The Doberman Pinscher is listed as number twelve in the list of most popular dogs, according to the American Kennel Club. The Doberman is a great protector, carrying genes from many different breeds, including the Greyhound, the Rottweiler, the Great Dane, the German Short-haired Pointer, and many others. Every purebred Doberman, other than those that are albino in color, has distinct markings on its muzzle, chest, paws, legs, above the eyes, and under the tail. They are very powerful dogs, especially in the hindquarters, and can, on occasion, be top heavy due to their large chest. Regardless, Doberman’s are known to be a very athletic breed. They typically excel in agility and obedience trials. They have a long muzzle which gives them the leverage needed for a strong bite, making them a great protector. Doberman’s are a light-footed dog because they stand on their toes rather than their pads. They generally have a very even, graceful gait. Traditionally, their tails are docked and their ears are cropped and erect. In some countries, this practice is now illegal though.
Doberman Pinschers are known as very loyal companions and guard dogs because they are intelligent and alert. They can have a wide range of personalities from one dog to another, but if they are well taken care of and trained appropriately, they are loving and devoted companions. The Doberman is a strong, driven, and sometimes stubborn breed of dog. They can easily become great family dogs is the owner takes the time to train them well. Training takes a lot of commitment and care, but with consistency, they learn very easily. Once their place in the pack is established (and they know they are not the alpha), Dobermans are very eager to please. They can adapt quickly and take cues well from their leader. They also put high value on getting attention and praise.