Life span: 10 – 13 years
Temperament: Fearless, Energetic, Alert, Loyal, Obedient, Confident, Intelligent
Colors: White, Black, Fawn, Fawn & Rust, Tan, Blue, Black & Rust, Red & Rust, Blue & Rust
Height: Male: 66–72 cm, Female: 61–68 cm
Weight: Male: 40–45 kg, Female: 32–35 kg
- Life expectancy: 10 to 13 years
- Character: obedient, fearless, intelligent
- W through height: 66 to 68 cm
- Weight: 34 to 41 Kg
- Colors: black, reddish brown, roe deer color
Nature and character
The Doberman has a friendly and respectable character and is also open to children. He prefers to have his master or his family constantly around him; only when left alone or imprisoned can he develop the aggressive character he is so often accused of. Although the Doberman often shows an almost authoritarian behavior at a young age, he is loyal to his master in the right leadership and able to subordinate himself to any new situation.
The Doberman is always open-minded and curious. He loves the outdoors for every new discovery and often comes back only when he feels left behind by his master. As a guard and guard dog, the Doberman shows an unflinching attitude and will to defend his property or territory at any cost. He has a medium threshold and demonstrates his claims to possess the smallest noise with bared teeth and brushed fur. The Doberman is characterized not only by his courage and his fearlessness, but also proves himself in everyday life as a tireless workhorse with a high level of commitment.
Activities with the Doberman
Despite its attaching character, the Doberman is not a family dog in the true sense of the term, as it requires a great deal of attention, movement, and above all expertise about the character of this breed. For dog connoisseurs who know how to guide him in an appropriate way, he proves to be a faithful companion in all situations. Because of his docility and reliability, he is often trained as a companion dog, who never loses interest in his task, even with the same processes. Special dedication shows the Doberman here as an intrepid guard and Schutzhund, who defended the entrusted him persons or possessions in an impressive manner.
Origin & History
The Doberman owes its name to the first known breeder of the breed, Friedrich Louis Dobermann. The tax collector and handler lived from 1834 to 1894 in Apolda in Thuringia and also worked as a municipal dog catcher. The Doberman originated from the breeding of particularly sharp dogs, among which above all the so-called butcher dogs were significant. The Doberman was bred to a utility and farm dog, which was mainly used as a hat, police and hunting dog. He has been officially recognized as a police dog in Germany since the beginning of the twentieth century and was known early as a gendarme dog due to his special suitability for the police service.
Racial characteristics Doberman
The ideal size of a full-grown animal is 68-72 cm in males and 63-68 cm in females with a weight of 40-45 kg in males and 32-53 kg in bitches.
The Doberman is medium in size and strong and muscular despite his elegant body line. The physique appears almost square, especially in males. The Doberman has a proud attitude and a resolute expression, which is why he is often cited as the ideal ima
ge of the dog. He is bred in black and brown. In both cases, the Doberman shows a characteristic rust-red fire, which is sharply demarcated and occurs on the mouth, cheek, throat, chest and above the eyes. Other drawings can be seen on paws and middle feet, thighs and on the ischial tuberosity and the anus.
The head is just as strong and muscular in the Doberman as the rest of the physique. It corresponds to a blunt wedge seen from above, without being bulky. The Doberman has a powerful catch with smooth lips. The medium-sized oval eyes generally have a dark color, but may be slightly lighter in brown animals. The ears are medium sized and set high. In the past, the Doberman's ears were often cropped, that is cut to a length that is in harmonic relation to the head. In the meantime, cropping is banned in Germany and in many European countries; however, many animals still have the characteristic upright ear shape.
The Doberman shows in the body an ascending bent lines in an upright posture. The back line is determined especially in males by clearly prominent withers. The Doberman has a short, firm and well-muscled back, as well as an equally powerful loin. The croup falls off barely perceptible to the tail approach; the tail itself is set high and in many animals as well as the ears short cropped. The lower profile line is clearly raised from the breastbone to the pelvis. The Doberman has strong, parallel hind legs; the forelegs are almost vertical.