Know your Breed: Doberman

Over the years Doberman Pinschers (that’s their full breed name) have quietly shaken off their cliché police/guard dog past and have become quite the common family pet. Bred for the first time in the 1890s in Germany, these dogs are very athletic and are characterised by their medium-to-large build, muscular and square body, and short coat. They are also well-known for their docked tail and cropped ears, which don’t come naturally, but are modifications made by the owner.


The size of a male can range from 66cm – 71cm, with females ranging from 61cm – 66cm. Weight-wise both sexes range from 30kg – 40kg.

A “Warlock” Doberman is the name given to a Doberman that is larger than the average sizes mentioned above.


Dobermans are very sociable animals and love human interaction, which makes them perfect family pets. Contrary to popular belief, Dobermans aren’t aggressive or defiant, and actually appreciate strong leadership from their owner.

They are also very loyal, dedicated, obedient and can be easily trained, which is why they make such great guard dogs.

At home

Dobermans require a lot of exercise and therefore do best in homes with a decent yard. If you live in an apartment, your Doberman will need a long run/jog at least once a day. Dobermans are average shedders and their short coat doesn’t need much grooming.

They are also very sensitive to the cold and therefore make better indoor pets.


Dobermans, like most large dogs, are prone to compression of the spinal cord, which can lead to them developing Wobbler Syndrome – a disease defined by a wobbly walk. They can also develop skin issues, bloating, hip dysplasia and obesity in middle age.

In terms of life expectancy, your Doberman will be a part of your family for up to 13 years.

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