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Doberman Pinscher

Breed origin: Germany
Original purpose: Guard dog.

AKC recognized: 1908
AKC group: Working

Size: Weight: males 75 to 100 lbs; females 60 to 90 lbs
Size: Height: males 26 to 28 inches; females 24 to 26 inches
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Color: Black, red, blue, or fawn (Isabella), with rust markings.

Life span: 10 to 14 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Doberman Pinscher is elegant, energetic, watchful, determined, alert, fearless, loyal, obedient, strong, and possesses great endurance and speed. The properly bred and trained Doberman makes a great friend and guardian. They are among the smartest breeds, and are very perceptive, intuitive, and sensitive. Their intelligence and ability to absorb and retain training make them very popular as police and war dogs. They are naturally protective and are often said to be able to distinguish between friend and foe and to be able to anticipate potential threat before it happens. They are active dogs and require regular exercise, but need only minimal grooming for his short coat.

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Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? Yes

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Intelligent? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Good jogging partner? Yes

Suitable canine sports/activities: conformation, obedience, rally, agility, search and rescue, service dog, therapy, police work, military work, tracking, carting, Schutzhund

Exercise requirement: Vigorous exercise required every day.

Grooming requirement: Brushing required only occasionally. Brush more frequently during shedding season. They are considered medium shedders.

Known health problems: Dilated cardiomyopathy, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, von Willebrand's disease, wobbler's syndrome, progressive retinal atrophy, prostatic diseases, albinism

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Recommended books for further reading:

Doberman Pinschers (A Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By Raymond Gudas and Betsy Sikora Siino
Published in 2005
96 pages

The Doberman Pinscher
By Rod Humphries and Joanna Walker
Published in 1999
256 pages

How to Train Your Doberman Pinscher
By Liz Palika
Published in 1998
96 pages

A New Owner's Guide to Doberman Pinschers
By Faye Strauss
Published in 1998
160 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Doberman Pinscher Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Doberman Pinscher Club of America Rescue

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