The AKC describes the Doberman Pinsher's general appearance by stating, “Elegant in appearance, of proud carriage, reflecting great nobility and temperament. Energetic, watchful, determined, alert, fearless, loyal and obedient.” Dobies are compact and athletic dogs who come in black and tan, blue and tan or red and tan. Their short, sleek coat and it's markings show off the athletic build of the breed. They have long, narrow heads with dark, thoughtful, almond-shaped eyes. The ears of the Doberman Pinscher are often cropped, but many owners choose to leave them natural. The tail is almost always docked. The body of the Dobie should be squarely proportioned, and they should have a graceful gait.
Size and Weight
Male Doberman Pinschers should stand from 26 to 28 inches at the withers and weigh between 70 and 75 pounds. Females stand from 24 to 26 inches at the withers and weigh 60 to 65 pounds.
Coat and Color
The Doberman Pinscher has a short, sleek, smooth coat that lies close against the skin. They have a slight undercoat on their necks only. Dobies come in black, blue, red or fawn with rust markings above each eye giving the appearance of well-defined eyebrows; on the muzzle, throat, chest, legs and feet.
Dobies are low-maintenance when it comes to grooming. They are clean dogs, who do not emit a strong dog odor. Despite their short hair, Doberman Pinschers shed year-round. Brushing the dog at least once per week is sufficient to keep loose hair under control. They do not require frequent bathing, and most owners get by with only a three or four baths per year.
While grooming, it is important to check the dog's ears for signs of wax buildup or infection. Clean the ears with a cotton ball and a veterinarian-approved cleanser – never use a cotton swab on a dog's ears. Weekly or even daily brushing of the teeth will keep tartar and bad breath at bay. Additionally, monthly nail clippings may be in order if the dog does not wear down his nails naturally outdoors.