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Doberman Pinscher Facts 
General Doberman Pinscher Facts & Stats 


The nickname for this dog is Dobe.

Life span is 10-13 years.

Average sized litter is 8 puppies, however this can commonly range anywhere from 3 to 10.

This is a medium sized dog that has very short hair and is very muscular.

They originated in Germany in the 1900’s, bred to be guard dogs.

There size will be from 24 to 28 inches (floor to shoulder).

Females will be thinner and sleeker than males.

Adult weight is 75 to 100 pounds for males (35-45 kg) and 60 to 90 pounds for females (30-40 kg). 

Accepted into the AKC in 1908, they are in the Working Group.

They are incredibly fast and have excellent stamina. How fast can a Doberman Pinscher run? They can run as fast as 20 mph or more.

facts about Doberman PinschersAn interesting fact about Doberman Pinschers is that they were used to portray zombie dogs in the well known Resident Evil movie.

This is the 14th most registered breed in the U.S.

Interesting Origin

Louis Dobermann of Apolda in Thuringia, Germany is the man from whom this breed took its name. He was a tax collector in the 1880's with a penchant for fierce dogs.  He wanted the ideal animal to accompany him on his rounds to collect money.  Mr. Dobermann was also the keeper of the local dog pound, and he had access to countless strays...Intent on breeding for courage, alertness and stamina, he introduced the Rottweiler to the German Pinscher and (it is widely believed) also the Manchester Terrier.

Color and Appearance

Purebreds will only be of the colors: Black, blue, red and fawn.   Blue is a diluted, faded black that has a bluish tint seen especially in bright sunlight.

They have rust colored marking that are very noticeable above each eye and on the muzzle, chest and throat.  There may also be rust hue on the legs, paws and below the dog’s tail.

Some have a small white patch of fur on the chest, although in the show world any white markings are considered to be undesirable. In many countries, all white Dobermans are not allowed to be registered. Ironically, the first Doberman Pinscher to be registered with the AKC -this happened in 1976- was an albino named Shebah. When she was bred, all of her puppies were pure white and many believe that all albino Dobermans today are descedants of that litter.

The coat is very short and smooth…And lies very close to the body.

They can have a “mean” look to them , making them excellent watchdogs just based on appearance. They used to be one of the most feared dogs (until focus was put on the Pit Bull and the Rottweiler).

Tails are naturally very long, however they are often docked in countries in which the procedure is legal, including the US. This is normally done when a pup is a 2 to 5 day old newborn.

Ears are naturally medium sized and hang down along the face; however they are traditionally cropped in countries in which cropping is legal…This is most often done when the pup is 8 weeks old.  Even where allowed, many owners choose to not have this done, as it does cause pain.


Due to certain inbred traits, this breed requires a strong, firm owner who will train and show the dog that it is the human who is in charge.  This should begin when the Doberman Pinscher is a puppy and continue on indefinitely.

Dispute some misleading information, this is an indoor dogs…They thoroughly enjoy the companionship of humans and are generally happy to be left outside.  It is a Doberman Pinscher fact that if the dog is continuously tied outside simply to protect the home, they can become overly aggressive and develop behavior problems.

They require a lot to attention and training….therefore this may not be the best choice for someone with a very active lifestyle that keeps them away from home quite a bit.

Behavior and Temperament

There are studies that show that the American lines are less aggressive than European lines.

This breed has an instinct to be on the go…to be active.  He or she should be walked at least 1 time per day to release any pent up extra energy.

They are usually not suitable for families that have small children.

The Doberman Pinscher is very smart and perceptive…They enjoy a mental challenge… For this reason, owners will find that their dog enjoys playing “Find” and other games that forces them to think and resolve questions.

One interesting Doberman Pinscher fact is that most do not like the rain at all and will try to avoid it at all costs. This can be tricky when it is bathroom time….some owners find that choosing an area that already has a natural umbrella such as under a large tree works best so that if it does pour, the dog will be covered.

They may not look like it, but this dog loves to be close and snuggle with its owner.  Many people find that as soon as they sit down on the sofa, their Doberman is right there, resting his or her head on their lap.

Many times, The Dobe will become very attached to just 1 person and is often called a one man dog.

They have an immediate reaction to any perceived danger…For this reason it is important to train them to know what you consider a danger and what you do not.


This is a medium shedder, despite the short fur.

Due to shedding, it is recommended to brush your Doberman  at least 2 times per week… One should remember that the more one brushes, the less fur will be fall on the floor, on your couch, etc.

Many owners find that rubbing the dog down with a piece of terry cloth works very well to remove extra hairs.


The issues this breed is most prone to is Cardiomyopathy, Cervical vertebra instability,  Intervertebral disk disease, prostatic disease and von Willebrand's disease.

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