The Dobermann was the creation of a German tax collector, Herr Louis Dobermann. Herr Dobermann was in need of an alert, companion dog to protect him when he was doing his rounds. As he was also the owner of the local animal shelter, he had a continuous supply of breeding stock to help him develop just such an animal. This “put together” breed was subsequently named after him, as a tribute to his creation. Apart from being unequalled as a guard and watchdog, the aristrocratic-looking Dobermann has also been used with great success as a police and war dog.


The Dobermann is an elegant dog with a very proud carriage. They are energetic, determined, fearless, loyal and obedient. An honest dog, uncamouflaged by superfluous coat or barbering (as with so many other breeds), their qualities shine forth for all to see. With the Dobermann, what you see is truly what you get!

One of their most endearing qualities is their steadfast devotion to hearth and home, serving as friend and guardian of the whole family. This noble dog thrives on their role as family policeman which he plays to perfection and should be supervised with visiting children. Obedience training and socialisation of this breed should begin at an early age.


12-14 years

Grooming and care

Dobermanns require little grooming. Their sleek glossy coats may be black, brown, blue or fawn with rust red markings.


Dobermanns enjoy as much exercise as you can give them, however, daily training and exercise is ideal.

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