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Dobermann


General Information - Dobermann


Group:
Utility

Size:
large

Lifespan:
10-12 years

Exercise:
medium

Grooming:
very low

Trainability:
very high

Watchdog ability:
very high

Protection ability:
very high

Area of Origin:
Germany

Date of Origin:
1800s

Other Names:
Dobermann Pinscher

Original Function:
guardian



History

The Dobermann is named after its creator Louis Dobermann. Dobermann was a German tax collector who also ran the local animal shelter in his area. A skilled breeder, he set out to create a medium-sized working dog that would accompany and protect him during the day on his travels. Most educated guesses suggest that crosses of the Rottweiler, the German Pinscher, the Manchester terrier and perhaps the Greyhound were used to perfect the breed by 1899. At first the breed was unpopular with most dog fanciers but did catch the eye of those interested in a medium-sized security dog. Further refinements were made and the breed was officially recognised in Germany and then shortly after in America in 1908. Americans are credited with developing the handsome and reliable Doberman we know today. The breed thrives well in both city and country if he is provided with daily exercise.

Temperament

The Dobermann is a highly energetic, intelligent dog breed. Initially suspicious of strangers, the Dobermann is a capable watchdog. Loyal, adventurous, likes a mental challenge. The Dobermann can be domineering.

Upkeep

This is an active breed that needs daily mental and physical exercise, least it becomes frustrated or destructive. Its exercise requirements can be met with a long jog or walk on leash, or a strenuous run in a safe area. The Dobermann can live outside in temperate climates, but it is a much better companion and effective guardian if it shares its human’s home. Coat care is minimal.