Dobermans have an established reputation as excellent guard dogs due to their large size, athletic build, keen intelligence, and devoted personality. The Doberman breed was created by a 19th-century German tax collector who needed the perfect dogs to help protect him as he went about his rounds. 

The Doberman breed quickly gained a reputation for both their noble appearance as well as their performance as working dogs. They are energetic dogs who thrive in family environments with daily exercise and play. However, it is important to begin socializing Dobermans from puppyhood to avoid aggression or destructive behaviors.

Physical Traits

  • Height: 26-28 inches at shoulder (Male), 24-26 inches at shoulder (Female)
  • Weight: 75-100 pounds (Male), 60-90 pounds (Female)
  • Lifespan: 10-12 years

Breed Care

  • Energetic and Playful – Dobermans are vigorous dogs and have plenty of energy for active families. Daily walks and lively play times are a must.
  • Affectionate and Protective with Family – Dobermans are great family dogs and love children. This breed is a great companion and protector for children.
  • Obedient and Easily Trained – Dobermans are intelligent and want to please their owners. Harsh training methods should be avoided.
  • Low Grooming – A weekly brushing is all the Doberman needs to keep their coat beautiful.
  • Consistent Diet – Dobermans do best with a consistent diet, so avoid frequently switching dog food brands, and do not share people food.