Breed of the Month: Doberman Pinscher

A German tax collector named Louis Dobermann is credited with developing the Doberman pinscher breed in the late 1800s. He wanted a fierce guard dog to accompany him on his rounds. Although initially bred and still used worldwide as guard dogs, Doberman Pinschers also have been police and military dogs, rescue dogs and therapy dogs. Despite the fact that the Doberman has a reputation as a sharp and even sinister dog, devoted fans consider Dobermans the most loving and loyal of companions.


  • Male: 65-90 lbs
  • Female: 65-90 lbs


  • Male: 26-28 in
  • Female: 24-26 in


  • Naturally floppy ears
  • Long head and muscular, sleek body
  • Short, smooth coat
  • Coat colours include: Black & Rust, Red & Rust, Blue & Rust, Fawn & Rust


  • Exercise requirements: Needs at least 1 daily long walk or jog – over 40 mins a day
  • Lifespan: 10-13 years
  • Energy Level: High
  • Drool Level: Low
  • Bark Level: Low
  • Grooming needs: Low
  • Intelligence: High
  • Child Friendly: Moderate/Low depending on socialization
  • Cat/Dog Friendly: Moderate/Low depending on socialization

Common Health Problems:

  • Skin conditions/Allergies
  • Bloat
  • Heart conditions