32-45 kg (approx)
10+ years (approx)
The Dobermann is a medium-sized, squarely built dog with an elegant, muscular and compact body. The head is long and when viewed from the side looks like a blunt wedge. The Dobermann comes in black, brown, blue and fawn, all with tan markings. The markings appear above each eye, on the muzzle, throat, forechest, legs, feet and under the tail. The colour of the nose depends on the colour of the dog's coat. The Dobermann has almond-shaped eyes are various shades of dark brown, depending on the coat colour of the dog. The chest is broad, level back with strong hindquarters and the legs are perfectly straight. The coat is shiny, short, hard and thick and lies flat. The tail is no longer docked in Australia. Dobermann is intelligent and firm of character, he is extremely loyal and obedient.
The Dobermann originated in Germany in the 19th Century and has a somewhat uncertain ancestry. It was developed around 1860s and it is believed that the old German Shepherd dog, German Pinscher, Rottweiler, Weimaraner, the black & tan Manchester Terrier, black English Greyhound, and the Beaucerons were all used to create the Dobermann.
The creator of this mixture was a German tax collector named Karl Freidrich Louis Dobermann. Herr Dobermann had to travel frequently through bandit-infested areas and decided to develop a watchdog and bodyguard capable of handling any situation that might arise. The breed is named after its originator and was first presented at a dog show in 1876. The breed increased in popularity after it was first registered with the American Kennel Club in 1922.
Dobermann’s are bold and alert, very keen, super energetic with tremendous strength and stamina. They are determined and assertive while working, very adaptable, highly skilled, and versatile. Dobermann's are intelligent and very easy to train and are outstanding watch and guard dogs and do not need additional protection training. They are loyal, tolerant, dedicated, and affectionate with the family and like to be with their family, they are not suited to kennel or backyard life and they need human
This breed is not for everyone, the Dobermann is very energetic, has great stamina and they require mental stimulation and a lot of daily exercises in order to produce a happy, stable-minded, and easy to live with a pet. They need to be consistently and thoroughly trained and to be taken on a daily long walk or jog, they love to free run in a safe, secure area.
Dobermann's are a wash and wear dog who need little grooming, however, they are average shedders and would benefit from being brushed at least weekly.