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Doberman FAQs

What kind of personality do Doberman's have?

Dobermans are very outgoing dogs that are loyal and obey their owners usually without fail if treated properly. They are very athletic and fearless in nature which explains their rich history of being used as guard and police dogs. When trained and conditioned properly the Doberman makes an excellent family pet.

How big do Doberman Pinschers get when fully grown?

There really is no standard for weight on a Doberman, but they usually range between 75 and 100 pounds for males and 60 and 85 pounds for females.

What is the best place to get a Doberman?

The best place to find a Doberman is with a local and reputable Doberman breeder in your area. You will want to meet with the breeder and see if you are comfortable with the quality and health of their puppies and the price meets your budget. Visit our Doberman breeder directory to locate a Doberman breeder in your area. Cost will probably vary depending on your location but know that it is worth paying more to receive a registered Doberman from a good breeder that has a history of health records and has started raising the Doberman the right way.


Are there any health concerns or problems that are common with Dobermans?

In general the Doberman breed is healthy, but there are a few problems and diseases that may be of concern including dilated cardiomyopathy, cervical vertebral instability, and von Willebrand's disease. Hypothyroidism can also be a problem but is can happen in all dogs, not just Doberman Pinschers. Your breeder should be able to address these concerns and make sure that the puppies you are looking at do not have any known problems.

What colors are Dobermans?

There are four recognized colors for the Doberman Pinscher, including black and tan, brown and tan, blue and tan, and fawn and tan with black and tan being the most common.

How long do Dobermans typically live?

The average lifespan for a Doberman Pinscher is in the 10-15 year range, but can vary individually by dog depending on various health and environmental conditions.

Where did the Doberman breed originate?

It is generally agreed that the Doberman Pinscher breed was developed in Germany by a man named Friedrick Louis Dobermann in the early 1890's. 'Pinscher' was added to the name which translates to 'Terrier' in German.

Most also agree that the Doberman was created from several breeds including the Rottweiler, Thueringian Shepherd, German Pinscher, and Great Dane. After Dobermann's death other breeders carried on the development of the breed and over time it has been refined from a thicker body into the elegant and muscular physique that is known today.

How are Dobermans with children?

Dobermans actually do quite well with children and can be very protective of them when others are around. They are playful and enjoy the company of kids that like to play.

The key is to socialize your Doberman with children at a young age so they form a bond and are comfortable. You should also make sure your children are gentle and treat your Doberman with respect.

If you decide to get an older Doberman it may not be as easy to develop a comfort level with children, especially if they have not been around younger kids much or have had a traumatic experience.

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