Doberman: our guide to puppies, character, breeding, feeding and more

Doberman: our guide to puppies, character, breeding, feeding and more

Origin and history

The Doberman belongs to a recently created and much talked about breed, as this dog was first selected in Germany in 1870.

The intention was to create a dog that would emphasize the characteristics of courage, temperament and visceral love for its owner.

Among the ancestors of the Doberman, there is no doubt the Pinscher and the Schnauzer, but also the greyhound and the Dane blu.

When we talk about the Dobermann, some people get scared, because of completely unfounded legends that describe it as an aggressive dog. In fact, since the 1970s, rumors have started to spread, suggesting that at the age of seven, these dogs become crazy, violent and even uncontrollable.

This has contributed over time to amplify the terror for this breed, to the point of believing that this madness was due to the spontaneous release of the brain by the cranium.

But let’s take a look at this German born dog breed.

Appearance and dimensions

The typical physical characteristics of this breed are the short black or brown focused coat, the thin and dry line, the tapered head.

In the collective imagination, the Doberman has a docked tail, as well as ears, so that they remain pointed and tense. In reality, these mutilations were abandoned a long time ago, notably because they are now illegal.

Standard of the Doberman breed

Size: Large
Weight: 30-40 kg
Height : 61-71 cm
Head : Long, well detached from the neck; skull covered with a very adherent skin.
Eyes : Dark, almond-shaped, slightly sunken, with a neat expression.
Ears : Small, with high junction.
Body : Muscular and powerful, square in shape. Short and robust back.
Hair : Short, thick, adhering well to the skin.
Tail : Traditionally docked.
Character: Intelligent, alert, loyal.
Character: An aggressive dog?

Over the past decades, the Doberman has been considered one of the most aggressive guard dogs and its reputation has been tainted by rumors and false legends.

Even today, the belief that the Doberman becomes aggressive as it ages due to a physical disorder sometimes still persists. Obviously, none of this is true.

Like so many other breeds, the Doberman has also been the victim of vilification for years, but thanks to serious and competent breeders, it has been rehabilitated as a guard dog or companion dog.

A balanced dog will never be aggressive without reason and will be a wonderful companion devoted to his master.

In fact, this dog is sociable and peaceful, and always proves to be affectionate, curious, extremely intelligent and attentive to his master.

Doberman a dog that loves to play

It is certainly a demanding dog to control, like all the big dogs, but not because of its very aggressive nature.

The good character of the Doberman is so appreciated that, to defend it, in France, many associations of dog lovers have been created, which take care of the care and rehabilitation of abused or abandoned specimens of this breed.

Health and life expectancy

In general, this dog has a good health and a life expectancy of at least 11 years, except when it develops diseases such as heart disease or prostate problems.

However, it suffers from cold and humidity. For this reason, it should be considered as an indoor dog because it does not only suffer from staying outside and has a great need to be in the company of humans.

It should be considered above all as a defense dog and not as a guardian of the territory or property, although it can of course fulfill this function properly.

The puppy

As always, if you intend to adopt this dog into your family, the first thing to do is to go to a kennel to see if there are any dogs of this breed abandoned.

doberman puppies

Beautiful couple of doberman puppies
If you can’t find one or if you want a puppy, here are some useful indications

Breeding puppies

When you decide to retire a Doberman from breeding, it is good to be informed about some points. First of all, make sure that the parents have the ZTP (Zucht-Tauglicheits-Prufung), i.e. the certificate of fitness for breeding. The puppy must be at least 60 days old, vaccinated and have a microchip.

The kennel must provide you with a copy of the ZTP, the pedigree and all checks on both parents.

Tip: Only puppies selected from unverified matings can be nervous and sometimes bite. It is therefore essential to buy a puppy from a good breeder who selects for both beauty and character.

The price

There is no standard price range for the sale of this breed. However, the value of a puppy is about 700 euros when it has a good pedigree.

If you find Dobermans at much lower prices, be careful: they may be black market puppies, often without pedigree and taken from the mother before 60 days.