The Doberman is an athletic German dog whose temperament can usually be described as strong willed, proud, driven, stubborn and determined. These dogs are considered to be one of the most intelligent canines, ranking alongside the Border Collie, German Shepherd and Poodle. With it’s high intellect and compact body, these dogs were originally bred to be guard dogs and rank highly in stranger-directed aggression when compared to most other breeds. It should be mentioned that because of their original purpose for personal protection, Dobermans rarely display owner-directed aggression and are fiercely devoted to their human.
These medium-large dogs place most of their weight on their toes with their head held high giving them a regal appearance. The usual coloring for Doberman Pinschers is black with tan, red or rust markings. A diluted color variation is also seen in the Doberman Pinscher. Males are typically taller and larger while females tend to be leaner.
The Doberman Pinscher have an approximate life expectancy of 10-12 years and are prone to developing Von Hillebrands Disease, bloat, hip dysplasia, dilated cardiomyopathy, hypothyroidism and congestive heart failure.
Dobes are very cold sensitive and should not be kept as outdoor dogs. They require plenty of exercise and will benefit from a long daily jog.