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Facts about The Doberman Pinscher for Kids


The Doberman Pinscher is a medium-large breed of domestic dog originally developed around 1890 by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, a tax collector from Germany. The Doberman is a mixture of breeds that include the German Shepherd, German Shorthaired Pointer, Great Dane, Greyhound, and Weimaraner, but most notably the Beauceron, German Pinscher, and Rottweiler.

  • Powerful in the hindquarters and although may be top-heavy because of their deep chest, the Doberman is a very athletic dog and many excel in agility and obedience trials.
  • Traditionally, the ears are cropped and posted, and the tail is docked.
  • Doberman Pinschers are well known as intelligent, alert, and tenaciously loyal companions and guard dogs.
  • Unlike some breeds (such as the German Shepherd), Dobermans are eager to please only after their place is established in their pack and that place is not as an alpha.
  • Ram club standards describe Doberman Pinschers as dogs of medium-large size with a square build and short coat.
  • Docking is a common practice in the United States, Russia and Japan (as well as a number of other countries with Doberman populations), where it is legal.
  • Doberman Pinschers often have their ears cropped, as do many other breeds, a procedure that is functionally related to breed type for both the traditional guard duty and effective sound localization.
  • The Doberman Pinscher’s aggression has been toned down by modern breeders over the years, and today’s Dobermans are known for a much more even and good natured temperament, extreme loyalty, high intelligence, and great trainability.
  • Although many contemporary Doberman Pinschers in North America are gentle and friendly to strangers, some lines are bred more true to the original personality standard.
  • One such study found that Doberman Pinschers, compared to other breeds, rank high in playfulness, average in curiosity/fearlessness, low on aggressiveness, and low on sociability.
  • Looking only at bites and attempted bites, Doberman Pinschers rank as far less aggressive towards humans, and show less aggression than many breeds without a reputation (e.g., Cocker Spaniel, Dalmatian, and Great Dane).
  • Investigation into the genetic causes of canine DCM may lead to therapeutic and breeding practices to limit its impact Doberman Pinschers were first bred in the town of Apolda, in the German state of Thuringia around 1890, following the Franco-Prussian War by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann.
  • Dobermann served in the dangerous role of local tax collector, and ran the Apolda dog pound.
  • The American Kennel Club believes the breeds utilized to develop the Doberman Pinscher may have included the old shorthaired shepherd, Rottweiler, Black and Tan Terrier and the German Pinscher.