With its ever-alert perky ears and robust, muscular build, the Doberman Pinscher is the type of dog that you can’t help but admire and respect.
As you might have guessed, they’re a preferred choice as family guard dogs because of their unwavering loyalty towards their owners, as well as that “don’t mess with me” vibe they give off to suspicious folks and potential intruders. To see if this regal canine is a fit for your family and lifestyle, and to learn more about their history, check out the info below.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), Dobermans were bred some time in the 1890’s by German tax collector Louis Dobermann. He wanted a guard dog who could protect him–while appearing intimidating, yet elegant–and to act as a companion on his evening shifts through town, where he carried large amounts of cash.
Animal Planet explains that genetics include: German Pincer, Rottweiler, Thuringian Shepherd Dog, Black Greyhound, Great Dane, Weimaraner, German Shorthair Pointer, and German Shepherd.
The Dobie is considered a healthy and robust breed, but like any pup they’re prone to certain ailments. The most common health issues for this breed include:
- Von Willebrand’s Disease, an inherited blood disorder.
- Hip dysplasia, which can progress more as the Dobie gets older.
- Progressive retinal atrophy, a deterioration of the eye that affects sight.
Like Pit Bulls and Rottweilers, Dobies can be thought of as vicious. After all, they were bred to be fierce guard dogs. Animal Planet also says that they have a strong and scissor-like bite, making them all the more intimidating. And if they are crossed the wrong way, they will certainly do their jobs.
The AKC ranks them as the 5th smartest dog breed in the world, and also describes them as highly trainable. This means that they have a great capacity for learning tasks–but can also get easily bored.
They come in 4 different colors:
Black & rust, blue & rust, fawn & rust, and red & rust, according to the AKC.