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The Doberman Pinscher

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Breed Traits and Characteristics

According to the American Kennel Club, here are some breed characteristic you can find in Doberman Pinschers. 


  • Height

    26-28 inches (male), 24-26 inches (female)

  • Weight

    70-100 pounds (male), 60-90 pounds (female)

  • Life Expectancy

    10-12 years

  • Coat Type/Length


  • 100 Affectionate with Family
  • 100 Good with Young Children
  • 60 Good with Other Dogs
  • 100 Trainability Level
  • 100 Energy Level
  • 60 Barking Level
  • 80 Shedding Level
  • 40 Drooling Level


The Doberman was bred by Louis Dobermann, a tax collector in the town of Apolda, Germany, around 1890 for a specific purpose – protection from hostilities at collection time. While their exact lineage is largely a mystery, it is believed that Dobermann crossed Rottweilers, German Pinschers, Black and Tan Terriers, and several other breeds to create a dog suitable for his needs.

The Doberman’s intelligence and athleticism led to international recognition as a working dog. The United States Marine Corps selected the Doberman Pinscher as its official service dog, and the breed garnered fame during World War II for their contributions to the war effort. Today’s Dobermans are celebrated show dogs, excel as therapy or service dogs for the disabled, and continue to retain popularity as guard dogs and trustworthy pets.

Doberman Pinscher Personality & Temperament

The Doberman Pinscher possesses an ease of movement and regal appearance befitting their royal status in the canine kingdom. Originally bred as guard dogs, Dobermans are strong and athletic, with boundless energy and keen intelligence that makes them highly trainable. Equally loving and loyal, these compactly-built dogs are very popular pets – provided their owners can cope with their energy level.

Doberman Pinschers have sweet, appealing personalities and stable temperaments. They are extremely loving, loyal, and trustworthy, and even play well with other dogs – provided they can run the show! Dobermans are generally stable and trouble-free. Instances of timidity or aggression can be easily rectified if addressed early in their development, as their high intelligence means they respond well to training.

If you are thinking of purchasing a Doberman, it is important to source from a responsible breeder who is breeding for not only looks, but health and temperament as well. Rescues are also great options for prospective Doberman owners. Contact your local Bark Busters trainer today to learn about great breeders and rescue organizations near you!

Doberman Pinscher Physical Characteristics

Dobermans are a strong, whip-smart breed, with medium-size square bodies. Their appearance projects elegance and nobility, as well as a sense of endurance and speed befitting their energetic nature. They make excellent watch dogs, as they are constantly alert and observing their surroundings.

Class & Color


  • Working Group


  • Blue & Rust
  • Black & Rust
  • Black Brindle & White
  • Fawn & Rust
  • Red & Rust

Size & Life Expectancy


  • Medium to Large
  • Height: 26-28 inches (male), 24-26 inches (female)
  • Weight: 75-100 pounds (male), 60-90 pounds (female)

Life expectancy

  • Doberman Pinschers typically live between 10 and 13 years.

Other Traits

  • Sleek, graceful physique
  • Angulated head with long muzzle, tapered at nose
  • Flopped ears and long tail (though some owners crop both)
  • Smooth, semi-coarse topcoat and a soft, fine undercoat

Bark Busters Trainer Jeff Drier on the Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinschers are renowned for their natural leadership qualities and protective natures – noble traits that can create dangerous situations if they misinterpret human behavior, make errors in judgment, or start to determine who is and isn’t welcome at home on their own.

Case Study

Take King, whose human family included two teenage siblings. Like most brothers and sisters, they would squabble and sometimes roughhouse with each other. King’s protective instincts would kick in, leading him to misinterpret their wrestling as something more serious. King would growl and bark at them, and one day even bit the son when he was wrestling with his sister. He fortunately escaped without serious injury, but it was clear to the family that King needed help.

Our trainer reviewed King’s behavior and developed a plan to teach King that it was the parents’ job, not his, to police the kids. Being a typical Doberman, he was very smart and took to the re-education very quickly. The family soon reported that King had vacated his duties as policeman and was no longer reacting to the teens’ dustups, instead letting the parents handle any disputes at home.

Like any breed, Dobermans can make poor decisions and mistakes in judgment. Your local Bark Busters trainer can quickly help establish new patterns of behavior – often in just a single session.

Tips for Potential Doberman Pinscher Owners

Doberman Pinschers are susceptible to certain health risks. Responsible breeders will screen breeding stock for medical conditions inherent to the breed.

Dobermans are extremely active and require space for play and exercise, making them poor choices for apartment-dwellers.

Early socialization and basic obedience training are important to establishing patterns of good behavior with your Doberman.

The Doberman is an energetic athlete who needs a lot of exercise and free play. Taking your dog for long walks and hikes is great for their wellbeing.

We are always available to help you develop a consistent, compassionate approach to good behavior for your Doberman Pinscher. Learn more about our services and schedule an appointment with one of our trainers today!

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Doberman Pinscher Health & Grooming


The breed is usually healthy, but can be susceptible to bloat (a digestive condition), heart ailments like hip dysplasia and enlarged hearts, and a spinal condition called wobbler syndrome. Potential owners should purchase from responsible breeders, who typically genetically test their breeding stock for these issues.


Dobermans are brush-and-go-type dogs that require little care for their short coats. A few minutes brushing and one wash per week should be enough to remove the soft, fine undercoat hairs that can shed or contribute an unpleasant smell if left alone. The American Kennel Club recommends monthly nail trimming, regular teeth brushing, and wiping out their ears with a small amount of baby oil on a paper towel every few days.

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All dogs need some form of training and education. Love is vital to the bond you and your dog share, but on its own and without all the other elements of a strong relationship, your dog won’t feel fully fulfilled.

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Dogs are social animals and like to be part of a structured social group. In the wild, their pack provides this purpose, but in the domesticated world, this consists of the humans they live with and other animals that live in your home.

Large Group of Dogs of Various Breeds

Tips for Every Dog - Four Basic Needs

At Bark Busters, we believe that every dog has four basic needs. When these needs aren’t being met, misbehavior will likely follow.

Hear from Bark Busters Clients Who Have a Doberman Pinscher

Had a Doberman that was misbehaving. Marcus did a wonderful job working on his issues. Now we can go for walks. The barking and charging has stopped. Now its our turn to work.
Scott has been helping us with a reactive Doberman who also has very high anxiety. After seeing her get worse we did private and group training classes but those used shock collars and we didn’t know then that we were making things so much worse and more traumatic for her. We then tried one of the top rated animal behaviorists; but they were the polar opposite. The more we paid the less they did. I felt hopeless and knew we would lose her if we had anymore biting incidents with her. I found Bark Busters and was immediately drawn to the fact that they do not use shock collars, clickers, treats or any things else you have been taught to keep your pup in line. The lady on the phone was fantastic and answered all my questions and told me about Scott. I honestly was surprised he was not working with famous people at how good he looked on paper. Scott came to our home and was so calm and patient. He listened and empathized; but then he got to work. The exercises we did during our FIRST session were already making a complete difference. He helped us with exercises and guided us as needed and left us with tips, tricks and tools to use until his next visit. He also made himself readily available if we were in crisis or needed help of any kind. I have had too many nights crying thinking I am going to have to put my Doberman baby down and now I feel such excitement and a newfound sense of confidence. Scott is honest and straightforward and will not tell you what you want to hear. He understands our crisis and how close we were to giving up. Scott is an all around professional and while he is our last ditch effort to save our dog, I full confidence that he will help us keep her happy, healthy and safe for a long time to come. Thanks Scott and thanks Bark Busters.
I would like to start out by saying i have had 9 dobermans in my lifetime, most lived to be between 12 and 3 actually to 15 years. I thought i had seen it all. Never needed a trainer. Well our newest puppy challenged us. Our pup extreme high energy, very excitable, and out of control with puppy biting and jumping like a kangaroo. I had to resource to a trainer. No success the first 2 trainers and their methods, so we tried barkbusters. Chris, came to our home, and had immediate success on one command with our puppy, at the time 5 months old. I have to compliment the training methods suggested by Chris and barkbusters because they were successful, and totally humane. But the key as to anything is consistency. I am not going to say we are over the hump just yet since we are approaching 9 months and getting challenged daily with his new teenage doggy interests and challenges, but the overall experience was well worth it, Chris was great, and the best thing??? He is just a text, call or email away forever, and very quick to respond to our ongoing needs if necessary. highly recommend!!
I have two dobermans ages 3 1/2. I needed to learn how to be the leader of this pack. The skills Sharon taught me were/are very effective with my boys. In addition, we worked on their backyard behavior. In the first session she had my boys greeting the neighbors dog with out aggression. Sharon knows dogs and is very patient when teaching her clients. This was well worth the investment. I am so happy I made the appointment. I would definitely recommend her services. Thank you Sharon.
We struggled for several years with our 3 year old dog rescue dog. She had severe anxiety, barking, and unfocused energy. We had tried obedience training escalating to muzzles and shock collars but these did not work.. We learned about Bark Busters from a local advertisement and after some research found some positive reviews about this service. We reached out to our local Bark Busters for more information and were impressed with the initial conversations. The service came with a notable cost, but the results have been incredible.

Ryanne sat down and really got to know us, our pets, the environment, the issues we were having and connected with us helping us communicate more effectively with our four-legged family members. . She was very knowledgeable about dog behaviors and explained everything to us very clearly about why our dog(s) were acting the way they were. She took a very organized and methodical approach to help train the humans and then focus on the dogs. Using the information and techniques she provided, we saw some significant immediate results even after the first day!

Ryanne provided us a training schedule until the next session and got the next session scheduled right away. We really appreciate the personalized approach she provided, she is super friendly, knowledgeable, as well as approachable. The next session saw even more positive results and our dog’s behavior has really changed for the better from these training sessions, and our continued use of her techniques.

We are very impressed with Ryanne, Omar, and the Bark Busters team and would hands-down recommend this service!
John was excellent! Took his time in explaining techniques and addressing our issues. Very detailed in his explanations, calm and kind to our dog and the family. His knowledge base was extensive and the nutrition education was a benefit.
We are very excited to begin following all the training with our dogs that we were taught today. John was very helpful and explained everything.
John was wonderful. I saw a big difference in Zoey's behavior with all the techniques I learned today.
John addressed our concerns with a realistic game plan. We already see improvement with Arthur learning commands.
In just three hours, we saw a huge improvement in our dog. Prior to this training we were convinced that it would take months of training before we would see a difference. Very impressed with Bark Busters. We will definitely be recommending them to anyone asking.
Very knowledgeable, very useful, and very smart.
Very clear and straight to the point.
Lots of great info and saw some immediate improvements. Both of us got a chance to try each exercise and work on commands and work through issues!
Amazing how much progress was made in just one session today! Love all the information provided, so we can have it for later recall!
Marc really got to know us and connect with us. He explained everything so clearly. Very friendly. Super knowledgeable!
The session and Karen were knowledgeable, effective and truly enlightening for us to learn how to train our puppies.
Todd was patient with my ignorance, explained Everything in great detail. Todd really loves his job, my puppy ( Daytona ) took to him like I've never seen her do with anyone else, by the time my session was over Daytona was laying at his feet looking up at him like she fell in love with Todd, I think my puppy forgot I was her owner and would have left with him lol. Daytona is responding to the techniques Todd showed me, I thank Barkbusters for having Todd come to my home and help me. Thank you very much.
I was a little skeptical that this would be worth it but Finn is truly a new dog. I hated walking him and even walking into my own home because he was so obnoxious, but he is enjoyable now to walk and come home to. Still working on his opportunist personality but he is much much better. I very happy with our results and strongly encourage others to call Bark Busters, you'll be glad you did.
We saw immediate progress and change in her behavior. Josh was direct, but super informative and supportive!
Very clear and straight to the point.
Karen was very informative and took her time to explain and repeat directions when necessary.
I am impressed with same day changes. I am looking forward to continuing training & to see continuous improvements. I saw great changes with having someone new in my home. My dogs had no aggression.
We worked with Karen today. She helped us with some of Max's issues. We noticed a positive change in him while she was here.
Such a wonderful difference already! Thank you so much Todd! He was patient, understanding, empathetic and knowledgeable. He kept things simple and effective. We are seeing the techniques already work. Still have a ways to go but off to an amazing start. Thank you again Todd
I was amazed how quickly our puppy responded to the training techniques!
We saw great progress in our dog today!
Who you gonna call? Bark Busters! No seriously, you won’t regret it. Our little Sully was a scared shelter dog whose “bark” was bigger than his bite. After ONE session, James gave us 3 simple skills we needed to regain ownership. These simple skills are now applied in so many different settings - during walks, meeting new dogs, and encountering children. We are well on our way to become the best dog owner for Sully! Thank you!
We saw immediate results with Trouble. We are so excited to work with her and see her grow and improve. Very practical tools.

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