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Doberman Pinscher
Impressive, elegant and imposing, the media rarely shows the Doberman as the friendly and devoted companion his fanciers know so well.  Natural ears enhance the truly genial nature and appearance of this dog and as it is now acceptable in the showring world wide there is little reason to continue with the surgery (both for the discomfort to the dog and people) of ear cropping.  Clearly one of the gems of the canine world, the Doberman is certainly NOT the dog for everyone but a dog that might inspire many to learn more.

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General Information
Group(s): Working Height: 24-28 inches
Weight: usually from 70-90 pounds Longevity: 10-12
Colors: black, blue, red or fawn with rust markings over each eye, muzzle, throat, forechest, each leg/feet, below tail, minimal white Coat type: smooth, short, hard, flat
Recognized Registries: NCA, FCI, UKC, AKC and others
Overall Appearance: Impressive and athletic, the Doberman's smooth contours with long legs and somewhat shorter body create an image, when coupled with the dramatic coloration and smooth coat, of a powerful animal. Natural ears create a far more friendly expression and as they are allowed in all show rings, the reason for the harsh surgery of ear-cropping is inexplicable.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate to high
General Nature: intense and incredibly loyal, responsible socializing and training can make this into the best of all possible dogs, lack of or harsh handling can result in a hazard
  with Children: generally good if supervised and carefully socialized to well behaved children, if only due to size not ideal with very small children
  with other pets: can vary, attention needs to be paid to their interaction with cats and other smaller animals
  with dogs: varies
Socialization requirements: high
Ideal home characteristics: Experienced in living with intense, intelligent, powerful, confident dogs requiring guidance and socializing to be well adjusted and well mannered companions. Not an ideal candidate for the inactive, two career household.
Temperament Notes: Intense, powerful, intelligent, intuitive, but also incredibly playful, loyal, devoted and attentive/responsive.
Training requirement: high; socialization, basic manners and some on-going interest
Trainer notes: The success of the Doberman Pinscher in EVERY circle of canine sport proves its exceptional abilities as an athelete, pupil and teacher.  This ability combined with its history helps indicate that this is a breed that is happiest with a function.  Deprived of a function offered by its family, it will often find one of its own accord which could very likely include one or more undesirable behaviors (digging, excessive barking, excessive protectiveness, chewing).  As it is easier to prevent these issues than change them once instilled, the Dobe should be in a home that is attentive and inter-active from the start.  Helping and enjoying the process of the development of the dog's full potential.  Training techniques like clickertraining go far in creating a confident, educated companion that can participate as well as respond to exercises.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: late 19th century
Country of Origin: Germany
Original Function: various working capacities; the breed was developed for all around character which enhanced its performance in all disciplines
History: Initially developed by Louis Doberman, after his death England and the US continued the work to the breed we have today.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: excessive size, mismarking (with excessive white)
Health Notes: Hip dysplasia, bloat, eye problems, cardiomyopathy, thyroid issues, vWD, wobbler's syndrome, albinism
Health Testing: OFA, CERF, thyroid panel, vWd,
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Dobermans?
  • How long have you been breeding?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you plan on keeping a puppy from this litter?
  • What health issues are you aware of?
  • What health issues do you screen your breeding stock for?
  • What titles do you seek for your breeding stock?
  • What do you consider the ideal Dobe temperament?
  • What would you consider the ideal Dobe home?
  • Do you microchip your puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • Who did you get your breeding stock from?
  • Are you a member of DPCA and/or any regional Dobe clubs?
Web Sites: Doberman National Rescue

Other Resources
Breed standard: Standard of the Doberman Pinscher

Breeder Ethics: Doberman Pinscher Code of Ethics for the DPCA Doberman Rescue Code of Ethics

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