Breed overview the Doberman

by Amy Cooper

Are you considering getting a Doberman? Or are you just interested in the breed? Well this is the perfect place to start! This post is a short summary of the Doberman breed characteristics from their size to how much exercise they need.

Breed overview


The Doberman is a large breed standing at 61-71cm to the withers with a lifespan of 10+ years. They have a short coat that comes in several different colours, with the most common being Black and Tan. This short coat means they need minimal grooming. Dobermans are a working breed so are intelligent, strong and highly trainable (The Kennel Club, 2021).



As I mentioned above Dobermans need very little grooming. They are considered a very clean dog so generally don’t have the strong doggy odour. They will need the occasional brush (about once a week) and bath. But they do shed so it will be beneficial to brush them more during shedding season. Obviously, Dobermans will also need their nails trimmed and teeth cleaned regularly exactly the same as all other dogs. 


Doberman puppy

Dobermans were originally bred as a working dog so need a lot of exercise (2 hours a day). Not only do they need physical exercise like walking or running but also mental stimulation. This can be done by training, which your Doberman will love (even if they are a bit stubborn sometimes), or using puzzle toys. A Doberman can adapt to apartment/flat living but only if it gets suitable exercise. If not it may become destructive due to excess energy.



Dobermans, like most large breeds, are genetically predisposed to hip dysplasia. However, all good breeders have both parents genetically tested/screened for hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, eye problems and von Willebrand disease. This means that when you buy a puppy you know it’s got a much smaller chance of developing these problems when its older. 


Goofy Doberman

Despite their reputation Dobermans are very loyal, loving and obedient which makes them great family dogs. These characteristics combined with their intelligence also makes Dobermans great working/service dogs. They are natural protectors so will protect their family, only if threatened, but are not aggressive (Dog time, 2021). The Doberman is also considered to be a ‘velcro’ dog. This means that they (especially females) tend to make a very strong bond with one person. Finally, the Doberman takes a while to grow up so be prepared for a very large puppy until the age of three or four (Dog time, 2021).

Overall, Dobermans are a really great family dog that will love everyone unconditionally. But they do need someone who will train and socialise them well (Hill’s, 2020). If you do decide on a Doberman you will have a very loyal, goofy and smart companion for life!

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