Doberman Pinschers are medium sized muscular dogs that are very loyal and affectionate to his or her owner. They’re hardworking dogs that are highly trainable with natural guard dog characteristics. Once dominantly used as guard and police dogs, Dobermans are now becoming more popular house pets because of their loyalty, intelligence, and obedience.
Top 10 Facts:
1. Doberman Pinschers were first bread by a German tax collector, Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, who was looking to create a breed that would protect him from potential dangers when collecting taxes.
2. Though commonly seen with short tails and pointy ears, Doberman Pinschers naturally have hound like ears with long tails; usually their ears are cropped and tails are docked as puppies.
3. John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, had a Doberman named Moe.
4. William Shatner is a Dobe lover, owning several of them.
5. Doberman Pinschers make wonderful therapy or guide dogs. They’re loyal, alert, and love to follow their owner around–all wonderful characteristics of therapy dogs.
6. Though they are very muscular, Dobes do get cold easily, so they are indoor dogs.
7. Known for their short shiny black coats, which can also be red, blue, or fawn, a Doberman is an average shedder that requires very minimal grooming.
8. Dobes love to work and require copious amounts of exercise and mental stimulation.
9. They have an average lifespan of 10-11 years, sometimes even more.
10. Doberman Pinschers need a owner that is firm, consistent, and able to provide enough exercise and stimulation. They’re not a breed for everyone, but can be a wonderful house pet if properly raised and socialized.