A square, medium-sized dog, the Doberman Pinscher is muscular and possesses great endurance and speed. He is elegant in appearance and reflects great nobility and temperament. The properly bred and trained Doberman has proved itself to be a friend and guardian, and his intelligence and ability to absorb and retain training have brought him into demand as a police and war dog. The Doberman's short, hard coat can be black, red, blue, and fawn.
Although the roots of the breed are relatively obscure, it is thought that the Doberman Pinscher originated in Germany around 1900, taking its name from tax collector Louis Doberman of Apolda, who desired a medium-size dog to perform as a guard dog as well as companion. Breeds utilized to develop the Doberman Pinscher may have included the old shorthaired shepherd, Rottweiler, Black and Tan Terrier, and the German Pinscher.
The Doberman Pinscher is known to be energetic, watchful, fearless, and obedient. He is ready to give prompt alarm (and back up that warning) but is also affectionate, obedient, and loyal. The breed requires regular exercise but needs only minimal grooming for his short coat.
- Working Group; AKC recognized in 1908.
- Ranging in size from 24 to 28 inches tall at the shoulder.
- Guardian, family companion.
- Apartment is ok.
- Moderate activity indoors.
- Do not tolerate cold climates.
- Daily long walk or vigorous exercise.
- Easy care.
- Average shedding.