Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher

Breed Description +

As intelligent, obedient, energetic, and watchful dogs, Doberman Pinschers are often used as service dogs, particularly in law enforcement. However, their strength and endurance means that nonworking dogs need physical and mental stimulation from their families. Fortunately they are eager to learn especially with reward-based training, and enjoy many activities including agility, tracking, flyball, freestyle Frisbee, and obedience as sport which also helps them bond with their families.
  • AKC Name:

    Doberman Pinscher

  • Common Name(s):

    Dobermann, Dobie

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  • Observed Weight:

    60-117 lbs

  • Show Weight:

    70-99 lbs


Identifying Features:

Average Height: 24 - 28 in


The Doberman Pinscher was developed in nineteenth-century Germany by Frederick Louis Doberman, who was a tax collector as well as being the local dog catcher and he wanted a strong breed that would help him with his work. He had easy access to numerous breeds of dogs - many of which do not exist today - and the breed he developed became known as the Doberman Pinscher. The breed combines the color, shape and strength of the Rottweiler and Great Dane, the agility and determination of the German Pinscher, the speed of the Greyhound, the tenacity of various Terriers and the sleek coat and figure of the Manchester Terrier. It is said that Schnauzers, German Shepherds, German Shorthaired Pointers and Weimaraners were also added to the mix. The breed came to the United States in the early twentieth century, and The Doberman Pincher Club of America was founded in the early 1900's. While the Doberman has the tendency to have a reputation as a guard dog, the breed is also widely used for guide work and therapy. The first Doberman Pinschers were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908.

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