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Red Doberman: The Good And The Bad

Red Doberman: The Good And The Bad
Red Doberman

We all already know the Doberman. It’s a powerful and intimidating dog that has a sweet and calm nature. However, many people don’t even know that the Doberman comes in many different variations. One of them being the red Doberman. If you were lucky enough to ever see a red Doberman yourself, you know how absolutely stunning these dogs are. So why not dedicate a whole article just for them?

History of the Doberman

The first Doberman belonged to a German man named Friedrich Louis Dobermann. He is the founder and namesake of the later Dobermann breed. He lived in the small town of Apolda in Thuringia from 1834 to 1894. For his personal protection at work, Mr. Dobermann was looking for a fierce and sharp dog. It is unclear exactly which profession Doberman practice. But many people believe he was a tax collector, night watchman, or even police officer.

What is certain, on the other hand, is that Dobermann also worked as an urban dog catcher, which gave him the right to capture and kill stray dogs – unless an owner could be located. However, Dobermann spared particularly vigilant and sharp dogs and mated them for breeding. He crossed his favorite dog named Schnuppe, a gray crossbreed from the dog population around Apolda, with a butcher dog. Butcher dogs were a kind of forerunner of the Rottweiler, mixed with a kind of German shepherd dog that occurred in Thuringia with a black coat color with rust-red badges.

After the death of Friedrich Dobermann, Otto Göller, who also comes from Apolda, took over some dogs from his stock and crossed them with other dog breeds and hybrids. The following dog breeds probably contributed to the Doberman’s appearance known today: Rottweiler, German Shepherd, German Pinscher and Greyhounds.

Red Doberman Appearance

The reason why Dobermans are perceived as guard dogs at first glance despite their peaceful nature is mainly due to their intimidating appearance. These strong and muscular dogs look almost noble due to the elegant lines of their body, their proud posture and determined expression. Many fans of this breed believe that they embody the ideal canine.

The sleek and threatening appearance was reinforced earlier by cropping the ears. At first, cropping was not practiced on the basis of appearances, but rather to support the guarding and protection tasks. Fortunately, for animal welfare reasons, cropping of the ears was prohibited in the 80s and 90s. Even though many former Doberman fans rejected the cropping ban and some protesting breeders even gave up their breeding, the Doberman also won many new followers with the charming new floppy ears.

While talking about the red Doberman we have to note that the color of the fur of has no influence on the nature of the dog. The personality of your Doberman puppy won’t depend on his coat, but on the way you train and socialize him.

The red Doberman obviously has a red colored coat. This rusty red color gives them an especially elegant looking appearance. Their coat is short, smooth and shiny.

Males stand 26 to 28 inches tall, while females stand 24 to 26 inches tall. Males and females weigh 60 to 80 pounds, with males being slightly larger than bitches.


The Doberman is courageous, confident and highly intelligent. That makes them ideal as working dogs with the police or the military. Like we already said, the personality of your red Doberman doesn’t depend on the red color of his coat.

As intimidating as they look, all Dobermans are deep down calm and sweet beings. With their family, these dogs are extremely loyal, affectionate and child-loving. A well-behaved and socialized Doberman will never attack or bite anyone for no reason. Dobermans need an experienced and safe pack leader who clearly shows him where to go. A Doberman is the reflection of his owner. A confident and calm owner will also have a confident and obedient dog by his side.

Training & Care of the Red Doberman

Dobermans are a working breed, which means they need to have a task to be at their best. In addition to that, they also need a lot of exercise — not just two to three 30 minutes walks through the dog park. Therefore, Dobermans will be a good fit for an owner that loves to be active too.

Make sure that your Red Doberman lives a life full of various activities with a lot of exercise, training and attention. Getting a dog of that size and intelligence level isn’t for people who have a busy schedule and barely any time left in their day.
Dobermans can’t stay alone for a long period of time. When bored, Dobermans tend to get anxious and restless.

Training, such as agility, obedience or dog dancing, are also very important. In addition to that, Dobermans also need early socialization. At best, right from puppy age.

Grooming the Red Doberman

The Red Doberman is incredibly easy to groom. These are low maintenance dogs, at least when it comes to grooming. They have naturally short coats and shed very little. However, their coat does require weekly brushing with a bristle brush.

However, their nails do grow fast, so you will have to be trim them regularly. And don’t forget to clean their ears and brush their teeth in addition to that too.

Health issues

The life expectancy of a Doberman is from 10 to 13 years. While being generally healthy, Dobermans are prone to certain health conditions. Most commonly 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.

While you’re here, why not learn about other dog breeds as well: