The reputation of the Doberman would make you think they are all just nasty Junk-Yard dogs, but it is untrue. The breed is being bred with a less aggressive temperament in mind, making them a much more suitable pet. If you are looking for an alert, imposing, but great family pet, the Doberman Pinscher is a good pick for you. Keep in mind, that the Doberman Pinscher is still one of the most powerful and protective breeds in the world, so socializing them with kids, other people, and other family pets as a puppy is vital to avoid issues as the dog grows. What you can expect with a Doberman is a dog that will share a close bond with its family, and will never come up short on showing its affection.
The Doberman Pinscher is not an overly sensitive breed, but there are certain things to be aware of. Because it is such an affectionate breed with its family, the Doberman hates to be left alone often. If you are getting a dog that will be left at home all day without human contact, this is not the dog breed for you. This dog has a short coat, so will not do very well with cold temperatures. They are a large breed that will do better with a large living area as opposed to an apartment or condo setting.
The Doberman Pinscher is one of the smartest breeds in the world, so any motivated owner, even a novice one, should be able to effectively train this dog breed. But, here is the other side of the coin, it is also a dog breed with a strong will and is a very powerful dog, so it is vital that it is trained properly, which may make it a better fit for a more experienced owner. Either way, it is recommended that any owner attend some sort of obedience training with their Doberman Pinscher.
The Doberman has been known to have some health issues, but with proper knowledge of a puppy’s heritage, many can be avoided. Some of the issues to watch for are Von Willebrand’s Disease, a blood disorder that causes excessive bleeding. Another issue to be aware of is Wobbler’s Syndrome, which is a genetic issue caused by the compression of the spinal cord. Again, making sure there is no history of these issues in a Doberman puppy’s bloodline is a good way to protect you from getting a dog with these issues.
The Doberman is a relatively easy breed to groom, since they have a short coat with minimal shedding. It is recommended that you brush your dog’s teeth once a week, and trim your Doberman Pinscher’s nails once a month.
The Doberman Pinscher is a very energetic and playful dog breed. They are a larger breed, so will not have the stamina of say, a Blue Heeler, but they will be intense and give it their all until they get tired. Daily exercise of this dog breed is highly recommended.
A full size Doberman Pinscher will weigh between 60 and 90 pounds and will stand between 24 and 28 inches at the withers.