Doberman Pinscher

Working Group

Doberman Pinscher with cropped ears lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 24-16 in, Males 26-28 in

Weight

Females 60-90 lbs, Males 75-100 lbs

Life Expectancy

10-12 yrs

History

The Doberman Pinscher was developed in the town of Apolda, Germany in the 19th century by a tax collector and dog breeder named Louis Dobermann. Dobermann aimed to develop a dog that he could bring with him on his tax collecting rounds to protect him from robbers. The resulting breed, the Doberman Pinscher, became well known as an excellent working dog. Since its origin as a protector, they have found work as police and military dogs, therapy and service dogs, and search and rescue dogs.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Doberman Pinschers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★☆☆

★☆☆☆☆

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆☆

★★★★★

★☆☆☆

★☆☆☆

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level

★☆☆


Sensitivity

★★★★★


Noise Level

★☆☆☆


Prey Drive

★☆☆☆


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Although they have a reputation as being ferocious, they are actually very loving, friendly, and affectionate

People-oriented dogs that don't like to be left home alone for long

Very protective and make great guard dogs, but won't go looking for trouble

Will try to assume alpha role in the household if not taught otherwise

Highly intelligent and high energy- need plenty of mental stimulation and exercise