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1/15/2013 Breed Spotlight - Doberman Pincher

Doberman Pincher

Doberman Pincher


The Doberman pincher, recognized by the American Kennel Club, (AKC) in the working group, is described 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.


The Doberman 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.

Intelligent & Loyal

Dobermans 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 pinchers are big softies at heart that love the companionship of people.

Doberman 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 training. Their desire to work alongside people, their ability to take direction well and their menacing figure is what makes them excellent police dogs.

By Beth Harrison, ABCDT

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