About this group
Noble, athletic and muscular, the Doberman was traditionally bred as a guard dog. Today they are popular household pets and make loyal, obedient and alert companions. They’re big old softies, really.
Although the Doberman is one of the most recognisable dogs, with that striking black and tan coat, there are many other colour variants that can appear in the breed, such as red and blue.
A Doberman can expect to live to the age of 10 or 11 and can be affected by some minor health issues, such as hip dysplasia and hypothyroidism. Some more serious genetic conditions have also been associated with the breed, such as: heart problems and canine compulsive disorder.
People are sometimes discouraged from owning a Doberman because of their aggressive reputation, but modern breeding methods mean that the 21st century Doberman is a calmer dog, with high levels of intelligence, trainability and level-headedness. And, just as with other strong and powerful breeds, the growing consensus today is that there’s no such thing as a “dangerous dog” – only an irresponsible owner.
If you’ve ever wondered where the name comes from, the breed was developed in 1890 by Karl Doberman, a German tax collector – now there was a real (penny) Pinscher.
By joining this group you use the buying power you share with other owners to get a better deal on insurance for your Doberman Pinscher.