Doberman Pinscher

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Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher Overview

Doberman Pinschers are the intelligent aristocrats of the dog world. Sleek and noble in build, they make loyal companions and protectors. Super athletic, Doberman Pinschers are muscular, fast, and powerful. They have an elegant way of moving that has earned them a top spot in the world of dog royalty, but they are anything but stuffy. Doberman Pinschers have an alert but easy disposition that make them ideal family companions and guardians. Low maintenance, Doberman Pinschers have short and shiny coats that require minimal grooming—wash and go. Their fur can range from black, blue, red, or fawn, always with rust markings. Dobermans do, however, need a lot of exercise and activity to keep them happy. These energetic athletes enjoy long daily walks, open spaces to run around, and canine sports to keep their brain sharp and body happy. The Doberman Pinscher is best suited to a suburban or country home with room to roam and play. Doberman Pinschers are highly intelligent, learning easily and responding quickly. They are eager to please and love companionship, though they may come across as aloof—they’re just looking out for you. Doberman Pinschers are gentle, loving, and watchful. Did you know that they have a history as guard dogs? They have excelled at police and military K-9 duty, as therapy dogs and service dogs for the disabled, as searchers and rescuers, and in competitive dog sports.

Did you know?

With their muscular good looks and proud gait, Doberman Pinschers are consistent winners in the ring. A Doberman named Storm won Westminster’s Best in Show two years running, 1952 and 1953.

Doberman Pinscher Stats

  • Kid-Friendly Kid-Friendly

  • Good with other animals Good with other animals

  • Intelligent Intelligent

  • Easy to train Easy to train

  • Working dog Working dog

Popularity ranking**
24-28 in / 60-100 lbs (L)
Average lifespan
10-12 years
Activity level
When necessary
Barking level
When necessary
Coat length

Caring for your breed

Daily serving

Daily kibble serving

3-5 cups

Daily exercise

Daily exercise

2 hours


Grooming frequency

Brushed regularly

Dog Food

Feeding your Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinschers require high quality protein to compliment their active lifestyles. Rather than leaving food out all day, keep your dog in good shape by measuring their food and feeding them twice a day. While treats can be an important aid in training, portion control is key. Monitor your Doberman’s health and shape to make sure you’re providing the right amount of food and exercise. Avoid foods with artificial sweeteners, flavours, or colouring—the higher the quality of the food, the more effective it will be in nourishing your Doberman and helping maintain their health.


*Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
**The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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