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The Doberman, a very athletic and racy dog

Contrary to popular belief, the Dobermann or Dobermann Pinscher is not that dog with excessive aggression. It is a gentle and faithful companion dog with exceptional strength and courage. His family will have the best protection with him.

Characteristics of the Doberman

Elegance and strength are the two elements that characterize the body of the Doberman. All the grace of its posture and its power also distinguish it. This breed has an elongated head with a wide muzzle and jaws, as well as large, high-set ears that - since 2008 - are no longer allowed to be cropped according to a European convention except for curative reasons. The same applies to the tail, which is set high and can no longer be clipped either. The eyes are oval, of medium size and dark color.

The hair is short, smooth and tight. The coat can have four colors: blue and tan, brown and tan, black and tan and isabella and tan.

History of the Doberman breed

Historically, the breed was born in Germany under the impulse of Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann. As a tax collector, he needed dogs to guard and defend himself. It is said that the Doberman is the result of a hybridization between several breeds, including the Great Dane, the Thuringian Shepherd, the Rottweiller, the Manchester Terrier and the Greyhound. After his death, other breeders continued to refine the breed, as the one created by Karl Fridrich Louis Dobermann was rather coarse. It was not until 1900 that the first standard was established.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Doberman

Contrary to popular belief, the Doberman is a friendly, gentle, loyal, proud and intelligent dog. In fact, its character depends on the education and socialization it has received. The liveliness and speed of the animal require a responsible, firm master who knows the ins and outs of dog training. Indeed, the Doberman - in addition to its strong temperament - tends to be dominant.

It prefers to live in a cozy indoor cocoon rather than outside. They can live in apartments as long as they get regular exercise. The Doberman is athletic and energetic and needs to exercise. A sporty master will suit him perfectly. What he hates: solitude and agitation. Despite this, he will be happy in families with children, with whom he is particularly gentle.

Food and main health problems of the Doberman

The Doberman does not appreciate humidity or cold. Despite its robust nature, it can develop some health problems, especially hypothyroidism, which is genetic. It is also important to watch out for heart problems, which are common in this breed.

For its good growth, plan a food in accordance with its weight, its age and its physical activities. He needs time to eat and it is also preferable that you leave him alone at that time. If you opt for homemade food, it is still advisable to supplement with quality kibble to make sure your dog gets all the essential nutrients.