Doberman Pinscher

Breed History

Doberman Pinscher training

Doberman Pinscher is a tall, muscular, athletic and intimidating presence. Fierce guard dog that can make anyone afraid to come into your yard.

Thin legs on a thick upper body it is hard to miss the Dobie. Ears cropped and tail docked is the regular appearance with similar face and eye brow markings as a Rottweiler.

Fairly new breed in comparison with some of the others that come Before Christ all the way until the early 18th century. This breed will always have an attachment to the person they got their name from. This man ran the local dog pound and had access to many different breeds of dog.

Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann was a tax collector from Apolda. That’s a town in Germany and he was need of a dog that can be a physical presence. People were not friendly with the tax collector. He was in need of a dog that can serve as protection.

Became a breed in the 1800’s, or 19th century, and around this time they came to America as well. German Pinscher, Manchester Terrier, Beauceron, Weimaraner, and possibly a Rottweiler are all the dogs that are in association with this breed.

American Kennel Club in 1908 saw the popularity explode and the Doberman Pinscher was one of the most popular dogs during that time.


In the 2010’s the Doberman Pinscher is still showing popularity always ranking in the top 15. Every major Kennel Club around the world recognizes this dog and they have a worldwide presence.

Their popularity comes from people loving the breed. Most notably they love the intelligence, agility, and companionship this dog offers to their owners.

Nothing is more impressive than walking down the street with a tall and muscular dog nobody would dare to step in front of.

Here are the Kennel Clubs that recognize the Doberman Pinscher.


Male Weight: 88-99 pounds

Female Weight: 70-80 pounds

Male Height: 26-28 inches

Female Height: 24-26 inches

Litter Size

Dobermans are known to have somewhere between 6 to 10 puppies.


  • Black
  • Red
  • Blue
  • Fawn
  • Markings
  • Rust – eyes, muzzle, throat, legs
  • White – on the chest


You can expect to pay at least $1,500 to $3,000 for a full blood Doberman Pinscher. There are not many places you will find this breed selling for than that in the United States.

Without papers you can pay anywhere from $400 to $600. Be careful buying dogs without papers. There is no quality guarantee and the dog may have mix breeds along many generations from one of the parents.


Short coat with very smooth hair. This coat is a dog owners dream. You will not need professional help at all and there are few areas you need to address with your dog.

Brushing the dog is still a requirement for any breed. Brush the dog at least once every two weeks. As we said before in this section grooming this dog and easy and low maintenance at the most.

No need to comb the coat because it is a single coat that is short in nature.

Bathe the dog as you see fit as the owner. Some people prefer to do it on a schedule like every two weeks. Others will wait until the dog looks dirty to preserve the coat. The choice is yours.

Trim the nails or walk the dog and they will trim naturally. Either way the choice is yours. Train your own dogs training methods will have the dog exercising daily and twice for the best students trimming the nails.

Clean the ears at least once a week. Dogs will get ear infections and need to go to the vet. Those visits cost and can are preventable.

Plaque can build on the teeth. Keep a routine for cleaning the teeth. You may want to clean the teeth when you see a build up others play prevention. We prefer prevention but the choice is yours.

Life Span

Doberman Pinschers will live anywhere from 10-13 years on average. Current and future owners should be prepared to spend a decade or more with their new family addition.

Having a dog from puppy, adulthood, senior, and until death will form unique and special moments. Taking the time to exercise and train the dog properly will enhance every moment of the journey.

Health Issues

Cardiomyopathy – disease of the heart that shows a heart muscle that is enlarged and not functioning the way it should be functioning. Large hearts are an inheritance of the Doberman and affect most big breeds.

Hip Dysplasia – improper placement of the thigh bone with the hip sockets. Giant and large breeds have this condition more than little dogs that suffer more from knee slippage. When it is an improper fit you must take the dog to the vet to get an x-ray.

Hypothyroidism – thyroid dysfunction occurs when the dog isn’t getting enough of the thyroid hormones and that causes the dog to gain a lot weight. Medication will be given to help the condition so take your dog to the vet if they have symptoms.

Von Willebrand’s Disease – blood clotting disorders that makes it difficult for the dog’s blood to clot. When the dog receives a cut, they will bleed way more than normal causing large loses of blood for small cuts.

Wobbler syndrome – another disease that are primary to large and giant breeds. Spinal cord and nerve pressure causing neck or neurological issues is a main concern with owners of large breeds. You will see the dog walking different and showing discomfort physically.

Retinal Atrophy – as dogs get older in age, they will experience a decrease in the ability to use their eyes. Progressive diseases like this will happen gradually over time. Senior dogs at the age of 7-8 years old are prone to developing this condition.

Albinism – just like human’s dogs can lose their pigmentation in the fur, skin, eyes, and other areas.

Breed Group

The working group are a group of dogs that function as more than just pets. Different areas of the world use these dogs historically for herding, livestock, guard dogs, service, therapy, rescue, sledding, police dogs and many other jobs.

Dogs having a job or activity that assist humans have led to many advances that humans couldn’t accomplish alone. There is no limit to the amount of jobs these dogs have worked over the years.

High energy levels and trainability is a normal characteristic of these breeds. Size can differ but you can expect a medium to large dog in the working group.

Here are the dogs that make up the Working Group

As you can see there are many different dogs that did different jobs. Some overlap and others have nothing in common. Only thing they have in common is that they all are working dogs.

Exercise Needs

Most important section of this entire article is going to be the exercise needs of the Dobie. Doberman Pinschers have a reputation of being somebody that they’re not. Dogs aren’t born aggressive they become aggressive.

That’s why the main part of any training program must show focus on the exercise portion. Exercising a dog does wonders for any training program and there isn’t much argument considering the results.

When the dog exercise needs are high then you will experience problems from inexperienced dog owners. Meeting those needs comes before commands and learning how to discipline the dog.

The reasons we choose to put exercise first is because there is no documentary you will find with a four-legged animal and they’re not walking and running the entire time.

We want to give them that daily outlet and make sure we are taking care of something they would be taking care of if we weren’t taking it away with backyards and house crates.

Here is what we recommend for a Dobie’s exercise program

Morning: Hour (run, walk, or treadmill)

Evening: Hour (run, walk, or treadmill)

You may need more exercise per day depending on the age and activity level. The way to determine if you need to increase the exercise is the behavior of the dogs. There is no other indication you need.

When the dogs misbehave you increase and when they’re showing great behavior you need to maintain or possibly decrease. The good thing about reaching this point is that you now understand how much it takes.

Those needs will change as the dog ages, but young dogs need the most, adult dogs’ moderate levels, and senior dogs show a strong decrease in exercise needs.


If you don’t exercise the dog, you are going to have an impossible mountain to climb. That is not to say they won’t sit or stay because they will, but they will be also be out of control.

Behavior is in association with exercise in most cases. It is rare that an hour run does nothing for a dog. So, we want to start this section giving a great compliment to the focus you should have.

Next, are the commands which are easy to teach. Using enough repetition with any training method will work. Train Your Own Dogs doesn’t use treats or toys to get dogs to sit. We use a different approach.

Something that is called life rewards because we have gotten the best response. I was fortunate enough to have a dog that didn’t like treats or toys.

She did need to eat, use the bathroom, come out of the cage, go in the backyard, into the dog park, and many other life situations where I could request for her to sit down. That got me the most results and I continue to teach them.

Lastly, discipline should be used only when it is needed. Many people don’t understand the use and humane style of corrections that you should use.

There is a right and wrong way to discipline a dog. Start by using verbal and when that doesn’t work then you can progress into higher levels of corrections. Use the lowest level possible to achieve the correction.

Dogs need to sit or lay after each correction giving their full attention to the dog’s owner.

Are Doberman Pinschers a Good Pet?

Great pets and there’s nothing that suggests they have been bad. The owner can determine how good or bad the pet will be in almost every case.

Choosing the proper principles to follow like exercise, repetition of commands, life rewards, and a natural discipline that dogs understand will always deliver a great dog.

Nobody can put bad characteristics on dogs they developed bad issues overtime in an unnatural environment. Putting them in their natural environment two times per day and then into the house or backyard will be the best decision to make.

Once we take care of our dogs and spend our time on the activities, we will notice that the dog is great and we have an issue when it comes to exercising and training the dog.