The Doberman is a medium-sized dog, with impressive stature, strength, and musculature. This imposing physiognomy, the black color of its coat and the great tradition of its use by the police have undoubtedly helped to build a reputation as a dangerous dog.
Yet he is a dog who knows how to be affectionate and who, from the beginning, was also destined to be a pet dog.
The Doberman is a medium-sized dog, with a square body, strong and muscular. He has strong jaws and a strong skull with small erect ears. Elegant and proud looking with a height at the withers of 68 to 72 cm for males and 63 to 68 cm for females.
The tail tied up high and erect and his hair is short, hard and tight. Her dress is always black or brown. The members well perpendicular to the ground.
The Doberman is from Germany and takes its name from Louis Dobermann of Apolda, a tax collector, who wanted a medium-sized dog capable of being both a good watch dog and a good companion.
It is for this reason that around 1890, he combines several breeds of dogs to create the “Doberman Pinscher”.
Since the Dobermans were frequently used as guard dogs and herd protection, but also as police dogs, which earned them the nickname “gendarme dog”.
Doberman Pinscher is known for being energetic, alert, brave and obedient. He is ready to give warning at the first sign of danger, but he is also naturally affectionate.
It is a particularly faithful dog that attaches easily to children.
He is obedient and easy to educate, even if he has a strong temperament.
The Doberman is a robust dog that has a very good constitution. However, it is particularly sensitive to heart problems (there is an increasing number of subjects affected by dilated cardiomyopathy ).
If the dog is a lot of exercises, it is advisable to have his heart monitored by a veterinarian at the age of two years.
The Doberman may also be subject to the following illnesses:
- Hip dysplasia
- Willebrand disease
- Wobbler syndrome
- Skin problems (alopecia, demodectic, atopic dermatitis)
- Low tolerance to cold and moisture
The master of the Doberman must be ready to invest in the education and socialization of his dog. A defenseless nature dog, a poorly educated Doberman will quickly become painful for his master, his family, and his entourage because he will tend to be suspicious, even aggressive.
If it’s your first dog, the Doberman is not recommended for you. This breed is suitable for an experienced owner who will be firm and patient.
Unfortunately, the Doberman is often wrongly judged as being a “dangerous dog”. In reality, the Doberman is a dog with a strong temperament, but fundamentally good and loyal.
Only unselected individuals from random breeding may be ferocious and aggressive. Dobermans from serious breeding are affectionate family dogs.