Originally known as the Thuringer Pinscher or the Plizeilich Soldatenhund, the breed was renamed in 1899 as the Dobermannpinscher (one word) to honor the breed’s founder, Louis Dobermann, who passed away in 1894. Also called the Doberman, the Dobe and the Dobie, the Doberman Pinscher is a member of the Working Group of the American Kennel Club. While alert, bold and fearless, the Doberman should never be either vicious or shy. Dobermans are instinctively protective of their people and can be temperamental. Because of their size and sometimes exuberant nature, Dobies should be supervised around small children. The Doberman Pinscher was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908.
The mature male Doberman Pinscher is between 26 and 28 inches at the withers, with 27½ inches being considered ideal. Bitches are between 24 and 26 inches in height, with 25½ inches being considered ideal. Dobermans typically weigh between 60 and 90 pounds, with females usually being smaller and lighter than males. The Dobie’s short coat is easy to care for. Regular brushing will help to reduce shedding in the home.