Outwardly magnificent and inwardly complex, the Doberman pinscher is a loving, loyal family companion and has served as police and military protection, search and rescue, and service and therapy dogs.
In 1890, Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann (1834-1894) of Apolda, Germany combined several breeds of dogs to create “Dobermann’s Pinschers”. This mixture combined the fire and lightning reactions of the terrier with the power and intelligence of the guard and herding breeds. The Doberman was bred for use in police and military work, and to be a medium-sized protector-companion in the home.
The Doberman breed was first registered with the American Kennel Club in 1908. Known best, perhaps, for its guarding qualities, the dog of yesterday’s scary movies has been transformed through years of meticulous breeding into a fun-loving, exceptional athlete and a watchful, protective, and above all, discerning companion who has no trouble accurately distinguishing between friend and foe. The key word is discerning.
Among the smartest canine breeds in the world, the Doberman Pinscher is breathtakingly perceptive, intuitive, and sensitive. Properly trained and socialized, your Doberman won’t just place itself between you and a visible threat. As owner after owner can attest, your Doberman will anticipate that threat to you and your child, sometimes in uncanny ways. Balancing that well-known guardian instinct is the world’s most loving heart and a sense of humor that will keep you laughing its whole life long.
Living with a Doberman
Living with a Doberman is a challenge on a daily basis. They are loyal, discerning and have a tremendous sense of humor. However, it is a demanding breed and requires constant attention and guidance from the entire family working together as one. Click here to learn more about what to expect.
Doberman breed standard
Click here to read the full Doberman pinscher AKC breed standard. The appearance is that of a dog of medium size, with a body that is square. Compactly built, muscular and powerful, for great endurance and speed. Elegant in appearance, of proud carriage, reflecting great nobility and temperament.
If you have your heart set on bringing home a new puppy, first learn more about the breed and what it is like to live with a Doberman. Then talk with a reputable breeder. They care about their pups and want to help you give your dog a happy lifetime home.
Looking for an older dog?
Seeking information on a rescued Doberman? We are represented by the Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue to find loving, permanent homes for dogs who need a new home.
Want help training?
Here’s some resources for you and your Doberman to learn together — whether it’s the conformation show ring, the agility course, Obedience trials or just having a good dog to live with — training is the place to start!
PSDPC Dobermans can do it all!
Click the images below to learn more about the different ways PSDPC members have fun performing and competing in partnership with their dogs.