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Doberman Pinscher

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Dog Breed Group
Working Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Germany as a guard dog. 
Life Expectancy
9-11 years 
Color
black or black and tan, but blue-gray, red and fawn also occur. 
Coat
Short smooth coat. 
Exercise Needs
Regular and vigorous exercise is needed. 
Temperament
The reputation for aggression is generally undeserved, but firm and determined training from puppyhood is essential. They are ea 
Good with Children
Because of their strength, they should always be supervised around children. Makes an excellent watchdog. 
Grooming Needs
Moderate shedder. Requires weekly brushing 
Average Size - Male (in)
26 - 28 
Average Size - Female (in)
24 - 26 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
66 - 88 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
66 - 88 
Health Issues
Doberman Pinschers are subject to heart disease, diabetes, liver dysfunction, von Willebrand's disease, eye problems, and orthopv
Living Conditions
Adapts well to urban living if given enough space and exercise. 

Breed Description

This breed was developed by a German tax collector, Ludwig Dobermann, to act a deterrent against thieves and muggers, as well as aggrieved taxpayers. He used a variety of dogs including the German Shepherd, Rottweiller, German Pinscher, and Manchester Terrier. The Doberman is energetic, watchful, determined, alter, fearless, loyal and obedient. The Doberman excels in obedience and is a born guard dog. It is not unusual for a two-month old puppy to growl and bare is teeth in a display of domination.

Breed Infobits

The Doberman Pinscher is intelligent and highly trainable.

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