At a glance:
- Breed Group: Working dog
- Height: 24-28 inches
- Weight: 65-68 pounds
- Color: blue-grey, black, red, black and tan, white and fawn
- Life Expectancy: 8-12 Years
- Feeding: Medium-Demanding
- Temperament: Alert and biddable
- Average litter: 3-8 pups
The breeding of Doberman Pinschers was first done in Germany during the 19th Century by Karl Friedrich Louis Doberman. After he died in 1894, Germans named Doberman-Pinscher in Karl’s honor. Doberman Pinchers are accepted to be a blend of different dog breeds. The Black Greyhound, Great Dane, Beauceron, Rottweiler, Weimaraner, the German Short Haired Pointer. There is still no concrete evidence on the mixing ratios and the different breeds utilized for breeding. Single exceptions are the crossing with Greyhounds. There is a large belief that the gene pool of the German Shepherd had the largest contribution to their breeding.
Doberman Pinschers are elegantly bodied, powerful and agile. They have shorter backs, muscular sinewy neck and well balanced chest. They have parallel and straight legs. Their teeth are well developed closing in a scissor bites and intellectual expressions are perceived through their dark eyes. They have cropped ears and are taped for a considerable period to help them stand erect. Recently, Doberman Pinschers are left with their natural tails and ears. Short haired coats of the Pinschers are hard, thick and close fitting. Color of the coat for pinschers include blue grey, black, red, black and tan, white and fawn. Presence of white markings cannot be guaranteed.
Personality and temperament:
The personality of a Doberman Pinscher can be explained by the following features, watchful, energetic, alert, determined, loyal , obedient and fearless. Doberman Pinschers are dog types that are bred for dangerous and stressful work. It requires pinschers to have impetus and strong characteristics with a brave heart and controlled spirit. They are not vicious and stubborn but aggressive and determined.
Type of work breed does:
Initially, Dobermans were utilized as police dogs. However, currently there are very few used as police dogs in the U.S. Their robust size and ferocious features allow them to be excellent watch dogs. If they are properly trained by owners, they can perform most activities that have been asked of them.
Doberman Pinschers have a short haired coat that requires a little amount of maintenance and grooming. Pinschers are average shedders.
Doberman Pinschers are content living in small apartments or households if given enough regular exercise. They are happiest with a yard that is average sized. They are sensitive towards cold so avoid having them as outside dogs for prolonged periods of time. Owners of Pinschers should have the will and ability for harnessing his companion’s powerful and specific took kits. If the required environment is provided, they get a committed, loving, ultimate partner and bodyguard in a Doberman Pinscher.
These dogs work well with electronic fencing as long as the dogs are even-tempered and not aggressive or fearful.