Doberman Pinscher Breed Information and Facts

The Doberman Pinscher, or simply the Doberman, is a popular breed in the United States and many other countries. Although people tend to associate the Doberman with intimidation and aggression, breeders have in recent years toned down these traits. Let's take a closer look at the information and facts you need to know about this fascinating breed.
The Doberman was first bred in Apolda, Germany in 1890 by Karl Dobermann. Dobermann was the local tax collector and, well, some of the taxpayers in less stellar areas were known to attack him. Karl couldn't find an effective means for protecting himself, so he bred one. The dog, with incredible intelligence, loyalty, speed and courage, was the perfect bodyguard. Although it isn't entirely clear what Karl Dobermann did to create the dog, it is believed to have German Shepherd, Greyhound, Rottweiler, Weimaraner and German Pinscher genes in its DNA. 
The Doberman is a medium sized dog, but all muscle. It stands as tall as 2 and a quarter feet and can weigh up to 90 pounds.  
Grooming Needs
If you don't like grooming dogs, the Doberman is for you. This pup comes with an extremely short, sleek coat of hair that needs almost no maintenance. The occasional bath may be needed, but rarely so.
Often used as a guard dog or as an aid to the police, the Doberman Pinscher  is fearless and protective. The breed is known to bond closely to its family and protect them at all costs. The breed is unexpectedly playful, although not very sociable and rather independent compared to other breeds. Unlike other guard type dogs, this breed is safe with young children.
Alert. Intelligent. Fearless. These three words describe the Doberman Pinscher perfectly.
And what about aggressive? The modern Doberman has been bred to be a family dog, so most of the aggression is gone. Don't get me wrong. It will bark and growl at unfamiliar people entering your home, but it will rarely attack anything without provocation. 
Training Needs
The Doberman has high intelligence and is easy to train. It is said to be one of the top 5 most intelligent breeds. This is, after all, a dog used by the police so you know it takes well to commands. You can even try to teach it in German, which police use to keep suspects from confusing the dog by giving it commands. 
Activity Level
The Doberman is a graceful breed. Skillful and strong, it is capable of doing things that require a high level of athleticism. As with any other dogs, the Doberman must get enough exercise to maintain a healthy body and mind. Unfortunately, this means it needs to run and expend energy at a rate humans can't keep up with by a long shot. The answer is to play games with your pup outdoors. Chasing a Frisbee or ball is a great way to get your pup the exercise it needs while also having a good time. A walk alone will simply not be enough with this breed. 
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