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This is a moderately large, powerful, yet elegant dog. The coat is smooth, short and the body carriage should be proud and can be likened to a thoroughbred horse. They’re full of energy and smarts which makes them great guardians and amazing candidates for police and military jobs.

10-13 years
The adult weighs around 32-45kg
Adult males measure around 69cm and adult females 65cm
Brown, black, blue or fawn (also known as Isabella) with rust markings
Kennel Club group
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
  • Large dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks, alerts and may be physically protective/suspicious of visitors
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can happily live in the city
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Dobermann may suffer with:
- Hip dysplasia 
- Dilated cardiomyopathy which is a condition where the heart muscle becomes progressively weak and cannot beat properly.
- Von Willebrand's disease¹ which is where a dog produces insufficient or faulty clotting factors which can result in uncontrolled bleeding. 
 - Persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous which is a problem where the eye does not develop properly before birth. 
- Wobblers syndrome which is a problem in the spine that causes a wobbly abnormal gait.
- Gastric dilatation volvulus. 
- Hypothyroidism¹ where the thyroid gland is underactive and does not product enough thyroid hormone. This can result in low energy levels, weight gain and skin problems.
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
- Hip dysplasia screening scheme 
- Eye screening scheme
- DNA test for Von Willebrand's Disease type 1 which tests whether or not a dog has the potential to be affected by this condition.

¹ C. A. Calvert, 'Thyroid‐stimulating hormone stimulation tests in cardiomyopathic Doberman pinschers: A retrospective study', 1998, Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine


The Dobermann is a dog who needs mental and physical activity. Socialised early with other dogs, pets and children, the Dobermann can make a good family pet. Being loyal and affectionate these dogs will certainly protect the home.

They often tend to be a 'one man dog' and will usually ‘belong’ more to one person in the family rather than the whole family. Dobermanns are often suspicious of strangers - human and canine. By merit of their size, strength and activity levels - as well as their guarding tendencies - they are not for the inexperienced or for those who can’t put in the time to exercise and train these demanding dogs.

Did You Know?

During the first World War the breed almost died out as people in Europe couldn’t afford to keep such large dogs but the Dobermann found work in the military and police which ensured their future. When they first hit the show rings legend says that judges were too scared of them to open their mouths to look at their teeth and so one dog became a Champion despite missing several teeth!

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