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Doberman General Appearance

As a working breed, Dobermans are known for their athletic, lean body type. They are medium-large size dogs with a square build and short coat. Dobermans emerged as a result of combining shorthaired Shepherds with Rottweilers, black and tan Terriers, and German Pinschers. The Doberman's natural tail is long and thin, but many owners decide to dock their tails at birth. Many Doberman puppies also get their ears cropped, even though both tail docking and ear cropping is illegal in some countries because it cause unnecessary pain and suffering to the animal.

Doberman Temperament

Doberman Pinschers are a popular choice for guard dogs because they're extremely protective over their territories. Although early Dobermans were more aggressive, modern-day versions of this breed are much more even-tempered. However, you should know that it's still important to provide your Doberman with proper training and socialization to curb any aggressive habits they may still have. It's also crucial that you have detailed knowledge of your Doberman's lineage to ensure that responsible breeding practices have been observed, and that the breeder has worked to breed the aggression out of them. Through proper breeding and training, Doberman Pinschers can make excellent family dogs which can be trusted around children and friends. Dobermans tend to form tight bonds with their immediate owners, and they can be shy or even suspicious of strangers.

Doberman Pinschers need constant mental and physical stimulation. They don't normally do well with crate training. Since they're naturally protective and territorial, housing two adult Doberman males together is not recommended.

Doberman Fun Fact

Doberman Pinschers are one of the smartest dog breeds in the world. They are ranked as the fifth smartest dog breed, which can make them a challenge for inexperienced owners since they're known to easily outsmart their trainers if they get bored.