by Lee Dobbins
The Doberman pinscher is an extremely popular dog today as it is an affectionate, intelligent and loyal pet. This sleek, intense breed gets its name from the German tax collector who originated the breed - Louis Dobermann. Developed in the 1860s, the Doberman is a mix of German pinchers, Greyhounds, English Greyhounds, Rottweilers and the Beauceron. This beautiful intelligent dog has been a popular breed ever since its first dog show presentation in 1876.
Part of the American Kennel Club working group, the Doberman pinscher was recognized by the AKC in 1908 and has its own special club - the Doberman pinscher club of America which was founded in 1921. this sleek shorthair dog weighs in at between 66 and 88 pounds and grows to between 24 and 28 inches in height.
Well known for its muscular physique, the Doberman pinscher is an elegant looking dog - thin but powerful with a well proportioned chest and muscular neck. His dark eyes are lively and intelligent and easy as stickup straight from his head and are usually cropped. Along with the is being cropped, and detail is usually docked as well but these practices of come out in favor in England. he has a short code that is tight to his body and comes in fawn, white, red, blue-gray, black & tan and plain black.
Many people think the Doberman pinscher is vicious and aggressive but he really is not. This is a very intense dog that has a lot of energy along with tremendous stamina and strength. They are highly intelligent and easy to train, although the females can be more stubborn and maybe a bit difficult to train. They are fearless and determined and loyal and affectionate towards their owners. These dogs are naturally protective and make good guard dogs. This breed can actually have large variations in temperament with some being very submissive and others taking only to one person while still others are great with the whole family.
Doberman pinschers usually enjoy good health but they can suffer from an inherited blood disorder called Von Willebrands disease as well as cervical sodalities. Other problems that may crop up include hip dysplasia or, congenital heart disorders and bloating. These dogs can also get rather obese in their later years.
Dobermans do need sufficient exercise but they can live in apartments as long as they are exercised frequently. Although they are very energetic, it is not a good idea to keep them outdoors because they can be sensitive to the cold. As far as grooming goes, this dog is very easy to care for is they really don't need any grooming and they shed very little hair.
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