The Dobermann is a large, well-muscled, sleek dog with a short shiny coat. The Dobermann belongs to the working group.

Dobermann breed group


Size of the Dobermann


Colour varieties of the Dobermann

The Dobermann comes in a variety of colours which include:

  • Black & Rust Red (White Anc)
  • Black With Red Rust (Tan)
  • Blue & Red Rust (White Anc)
  • Blue With Rust Red (Tan)
  • Brown & Red Rust (White Anc)
  • Brown With Rust Red (Tan)
  • Cream & White (White Ancestry)
  • Fawn & Rust Red (White Anc)
  • Fawn With Red Rust (Tan)
  • Isabella & Rust Red (White An)
  • Isabella With Rust Red (Tan)
  • White 

Country of Origin


The Dobermann through history

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.

Size and weight of the Dobermann

Height bitch around 65cms

Height dog around 69cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 27-41kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 34-45kgs

Exercise requirements of the Dobermann

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.

Dobermann temperament, socialisation with children, other dogs and other pets

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.

Is the Dobermann a good dog for a first time dog owner?

No. The Dobermann does need an experienced owner with a good understanding of the breed.

Dobermann coat length


Grooming requirements of the Dobermann

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.

Health issues in the Dobermann

The Dobermann is prone to some health problems, and prospective owners should consult their breeders about the following known issues in the breed.

  • Cervical vertebral instability
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Von Willebrand’s disease

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.

Average lifespan of the Dobermann

A healthy Dobermann should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 10-13 years.

Approximate Dobermann pedigree puppy price

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.

Estimating how much a Dobermann would need to be fed each day

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.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment