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Dobermann

Sleek and strong, with a loving home of experienced dog people the Dobermann can make an affectionate and loyal companion. 

A German tax collector had a need for a loyal and fierce looking companion to help him get the job done, so he set out to breed one. That tax collectors name was Louis Dobermann and his dogs were the start of the Dobermann (or Doberman, Doberman Pinscher, or Dobie) that we know today. 

Dobermanns are large dogs, who can grow up to 72 cm in height and weigh up to 45 kgs. Females are typically a little smaller than males. They are typically black and tan but there are blue variants as well. Their life expectancy is around 9 to 12 years. In the past, their tails and ears were typically cropped however this is no longer legal in any part of Australia for welfare reasons, so we now get to enjoy the beautiful long tail of the Dobermann as it should be. 

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Dog Breed Facts & Characteristics

Origin

Germany, 1800’s 

Also known as 

Doberman Pinscher, Dobie, Doberman  

Bred for

Guard dogs  

Size 

Large; 63 to 72 cm in height and 32 to 45 kgs 

Weight Range

32 to 45 kgs 

Colours

Black and tan and diluted variants

Life expectancy

9 to 12 years  

Coat

Short and smooth, sheds

Temperament 

Fearless, protective, intelligent  

Exercise requirements

High

Best suited for 

Active and experienced dog people, with time to invest in training and socialisation  

Apartment Friendly

Better suited to larger properties 

Personality

Dobermanns are famously intelligent, energetic, and athletic. Daily exercise is vital to keep them happy and healthy, so they are better suited to an active household of experienced dog people. They do tend to be protective of their families and can be aloof with strangers so early socialisation and training with other dogs, people and animals is very important to ensure good manners later in life. As a large and active dog, they are better suited to larger properties rather than apartment living. 

Grooming

Dobies have a short and glossy coat that is easy to maintain. Prevent parasites by ensuring your Dobermann is on flea control all year round and tick prevention if you are in a paralysis tick area. 

Feeding

When choosing a food for your Dobermann, select a large breed premium food appropriate to your dog’s age and life stage. Make sure your pup always has a supply of fresh, clean water available.

Common health concerns 

In 2020, Dobermanns most commonly visited the vet for traumatic accidents, including wounds and tendon injuries, cancers and tumours, heart problems including heart failure and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), skin conditions such as allergies, and gastrointestinal conditions.

Most common pet insurance claims for this breed, (PetSure data, 2020*) 

Rank

Condition

Average cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)

Highest cost for single treatment (highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)

1

Gastrointestinal problems, including canine haemorrhagic gastroenteritis and diarrhoea

$416

$6,256

2

Accidental trauma, including broken bones and claw injuries

$804

$8,062

3

Skin conditions, including allergies and infections

$197

$1,856

4

Neurological problems, including epilepsy and meningitis

$336

$3,330

5

Cancers and tumours, including haemangiomas and lipomas

$485

$3,200

Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.

Most common Dobermann names (PetSure data, 2020)

Most common names

  1. Lexi
  2. Odin
  3. Roxy
  4. Apollo
  5. Arthur
  6. Ava
  7. Daisy
  8. Franklin
  9. Lenny
  10. Lola
  11. Onyx

Most common female names  

  1. Lexi
  2. Roxy
  3. Ava
  4. Daisy
  5. Lola
  6. Luna
  7. Xena
  8. Amber
  9. Angel
  10. Anna

Most common male names

  1. Odin
  2. Apollo
  3. Arthur
  4. Franklin
  5. Lenny
  6. Onyx
  7. Rex
  8. Rocky
  9. Shadow
  10. Thor

Did you know?

Dobermanns have had their fair share of cinematic appearances, including a 1976 film called “The Amazing Dobermans”, “Beverly Hills Chihuahua”, “Chinese Zodiac” alongside Jackie Chan and recently in the 2020 film “The Invisible Man”. 

Where can I get a Dobermann?

Although Dobermanns are a pure breed, it may be possible to find one via a breed specific rescue organisation. You may also find a perfect big dog for you and your family at your local rescue organisation or shelter who needs a loving home. 

References

  1. The Kennel Club, Working Dobermann, Intelligent and courageous service dog, Accessed on 23/03/2021
  2. Wikipedia, Dobermann, Accessed on 23/03/2021
  3. Walter, J, Famous Dobermans in Movies and Television: The Complete List, Doberman Planet, Accessed on 23/03/2021

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Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

She has three rescue cats (Noah, Bei Bei and Meeka), four very old cockatiels and a pond-full of fish.

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