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Doberman: What You Need To Know

Doberman: What You Need To Know
Doberman

The Doberman is a fairly new dog breed, that we know for his powerful and proud appearance. While appearing a bit intimidating, Dobermans are very devoted to their owners. They are very intelligent, loyal and energetic. We know this dog breed as very reliable guardian dogs, but also as an important part of the police and military. However, some Dobermans also make amazing therapy dogs.

The first Doberman was bred in Germany in the 1890s. The creator of this breed was Karl Dobermann, which also explains where they got their name from. Karl was a tax collector, and he wanted to create a dog breed to help him with his then risky job. Karl started crossbreeding different dog breeds in order to make the perfect guardian dog. Even though it’s unknown which breeds and in which ratio were used to create the Doberman, they probably included the Beauceron, the Rottweiler, the Weimaraner, and the German Pinscher.

Appearance

While being quite large, the Doberman is still very compact and athletic. They have short coats in one of the following colors: Black, red, blue or fawn.

Dobermans have naturally long tails and medium-sized pedant ears. They usually stand on their toes. That gives them an elegant appearance.

Male Dobermans weigh around 88-99lbs (40 to 45 kg) and are 27-28 inches tall (68 to 72 cm). While a female Doberman weighs between 71-77lbs (32 to 35 kg) and is usually between 25-27 inches tall (63 to 68 cm).

Personality

Many people think that Dobermans are aggressive. However, these dogs can actually be very social and well-rounded if trained correctly. They are very stubborn, driven and natural born leaders. Dobermans can be dominant, which is why it’s so important to train them from an early age. Owners have to establish themselves as the leader of the pack, or else their dog will think he can do whatever he pleases. These dogs are highly intelligent and willing to learn, and they thrive on mental and physical challenges. They love to do and learn new things.

They are unbelievably protective and make amazing guardian dogs. However, it is possible for Dobermans to show aggressive and destructive behaviors. Especially towards other dogs and strangers. If your Dobermans feels that you are in danger — he will do whatever it takes to protect you.

Trainability

However, their possible destructive behaviors don’t have to worry you too much. Dobermans are very capable of learning. They are smart and talented, learn quickly and are easy to train.

One thing that is incredibly important for Dobermans is socializing from an early age. They need to get used to other dogs and humans. This will help them control their aggressive and destructive behaviors.

Health issues

The life expectancy of a Doberman is 10-13 years. While being generally healthy, Dobermans are prone to certain health conditions. Such as: Wobbler syndrome, Von Willebrand’s disease, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, albinism.

However, many of these conditions can be prevented with regular exercise and a balanced and healthy diet.

Exercise

Dobermans need a lot of exercise to stay healthy and happy. They also need lots of mental stimulation which will help them control their negative behaviors. Dobermans hate to be bored, and that’s why these highly intelligent dogs love a good challenge. Their require a good amount of exercise on a daily basis. Long walks through the dog park and chasing around in the fields will be a must.

Grooming

Another great thing about Dobermans is that grooming will be pretty easy! They have naturally short coats and shed very little. However, their coat does require weekly brushing with a bristle brush. Additionally, their nails grow fast, so they will have to be trimmed regularly.