Doberman Pinscher Dog Breed Information
The Doberman Pinscher is one of the more common breeds utilised for protection work, but when bred and trained properly can also make an excellent family companion. Originally bred to protect a German tax collector during his unpopular line of work, the Doberman Pinscher is athletic, intelligent, devoted, and protective. In fact, it ranks as one of Coren’s ten most intelligence dog breeds, meaning that its ability to obey first commands after five initial repetitions is 95%, or even better. While often viewed as vicious, this is simply untrue. The Doberman Pinscher will readily protect its owner and family, but it should be of even temperament, and reliably friendly, affectionate, and even playful.
The American Kennel Club describes the Doberman Pinscher as follows: “The appearance is that of a dog of medium size, with a body that is square. Compactly built, muscular and powerful, for great endurance and speed. Elegant in appearance, of proud carriage, reflecting great nobility and temperament. Energetic, watchful, determined, alert, fearless, loyal and obedient”. The Doberman Pinscher has a short, sleek coat which sheds moderately. Your Doberman Pinscher will require regularly grooming, but – as with any other dog – this should be viewed as a bonding opportunity rather than chore. Common colours include black and tan, blue and tan, and fawn. Although white Doberman Pinschers do naturally exist, they should be avoided, as they are often the product of inbreeding, and suffer from multiple hereditary health conditions.
Given their intelligence and natural athleticism, your Doberman Pinscher will need a good amount of physical and mental stimulation. Physical stimulation can be provided through activities such as regular long walks, free-running, and agility courses. The best forms of mental stimulation are always directed through a handler, and a good example of this is directed obedience work. Given the Doberman Pinscher’s naturally playful temperament, though, they often enjoy spending time with young children. A playful child and Doberman can make the best of friends, and this breed often comfortably settles into family environments, especially with children. As with any dog, the more input a child is given into its care, the stronger the potential for bonds forming between the two exists.