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The Dobermann: thinking about getting a Dobermann? reading-time-icon 2 min read

Traditionally watchdogs, Dobermanns are known to be intelligent, alert and loyal companions. In the eyes of a Dobermann, no number of walks is too many!

Let’s take a closer look at the Dobermann.

Place of origin: Germany, originally bred as protectors of humans

How big do Dobermanns get? 61 – 72cm

How much do Dobermanns weigh? 32 – 45kg

Life Expectancy: 10 – 13 years

Colour: White, Black, Fawn, Blue & Rust, Black & Rust, Fawn & Rust, Blue, Red, Red & Rust


Please note: A dog’s exercise, training/stimulation and grooming requirements can depend on several factors such as age and health. The same goes for ongoing costs of ownership. For advice on one specific dog, we always advise chatting with a vet.


How much exercise does a Dobermann need?

The Dobermann is a working dog with a great deal of energy. Pet Dobermanns need lots of exercise and space to move, making them well suited to country or suburban homes with securely fenced gardens.

Dobermanns need 2 sizeable walks a day in order to stay happy, healthy and stimulated.

Training: how to train a Dobermann

Dobermanns are very intelligent and usually easy to train. As a Dobermann owner, you’ll need to keep their training sessions fresh and interesting to stop your dog getting bored. Despite their reputation for being dangerous dogs, Dobermanns are often sweet natured and loving. 

When training your Dobermann, always use positive reinforcement and reward-based training.

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Grooming: do Dobermanns shed?

The Dobermann’s sleek coat is very easy to care for; they often like to keep clean and very rarely carry an odour.

Dobermanns do shed, but it’s nothing a weekly brush won’t sort out! You’ll only need to bathe your Dobermann when they’re exceptionally dirty too. If you relish the thought of spending quality time with your new pet, exercising and training, but regular trips to the groomers isn’t your thing, a Dobermann could be the perfect dog for you!

Complete your Dobermann's grooming routine with regular tooth brushingnail clips and ear checks.

Dobermann temperament, socialising and ideal home environment

It’s in a Dobermann’s nature to be protective of their owner, so they might be more wary of strangers and unfamiliar animals than other breeds. Don’t worry though, if you train your Dobermann early on and in the correct way, they’ll be very welcoming of new people and experiences.

Dobermanns make great family pets and are known to get along well with children and other pets, particularly when raised together.

If you spend a lot of time away from home and don’t have anyone to take regular care of a Dobermann, they may not be the best breed for you.

Cost of owning a Dobermann

When you’re considering the lifetime cost of owning a Dobermann, remember to take into account:

Need more info?

For more info on finding the best dog breed for you and your lifestyle, have a chat with your vet.

Find your nearest vet using our Find a Vet page, or speak to a vet online using Online Vets.

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