Doberman Pinscher

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The Doberman Pinscher, known simply as Dobermann in Great Britain, originated in the late 1800s in Apolda, Thueringen, Germany. Herr Louis Dobermann, for whom the breed is namesake, created the breed from various street dogs and breeds from his personal kennel. Some breeds included in the Dobie’s original crossing include the Rottweiler, various shorthaired shepherd dogs, and the Black and Tan Terrier. Herr Dobermann’s intention was to create the superlative personal guardian: and at that he admirably succeeded. The breed’s exceeding popularity in the late twentieth century took a toll on the overall quality of the breed, and potential owners are encouraged to seek reputable stock. The breed stands 24-28 inches at the shoulder and weighs between 66-88 pounds. The coat is short, smooth, hard, thick and close lying; the skin is held close to the body. In Great Britain the breed’s ears are not cropped though in the United States ear cropping and tail docking are both commonplace. If the dogs is to be docked and/or cropped, owners are encouraged to have the procedure completed at the earliest possible time, for as the dog matures the potential pain of the process increases.

Doberman Pinschers are remarkably intelligent dogs, capable of mastering most any task set before them. They delight in exercise and relish a good meal. The breeds’ short coast, though dense makes the Doberman better suited for indoor living, which is also recommended for socialization purposes as well.

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