Doberman Pinscher Facts
By Beth Harrison, ABCDT
The Doberman Pinscher was originally developed around 1890 by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, a German tax collector who created elaborate crosses of different dogs. His intent was to develop a breed that would be aggressive enough to protect him as he made his rounds in dangerous neighborhoods and whose appearance alone would be intimidating.
Doberman Pinschers are part of American Kennel Club’s Working Group. The AKC describes them as “elegant in appearance, of proud and alert carriage, reflecting great nobility and temperament.” The Doberman is compactly built, muscular, powerful and square proportioned. Its coat is short, smooth and hard, showing off the exceptionally clean-cut lines of this athletic breed that comes in black and tan, blue and tan, or red and tan. Weight varies between male and female. Generally, they weigh around 60 to 75 pounds and stand 24 to 28 inches tall.
Intelligent & Loyal
Doberman Pinschers are extremely intelligent and fast-learners, making them well-suited for police, military and guard work. They have been used for hunting and tracking criminals as well as search and rescue, therapy, and guide dogs for the blind.
They are steadfast and loyal companions, and true friends to the people they love. Dobermans are not attack dogs. Their method of protection is to keep intruders at bay, pinning them to a wall or corner until backup arrives. Despite their reputation for viciousness, most Pinschers are big softies at heart that love the companionship of people.
Dog Training Tips
The Doberman should be trained with consistency and strong leadership in a firm, but gentle manner. They are extremely sensitive and will shut down if treated harshly. Once leadership is established, most Dobies take well to advanced dog training. Their desire to work alongside people, ability to take direction well and menacing figure make them excellent police dogs.
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