Photo of a brown and tan adult Dobermann, looking away from the camera behind a white background.

Doberman

A comprehensive guide to Dobermans.

Size
Large
Life Expectancy
typically 10+ years
Shedding
Short length with moderate shedding

How to pronounce Doberman: dow·buh·muhn 

Dobermans are large, typically active Pinscher dogs. First bred in 19th century Germany, they have a muscular build with a short, smooth coat. This usually varies in colour between black, tan, and brown.  

Dobermans naturally have floppy ears and a long tail. But they often fall victim to cruel practices like ear cropping and tail docking. These painful, unnecessary procedures are harmful to dogs’ health, behaviour and welfare.

From digging and chasing, to playing and snoozing. Natural dog behaviours aren’t breed-specific. But with each dog comes their own loveable quirks, as well as some important things to consider.  

If you’re thinking about giving a Doberman a forever home, here are some key facts that might help your decision. 

Caring for Dobermans

Every dog is different with their own personality and needs. Here are some areas to think about when taking care of a Doberman.

Health Issues

Before you become a Doberman parent, find out about any possible health issues. Not all Dobermans faces them, but it’s good to be prepared.

Speak with your local vet for more information about potential health i...

How much food does a Doberman need?

Different Dobermans need different amounts of food depending on their:

  • age
  • size
  • activity levels
  • fitness
  • weight.

Dog food packets can serve as a useful guide, but ...

An infographic showing the key indicators of healthy body condition for a dog

How much exercise does a Doberman need?

Dobermans are typically high-energy dogs who need lots of exercise to keep them physically and mentally healthy.

They need daily walks, plus plenty of time and opportunity to explore, burn energy, and play. Like...

How much grooming does a Doberman need?

Dobermans shed moderately. To ease your dog into handling and grooming, introduce it step by step and in a positive way. Your dog feeling relaxed and confident will make grooming more enjoyable for everyone involved.&...

What size crate do you need for a Doberman?

In their crate, your dog should be able to comfortably:

  • sit and stand at their full height
  • turn around without touching the edges
  • lie down at full stretch
  • wag their tail.  
  • ...

Doberman behaviour and training  

While Dobermans may share some common traits, it’s important to remember that every dog is different. 

What's the temperament of a Doberman?

Like people, each dog is different with their own individual personality and experience. So, the temperaments of different Dobermans vary.

Dogs learn all about the world as they grow from puppies to adult pooche...

Are Dobermans easy to train?

Any breed of dog can be taught new tricks. The important thing is that the learning is positive. Find out your doggo’s favourite snacks, toys or treats. These work well as rewards for training and they find it much mo...

Are Dobermans good with children?

Each dog’s personality is shaped by their experiences of the world and they respond differently to certain situations.  

But there are some universal ways to treat any dog, including Dobermans, respectfully...

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