Dog Breed

Doberman Pinscher

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Full Name
Doberman Pinscher
Alternate Names
Doberman, Warlock (term used for large doberman)
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Life Span
10 years
66 - 88 pounds

The Doberman is both sleek and powerful. It is beautiful, yet intimidating. It has a serious look yet can be a total goof. It can have a reputation as a dangerous dog, but is it a fair one? It seems the Doberman is full of contradictions in some ways, but one thing is for sure- the dog does require an experienced owner who is willing to put in time into both exercise and training. The reward will be an amazing Doberman with a good temperament, who can serve as a guard dog, yet is friendly with family and other dogs. Due to their intelligence and ability to be well trained, they can serve as both police dogs and service dogs.

Bred For
Family Considerations
Child Friendly

Is the Doberman Pinscher good with children? Nearly all dogs enjoy playing with small children, but some can play too rough, or be a bit careless. In some cases dogs can get jealous of small children, or try and "herd" them due to their natural instincts.

Stranger Friendly

Is the Doberman Pinscher friendly with strangers? Getting a dog that is friendly with people really depends on what your lifestyle is. Dogs who are more cautious with strangers oftentimes make good guard dogs, which can be a great fit for some owners. If you are social, live in the city, or frequently have guests over, you may want to consider getting a stranger friendly dog.

Dog Friendly

Is the Doberman Pinscher friendly with other dogs? Of course this is particularly important if you already have another dog at home. However, it's an important factor to consider as well if you plan on frequently going to the dog park. Otherwise, even a dog who is not automatically friendly with other dogs can be an excellent fit, as they can still be affectionate with their human family.

Likes to Cuddle

Does the Doberman Pinscher like to cuddle? All dogs want love, but they have different boundaries when it comes to physical affection. If you plan on frequently having a dog on your lap or pushed up against you, then you should consider whether this breed enjoys that.


Does the Doberman Pinscher like to play? All puppies are playful, but as adults certain dogs are more playful. If you have children, or otherwise want to keep your dog active with plenty of play, there are plenty of options of breeds who will be happy to play all day.

Service Dog Ability

Does the Doberman Pinscher make a good service dog? When looking to train a service dog it's important to consider how they were historically bred, and if their personality makes a good fit. A service dog must be smart, patient, and obsessed with pleasing their owner. Working dogs are a good fits since service dog 'work' gives them a feeling of accomplishment from doing a job.

Overall Ease of Breed
Ease for Novice

Is the Doberman Pinscher good for first time owners? Dogs that are good for first time owners are ones who are easy to train, and are eager to please their owner. Very large dogs, or dogs with very high energy may also not be the best for first time owners since it adds a layer of complexity.

Training Potential

How well can the Doberman Pinscher be trained? This rating is about the training potential of the Doberman Pinscher. Dogs with high training potential oftentimes are good service dogs, police dogs, and dog show competition dogs. This does not necessarily mean they are the easiest to train, since many will be very intelligent and demanding.

Amount of Shedding

Does the Doberman Pinscher shed a lot?

Ease of Grooming

Is the Doberman Pinscher easy to groom?

Exercise Need

Does the Doberman Pinscher need a lot of exercise?


How smart is the Doberman Pinscher?

Amount of Barking

How much does the Doberman Pinscher bark? Does the Doberman Pinscher bark too much? It depends on your lifestyle, and where you live. Dogs use barking to communicate, keep guard, and alert. A strong bark can be a good characteristic for guard dogs, or flock guardian dogs who need to be vocal.In apartment living you should consider getting a dog who is less vocal.

Guard Dog Ability

Is the Doberman Pinscher a good guard dog?

Tolerates Being Alone

Is the Doberman Pinscher good at staying alone? Is the Doberman Pinscher independent?

Home and Environment Considerations
Good for Apartment Living

Is the Doberman Pinscher a good apartment dog? Can the Doberman Pinscher live in an apartment without becoming frustrated or destructive? Typically people immediately consider the size of the dog, but energy level and historical habitat are also factors.


How big is the Doberman Pinscher?

Tolerates Heat

How much does the Doberman Pinscher tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Doberman Pinscher?

Tolerates Cold

How much does the Doberman Pinscher tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Doberman Pinscher?

Potential to Run Away

Does the Doberman Pinscher try to run away? Some dogs have natural wanderlust and are escape artists... they will do everything to get out and explore.

Physical Characteristics
General Health

Is the Doberman Pinscher a healthy dog? The general health of a Doberman Pinscher should be measured not just by how many years they live, but how often they have health issues during their lives. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

Energy Level

How energetic is the Doberman Pinscher? Is the Doberman Pinscher too energetic for your lifestyle?

Amount of Drooling

How much does the Doberman Pinscher drool?

Prey Drive

Does the Doberman Pinscher have a large prey drive? Does the Doberman Pinscher like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals? Prey drive can be bothersome at the park, but really an issue at home if you have small animals, since this comes as a natural instinct for dogs with high prey drive, to chase cats, birds, etc.


Is the Doberman Pinscher atheltic? Is the Doberman Pinscher fast and strong?

Breed Variations

The Doberman Pinscher is a purebred dog that belongs to the Pinscher sub group, which falls under the larger Working dog breed group.
Working group: Working dogs encompass a wide range of different breeds- but they all were bred to assist people, so they are used to working hard. It is important for them to feel they have a "job" as their roles traditionally have varied from rescuing people to pulling sleds. Because of their large size and intensity, they may be a handful for first time dog owners. On the other side, they can be trained well, so any owner who can exercise and dedicate to training their working dog, will be well rewarded. A common misconception may be that the working dog's jobs are only in physically challenging jobs; actually working dogs can also make excellent service dogs, since they are also kind and attentive to their owners.
Pinscher sub-group: The pinscher is a true German classic. They are one of the oldest breeds, and have been used for a variety of uses: from aesthetic dog shows, to police force work. The Pinscher can be trained well, as they are very intelligent and have a switch where they can suddenly become "serious". Pinschers are typically healthy dogs, although there are a few conditions that the breed can be prone to. Pinschers can most commonly have hip dysplasia and eye disease. Smaller pinschers are known to "nip" as they were bred to hunt rats. On the other side of the spectrum- doberman pinschers will not be so bite friendly, but are excellent guard dogs. Because of pinschers serious and demanding nature, they need a strong leader, and need to be socialized early and often. If that is the case, you will receive an excellent dog.

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