ALL ABOUT™ DOBERMAN PINSCHERS
Doberman Puppy & Breed Information
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The Doberman Pinscher originated in Germany, around 1900 as a specific breed planned and developed by Louis Dobermann. Using the Rottweiler, Black and Tan Terrier and the old German Pinscher, he used a greyhound named Stella for speed, agility, and elegance, a combination beautifully accomplished in the Doberman.
Doberman Pinscher Coat, Color, Care: His smooth, short, glossy coat is easy care and Dobes come in black, red, blue, and fawn with rust colored markings.
Doberman Pinscher Personality: He is energetic without being hyper, vocal but not a barker. Dobermans are excellent watchdogs, ever-alert, intensely loyal and naturally obedient. Never shy or vicious, Dobes get along well with other dogs and children. The Doberman is as mentally quick as he is physically agile.
Exercise Requirements: The Doberman will chase a ball or eagerly compete in Agility. He thrives on regular outdoor exercise. A fenced yard will do but a Dobe will never turn down a good romp with playmates which will prevent nervous habits such as barking, chewing or licking.
Health Concerns: Health Concerns: Hip dysplasia and luxating patellas (knees) are common with large, fast growing breeds (like Dobermans) but can be modified by diet and proper exercise. Eye problems (entropion, ectropion, PRA) and other disorders are considered hereditary and puppies should be from cleared parents. Allergies, itching, or thyroid imbalance is most often the result of environmental factors, including medication side effects. A partially home-cooked diet free of preservatives, dyes, and chemicals, supplemented with vitamins and fish oils may prevent or correct such disorders.
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