The Noble Doberman Pinscher
Known as one of the best guard dog breeds, the Doberman originated in Germany in the late 19th century. And although there is no exact ancestry, they are believed to have been bred from the Rottweiler, Black and Tan Terrier, and the German Pinscher. Dobermans are intelligent and energetic, making them excellent for police dog work, sports, and guard dog/companions.
The American Kennel Club describes the Doberman in the following way.
“Sleek and powerful, possessing both a magnificent physique and keen intelligence, the Doberman Pinscher is one of dogkind’s noblemen. This incomparably fearless and vigilant breed stands proudly among the world’s finest protection dogs.”
With an elegant and aristocratic look, the Doberman is a more popular and recognizable breed. Pups ears are clipped, and tails are usually docked, although they do not need to be. Their coats are sleek and smooth, lying close to the skin. And they can be black, red, blue or fawn, although black is the more common.
Average Height: 24 – 28 inches
Weight: 60 – 80 lbs.
Life Span: 10 years
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The Doberman Pinscher is courageous, intelligent, and highly trainable. Additionally, it is energetic, watchful, alert, and determined. When properly socialized and trained, they are a loyal companion that are also very loving. When they live closely with their family, they will form an unbreakable bond and be pretty protective. However, this is where they can get a bad reputation. You see, the Doberman that is not well cared for can become aggressive. That is why owning such a large and muscular dog is a great responsibility.
Therefore, if you want a loyal big dog to guard the home and family and provide love and companionship, a Doberman may be the perfect fit. Just be sure you can devote the time to training and socialization. Additionally, you may want to provide the dog with a country home or a yard with plenty of room to run around.
Bloat is a life-threatening condition for deep-chested dogs. If they eat too quickly, drink too much water, or run around too much after eating, they can develop this condition. Be careful not to feed the dog too much at one time and, in all cases, moderation during feeding time.
The typical amount is 2.5 to 3.5 cups of high-quality dry dog food per day. The meals should be divided into two to avoid bloat.
And remember that treats are great for training, but there can be a point where too many treats are unsuitable for any dog breed. Clean, fresh water should always be available, as the Dobermans can get dehydrated.
Because of their short, sleek coat, the Doberman requires very little grooming. However, despite the short coat, they are shedders. So, a good weekly comb with a grooming mitt is recommended. Bathing is not necessary very often unless they go out and get dirty or roll in something.
Like most dogs, they need teeth brushing and nail clipping.
Dobermans need a lot of exercise daily. That said, a securely fenced yard is imperative for raising a Doberman and successfully integrating them into your family and community. So, an apartment home with a person who works outside the house all day may not be the optimal pet parent for this breed.
Dobermans are generally healthy but can be prone to several health conditions. Choosing a verified breeder will help eliminate some of these issues. But each Doberman can be susceptible to some or all of the following conditions.
- Color Mutant Alopecia
- Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus
- Hip Dysplasia
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- Von Willebrand’s Disease
- Wobbler’s Syndrome
Furthermore, the best care you can give your Doberman is to have an excellent veterinarian to rely on. That is what Animal Care Centers is all about, providing the best care for pets and their owners.
Animal Care Center Treats All Dog Breeds
From the moment you enter the Animal Care Center, you’ll be among the friendly staff, owners, and pets who prefer Dr. Williams. The total preventative care of your pet is our pleasure. So, you need not worry one bit. What’s more, the team will welcome your pet with open arms putting your loved ones at ease.
We are confident that the best care for your furry family member is at the Animal Care Center. Our team provides complete care for your pet’s health needs, including dental care, internal medicine, and emergency care.
Caring for the total pet is our specialty. From eyes and ears to testing and surgery, the people of Smyrna, Georgia, and the Greater Atlanta Area can count on the fantastic staff at Animal Care Center and our own Dr. Williams.