The Dobermann is a large, well-muscled, sleek dog with a short shiny coat. The Dobermann belongs to the working group.
The Dobermann comes in a variety of colours which include:
The Dobermann was developed in the late 1860s in Germany by Louis Dobermann, a tax collector. Louis Dobermann wanted a dog to help him encourage slow payers to pay their taxes. The breed was developed from crossing various breeds including the Pinscher, German Shepherd, Weimaraner, Rottweiler, Greyhound and Manchester Terrier.
Today the Dobermann is seen working with the police, and also kept as a popular family pet.
Height bitch around 65cms
Height dog around 69cms
Weight (kilos) bitch 27-41kgs
Weight (kilos) dog 34-45kgs
The Dobermann is an athletic dog that requires at least 2 hours of good quality exercise daily. It’s a breed that needs plenty of living space, so unsuitable for living in an apartment or small house.
The Dobermann is an intelligent, loyal and confident dog. It is not an ideal dog for families with young children, due to its protective and slightly cautious temperament. This is a dog for an experienced handler who can provide the exercise and dedication to this stunning breed. Training and socialisation from an early age is vital. The Dobermann makes a fantastic guard dog around the home.
No. The Dobermann does need an experienced owner with a good understanding of the breed.
Low. The glistening short, close coat requires little grooming. An occasional buff with a chamois leather or good quality soft bristle brush will add a lovely sheen to the coat. Ears should be checked and cleaned regularly.
No. This breed sheds so is an unsuitable choice for allergy sufferers.
The Dobermann is prone to some health problems, and prospective owners should consult their breeders about the following known issues in the breed.
As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.
A healthy Dobermann should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 10-13 years.
Expect to pay around £800-£1,000 for a pedigree Dobermann puppy. Litters are frequently available. There were 1,359 puppies registered with the Kennel Club in 2015. There are generally 3-10 puppies in an average litter.
A bitch weighing 30kgs requires 365gms of complete dry food daily.
A dog weighing 40kgs requires 436gms of complete dry food daily.
The weekly cost of feeding a 30kgs bitch is around £9.00
The weekly cost of feeding a 40kgs dog is around £11.00
Our figures are based on feeding an above average quality and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the working group.
Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including: