Country of Origin: Germany
Height: Male: 66–72 cm, Female: 61–68 cm
Weight: Male: 34–45 kg, Female: 27–41 kg
Color: Black, White, Red & Rust, Blue & Rust, Red, Fawn, Blue, Fawn & Rust, Black & Rust
Life Expectancy: 9 – 13 years
Temperament: Tolerant, Protective, Loyal, Friendly, Cheerful, Affectionate
Litter Size: 5 - 11 puppies
Health Problems: Prone to possible cervical spondylitis (wobbler syndrome) due to fusion of neck vertebrae and compression of spinal cord; possible inherited blood disorder (Von Willebrands disease); obesity in middle age. Also prone to skin issues, bloat, hip dysplasia and congenital heart defects.
The Doberman Pinscher is an elegant, muscular and very powerful dog. It has a well proportioned chest, a short back and a lean, muscular neck. Its hard, short-haired, close-fitting coat comes in black, black & tan, blue-gray, red, fawn and white. While white markings are considered a fault in some clubs in others it is accepted.
The hair is short, thick, hard and tight to its body. Its teeth are strong and close in a scissors bite.
Eyes are dark with a lively, intelligent expression. The ears are usually cropped (cut at the age of about 12 weeks).
The pup's ears have to be taped for a couple of months to make them stand up. I believe England has banned the cropping of pup ears and the docking of their tails.
Lately, many breeders have left their pups natural. If left natural they develop ears somewhat like a hound.
The tail is usually docked at the age of 3 days. If the tail is not docked it grows a tail somewhat like a hound. Its legs are perfectly straight. The Dobermans gait must be elastic, elegant, and cover a lot of ground.