Although many people assume that the
smaller German Pinscher was bred down from the Doberman, in fact the
German Pinscher predates the Doberman. Louis Dobermann used that breed to
create his much larger dog. He cross
bred a number of dogs including the Rottweiler, Black and Tan Terrier, German Pinscher, and Manchester Terrier
among others to produce the dog we know today as the Doberman Pinscher.
The Dobe has become world renowned for his skill as a police and security
The Dobe stands up to 27 1/2 inches at the shoulder and has a shiny, sleek coat that may be black,
red, blue, or fawn. All of these coats have rust markings. This is an
elegant and graceful, but powerful and muscular dog with great endurance
Doberman is a superb guard dog. He is alert, watchful, bold, energetic,
determined, loyal, and fearless. However, he also makes a great family pet
and companion though he is best suited to older children. Highly
intelligent, the Doberman thrives on mental stimulation and physical
companionship. He cannot be left outside and ignored by his owners.
dog owners should be aware that this breed has a dominant
nature. Training must begin early and be firm and consistent.
Puppies must be socialized to many different people. The owner of a
Doberman must be a strong leader who will be the boss, because if you
won't be, he'll gladly take the job! Please note this does not mean that
you should be harsh when training or disciplining your Doberman. This is a
sensitive dog who will not respond well to abusive treatment. It often
produces the opposite effect to that desired as the dog can become
As a working dog, this breed is used to being
active and requires daily vigorous exercise. Happiest when he has a job to perform, the
Doberman excels in Obedience competition, Tracking and Agility. A rural environment is best,
and a fenced yard is mandatory.