Doberman, the name itself sounds quirky. Though it is a common pet breed, people have stereotyped this dog as more of a temperamental and aggressive breed. On the contrary they are loyal and obedient family dogs. With their strong built, alertness and intelligence, these dogs were earlier used as guard dogs, police dogs and even war dogs but it has turned out to be less common these days. With their ferocity they tend to show aggressive behavior towards strangers and other dogs, but when it comes to their owner, they are most loving and protective. It is highly unlikely that they show aggression towards their owners.
This breed is not an original one but is said to be a pedigree of many other species which includes Rottweiler, German pinscher, Great Dane, German shepherd, Manchester terrier, and English greyhound. You would be surprised to know that the Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, a local tax collector in the German state of Thuringia around 1890 created the breed so as to provide him protection during his collections in different places. His aim was to have a dog that would not only be loyal and intelligent but would also turn into a ferocious animal to protect his owner. With the birth of Doberman Pinscheres, two gentlemen namely, Otto Goeller and Philip Greunig continued developing the breed which came out to be the dog that we see today.
Dobermans have athletic body. Males are muscular and females are a little thin comparatively. They standing up to height of 64cm and weigh roughly 41kgs, on an average. They have short fur coat usually black or brown in color with patches or tans. They don’t require much grooming. With slender bodies and square build these dogs are a perfect combination of strength, agility, ferocity and intelligence. Your watchful dog would surely protect you from the unwanted strangers but it will also turn out to be an obedient family pet.
Doberman have long tails naturally, not as we see them around. The tail gets is deliberately cut short by docking, wherein a major part of the tail is surgically removed. Originally it was done to ensure that the tail doesn’t come in the way of dog’s work. Also the natural tail is quite long and slender. Being hit by a Doberman’s undocked tail is more like a whip, so people prefer to dock their Dobie’s tail although it is a illegal practice in some European countries and Australia, including cropping of their ears.
Your dog will give you a good company for 10 to12 years, on average. But there may be certain health issues with dogs, especially Doberman Pinschers that develop a cardiac disease that causes uncertain deaths among this breed. The disease turns out to be fatal to the affected dog most of the times. According to studies Dobermans even have chances of suffering from prostatic diseases more than any other breed. Neutering the dog can reduce this risk by considerable levels. Doberman has a muscular built and remain highly active. They require regular exercise on daily basis else they become restless and irritated. A morning and evening walk would keep your dog healthy and happy too. These dogs are loyal and quite attached to their owners. Being a good owner you should always spend quality time with your pet patting and pampering it. This is good for making a healthy bond between you and your dog.
These intelligent mammals show aggression depending upon the situation and are generally sociable towards humans. Known for their traits like powerful, fearless, energetic and loyal, Doberman have a calmer and gentle side to their temperament too. Obedience can be incurred into the dog since early age and they can be trained to socializing around humans and other animals.