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Weight
65-90 lbs
Height
Male: 26-28; Female: 24-26 inches
Color(s)
black, red, blue, and fawn, all with tan markings
Overview
Originating in Germany during the 1860s, the Doberman Pinscher was used as a personal guardian and watchdog, vermin eradicator, sheep herder, and gun-dog. Developed by Louis Dobermann, this breed is one of a few to be named after an actual person. This noble and proud breed served heroically during both World Wars and is the official combat dog of the United States Marine Corps.
Character
Muscular, elegant, and graceful, the Doberman Pinscher is medium to large in size. This breed is courageous, resourceful, bold, and highly intelligent. They are one of the most respected and popular dog breeds; known for their deep devotion and protective nature.
Temperament
Versatile, fearless, and assertive, the Doberman Pinscher thrives on human companionship and stimulation. They are exceedingly loyal and protective of their family and home. This breed does best with older, well-behaved, and considerate children. They do not typically get along well with other household pets. They are aloof and reserved with strangers and make excellent guard dogs. This people oriented breed may closely bond to one particular family member. The Doberman Pinscher requires constant attention and does not do well if left alone for extended periods of time or is in a two-career family. They are not recommended for the novice, inexperienced, or sedentary owner.
Care
Doberman Pinschers require minimal grooming. Occasional brushing or wiping of the coat with a damp cloth will minimize loose hair. Dental hygiene is crucial to prevent early tooth loss. It is also important to keep their nails trimmed short. Bathing or dry shampooing should only be done when absolutely necessary. The Doberman Pinscher is prone to Wobbler Syndrome, Von Willebrands Disease, bloat, hip dysplasia, and congenital heart disorders. They do not do well in cold climates.
Coat
The coat of the Doberman Pinscher is thick, smooth, short, hard, and close-fitting. The color of the coat comes in fawn, red, blue, black and tank, and black. There are typically rust colored markings above the eyes, on the muzzle, throat, legs, feet, chest, and below the tail. This breed is an average shedder.
Training
The Doberman Pinscher is easy to train but requires a dominant owner. Early socialization and obedience are crucial to prevent shyness, timidity, and aggression. They will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. This breed does best with positive reinforcement, firmness, fairness, consistency, and respect. The Doberman Pinscher excels in competitive obedience, schutzhund, tracking, search and rescue, police work, and as a therapy dog.
Activity
Highly energetic, Doberman Pinschers require daily extensive exercise and stimulation. They enjoy family play sessions and make wonderful walking companions. This breed will do okay in an apartment provided they are sufficiently exercised. However, a securely fenced yard is best for romping and running freely.
Ownership
Help reduce the number of Doberman Pinscher puppies in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.
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Anonymous asked:

1/31/2015 1:07:35 AM

1/31/2015 1:07:35 AM

Are Doberman Pinscher's good family dogs? Are Doberman Pinscher's good family dogs?

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Anonymous

The Doberman Pinscher can be a great family dog as long as the dog is well socialized and from a good breeder who temperament tests all of his/her puppies. Positive Reinforcement Training techniques work really well in training this breed to be a loving, protective companion for the whole family.
1/31/2015 12:37:09 PM

Anonymous asked:

1/26/2015 6:07:39 PM

1/26/2015 6:07:39 PM

Doberman Pinscher I am very interested in adopting a doberman. My only concern is I have a small family dog 7years old. Is it possible to have them both, successfully? Thank you

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Anonymous

It is possible that they can live together without an issue. However, you must understand what prey drive is and why some dogs have a high prey drive then others. Prey drive is the drive that makes a dog chase things that move quickly, whether they be other dogs, cats, deer or even cars. It does not mean your dog is aggressive, unless he/she acts aggressively when he/she gets closer to it's target. But with proper training and lots of socialization, your dog can develop self-control to not act on that instinct. But anytime there is a significant difference in size, all interactions should be supervised.
1/27/2015 9:48:13 AM

Anonymous

Dobermans can get along with just about anything if raised correctly. We have guinea foul wandering around all the time. We have cats they tolerate BUT mostly they have to be trained not to think of them as something to chase for the fun of it. We've occasionally had some strong alpha mentality Dobes both male and female, that would not accept being challenged by any other dogs unless they had been raised with them and learned from the start that play is fine, aggression is a "No". They are the exception as for the most part, they learn from good exposure and socialization that good behavior is rewarded. The keys - exposure and socialization can not be overstressed. Bringing a new pup into the family that includes other dogs -- you'll get what you create.
1/28/2015 6:21:19 PM

Anonymous asked:

12/31/2014 12:03:48 AM

12/31/2014 12:03:48 AM

Doberman biting My male doberman is 6 years old & he has always been a great dog. When I brought him in the house the other night he slept on the couch next to me (once I let him lay on when he's inside). When the morning came, I was running late to work & he was still sleeping. I frantically yelled @ him" get up!" He ignored me as he was half asleep. Long story short, I went to grab him by him collar to pull him down & he rose up & bit/nipped my hand . This happened 3 times of me attempting to grab him. After the last release of my arm he jumped down as I started crying . Not in fear but thinking I'll have to put him down. He immediately did what he was told. He ran like he knew he did something wrong. What do I do?

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Anonymous

What your Doberman did was called a reaction bite, which means that your dog was startled and bit as he didn't know what situation was going on. He ran because he knows that he is not supposed to bite people. It is up to you to decide what to do now. You need to go to the hospital and get your wounds checked for sure. But after that, it is up to you to choose whether to put him down or not. What you should do is contact a Positive Reinforcement Training in your area that can help you work through this situation.
12/31/2014 11:53:49 AM

Anonymous

It sounds like there is some confusion about who is dominant in the house hold. If you do not take that role firmly with a Doberman, he will. The first thing I would do is revoke furniture privileges. The next thing I would do is remain calm! Acting frantic and frustrated around any dog is basically a sign of instability to the dog and they will not respect it. We've had 5 Dobermans and not a one would dare challenge us in any way. They were all made to sit and wait for each meal and were not allowed to eat until they were "released" to do so. Period. It is not cruel or harsh. It is one of the many ways we provide structure and a clear message to the dog - YOU are running the show and HE is following. Good luck.
12/31/2014 12:36:41 PM

Anonymous

When it comes to being dominant and submissive, that is between dogs. Between dogs and humans, there is a much more complicated dynamic, but it does not include you being 'dominant' over your dog. Being dominant means that you physically dominate your dog, whether by pushing him around or by physically moving him. But with humans, we have taught our dogs to respect us because we are the bringer's of food, play, affection, ect. What your dog needs to learn is to respect humans again, so going to a positive reinforcement trainer will help you with how you feel about your dog now.
12/31/2014 4:07:34 PM

Anonymous

My sister-law had a female Doberman that started biting. She had it checked and found to have brain tumors.
1/24/2015 8:02:14 PM

Anonymous

We once took a dog that was about to be killed as it had bitten a kid for no apparent reason. Snappy dog. Checked him for worms. Loaded with them. Dewormed him and a new dog was born.
1/28/2015 6:23:39 PM

Anonymous asked:

12/19/2014 11:38:29 AM

12/19/2014 11:38:29 AM

How much does a regular Doberman pinscher cost?

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Anonymous

First off, I don't understand your concept of "regular", as opposed to what? Anyway, the average price of an AKC or CKC or any other kennel club registered Doberman Pinscher is $1500.00 per puppy. However, they can cost less and more depending on your area, if you plan on shipping the puppy to you, the blood lines of the dog and the breeder itself.
12/19/2014 4:11:44 PM

Anonymous asked:

9/1/2014 5:06:45 PM

9/1/2014 5:06:45 PM

I live in Upstate NY and we do get cold weather.How will the Doberman be? First time for a Doberman.Had lots of dogs.

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Anonymous

The main thing to understand is how a dog feels in the cold compared to a person. A dog with little to no hair, ie: Chinese Crested Dog will feel just as if someone is wearing a bikini outside in same weather. A dog with short hair: Dalmatian, will feel the same as a person wearing a light jacket in the same weather. A dog with medium/wire hair, ie: Labrador/Wire Hair Fox Terrier, will feel the same as a person in that weather wearing a cotton jacket. A dog with long hair and/or double or more coat, ie: Newfoundland/Rough Collie, will feel the same as a person wearing a proper winter jacket. So, if you need a jacket, so does your Dobie. Make sure to watch your dog at all times and know the signs of hypothermia. But in general, your Dobie will be fine, as long as the walks are brisk and you don't ever leave your dog outside alone in the cold.
9/2/2014 10:29:38 AM

Anonymous

Having had Dobermans in Chicago the reason for your question is understood. The two short answers are: 1. They will do fine. 2. Watch & know your dog. Leave them outside with not protection: the same should be done to the owner. Going for a reasonable walk in a cold blustery day - be reasonable. In summer & winter: watch for dehydration. Subzero or 115 degree day: put on booties. Watch him while outside & when you return to the house.
9/11/2014 5:45:46 PM

Anonymous asked:

1/6/2014 12:05:46 PM

1/6/2014 12:05:46 PM

fawn doberman having hair loss n bumps I have a fawn,female Doberman Pincher, since she was about 1 yr. Old she has been on Thyroid pills but its never really helped her hair loss n bumps on her back.I was wondering if there is something else I can be doin for my girl, I hate seein her like this. Ima thinkin there should be a herb that would help her, but were open for any suggestions, please

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Anonymous

Without seeing her, it kind of sounds like mange of some type. I would definitely get your Doberman checked out by a vet to make sure it doesn't spread.
3/31/2014 10:00:28 PM

Anonymous

Your Doberman has CDA - color dilution alopecia. It is extremely common in the dilutes (fawns and blues). I had a fawn that was pretty bald but the bumps were minimal. I kept her on salmon oil supplements and a grain free diet. We kept her skin clean by wiping her down (in the direction of hair growth ONLY) with a wash cloth dampened with mouth wash. Your girl is also hypothyroidic so keep a close eye on her T4 panel to make sure she remains between the correct levels and she should do fine. She will never have the soft glossy coat of a red, but she should still be comfortable. Use coats for prolonged outdoor time and overnight if you let the house temp drop. But take them off during the day to prevent her hair from further rubbing off.
12/31/2014 12:09:12 PM

Anonymous asked:

10/30/2013 4:40:36 PM

10/30/2013 4:40:36 PM

doberman tail and ears Is 4 months too old to get a dobermans ears done and tail clipped?

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Anonymous

The breeder should have done the tail when the pup was only a couple days old. Your dog is fine for doing ears, but by this time you shouldn't do the dog's tail.
7/10/2014 1:36:48 PM

Anonymous

why not? I had a male fawn's tail redocked at the same time his ears were done. The vet agreed with me his tail was too long and since he was pit under anesthesia it worked out fine. He lived to be 13 1/2 and was as beautiful as could be, an obedience champ.
12/16/2014 4:00:17 PM

Anonymous

This reply post is over a year past the original question but the information is still useful. The cartilage in ears has already set up by the time the puppy has reached 4 months. A crop at this age will do nothing but cause a pup unnecessary discomfort and he will just have floppy cropped ears. The tail can be docked at 4 months but it should have been done within a fews days of birth. Ask for some pain management medication to help during the healing process of docking an older puppy.
12/31/2014 12:23:51 PM

Anonymous asked:

3/30/2013 10:06:56 PM

3/30/2013 10:06:56 PM

I heard Doberman brain outgrown their skull and they go crazy and have to be put to sleep.

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Anonymous

This is false. It's just a silly rumor that was started much like a Pit Bull's jaws locking.
5/18/2013 11:59:29 AM

Anonymous

Bovine manure. The Doberman has been breed for over 100 years and usually done carefully. The breed is very trusted & highly intelligent.
9/11/2014 5:47:52 PM

Anonymous asked:

3/14/2013 7:00:01 PM

3/14/2013 7:00:01 PM

my doberman is 7 months old came in from outside and has a softball size not on the back of his nec my doberman is 7 months old came in from outside and has a softball size not on the back of his neck

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Anonymous

Just checking in on your pup did the knot go away?
6/3/2013 11:55:47 PM

Anonymous

You did ask your vet of course?
9/10/2013 1:36:45 PM

Anonymous

YEARS AGO I DID HAVE A DOBERMAN WHO WAS REALLY EXTRA LOYAL TO THE POINT OF LOOSING HIS LIFE TO PROTECT MINE. I CAN ATEST TO SAY THIS BREED WILL PROTECT THEIR MASTERS AT ANY TIME AND CIRCUMSTANCES
9/14/2013 12:26:35 AM

Anonymous asked:

3/11/2013 10:12:56 AM

3/11/2013 10:12:56 AM

What are common health issues in the Doberman Pinscher?

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Anonymous

Doberman Pinschers are prone to wobbler syndrome, Von Willebrands disease, obesity, skin issues, bloat, hip dysplasia, and congenital heart deffects
12/17/2013 4:43:18 PM

Anonymous

More Doberman Pinschers will die from dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) than ALL other breeds combined. 40% will develop the disease. 50% of those dogs will have sudden death. The dogs can develop the disease at any age from 1 year to 11 years of age but it typically affects dogs about 5 to 6 years of age. I am on my fifth Doberman. I lost the first to Doberman hepatitis. All of the next three had DCM. One was euthanized just shy of her 10th birthday for other reasons. The other two had sudden death. Our black male, who was under treatment for the disease, died just shy of 6.5 yo. Our red female went undiagnosed and had sudden death just prior to her 8th birthday. We have our fingers crossed for our remaining 4 yo blue male. They are wonderful dogs but they do have some serious health risks.
12/31/2014 12:30:35 PM

Anonymous asked:

2/27/2013 11:33:28 AM

2/27/2013 11:33:28 AM

how many puppies can a doberman pinscher have?

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Anonymous

From 2 to 12
10/23/2013 12:47:44 PM

Anonymous

The female Doberman most often has 5 to 8; can go from as few as 2 to as many as 10+.
9/11/2014 5:49:39 PM

Anonymous asked:

2/12/2013 7:37:17 PM

2/12/2013 7:37:17 PM

My 1 old Doberman hates my husband and beginning to hate my other dog We rescued Rocky from a shelter when he was four months old. He had pneumonia and was very afraid of people. After a week or so he warmed up to myself and my children ages 12,10 and 5 but never really warmed up to my husband. It seems like it's getting worse now anytime my husband comes in the room He growls and barks.

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Anonymous

Sorry I could not get the rest of my question on. Now Rocky is growling at my other dog only when she comes near me. He is a good dog and I love him so much but don't want him to be so protective of me with family. I want to nip this in the butt before he gets this way with my kids. Sorry this question is so long. Thank you for any and all advise.
2/13/2013 12:22:01 PM

Anonymous

He needs to be obedience trained and walked daily. Training goes on everyday you have your Dobie. Watch the "Dog Whisper" 95% of canine problems stem from lack of training and exercise. Through training your Dobie learns their place in the "pack" and you are the pack leader.
12/16/2014 4:05:34 PM

Anonymous asked:

2/6/2013 8:58:38 AM

2/6/2013 8:58:38 AM

New owner of a four year old I rescued I'm old and I give her a lot of affection but I'm not strong enough to hold her back on the leash so I can't walk her luckily I have a big back yard. Feel bad for her. I always take her in the car with me. What can I do and is she okay? Also when I work from home I need to work on my computer for four hours and I'm not paying attention to her she gets despondent...ears back won't look at me etc

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Anonymous

As far as the walking goes, I recommend you go get a training collar. Walk her in the house a few times till you are both comfortable with it before going out. Now as for you working and not being able to play with her while you are working. maybe take a few minutes before you have to work and play with her one on one then she might be ready for a nap while you work. Or maybe put a resting place by your working station for her so she can be with you. I know my boy is happy as long as he can be touching my feet. hope this helps- SK
6/4/2013 12:01:29 AM

Anonymous asked:

12/28/2012 7:40:52 PM

12/28/2012 7:40:52 PM

biting how do you stop doberman pinschers from biting on their selves?

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Anonymous

I believe it prudent to have a vet check your dog first to illiminate parasite or allergeies they may be responding to. If there is no medical reason it may be as simple as they are BORED and need a job or something to keep their interst away from biting themselves. Dobs have to have jobs to do to keep them mentally challenged. Hope this some insight to your question.
1/11/2013 10:17:02 AM

Anonymous asked:

12/19/2012 11:08:58 PM

12/19/2012 11:08:58 PM

Does a doberman travel in vehicles well? I travel by car regularly. Can he tolerate 4 t0 5 hrs travel

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Anonymous

If your Dob has been raised traveling in a vehicle since a pup there should be no problem. It would be beneficial to your Dob to have a vehicle that accomdates their size. And it goes without saying "potty" breaks are as important to them as they are to you. Take water with you for refreshment for your dog and a first aid kit just in case. I have a travel pack I carry in my veh. all the time, for my Dob including treats, leads, additional collar, towels and a blanket.
1/11/2013 10:23:30 AM

Anonymous

The two dobes I've had both travel well. As a commercial truckdriver, they both have thousands of miles under their collar trucking with me. Just bring food and water and stop for potty breaks
1/16/2014 10:40:03 PM

Anonymous

Short answer: most Doberman's travel very well & enjoy it. The exception are individual Dobies; some have emotional or health issues; but this is rare. The Doberman is a family dog and enjoys being & going with the family.
9/11/2014 5:52:10 PM

Anonymous asked:

12/10/2012 1:45:44 AM

12/10/2012 1:45:44 AM

when will be the second mentruation of my doberman? she is 1 year and 2months...

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Anonymous

Your doberman should go into heat twice a year. Usually every 6 months.
3/8/2013 4:05:06 PM

Anonymous

Most go into 1st heat at around 8-9 months, then every 6-7 months thereafter
1/16/2014 10:41:43 PM

Anonymous asked:

11/14/2012 2:29:17 PM

11/14/2012 2:29:17 PM

hyper dob We have a doberman that is 4 months old, he is very hyper. When will he settle down?

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Anonymous

His breeder should have warned you about how active a healthy young Doberman can be. In many bloodlines the males are much more active that the females. My males are in motion every minute they are awake and not under a command! Expect your Dobe to "grow up" and "relax" as much as he ever will between 2 years and 2 and 1/2 years of age.
11/15/2012 12:55:21 AM

Anonymous

NEVER! it's the breed lol Settle when sleeping or eating lol but they are a working blood line that requires mental and physical challenges....YES! Training should have already been started. Puppy socialization classes or 8-9 mths. Obedience Classes. I find treats (hot dogs, animal crackers) are helpful in keeping their attention. You have purchased a life time of energy. They do settle somewhat around 2 1/2 to 3 yrs. But they will always be active and looking for something to do (good or bad) so your input will keep in on the "good" side. Good Luck and keep your Dob busy as possible.
1/11/2013 10:30:46 AM

Anonymous asked:

11/6/2012 6:26:37 PM

11/6/2012 6:26:37 PM

I have a nine week old doberman puppy and he weighs 10 pounds but eats like a horse.. Is that to... I have a nine week old doberman puppy and he weighs 10 pounds but eats like a horse.. Is that to small??

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Anonymous

As long as your doberman is healthy (worm free, not skinny) he is fine. His growth will depend on his bloodline. I have a line that can be 9-12 pounds at that age. My other line can be almost 20 pounds at the same age.
11/12/2012 1:19:45 PM

Anonymous

Do a little research on feeding your puppy. The amounts on feed bags are only guidelines not specific to your dog. I feed my Dob 3 times a day (daily ration div. by 3) and go day by day according to their activity and apperance. Puppies grow irratic, one day the legs seem to long, the next day the neck seem to short, etc. I agree, as long as your puppy is parasite free and you have chosen a GOOD food for growth of your puppy and vitamins, you should be good. Please don't over feed and have your puppy carry weight that would be detrimental to your puppies structure (bones, joints etc.)
1/11/2013 10:46:52 AM

Anonymous

When I got my two doberman puppies when they where 6weeks old and they ate non stop but did not gain a thing. took them to the vet shortly after and found out they had round worm. now that the worms are gone they eat alot less and they are 9 weeks old tomorrow and weigh 26 and 28 pounds.
2/22/2013 10:50:16 PM

Anonymous asked:

10/19/2012 2:45:03 PM

10/19/2012 2:45:03 PM

what do dobermans cost

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Anonymous

There is a wide range of prices you can find, from $300 for pet quality or up to $8-10,000 for a finished show or titled Dob or protection dog. I would say be selective of the breeder and research breeders before you invest in a Dob also do some research on the Dob characteristics so you will know what you are getting into. Dobs take an expeienced handler. Buyers should be aware that you get what you pay for...pls keep that in mind. Good Luck!
10/22/2012 12:10:39 PM

Anonymous

i knew someone who bought their doberman pinscher at $500, but the price has a large range depending on who you get it from.
2/9/2013 4:16:37 PM

Anonymous asked:

10/2/2012 5:39:02 PM

10/2/2012 5:39:02 PM

Thank you for your response. My 100lb, 1 year old doberman is oversized. He is the biggest... Thank you for your response. My 100lb, 1 year old doberman is oversized. He is the biggest doberman I or anyone else in Brookly has ever seen. My husband takes him to the dog park where he runs with 4 other dobermans who are his age or older and all of them are half of his size. My vet actually told us that he is a little under weight. We feed him a raw diet and my husband runs him in the park two hours in the morning and two hours at night. He is all muscle. He's soooo big when I walk him most people cross the street (lol). I would like to ask you another question. My husband and I do not know if we should have my dog nuetered. My vet said we should or he will become more aggressive and one of my neighbors said if he is nuetered he will become fat and lazy. I would like to know what your opinion is about nuetering. It is very hard to find out information about dobermans without searching the internet for hours so I would again like to thank you for your time. Janet

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Anonymous

I have had 4 male male dobs over the years. Three nuetered but not until 16-18 mths. Dobs don't mature phys and mentally until about 2 yrs of age. My Dobs did NOT become aggressive nor did they get fat and lazy both a which you have control over (socializing,food & exercise). There is a change but so subtle. Aggression (fear based) and dominance (desire to be boss) are NOT interchangable. Neutering reduces dominance. If you have no desire to breed your Dob I suggest neutering. It may make your life easy not having to address Mother Natures calling lol. I am so happy to hear you embrace "raw" feeding. Excellent choice. Hope this info will guide you to your decision.
10/4/2012 6:31:10 AM

Anonymous asked:

9/30/2012 1:02:47 AM

9/30/2012 1:02:47 AM

HI, My family and I have a Doberman who is 1 year old now and 100 lbs. We purchased him when... HI, My family and I have a Doberman who is 1 year old now and 100 lbs. We purchased him when he was two months. We love him soooo much. He's our first Doberman. We read a lot about Dobermans before we bought him and we knew to socialize him with people and other dogs when he was a puppy. He's friendly to everyone. I wanted to have him protection trained, but my husband was afraid he would become too aggressive. I would like to know if he would become protective if someone tried to hurt a family member? Thanks! P.S. We did not have his ears clipped. My vet said it was very painful and that was enough for me.

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Anonymous

Congts! that is a great start. Aggression results from FEAR of what they don't know. On the contrary, training gives them more self conf. and gives you "pack leader" status. Proper Prot Trng is not aggressive behaviour BUT a TRAINED reaction. I would suggest you start with Obed. Take CLASSES that you and your Dob can do together(Beginner and then Intermediate). This will build a relationship and you will learn more about each other. I believe Prot Trng is best left to Cert. Trnrs. One last thing.. l00lbs - l year of age? I think maybe you love him a little too much lol. Unless he is an OVERSIZED or LARGE BONED dog he is over weight He should be about 80-85 pounds. We have to remember they are dogs and should eat what is best to become a healthy happy dog. Sorry, don't mean to preach! I hope I have given you some food for thought. Have fun with your Dob.
10/1/2012 1:04:10 PM

Anonymous asked:

9/28/2012 7:47:10 PM

9/28/2012 7:47:10 PM

do dobermens get THAT heavy?

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Anonymous

It depends on the structure of the DOB. An oversized ( over 28" tall) or a large boned DOB can get to 100 lbs. But rule of thumb is 80-85 lbs. They are a "working" dog and to much weight is detrimental. They should have a "lean" appearance, not skinny, but a fit athletic look.
10/1/2012 1:08:14 PM

Anonymous

A dobermen needs lots of exercise...long walks and running
10/30/2013 4:47:03 PM

Anonymous asked:

9/17/2012 8:47:36 AM

9/17/2012 8:47:36 AM

Hello, I have a very lovely 8mth old dobie bitch who arrived at 8 weeks old when we had a ten yr... Hello, I have a very lovely 8mth old dobie bitch who arrived at 8 weeks old when we had a ten yr old spinone who unfortunately had to be put to sleep when she was 7 mths old. I am getting another spinone and will be getting him at the age 8 weeks when she will be 10 mths old. she is very good with other dogs has never shown any signs of aggression but she is very boisterous with her play. I am confident that all should be okay bar a bit of jealousy but should I have any other concerns or do you have any tips to help integrate new pup into our life?

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Anonymous

So sorry to hear of your loss. Such a bitter sweet situation. Congratulations on your new family members though. Your dob will probably mother the puppy but you will have to be the leader and insist that play is gentle. Dobs do get boisterous esp. with their front feet. Your new Italian Spinone will, in a short time, catch up in size. Your constant reminder to be gentle and praise when she is being doscile around the new pup should do the trick. I would sug. that you keep the new puppy away from the Dob for a few days. It is not unusual to restrict a new puppies area until "pottie" breaks can be extablished. Also, this will allow the Spinone to start adjusting to its new home, routine and owner(s). In the mean time the puppy smell will be on you and in the home and your dob will get familiar to his smell before a formal intro. is done. They will be great friends in no time after respect has been established. Good Luck and Cong.
9/17/2012 12:23:06 PM

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9/14/2012 11:26:38 AM

9/14/2012 11:26:38 AM

at what age should i stop puppy food for my doberman?

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Dobs mature very slowly both mentally and phys. but I would think, based on my experience, that 8 months would be an acceptable time to ween your dob off puppy stuff and on to adult food. Please do this gradually over a period of a week. ie 1/3 to 2/3 puppy food for 2 days, then 1/2 to 1/2 for 3 days then 3/4 to 1/4 pup food and finally all adult food. Do a little research and pick the best adult food you can. It also wouldn't hurt to give your dob vitamins daily. You may notice some change in bowel movements but if you change the food slowly it should not be a problem. Good Luck
9/15/2012 9:51:25 AM

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9/10/2012 8:41:15 PM

9/10/2012 8:41:15 PM

We have a 4 month old Doberman Puppy who is wonderful. We love her to pieces and she has been... We have a 4 month old Doberman Puppy who is wonderful. We love her to pieces and she has been sleeping in the house as she is a part of the family. The past two nights she has insisted on sleeping out. It's quite cold at night and I'm worried that she might pick up an infection. Is this normal or has something happened that has made her not want to sleep in the house.Please help.

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I would say maintain your leader of the pack position and insist she stay inside. There you can monitor her for any other behaviour unusual to her normal routine. It may be of best interest to watch her closely for a couple of days. If she exhibits other behaviour not common to her I would suggest she be taken to the vet. Usually coming out of routine does mean there may be an existing problem. Good Luck
9/15/2012 9:43:15 AM

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8/18/2012 11:28:56 AM

8/18/2012 11:28:56 AM

my dad thinks dobermans are mean dogs is that true?

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Anonymous

No its totally wrong! Dobermans are not mean its only the people who dont know about them think they are mean.. infact they are very good!! It also depends how the owner keeps it! Sometimes they are mean when owners make them.
8/21/2012 8:29:16 PM

Anonymous

totally NOT true. my doberman acts so sweet and cuddly when around family members and around us, she's not intimidating at all. the only time she gets really mean and scary is when someone she doesnt know shows up at the gate. she also hates little kids who tease her. just shows how protective she is of her humans. lol
9/4/2012 4:52:42 AM

Anonymous

Dobs are not mean they are intelligent. Because they are so smart they can be taught a wide variety of things, from shaking your hand to climbing ladders, obedience, agility and protection. Unfortunatly there are some people that misuse their inteligence. This also happens with other outstanding and intelligent breeds like, german shepherd, pit bull/terriers and Rotties. It is unfair to the loving loyal breeds that get a bad reputation because of minority of owners who direct their intelligence in a wrong direction.
9/4/2012 6:51:29 PM

Anonymous

Anyone who thinks Dobes are mean has never had one. I have a beautiful black and tan female who is my velcro dog. She sticks to me all the time. She is very friendly to strangers unless they give her a reason not to be. Dobes are one of the best breeds for a loyal, loving companion.
9/18/2012 8:49:58 AM

Anonymous

doberman pinschers are friendly dogs if well socialized, trained properly, and well exercised. a poorly-socialized, un-trained, and under-exercised or abused doberman might be more on the aggressive side. but in general, dobermans are protective, loyal, and very friendly toward their friends and family.
10/28/2012 4:12:03 PM

Anonymous

What do you think? To add to the previous posts, any dog can be "mean". I've ran into some mean Chihuahuas and Dachshunds. Because of this, I really hate little dogs. Its actually been proven that those two dogs are the top biters, NOT Dobermans and Pits.
3/31/2014 10:03:51 PM

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8/16/2012 1:03:55 AM

8/16/2012 1:03:55 AM

I have a mixed breed part pit and I dont know the other breed. It is medium sized. light to... I have a mixed breed part pit and I dont know the other breed. It is medium sized. light to medium brown, very short hair,and has a bounce to its walk. It could be boxer, lab, or pincher. The face is pit. what do you think the other breed is?

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you know.....your dog accepts you for who you are with unconditional love. I am saying what difference does it make what their breed make up is you should love them in kind with no reserve as they accept you. I am sure you want to give your dog a loving, caring and happy home no matter what their breeding. Just count it up a mystery of life. Best Wishes for many years of happliness with your dog.
9/15/2012 10:04:18 AM

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8/8/2012 12:59:34 AM

8/8/2012 12:59:34 AM

My cousin has a 5yr old dobie and its very aggressive. They are going so they are giving it... My cousin has a 5yr old dobie and its very aggressive. They are going so they are giving it away and im interested but im worried if i get bitten or something, they have talked to a trainer and he said he can train it but im still scared. Do you recommend me to take it and train or not? pls help

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Anonymous

If you are affraid of the dob, my suggestion is to let it pass by. Dogs pick up of human feelings and could take advantage of your fears. Dobs can be pushy or bullish which can be taken as aggression by those who don't know the breed. I guess it all depends on what your definition of "very aggressive" is. It may just be that the dob has NOT receicved proper socialization or training. If you really want a dob do some research before you take on the challenges of a dob, they are NOT for beginners. Best of Luck
8/12/2012 7:09:40 PM

Anonymous

train the dobie and they will be a better dog and respect you more.
8/15/2012 4:38:26 PM

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8/7/2012 2:07:04 AM

8/7/2012 2:07:04 AM

So I am a young lady who just moved from MN to AZ because i needed a change. I have always... So I am a young lady who just moved from MN to AZ because i needed a change. I have always admired the Dobermann Breed. I also moved into a not so safe area but it is the only one thats big enough. So i decided to get a companion and I have searched on line and they range from 300 to 3,000. why are they so cheep? should i be worried? and what is it exactly should i be looking for? I dont want to breed and i dont need it for show. I need someone to protect me love me and keep me safe.

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Anonymous

Certain breeds are cheaper if there are alot of them on the market due to being a common and popular breed. The Dobermann breed can cost well over 3000.00 for a champion bloodline.
8/24/2012 9:50:34 AM

Anonymous

The Doberman is a great choice as you described. There are Dobie that go for well beyond $3000. Why so cheap? As in most things, there is a correlation between the cost and the quality; often but not always. If you only have $300 & that is your limit then that's your price neighborhood. A good breeder is often in the $900 to $2000 neighborhood. Why are they cheap? 1] The cheap ones are not show dogs. 2] The breed is healthy and easy to breed. 3] They are more on the common side; ie not rare. Before you buy: remember that there WILL be other costs beyond food; regular vet visits for preventative issues [heart worms; ticks etc]. In the mandatory column I would put training. Why mandatory? The dog is intelligent and both the dog & you need the training for the happiness of both.
9/11/2014 6:00:24 PM

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8/3/2012 6:20:36 AM

8/3/2012 6:20:36 AM

I have a girl doberman she is 8 months old can we crop her ears

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Ears are usually cropped at 7-10 weeks old. My understanding is that you can't get them to stand if they have been hanging natural for months. It took our doberman girl's ears months to stand and she was cropped at 7 weeks, out of tape at about 8 months and out of breath rites by 9 1/2 months. She has a long show crop. They do look fantastic. The hard work was well worth it. Check with a vet that does crops (not all do them) and see if it is at all possible, but I really think it is probably to late.
8/5/2012 4:06:51 PM

Anonymous

We have been raising dobies for many years. We do NOT crop the ears. Overseas such as England, the dog has to be born that way. Which is rare. These dogs need the long ears.. When people crop their ears its only for appearance. Its no longer recommended, because it is cruel to the dog.. I use my dobies for tracking. The long ears gather the sense of smell around the nose area...The long ears do NOT stop them from doing their jobs/or being quite loving and trusting.. Please don't crop their ears....
9/6/2012 12:19:40 PM

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