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A square, medium-sized dog, the Doberman Pinscher is muscular and possesses great endurance and speed. He is elegant in appearance and reflects great nobility and temperament. The trained Doberman has proved itself to be a friend and guardian, and his intelligence and ability to absorb and retain training have brought him into demand as a police dog, service dog, therapy dog, and war dog. The Doberman's short, hard coat can be black, red, blue and fawn.

  • Personality: Alert, fearless, loyal, and highly trainable

  • Energy Level: Very Active; Dobes are energetic dogs who need regular exercise to keep their magnificent physique

  • Good with Children: Yes

  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision

  • Shedding: Seasonal

  • Grooming: Occasional

  • Trainability: Eager To Please

  • Height: 26-28 inches (male), 24-26 inches (female)

  • Weight: 75-100 pounds (male), 60-90 pounds (female)

  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years

  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

**Please note this is the breed standard, a lot of the rescues we get do not meet the standard due to poor breeding, it does not make them less of a dog.


The Doberman Pinscher originated in Germany, around 1890, taking its name from Louis Dobermann of Apolda, a tax collector, who desired a medium size dog to perform as a guard dog as well as companion. The breed was first recognized by the AKC in 1908.


The Doberman Pinscher is ready to give prompt alarm (and back up that warning) but is also affectionate, obedient and loyal. The breed requires regular daily exercise. Some early specimens were quite sharp and aggressive unfortunately putting them on today's list of "banned dog breeds", but today's Doberman temperament has undergone a gradual but steady decrease in overall sharpness, making them fantastic therapy & service dogs. Not all Dobermans have the same temperament. A Doberman Pinscher of correct breed temperament is trustworthy with his master's children, friends and company. Doberman Pinschers are not well suited to being kennel dogs, isolated outdoor dogs, or left alone for long periods of time, they love their time with their owner(s) and are eager to please.

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