Dobermans are energetic, highly intelligent and loyal dogs. They are sensitive to human moods and respond well to love and praise. But they do not like aggressive or loud discipline.
Appearance of the Doberman Pinscher
The coat is close, smooth and stiff. It is also hard and thick. Coat color is black, red or brown. On the black coats, often rust color patches appear above each eye and on the muzzle, throat, chest and all four legs. The brown -- or Chocolate Doberman -- is usually one solid color.
Dobermans stand 24 to 28 inches tall and weigh a very muscular and hard 70 to 90 pounds.
Grooming and Exercise Needs
Dobermans shed very little and need only bushing and bath. They do however need plenty of exercise, preferably in a secure space where they can run off-leash in rapid bursts of speed. Walking is usually not enough for this highly energetic animal.
Short-coated dogs are relatively easy to care for. In most circumstances, these dogs can get away with a quick brushing once a week. The only time you really need to brush them more often is when they’re shedding. If your dog sheds year-round, well I’m sorry, you’re probably going to have to brush him more frequently, unless you really don’t mind dog hair everywhere.
Here’s how to brush your short-haired dog:
1. Give your dog a good rubdown using a hound glove.
2. Using either a curry brush or Zoom Groom, brush your dog’s coat with the grain of the hair (the way it grows).
You generally don’t backbrush short-haired breeds because there isn’t enough hair.
3. Go over your dog’s coat with a flea comb to look for fleas.
4. Use a hound glove to finish the brushing.
The Doberman Pinscher was developed in the 19th century by German dogcatcher Louis Dobermann. He developed this breed using such dogs as the Rottweiler, Greyhound, Manchester terrier and other breeds, to guard his house.
The Doberman is a member of the working group. The male stands 26 to 28 inches at the withers and weighs approximately 75 to 90 pounds. The females are slightly smaller standing 24 to 26 inches at the withers and weighs about 55 to 70 pounds. Their appearance should be a medium sized squared bodied dog that is compact muscular and powerful in appearance. The Doberman comes in four recognized colour - Black and Rust; Red and Rust; Blue and Rust; Fawn (Isabella) and Rust. Dobermans require very little grooming due to their short hair.
The traditional look of the Doberman is one with docked tails and cropped ears. Now many countries are making it illegal to do this believing it to be inhumane. The Dobermans tail is actually quite long and thin. Tails like this often become "broken" and are very difficult to heal. The other reason for docking is not to allow someone to grab them by the tail. The ears were originally cropped for their health, cleanliness and looks.
Over the years the Dobermans' temperament has mellowed. In the early years their temperament was very sharp and on the verge of being vicious. Although portrayed as a vicious dog the Doberman rarely attacks people. A Doberman with a good temperament who has been properly trained and socialized and raised with children makes a wonderful family pet. They are not for everyone. They have an instinct to be dominant so they really need to be trained. They are quite intelligent and can get into a lot of mischief if they are left alone. They are often referred to as the Velcro dog as they will always be beside the ones they love.
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