Doberman character attitude and care for the love of the pet

Doberman: character, attitude and careThe Doberman is an elegant, but also demanding dog. These are the things you should know about keeping, care, and health.

The Doberman is a particularly elegant, but also demanding dog. © iStock

If there were supermodels in the dog world, the Doberman would certainly be at the top of the modeling game. His appearance is elegant and sporty, his character proud and alert and, as it happens in the world of fashion, also a bit stubborn and complicated in handling.

The dog breed does not require much care, but plenty of experience and expertise, because Dobermans are true working animals with high demands.

In our breed portrait we have summarized for you all the important information about the Dobermann, from its appearance and character to its history, which can be dated back almost exactly to the 1880s.

How big is a Doberman?

The Doberman belongs to the large dog breeds and males reach an average height at withers between 68 and 72 cm. bitches can grow between 63 and 68 cm tall in the Doberman.

How heavy is a Doberman?

Despite their size, these elegant dogs weigh less than other large dog breeds such as the Rottweiler. Adult Doberman males weigh between 40 and 45 kg and females between 32 and 35 kg.

– Ackerman, Lowell (Author)

What does a Doberman look like?

For many enthusiasts, the breed is considered the ideal image of a dog because of its appearance. The Doberman has an elegant, lean yet muscular body with long and defined legs.

The stature of the Doberman

His back is straight and stretched, neck long and head narrow with a long muzzle and large floppy ears.

Its appearance, posture and gait should always radiate pride, dignity and vigilance, which, however, also makes it a "tough" or aggressive impression on many people, although this in no way corresponds to its character.

3The coat of the Doberman

The coat of the Doberman is short, smooth and dense, without undercoat and according to breeding specifications, it is possible to have two color variations:

In both colors, the dog has rust-colored spots especially on the legs and around the muzzle. There are also dogs that have a bluish or white coat, but these colors are forbidden in breeding in Germany and occur rather rarely in this country.

docking? In no case!

Until a few decades ago, it was standard breeding practice to amputate the tail and trim the ears of even the puppies into shape. Puppies had to wear a frame and tape around their heads for weeks to turn their original floppy ears into prick ears.

This intentional appearance is probably due to the use of the Doberman as a guard and protection dog. By docking tail. Ears they should offer less attack surface in case of emergency.

The for the puppies very painful and traumatizing docking of the tail and the ears is nowadays fortunately forbidden in most European countries.

How old does a Doberman get?

The life expectancy of the dog breed averages 8 to 13 years and, as with all dogs, depends heavily on health, care and origin.

The Doberman is, unfortunately, a prime example of breeding dogs where, in the past, much more emphasis was placed on appearance than health or grooming, resulting in the average age of Dobermans being as low as 7 years at times.

In the meantime the breeding regulations have been tightened up. More attention is now paid to a natural and healthy appearance again, which increases the life expectancy of the animals again.

What character or. what is the nature of the Doberman?

The breed was and still is very popular as a service dog. Its physical fitness, high intelligence and fearless, courageous character make the Doberman an ideal guard and watch dog.

But despite his impressive appearance, the elegant dog is basically a gentle, cuddly and affectionate family pet, which loves his caregivers above all else and is eager to please them.

The Doberman usually binds itself particularly strongly to only one single person, whom it recognizes unconditionally as pack leader. With appropriate socialization the dog accepts and submits itself however also fast further family members or reference persons. At the same time, by nature and due to certain preferences in breeding, it has a relatively strong protective and hunting instinct.

The Doberman behaves within his family with appropriate education very gentle, affectionate and submissive, so he meets strangers mostly suspicious and watchful. As a result, unfortunately, many people have attributed to Dobermans the stereotype of aggressive fighting dog. Increased aggressiveness, however, is – as with all other frequently prejudiced dog breeds – mainly due to incorrect upbringing, lack of socialization and neglect of the dog.

The dog by nature has a strong eagerness to work and is best utilized both mentally and physically when it can take on a task that challenges it on a daily basis.

Where does the Doberman come from?

The Doberman is one of the rather younger dog breeds whose origins can be traced back to a single breeder in Germany.

In the 1880s, the German tax collector Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann from the small town of Apolda in Thuringia was looking for a reliable, faithful companion who would both protect him in his work and also earn him respect when a debtor was reluctant to hand over his money.

Dissatisfied with existing guard dogs, he laid the groundwork for a new dog that would combine strength, courage, intelligence, and assertiveness.

From which breeds did the Doberman originate?

Which original dog breeds the Dobermann is based on, can not be proved anymore today. However, most experts ame that mainly Pinscher, German Shepherd, Great Dane, Rottweiler and Weimaraner were mixed in the Doberman. After Karl Dobermann's death, Otto Goller took over the breed. As early as 1895, the new breed was recognized in Germany. Their original purpose as working dogs is still carried out today and they are popular workhorses for the police, in dog sports and even as service dogs.

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