Doberman Pinscher

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The Doberman Pinscher is best known for their roles serving in the military, police, or as guard dogs, but they can also make great, protective family pets.

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 2ft 0in - 2ft 4in
Weight: 60-100lbs
Lifespan: 10 - 13 Years


  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly3/5
  • Stranger-Friendly3/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty1/5
  • Shedding Amount4/5
  • Easy to Train4/5
  • Can Be Alone2/5
  • Exercise Need5/5


  • Cold Tolerance1/5
  • Heat Tolerance4/5
  • Apartment-Friendly3/5

Doberman Pinscher Information

Doberman Pinscher breed

This German breed is a mixture of multiple breeds, namely the Greyhound, Rottweiler, and Great Dane. The Doberman was developed by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, a tax collector from Germany who needed protection during his trips to collect money from citizens.

The Doberman’s cropped ears, docked tail, and athletic build gives an impression that he is ready for a battle. His energy levels and intelligence makes him suitable for serving in police and military roles, and he also acts as a wonderful family guardian and companion. This dog breed is quite aggressive, but they also possess a softer side for their owners. Their physical strength and intelligence are unbeatable!

Doberman Pinscher Training & Temperament

Dobermans are intelligent, courageous, and confident dogs. They love human attention and enjoy being pampered. They can be trained to obey commands within a short period. However, it is important to provide them with proper training and attention from an early age as they are known to develop behavioral issues if not properly trained.

Dobermans are known for their loyalty towards their family members, but they may be aggressive towards strangers and other dogs. They do not like unfamiliar dogs in their territory, even when on a leash. If you have small pets at home, it would be a good idea to keep them away from your Doberman until he is socialized enough with them.

Tips for Training Doberman Pinschers:

It is important that you train your dog on the basic commands such as ‘sit,’ ‘stay,’ ‘come here,’ etc., from an early age so that he can follow them throughout his life without any trouble. You can also enroll him in obedience classes where experts will help you teach your pet basic doggy manners!

Ensure you reward your pet with treats or praise after each successful attempt at learning a new command. You can also use dog treats for training purposes or toys like balls or chew bones which will keep him busy while you train him! Also, ensure that you give your pet enough exercise so that he does not get bored and develop behavioral problems.


Dobermans don’t require much grooming, but you should brush them occasionally to keep their fur in good condition and clean. Monthly baths (or more often as needed) are a good idea, but always remember not to bathe your pet too often as it will strip off the natural oils from his skin, and he will start to get dry and flaky skin. Trim their nails whenever they appear too long and make sure you keep an eye on them as they grow.


All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Doberman Pinschers be apartment dogs?

Doberman Pinschers aren't ideal for apartments, but might be able to live there successfully if there are enough opportunities to find larger spaces nearby to play.

Can Doberman Pinschers be left alone?

Doberman Pinschers don't like being left alone for too long. They tend to show some symptoms of seperation anxiety when left apart from their owners for long periods of time.

Are Doberman Pinschers good with kids?

Doberman Pinschers can do fine with kids. They will require some monitoring and training to make sure they get along and react well to unpredictable behavior.

Are Doberman Pinschers friendly with strangers?

Although Doberman Pinschers can take a bit to warm up to a stranger, they are mostly friendly with others.

Do Doberman Pinschers get along with other dogs?

Although Doberman Pinschers will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do Doberman Pinschers bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Doberman Pinschers bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Doberman Pinschers shed a lot?

Doberman Pinschers shed quite a bit. You'll need to brush them often to limit the hair on your floors and clothing.

Do Doberman Pinschers need a lot of grooming?

With a Doberman Pinscher you won't need to dedicate any extra time to special grooming. Their coats are easy to deal with.

Do Doberman Pinschers need a lot of exercise?

Expect Doberman Pinschers to have high energy levels and need a lot of exercise. You'll need to find options to release this energy or they may exibit bad behavior.

Are Doberman Pinschers easy to train?

Typically, Doberman Pinschers are easy to train. They enjoy the bonding process with their owner and are quick to learn.

Can Doberman Pinschers handle cold weather?

Expect Doberman Pinschers to not do well with the cold. If you live in a cold climate you'll need to take special consideration for this breed.

Can Doberman Pinschers handle hot weather?

Doberman Pinschers do well in hot climates and can stay out longer without overheating.

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