobermans Den states that a pet-quality Doberman Pinscher pup can cost around or over USD $1,500. A show-quality one puppy meanwhile can cost over USD $2,000.
Owners must ensure they get their Dobie puppies from reputable breeders. Although it’s more costly, it’s also undeniably safer. With the breed’s history of aggression, owners should be more meticulous with the lineage of their puppies.
Are Doberman Pinschers good with cats?
Some Doberman Pinschers get along with cats and other small animals. Some do not. Their aggression towards other animals can depend on their lineage. That’s why it’s important to check a Dobie’s lineage. It also helps to do a cat test first.
Dobies do have the potential to be calm and good-natured around cats. Owners just need to establish a good foundation first. They need to introduce both species properly and train their Dobies how to be okay around cats.
How are Doberman Pinschers as pets?
Dobies have a huge potential to be really awesome pets. They are intelligent and fun-loving. They’re also loyal and protective to their owners. If raised properly with love and care, Dobies can be good family dogs. They can also get along well with children and other pets.