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Dobermann

A real beauty and a splendid guardian... (other names: Doberman Pinscher)

Dobermann
origin:Germany
life expectancy:11-12 years
classification:Working dog
height:61 to 71 cm
weight:30 to 40 kg
exercise: Demandingtraining: Easyin/out: Indoorfeeding: Demandingsize: Large
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History [ edit ]

The Doberman is a breed of relatively recent origin. It was developped in Germany by Louis Dobermann in the last quarter of the 1800´s. Herr Dobermann was a tax collector  who had to travel quite often through bandit-infested areas. So, he decided that he needed the protection of a special dog to guard him and set out to develop a new breed. One that, in his opinion, would be the perfect all-purpose tracking/police dog, strong, intelligent, fierce and loyal. The Doberman is presumably the crossing among  Weimaraners, Rottweilers and German Pinschers, Greyhounds,  Beauceron, English Greyhounds, Manchester Terriers  and GermanShepherds. However, the exact ratios of mixing, and even the exact breeds that were used, remain uncertain to this day. Anyway the result of his experience, the Doberman, that bears the name of its developper, shortened by one n is a remarkable representative of the canine world: a bunch of energy, intelligence, agility and loyalty all in a body that astounds for its beauty. Its first appearance in a dog show by 1876 was an huge success. Today, this breed with thousands of lovers all over the world. It is really an extremelly intelligent all-purpose dog, excelling as watch, guard and police-dog, military dog, guide dog for the blind and companion.
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General Appearance [ edit ]

The Doberman  is a real beauty. A large, muscular and very powerful dog, elegant in appearance, and with a proud carriage that reflects great nobility. The body is square and compactly built with a well proportioned chest both with good width and depth. The ribs are well sprung from the spine, but flattened in the lower end to permit elbow clearance. The loins are wide and muscled and the the back is short. Viewed from the rear, the legs are straight, parallel to each other and wide apart. The feet are cat-like allowing good footing for powerful stride.The long head widens gradually, when seen from the front, toward the base of the ears in a practically unbroken line, with skin fitting tightly over the skull. The top of the skull flat, turning with a slight stop to the bridge of the muzzle. Cheeks are flat and muscular and the jaws full and powerful, well filled under the eyes. The neck is dry and well arched and muscled, with nape of neck widening gradually toward body.The ears are usually cropped (between 7 and 9 weeks) and carried erect. When the ear is held erect the upper attachment is on a level with the top of the skull.The moderately deep set, almond-shaped eyes are dark with a lively, intelligent expression that looks softer when the ears are left uncroped.The tail is usually docked at the age of 3 daysm and is carried only slightly above the horizontal when the dog is alert. The short, close-lying coat is hard and thick and comes most commonly in black with tan colouring on the muzzle, forechest,  legs feet, and below tail; but it can also come in  blue, red and fawn.
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Temperament [ edit ]

The Doberman is a loyal and obedient dog watchful,  and fearless, neither shy nor vicious.Contrary to the steryotype developped due to the Dobe´s use as a guard-dog in films, the Doberman is a breed that is extremely devoted and loyal to its human family and it is fantastic with its own children and the household cat. However, visiting children should not be left unsupervised because due to the over-protective nature of the Dobe it may misread the shouting and rough-playing as a threat to its own children Therefore, there is no reason to be afraid of this breed. When properly bred, the Dobe rarelly attacks people and only does it if it thinks that it its property, or its family, are in danger. In fact the Dobe is so affectionate that it constantly “demands” caresses from its owners. With other dogs, handlers should be careful. Dobermans are very territorial and although some accept them others don´t,  specially male dogs. Being such an intelligent animal with an uncanny reasoning ability, it is easly trainable but due to its loving nature  it is not a dog to be left alone in a yard day and night. It demands human companion. Dobermans also need a good amount of exercise.
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Health [ edit ]

The Doberman is prone to dilated cardiomyopathy, von Willebrands disease (a bleeding disorder that can be tested for genetically), hypothyroidism, cancer, and in the blues and fawns, alopecia.
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Dog trivia [ edit ]

Although ear-cropping and tail-docking are now illegal in some countries, in some breed shows Dobermanns are not allowed to compete if they do not have the traditional look.
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27.08
Rosie said:
I Love Dobermans as you can tell by my Boy Zorro. He is an awesome Dobe.
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