Breed At A Glance: Doberman - Wagr Petcare

    Breed At A Glance: Doberman



    • Lifespan: 10–12 years
    • Size: Large (24–28 inches tall)
    • Maintenance Level: Medium
    • Shed Level: Moderate
    • Temperament: Loyal, Intelligent, Alert
    • Friendliness: Good with family, wary around strangers
    • Barking Tendency: Moderate
    • Coat Colours: Black, red, blue, fawn, often with rust-coloured markings

    Best For

    • Active families or individuals
    • Owners looking for a loyal and protective companion


    • Muscular and sleek build
    • Weight ranges from 27 to 45 kilograms
    • Known for their strong and elegant stature


    • Highly energetic and intelligent
    • Requires mental stimulation and physical exercise
    • Can be independent; early training recommended

    Care Guide

    • Grooming: Requires regular brushing and occasional baths
    • Training: Highly trainable, responds well to consistent training
    • Diet & Nutrition: Balanced diet, watch for overfeeding
    • Exercise: High energy, requires ample exercise and play
    • Ideal Environment: Best suited for a home with a yard, but adaptable to various living situations


    • Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV): Risk of bloat, requires immediate veterinary attention
    • Hypothyroidism: Can be managed with medication
    • Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM): Heart condition, needs veterinary monitoring
    • Von Willebrand Disease: Blood clotting disorder, testing recommended before surgeries
    • Hip Dysplasia: Common in large breeds, manageable with proper care

    Additional Information

    • Feeding Recommendations: Balanced diet, avoid grain-free diets unless recommended by a vet
    • Training Challenges: Intelligent but may be headstrong; positive reinforcement works best
    • Grooming Needs: Regular brushing, moderate shedding
    • Good Family Dog: Yes, when properly trained and socialised
    • Intelligence: High; skilled in obedience and working roles
    • Energy Level: Very active; requires significant exercise
    • Health Concerns: Prone to specific health issues; regular veterinary care recommended

    Grooming Guide

    • Skin Care: Regular checks; typically minimal issues
    • Coat Care: Short coat, moderate shedding; regular brushing required
    • Eye Care: Regular checks; watch for signs of eye problems
    • Ear Care: Regular cleaning, especially for cropped ears

    Curious to know more? Check out our Doberman guide!

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