The Doberman Pinscher: A Complete Guide

If you are looking for a dog with an athletic build and slick coat, with an “I dare you to try it!” appearance, the Doberman Pinscher might be the best choice you can make.

This aristocrat of the dog world was originally bred in Germany, some 300 years ago, and its main role was to be a guard dog.

The exact list of breeds that were used to create this breed is unknown, but the most notable DNA traces include those of a German Pinscher, a Rottie, and Tan and Black Terrier.

This breed comes as extremely energetic but is also highly intelligent. The Doberman Pinschers are excellent military and police dogs, but can also be great family dogs and fearless protectors of the household.

But, before you say “this looks like a perfect breed for me and my family!” you need to get much more familiar with all the comes with this breed.

But first, let’s see if the Doberman puppy price range fits your budget.

And, if you can find a reputable breeder so that you can be sure the puppy you are going back home with is healthy and with a suitable temperament.

The Doberman Pinscher Puppies – Before You Buy…

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As a great guard dog, Doberman Pinscher is very suspicious about strangers.

Before making a definite decision about buying a Doberman puppy, there are a few things you should know.

For example, is this breed’s price range affordable? Can you find a reputable breeder somewhere close to you? And, can you handle all that a Doberman puppy brings with it?

Once you know the answers to these questions, buying a puppy and welcoming it into your home will be a breeze.

So, let’s first see if the price of the puppy fits your budget.

What price are the Doberman Pinscher puppies?

If you find a reputable breeder that offers high-quality pups, the price should be around $1.5K.

But, for that price, you get a reassurance that your puppy is completely healthy and comes from health tests cleared parents.

And, you can be sure about its personality and not wonder later “why did I buy this breed?”

Of course, if you want to gamble and buy a puppy without documented health history for both the pup and the parents, you can settle for pups that are much cheaper.

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But, in that case, you can never know if you are taking home a potential pet disaster.

Also, the price can go a lot higher as well. But, that is usually showcase specimen, made to win trophies and not so much to be a family pet.

How to find reputable Doberman Pinscher breeders?

When preparing yourself to talk to a Doberman breeder, before you make the actual purchase, make sure you remember to ask the following questions:

  • Is this breed suitable for my personal preferences?

If the breeder knows what he is doing, he is in the dog breeding business because he cares about the breed.

Also, he should know all his dogs and be able to make a judgment call when it comes to your compatibility with his dogs.

  • Are the pup’s parents cleared for the common Doberman health issues and can I see them?

If the breeder shows you a completely documented history of both the pup and its parents, you are dealing with a serious breeder that is more interested in finding a good home for his pups, than making an insane profit.

The part where you want to see the parents is very important. By looking at the parents, how they react to familiar faces and how to strangers, will tell you a lot about your pup’s personality.

  • Can you offer me some advice for this breed and how to take care of the puppy?

A reputable breeder will tell you everything he knows about the breed, even if you don’t ask him.

Also, he will give you advice and pointers when it comes to living with a Doberman puppy. And, he will be available for any questions regarding the dog, you might have later in his life.

3 Little-known facts about the Doberman Pinscher puppies

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Doberman Pinscher gets along with all animals.

Now that we know the price and how to find a reputable breeder, it’s time to see if the Doberman puppies are too much for you to handle or is this a match made in heaven?

  • They don’t like being left alone

Yes, a Doberman is a great dog for families. But, they are quick when it comes to bonding with the family, and every time you leave them alone, they suffer.

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And, their suffering usually means that there will be a mess waiting for you when you get back home from work.

  • They are slow growers and puberty hits them late

A Doberman puppy needs more time to develop than some other breeds. Even if they develop physically, their attitude will remain “childish” much longer. In fact, some 2 or 3 years longer.

So, as with kids, training and explaining that something is a NO-NO can be mind wrecking. But, by being a firm leader that knows how to lead, your Doberman will respect and follow you no matter what.

  • They are busy little bees

Even while still pups, the Dobermans like being busy all the time. They are easy to train as they learn quite fast.

But, that can be a problem as well because they can get bored with the same training and you always have to find new ways to gain his attention.

Physical Traits of the Doberman Pinscher

In this section of the guide, you will discover how big does a full grown Doberman Pinscher get, and also, for how many years you can expect him to be your loyal companion.

How big is a full-grown Doberman Pinscher?

The Doberman Pinscher is a tall, elegant looking breed. When it comes to males, their size goes from 26 to 28 inches in height.

The females are a little shorter, and their height range goes from 24 to 26 inches.

As for the weight, the range for males starts at 75 pounds and end at some 100 pounds. Again, the females are a bit lighter and weigh from 60 to 90 pounds.

What is the life expectancy of the Doberman Pinscher?

If you take proper care of your Doberman Pinscher, and by proper we mean high-quality diet and regular vet checkups, you can expect your Doberman to have a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.

Which, might not be as long as you hoped so, but more than enough to make plenty of beautiful family memories and fill the photo albums with cute pictures of the dog and all the adventures you had together.

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Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Doberman Pinscher

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The Doberman Pinscher is an extremely energetic dog breed.

The Doberman Pinscher is a relatively new breed, considering that it was created at the end of the 19th century. But, despite this, the Doberman is one of the most recognized breeds in the world.

As it turns out, there are many people who love his athletic and elegant looking style.

Once the people found out that he is more than just muscles and the scary look, but also an intelligent dog that is very loyal to his family, it quickly became a family dog as well.

Sure, he can be dangerous for those he doesn’t know and they are trespassing, but he can be more than gentle and caring for those he knows and loves.

You won’t find a Doberman snooping around, looking for trouble that’s for sure. If the trouble finds him, well, we wouldn’t want to be in trouble’s place, that much we can tell you.

The Doberman loves being a member of the family. He loves having his loved ones close to him and can get really protective. After all, he is a guard dog and that is what is expected of him.

As long as they treat him kindly, the Doberman will be an excellent playmate for the kids and a wonderful host for the guests.

However, this is not the breed for everyone. Yes, he can be kind, but the Doberman is a large dog with high energy levels. Not everyone can keep up with him.

So, unless you are ready to challenge him both physically and mentally, this might not be the right breed for you.

If you already have an active lifestyle and think the Doberman would fit in just fine, feel free to welcome him into your home.

Just keep in mind that he needs plenty of exercises, and regular mental stimulation so that he doesn’t get bored.

Also, he needs a firm Alpha leader to follow, or he might challenge you for the position of the family leader.

The training and socialization need to start as soon as possible so that he has time to brush up on his social skills and turns into a well-behaved dog monarch.

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All in all, this elegant looking guard dog can be a great addition to any family if they are ready to devote time to a proper training and regular socialization.

They are with a highly energetic spirit, but that can be great when it comes to wearing the kids out for bedtime.

Doberman Pinscher Diet

When it comes to the Doberman Pinscher’s diet, due to his high energy levels, it needs to be of high quality and easily digestible.

The main ingredient of all of your Dobie’s meals should be protein and that means meat. This includes lamb, beef, or chicken, and it should be combined with sweet potatoes or brown rice.

You should avoid feeding your dog with wheat or corn cereals because these are low-quality filler foods.

When looking for commercial food, keep an eye on the products that are officially approved by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, as they make sure the food is properly balanced.

To let your Dobie keep his shiny coat, make sure you add safflower or flaxseed oil to his meals.

How much Exercise does a Doberman Pinscher need?

As mentioned earlier, the Doberman Pinscher has high energy levels and he needs plenty of exercises.

You will have to take him for a few one-hour walks each day, and let him run as much as possible.

If a Doberman doesn’t burn off his excess energy, he can become restless and that can lead to behavioral issues.

For mental stimulation, we recommend training such as agility, advanced obedience, and Schutzhund.

Doberman Pinscher Health and Conditions

In general, Doberman Pinschers are healthy dogs, but like with every other breed, there are certain health issues and conditions you should be aware of.

For Dobermans, these are the health issues that can occur during his life:

  • Von Willebrand’s Disease
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Wobbler’s Syndrome
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Albinism
  • Color Mutant Alopecia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus

When talking to the breeder you want to buy the puppy from, make sure he shows you the parents medical history and their health tests clearances.

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This way, you will know your puppy has lower chances of suffering from any of the mentioned issues.

My final thoughts on the Doberman Pinscher

We have reached the end of our Doberman Pinscher guide.

We hope that you have a much clearer picture of this breed and that now you know if you really want a Doberman puppy or if you should consider getting a different breed.

In case you are still not completely sure, here are the most important facts about this breed once again.

When loved and properly trained, your Doberman Pinscher will turn out to be a big softie that adores his human family.

We are talking about a guard dog, meaning that he can and most likely will be overprotective of his family and very suspicious about strangers.

You might get a Dobie that can get along with all animals, but you also might get one that will not get along nicely with other pets, especially cats. Therefore, socialization from the first days is a must.

Also, this is a dominant breed and your leadership and the position of the Alpha in the family will be tested. So, be ready to be a firm and fair leader of the pack, and your Doberman will respect you and take his role of the pack guardian, not the leader.

Once everything falls into its place, you will have a wonderful and loyal companion that will protect you and your family with its life.

Thank you for reading our guide and we hope that now, armed with an extensive knowledge of the Doberman Pinscher breed, you can make a well-informed choice that will turn out to be your best pet choice ever.

If you think that your friends should also get to know this amazing breed better, feel free to share our guide on social media.

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OVERALL SUMMARY

5
Cost to Buy
8
Cuteness Level
8
Family Safety
8
Friendliness
7.5
Health Concerns
7
Life Span
2.5
Exercise Required
4.5
Food Required
OVERALL RATING 6.3 / 10

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