“The Doberman Pinscher takes its name from its creator, Louis Dobermann, who was a tax collector and dog warden in Germany. Not being engaged in the most popular of occupations, Dobermann wanted a dog that would be protective, alert and agile so he blended several breeds to achieve his ideal. Though the exact breeds used will never be known, it is believed the German Pinscher, Rottweiler, Manchester Terrier and Greyhound went into the makeup of the Dobe. The breed was accepted for registration by the German Kennel Club in 1900. Internationally known as a security dog, the breed made a name for itself during World War II for its bravery under fire.
The well-bred Doberman is affectionate, obedient and loyal to its owner. Its qualities of intelligence and trainability coupled with courage have made it popular for police work as well as companionship.
This energetic breed needs regular exercise to maintain its sleek, muscular build.
The ideal male stands 27.5 in (70 cm) at the withers while his female counterpart is 25.5 in (65 cm).
The Dobe wears a smooth, hard, thick, close-lying coat.
The allowed colours in the breed are black, red, blue and fawn (also known as Isabella). Rust markings appear above the eyes and on the muzzle, throat, forechest, legs and feet and below the tail.
Minimal grooming is required.