Doberman Pinscher


The Doberman Pinscher, which originated in Germany around 1900, gets its name from Louis Dobermann, a tax collector who wanted a dog to accompany and protect him as he worked. The German Pinscher, Rottweiler, Black and Tan Terrier, and Weimaraner were probably used to develop the Doberman. Intelligence and ability makes it among the finest police dogs, guard dogs, and war dogs. A noted show dog, the Doberman has also become a beloved and loyal family pet.


Medium to large, 60 to 85 pounds; females 24 to 26 inches; males 26 to 28 inches.


Black, red, blue, or fawn, all with rust markings.


Energetic, watchful, and fearless. Loyal and intelligent. Reserved with strangers and may be aggressive with strange dogs.

Energy level:


Best owner:

Active owner; a firm person who has time and energy for training.


Daily mental and physical exercise (vigorous runs, long walks, agility), indoor companionship.

Life expectancy:

10 to 12 years.