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Meet the breed: Doberman Pinscher

Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle presents the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We’re here to help you meet the breed that’s right for you. If you’re looking for an intelligent companion to add to your pack, find out everything you need to know about the Doberman Pinscher.


  • Intelligent
  • Easy grooming
  • Long lifespan
  • Excellent guard dog
  • Active lifestyle


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Bred for the sole purpose of protection, the Doberman Pinscher is the ultimate guard dog. Living up to its given career, this breed not only looks the part but can certainly do some damage when it needs to. While this breed is considered among the most dangerous dogs in the world, it’s also the fifth-smartest dog in the world, meaning the Doberman can be easily trained to be a loyal and sweet family dog. This tough dog proves its guarding abilities by working in search and rescue as well as performing a variety of police dog duties.

Breed standards

  • AKC group: Working
  • UKC group: Guardian Dog
  • Average lifespan: 10-11 years
  • Average size: 66-88 pounds
  • Coat appearance: Short, hard, thick
  • Coloration: Black, red, blue, and fawn
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Other identifiers: Athletic build, muscular body, ears pricked and erect, tail short and cropped
  • Possible alterations: Dobermans are born with floppy ears and long tails.

Is this breed right for you?

The Doberman Pinscher is definitely not right for everyone. This is a highly intelligent breed meant to guard and work, and its owners must have the time and dedication to provide proper upbringing to this potentially dangerous breed, especially for households with young children. Highly trainable and loyal, the Doberman Pinscher makes a wonderful addition to an experienced household. This is a tidy breed as it does not shed much and has a low-maintenance grooming routine.

doberman breed characteristics

A dream day in the life of a Doberman Pinscher

The Doberman Pinscher is a dog who thrives on work. Give this workaholic a job and he’ll be the happiest pup on the block. Whether it’s standing guard for the household, getting involved with search and rescue or any other type of accelerated training, this no-nonsense breed is up for the challenge.

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