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The Doberman

The Doberman

All about the breed

Are you interested in a Doberman and wondering whether it is the right companion for you? We have put together a small Doberman breed portrait to help you with your decision.

The Doberman is a very intelligent and affectionate dog that loves and appreciates the company of humans and close partnership. Find out more about the origin, character and life expectancy of the Doberman breed below.

Today, the Doberman is a worldwide recognised breed and is used for various purposes. Read here about the origin of this great breed.

The Doberman is known for its self-confident, alert and courageous nature. He is an intelligent dog who learns quickly and likes to work.

The life expectancy of the Doberman is comparable to other medium-sized dog breeds. The right care and attention is crucial.

The Doberman


The Dobermann is a breed originating from Germany. It is the only German dog breed that takes its name from its founder.

The foundation stone was laid in Apolda, a town in Thuringia.
Friedrich Louis Dobermann was a tax collector, dog catcher, knacker and much more. He lived in Apolda in the 19th century. He played a major role in the development of the breed. As a dog catcher, he had the right to catch all free-roaming dogs. From these he is said to have selected sharp working dogs and used them for breeding. Today, no one can say with 100% certainty which dog breeds were mated at that time.

To get a better picture of this, one should get an overview of the dog breeds that lived in the area at that time. Thus, for the tax collector and night policeman, a working dog was created that was alert and protected house and yard. After the death of Friedrich Louis Dobermann, Otto Göller took over the breeding stock and continued breeding in the spirit of his inventor.*

Dobermann vom Schwansee - Der Dobermann und seine Herkunft
Source: The big Doberman book | Dr. Gerhard Schüler

The Doberman is a large dog with a strong, muscular, almost square body.
The coat is short and smooth. He has no undercoat.

Brief details about the Doberman:*


Males 68-72 cm
Female 63-68 cm

Life expectancy:

10-13 years


Males 40-45 kg
Female 32-35 kg




black or brown with rust-coloured branding


intelligent, fearless, affectionate, alert, courageous, fearless, obedient, loyal

The Dobermann is versatile. As a police dog for customs and the German armed forces, as a therapy, rescue and guide dog or as an extreme sports dog. Of course, the Doberman is also a great family dog. With the right amount of exercise, he is a fearless cuddly toy and loving companion at home. In the family he likes to be the centre of attention. He is always suspicious of strangers, which is not unusual as a guard and watch dog.

You should enjoy exercise and working with your Doberman. A round around the block is by far not enough for these athletic dogs. If they are not exercised, they will find something to do, much to the chagrin of their owners.

Due to his high intelligence and his wiry muscular body he is suitable for almost every kind of dog sport. There are for example pulling dog sport with the Dogscooter, which physically exhausts the Doberman.
For the brains, there is Agility, dogdancing, obedience, mantrailing, tracking and not forgetting the working dog sports that we practise with our dogs. But what you should keep in mind with all these activities are the rest breaks that he also needs. He also likes a day on the couch every now and then.

* Source: The big Doberman book | Dr. Gerhard Schüler

The Doberman


The Doberman is known for its self-confident, alert and courageous nature. It is an intelligent dog that learns quickly and likes to work. Due to its high energy level and endurance, this breed is ideal for people who like to be active and spend a lot of time with their dog.

The Doberman is also known for its loyalty and protective instincts. He is an excellent watchdog and is often used as a police dog. However, despite its alertness and protective instincts, the Doberman is a loving and loyal companion who enjoys spending time with his family.

It is important to note that the Doberman is a breed that requires consistent and loving training. Without proper socialisation and training, a Doberman may exhibit undesirable behaviour. However, with proper training and guidance, the Doberman is a great companion and a loyal friend.

The Doberman

Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Doberman varies depending on factors such as health status, diet and exercise. As a rule, Dobermans have a life expectancy of 10 to 13 years.

It is important that Dobermans receive regular veterinary check-ups to ensure that they remain healthy. Certain conditions that are common in Dobermans, such as hip dysplasia, cardiomyopathy and hypothyroidism, can affect life expectancy if not treated in time.

A healthy diet and sufficient exercise are also crucial for the Doberman's life expectancy. A balanced diet that meets the dog's nutritional needs, as well as regular walks and playtime, can help maintain the Doberman's health and extend life expectancy.

Overall, the life expectancy of the Doberman is comparable to other medium-sized dog breeds. With the right care and attention, Dobermans can live long and happy lives.

Dobermann vom Schwansee - Unsere Dobermann-Dame Aloha Nani

The Doberman - a loyal and protective companion for you and your family!

Dobermans are one of the most intelligent and trainable dog breeds there is. They are not only fascinating and elegant dogs, but also extremely loyal and protective companions. Although they are often used as guard dogs or police dogs, they are also excellent as family dogs.

Dobermans have a natural attraction and a strong presence that make them great guard and watch dogs. They are very alert and are quick to notice when something changes or someone strange is around. But despite their alertness, Dobermans are also loving and affectionate dogs that work closely with their families.

Another advantage of Dobermans is their endurance and eagerness. They are very energetic and love to be outside and active. This makes them great companions for outdoor activities such as hiking, jogging or cycling.

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