Doberman Pinscher

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Breed Group: Working
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
65-90 lbs
Male: 26-28; Female: 24-26 inches
black, red, blue, and fawn, all with tan markings
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How much do Doberman Pinscher puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Doberman Pinscher varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Doberman Pinscher puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Doberman Pinschers sold is $2,200.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Doberman Pinscher with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $3,100 upwards to $9,000 or even more for a Doberman Pinscher with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Doberman Pinschers sold is $1,100.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $2,200.00
Average Price: $1,100.00
Top Quality: $3,100.00 to $9,000.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 9425 Doberman Pinscher puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a Doberman Pinscher puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Doberman Pinschers true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

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Most Popular Doberman Pinscher Names for 2021

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 9425 Doberman Pinscher dogs.
  • 1. Dobie
  • 2. Duke
  • 3. Daisy
  • 4. Emma
  • 5. Apollo
  • 6. Max
  • 7. Zeus
  • 8. Bella
  • 9. Dobies
  • 10. Bruno
  • 11. Athena
  • 12. Chase
  • 13. Major
  • 14. Baron
  • 15. Dixie
  • 16. Magnum
  • 17. Princess
  • 18. Black Beauty
  • 19. Thor
  • 20. Ellie

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Location: Wichita, Kansas
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We are a family ran ranch which includes our favorite breeds of dogs. We do not breed very often but when we do we take the time to do it right. All our animals are very important to us. Their health and happiness is our primary goal. Our goal is to produce health puppies that are even better then their parents with sound minds and strong bodies. All DNA and breed specific tests are performed on our puppies to insure you are getting a puppy free of genetic diseases. Puppies are well socialized with children and a wide range of livestock, including cattle, goat, hogs and chickens.

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Anonymous asked:
What do you do with the Doberman Pinscher's ears that are not standing straight up?

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If your pup's ears are not standing straight up, then it is best to get them re-taped and make sure that the taping is keeping them up at the level you desire. You may have to keep them taped for 4 - 6 months to re-train them.

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I have a 6-year-old spayed female Doberman/Shephard she is good with other animals and displays a lot of both German Shephard and Doberman traits. My career allows me to work at home. Do you think if I get a male Doberman puppy for her to nurture then grow to have as a companion that they will do okay? She was a rescue a few years ago and was always around other dogs and I feel she misses that. (She always tries to mother small dogs)

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One of the main concerns about bringing another dog into your home is if your dog will become protective of yourself, your family and the home. If you have had many other dogs over at your house without your dog becoming aggressive or protective, then I would say that it would be a great thing to have a companion for your dog. However, if you do not know how your dog will react to another dog in your home, I would suggest bringing other dogs in that your dog already knows to make sure that she would be fine with another dog in her space.

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Are Doberman Pinscher's good family dogs?



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.


Doberman Pinscher's are fabulous dogs! I have had 3 now. My first two lived to be 12 and 15 years of age. Raise them with love from the onset when they are puppies and you will have a loving dog. You do though have to make sure the Doberman knows his place. If you are a responsible dog owner and love your Doberman, he will love you and your family right back. I just adopted 2 cats that I got from an elderly lady who didn't want to take them to the shelter. My Dobie is fine with them.


They have a wonderful disposition and the Doberman's I have had quickly adapted to their surroundings. The disposition depends on the family and how they are raised.. When I trained my dogs I would let my kids be involved with the training.. I told my boys that our Dobie needs lots of love. I let them feed the dogs so the boys and the dogs would form a bond with them. They are great dogs and very protective of their families.

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



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 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 its 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.


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 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.


It is possible that they may get along, don't let the possibility that they won't make you not get a doberman pinscher, if they don't get along, separate them often.

Anonymous asked:
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?



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.


It sounds like there is some confusion about who is dominant in the household. 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. 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.


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, etc. 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.


My sister in law had a female Doberman that started biting. She had it checked and found to have brain tumors.


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.

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Updated: 1/22/2021