Doberman Pinschers A Guard Dog with Class
Lifespan: 11 to 13 years
Activity Level: High
Coat: Short, smooth
Temperament: Loyal, Intelligent, Protective
Information / Facts: The Doberman Pinscher, commonly called "Doberman" is a large breed of dog that was first bred in Germany in the late 19th century. The Doberman as we know it today hails from several different bloodlines, including the Rottweiler, Greyhound, Great Dane, Weimeraner, German Shepherd Dog, German Shorthaired Pointer and several other breeds. This dog was originally bred for protection and security. The Doberman has a stocky, square build and a short, black coat made of smooth fur. The Doberman also has pointed ears and a relatively long, narrow snout. This dog has an air of intimidation about it, just because of the size and appearance of the breed; however, the Doberman is not a vicious "killer" breed and can actually be quite affectionate with others.
Pros: If you are looking for a dog with a high energy level that can hang out with you while you participate in physical activities, the Doberman is a good choice. Likewise, if you would like a dog that can protect you from strangers, the Doberman may be just what you need. These dogs have very low levels of aggression toward their owners, but do not like strangers invading their space or threatening their families, whether the threat is real or perceived.
Cons: In recent years, the Doberman has been branded unfairly as being an inherently vicious breed of dog. This is not the case; the Doberman is a docile dog in most instances. This breed of dog needs a strong human "Alpha" to take charge and set rules. The dog needs to be trained well, and you as the owner must stay consistent with enforcing the house rules. The Doberman is a large, strong dog and can get out of control easily. Consistency and clear rules will keep your dog from becoming more than you can handle. The Doberman also has a shorter life span than other breeds of dogs; a typical Doberman lives around ten to eleven years. There are also several health concerns to be aware of with the Doberman breed. These issues include Dilated Cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure. These issues are not reason to steer clear of the breed, however.