Country of Origin

Original Function of Breed

Medium Sized Dog

Average Life Span
10-12 Years [but may go on to 14+ years]

Approximate Height [at withers/shoulders]
Dog: 27 inches (69 cms)
Bitch: 25 1/2 inches (65 cms)

Coat Type
Short, and smooth, no undercoat.

Coat Colour
Black & Red Rust
Brown & Red Rust
Blue & Red Rust
Isabella [Fawn]

Coat Care
Although short coated, Dobermanns do moult – regular grooming with a rubber grooming mitt keeps coat shiny and soft, and removes loose hair.

Town or Country?
Is happy with either provided they have enough exercise and plenty of human company.

Would the Dog Live Happily in a Flat or Apartment?
Would depend on the dog and the owner’s circumstances and the type of flat/apartment in question, but not ideal.

Does the Breed Suffer from Cold/Wet/Heat?
Dobermanns love their comforts and do not like the cold. They often don’t like to get wet and many refuse to go out when it’s raining!

Would the Dog Live happily outside?
No. Dobermanns like to be part of the family and love human company. They like their comforts too much to enjoy living outdoors.

Special Considerations
Dobermanns enjoy being part of the family. They should be trained with patience and kindness and it is never too late to train a dog. Dobermanns are ‘in your face’ dogs, and want to spend as much time with their owners as possible. If you want a dog that will go off and lie down quietly so you don’t know they are there then a Dobermann is not for you.

Alert, courageous, proud, loyal, affectionate, highly intelligent and manipulative. Dobermanns need to be treated with great respect and not mishandled. Kindness and patience will be greatly rewarded and you will have a dog that is extremely loyal, trustworthy and affectionate

Health Issues
Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) [Heart Failure],
Von Willibrands Disease (blood clotting),
Cervical Spondylitis [Canine Wobbler Syndrome],
Arthritis [Mostly in older dogs)

Dog breeding is a very specialised area. This is why it is so important for you to go to a reputable breeder when choosing a puppy. Good breeders will carefully choose a brood bitch or stud dog on the basis of quality relating to the breed standard, breed lines (ancestors and genetics) and compatibility.

A good breeder will:

  • Not breed from a bitch on two consecutive seasons.
  • Only allow their bitches to have a maximum of three or four litters during the bitch’s breeding life.
  • Ensure their dogs have a good quality of life such as a balanced diet/housing/exercise and socialisation along with veterinary care when necessary.
  • Not sell any dog to a commercial wholesaler, pet shop, dealer or other retail outlet.
  • Not breed from a bitch less than two years of age or over eight years of age.
  • Not breed from a dog or bitch that is likely to pass on any hereditary problems to future generations of puppies.
  • Be knowledgeable about the breed and will always advise you on any questions you may have.
  • Offer to take the puppy back should their initial circumstances change.
  • Be prepared to put your name on a waiting list for a litter to be born. A well bred puppy is worth waiting for.
    In the meantime, ask if you can visit the parents to give you an idea of what the dog will be like as an adult and to see their natural home environment.

The Society is happy to provide advice and guidance in all aspects of breeding and buying a puppy.