Weight: 65-90 lbs
Height: male: 26-28, female: 24-26 inches
The Doberman Pinscher is originally from Germany where they have been bred during the 1860s. These dogs were employed as personal guardians and watchdogs, and also to destroy vermin and herd sheep. This breed was developed by a guy called Louis Dobermann. This breed is only one of a few breeds that have been named after a real person. The Doberman is a highly dignified and arrogant breed, and they have served courageously during both of the World Wars. The Doberman Pinscher is the official battle dog of the United States Marine Corps.
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This is a flexible, brave and self-confident breed. The Doberman Pinscher flourishes on human company and stimulation. They are exceptionally faithful and defensive of their families and homes. This breed will get along best with older and more considerate children. IN general, they will not get along well with other household pets. They tend to be distant and wary of strangers and they make outstanding guard dogs. The Doberman Pinscher is a very people orientated dog, and will probably bond closely with one specific person in the family. The Doberman Pinscher needs continuous attention and will not do well when left alone for long periods of time. These dogs are not ideal for an inexperienced or inactive dog owner.
The Doberman Pinscher needs the smallest amount of grooming. A brushing once in a while, or will keep hair loss at bay. Dental cleanliness is vital to stop early tooth decay. It is also imperative to keep the nails of the Dobermans trimmed. This breed should only be bathed or dry shampooed when it is completely necessary.
The Doberman is a very intellectual breed, but they do require extensive training. They have a dominant persona and must be taught early on that you are the dominant figure. Seeing that these dogs are big and strong, it is crucial that their owners are able to handle them. They are self-assured dogs but not hostile except they are trained to be so. On the other hand, if they feel that you fear them or that you can not show supremacy over them, they are rather happy to be the leading figure one in your home. If you have other pets, it’s possible that your Doberman will be the dominant animal in your house.
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Doberman Pinschers are usually fit and strong dogs, but they are prone to dilated cardiomyopathy, Wobblers syndrome, cervical vertebral instability and von Willebrands disease. Von Willebrand’s disease is an inherited condition that causes inner blood loss for which there is hereditary testing available. This breed is also preceded to bloating and hip dysplasia.