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Doberman Pinscher, Doberman or Dobe: The Protector’s Dog and Companion

The AKC dog breed Doberman Pincher is known by several names and has quite the history. He goes by Dobe, Doberman, or the Doberman Pincher.

Doberman is known for his protection qualities and his history of being a working breed. This breed has many defining qualities that make him stand out.

His cropped ears and docked tail gives his look a pointed look. This feature is optional and not everyone chooses to have this done.

These are a special breed of dog, and they are ranked by the AKC as the 17th most desirable dogs to own. They are medium to large in size and have a personality that shines through.

They entered the AKC in 1908 and have been popular since their introduction. He is German and gives the look of dominance. He carries the name of the original breeder that introduced the breed.


During the early 1900’’s tax collectors were the repo man of today. So, this profession required protection as their hazardous working conditions could be dangerous.

Louis Dobermann was a breeder and tax collector and he craved protection and the breeder in him went to work.

The Doberman Pincher was introduced as a dog for protection. The Doberman also possesses qualities as a working dog and has earned that title with many professions.

Doberman has worked with police K9 units, therapy dogs, and service dogs. They also participate in search and rescue operations.

US Marine Corp added these dogs to the service of the military. 25 of these dogs were honored when they lost their lives during the Battle of Guam. Previously referred to as “Devil Dogs”.

They have a long history and an even longer resume to back up their hard work. These are not just working dogs though; they are pets as well.

Pet Care

Doberman need a well-balanced diet starting from a puppy. Their diet should be discussed with a vet for their overall health.

Treats are great and aid in training, but Doberman’s are prone to obesity. The treats should be for rewarding behavior and not for just anything.

Doberman’s loves human food but determining what human food is safe is important. They need clean water at all times as they require large amounts of water due to size.

Just like all breed specific dogs, they are prone to specific health problems such as:

  • Bloat
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Enlarged Heart
  • Von Willebrand Disease
  • Hypothyroidism

Responsible breeders conduct genetic testing, before the breeding process to ensure genetic deformities.

The AKC recommends standard testing for these health conditions. There grooming needs are light maintenance as they have short hair.

They are heavy shedders so a daily combing with a short bristle comb is recommended. This will reduce the shedding amount. Bathing is not needed often.

Nail clipping should be done at least once a month. Ear maintenance is needed especially if they are clipped. Adding baby oil to a paper towel is beneficial.

Exercise and Training

Exercise and training are important for this breed. They are sometimes listed as an aggressive breed so be prepared for a bit of uncomfortable stigma that goes along with them.

The Doberman is a high energy dog and requires a great deal of exercise. Having a fenced-in yard for free play is recommended. These are not good apartment dogs.

They need daily walks and playing is essential. They will benefit from hiking with their owner as this will create bonding for both. There exercise helps their physical as well as mental health.

These dogs are very trainable as this was their function and reason for the start of their breeding. They have a middle ground temperament which will aid in the owner taking the Alpha role.

They are smart and can outsmart their owner if given the chance, so determine dominance early. Socialization needs to start from a puppy with people and animals for successful integration.

They are not recommended to be outdoors and should live inside with their family. If not raised correctly they will be hard to handle as they are strong, stubborn, and intelligent.


Doberman Pinchers are known for their black and brown standard markings, but they come in other varieties. They are also crossbred for designer dogs for specified traits.

Their line has a brown and rust coloring, albino markings that is a genetic marker for health complications. A solid black Doberman is known to surface as well as a blue marking.

They were introduced in Germany, but they have 3 Doberman classifications to date. They are the American Doberman, European Doberman, and The Warlock King Doberman.

The Warlock King Doberman has been a theory as they have the traits of a Doberman but the body size of a Great Dane. It was determined to be a crossbreed, but they are gorgeous by Doberman standards.


Doberman Pinchers make amazing family dogs. They are intelligent and easy to train in the right hands. In the wrong hands they will be in a harmful environment.

That relates to any dog though. Proper training and socialization is necessary and essential. They are protective to their family and friends. They should be indoors with their owners.

Dobermans are not recommended to be outside dogs. They need fresh water constantly and a diet designed to their needs.

These dogs are energetic so daily exercise is important and this also promotes bonding with their owners. They are dogs that are not for first-time pet owners.

Responsible pet ownership is important, so education and research are needed before taking any commitment such as the raising of the Doberman Pincher.

The unaltered Doberman Pincher!

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