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Group: Utility (Group 6)
Club: Dobermann Club Of Victoria Inc
Contact: Miss Jan Frederickson
Phone: 0407 869 493

Brief History

The Dobermann is the only German breed that bears the name of its original breeder, Friedrich Louis Dobermann (02.01.1834 – 09.06.1894) from Apolda, Thuringia in Germany, who was a tax collector and ran the Apolda dog pound. With access to dogs of many breeds, he set out to breed a type of dog that would exhibit impressive stamina, strength, intelligence and protective instincts. Dobermanns are often used as guard dogs, police dogs, military dogs, rescue dogs and therapy dogs.

Average Life Span

When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.

The average life span is 10 to 13 years.


Energetic, watchful, determined, intelligent, alert, fearless, loyal and obedient, the disposition of the Dobermann is friendly and calm; very devoted to the family. Medium temperament and medium sharpness /alertness is desired, as is ability to cope with any emergency. The Dobermann possesses general dignity, which has been described as the "Look of Eagles".

General Breed Description

Medium size, muscular and elegant, with a well-set smooth body and proud carriage, the Dopbermann is compact, tough and capable of great speed. Easy to train, the Dobermann enjoys working and should have a good working ability with courage and hardness. The particular characteristics of self-confidence and intrepidness are required, as well as adaptability and attention to fit the social environment. The colour is a definite black, brown, blue or fawn (Isabella), with rust red markings.

Coat and Care Requirements

Smooth short, hard, thick and close lying. Imperceptible undercoat on neck permissible, the Dobermann coat is easy to care for, requiring a weekly brush and an occasional bath. The Dobermann is an active dog which will require daily exercise and stimulation. He should be trained with consistency from an early age.


Height: Males: 69cms (27ins), Females 65cms (25.5ins).


All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about the breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does. The Dobermann is generally a healthy breed, however health conditions do occur occasionally. These may include Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) limited genetic testing available, von Willebrand's Disease (bleeding disorder) genetic testing has been available since 2000), Cervical Vertebral Instability (CVI/Wobblers), Hypothyroidism (testing available).


The Dobermann is known as the "velcro" dog so be prepared to have a dog who wants to be with you 24/7 and who wants to learn. He requires daily exercise, including plenty of different environments to stimulate his active mind. He is not a dog to be left alone in the back yard for long periods of time.

In Conclusion

Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.

Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.

Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.

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