Physical characteristics of the Dobermann


Varieties: a) black and tan; b) brown and tan
The Dobermann is a medium sized dog, strong and muscular, with elegant lines and the proud and noble port. The head is shaped elongated, blunt wedge. The Crane-face lines are parallel, the stop is light, the deep and wide muzzle. The eyes are of medium size and oval shaped. The ears, usually cut, set high and carried erect (in those whose ears are not cut, they fall back on the sides of the head with well bonded edges cheeks). Back short and strong. The members are straight and plumb. The tail is shortened to the second vertebra.
Coat: short, very adherent and smooth.
Color: black and tan or brown and tan, depending on variety. Blue is not higher because this variety was carrying genetic defects.
Size: 68-72 cm for males and 63 to 68 cm for females
Weight: 40-45 kg for males and 32-35 kg for females


Origins and history

The breed originated between 1850 and 1870 in Apolda, Thuringia, through a tax collector, Frédéric Louis Dobermann, who wanted a defense dog completely different from those before. Then, his work was continued by other breeders, who introduced other races on the identity of which there is controversy: we speak Pinscher, of Weimaraner, Rottweiler and maybe some Terriers. The contribution of the Beauceron was probably very important since we can still see clearly his mark on the physical aspect of Dobermann.

Character and abilities

This is one of the sweetest dogs and more sensitive to the world: he literally loves his master, with whom he “must” live in close contact. A lot of nonsense is said about the Dobermann: the best known is the one that claimed that these dogs “went crazy” at the age of seven years due to the narrowing of the cranial cavity (it’s one of the greatest nonsense, of scientific point of view, that we have ever heard in canine … and yet we hear!). Fortunately today, the Dobermann was rehabilitated and all you hear very rarely talk about dogs going crazy or “indomitable ferocity.” This dog is very gentle and safe for children (provided to be left alone!) he keeps a nature reserve vis-à-vis foreign which is typical for fighting dogs. A balanced subject will never aggressive without cause and will be a wonderful companion dog who lives for his master.



He is suffering from cold and moisture.
Average life expectancy: about 12 years



The Dobermann should be considered as a lap dog because he is suffering from cold and has a vital need for human companionship. Indeed, it is a defense dog and not an area warden or property, although it can of course properly perform this function.


Information and tips

Only unselected subjects from hazardous couplings can show nervous and sometimes biting. It is therefore essential to buy a puppy in a good breeding which selects the beauty as well as the character of dogs. Otherwise you may end up with a dog that will want you for dinner after a few years or so and that is highly undesirable.

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