The Dobermann is the only breed of dog that was developed by man for man and was named after a man. This is the key to both his physical structure and his unique temperament.
The Unique Doberman is a highly intelligent, easily trainable, large, square appearing dog with short, tight, thick hair.
He is compactly built, muscular, powerful, has large bone, a large full jaw and is very fast!
He is elegant in appearance but not fine boned, of proud carriage, reflecting great nobility and temperament. He is an energetic, determined, courageous, alert and fiercely loyal dog.
He has solid bone structure and a heavy strong body.
Full European males weigh in up to 115 lbs and up to 30 inches tall when mature which may be well over AKC standards but are within their breeds FCI, D-V or IDC standards for European Dobermanns.
How did the Doberman originate? Herr-Dobermann of Apoldu, Germany began breeding Dobermann Pinschers in 1880. He was a dog catcher, official of the tax office and also employed as a night police officer. He owned dogs that were black with red markings and a lot of gray undercoat.
His son, Louis Dobermann, described his father's dogs as "a dog of such great intelligence as is seldom found. They were clever and fearless and knew how to bite. My father could hot have chosen a better one."
How big do Unique Dobermans get? The average size and weight of the adult Unique Doberman is: Females, around 25 to 27 inches and 65 to 85 lbs. Males are larger, around 28 to 30 inches tall and up to 115 lbs. This is as you can clearly see a bit larger than our American standard but what is considered normal for an European imported Dobermann that is still bred for knockdown power, tracking and agility.
What colors are Dobermans? AKC Dobermans in America come in four colors. European Dobermans come in two colors.
America recognizes ~ Black with rust or tan markings, Red with rust or tan markings, Blue with rust or tan markings and Fawn with rust or tan markings. The rust or tan should be sharply defined appearing above each eye, on the muzzle, throat, fore chest, on all legs and feet and under the tail. Nose should be black on black dogs, dark brown on red dogs, dark gray on blues and dark tan on fawns. White patch on chest, not exceeding 1/2 inch square is permissible.
European Dobermans recognize Black and Rust and Red and Rust. Blue and Fawn are NOT a registrable colors as they are considered less desirable in the gene pool of today.
What is the Doberman's role in working today? The Unique Dobermans main job is to provide protection and companionship for you and your family!
He will do so with his very life if need be. They are tough and fearless, loyal and courageous yet can be gentle as a lamb with your children and grandparents. While some German and European Dobermans still do their traditional guard and police work and are used as watch dogs, most Dobermans are beloved family companions in city apartments as well as suburban and country homes... still doing the work they were bred to do, guarding their masters, his family and belongings. Their compact size, short hair and adaptable nature makes them the ideal companion in our modern crowded world. Easily trained and groomed, they are favorites for obedience trials, Search and Rescue, Therapy Dogs, Service Dogs, Ring Sport and Schutzhund competitions along with the conformation show ring.
Who should have a Doberman? The Unique Doberman is an energetic and highly intelligent determined dog. The person that owns him should be physically and mentally able to train his puppy. The Doberman is a loyal and obedient watchdog and respects authority, if you are a "doormat" please do not buy one of my puppies!. He will possess great speed and power. When raised with firm and loving discipline as a house companion, he will be a wonderful trustworthy protector. He needs an owner with a kind but firm hand with an authoritative voice, who will devote the time to train him and take him to obedience or show handling classes while he is young and moldable.
THIS SHOULD START THE DAY YOU BRING HIM HOME.
When raised with affection but not taught any manners, cuddled one moment and screamed at the next or left to grow up alone outside in your backyard without attention and training, he will fast become a delinquent, just as your human teenager would and probably did!
There are many people who admire and love Dobermans who should never be encouraged to own one, the same as there are many wonderful people out there who should never be parents!