The breed I am going to talk about is the Doberman Pinscher. This dog has only been bred since around 1890, when Louis Dobermann, a German tax collector, wanted a particular breed to be both a guard dog and a companion. As a tax collector, Dobermann had to go to some very dangerous cities and towns to do his work. He needed protection. Many different breeds were used to develop the Doberman Pinscher. Some of the breeds which were used to develop this dog were the short-haired shepherd, Rottweiler, Black and Tan Terries, and German Pinscher.
Doberman Pinschers, both male and female, stand about 26 inches tall and weigh about 63 to 68 pounds. They have mostly brown hair which does not shed much. Some Dobermans may be born without any color at all and are known as albinos. There is no consensus if this will cause future medical problems. At any rate, the short hair means that shedding is not a problem. With regard to grooming, the dog is easy to care for.
The Doberman Pinscher is an intelligent breed. They like to please their masters. They make excellent family dogs and develop close relationships. However, they must be carefully and consistently trained. Firmness and consistency is essential for this dog.
Those who work often with this breed must ensure the dog understands who is boss. Doberman Pinschers are very loyal. They make excellent watchdogs and guard dogs. They are often used in law enforcement. Although they are good family dogs, care must be taken when they are around children. Sometimes they may try to defend themselves if there is sudden movement. But I think this might be the case with any dog that is around children. The important thing is to provide close supervision for children when they are around dogs of any type. Then they will be safe. If the dog shows any agitation, it is time to intervene and remove the dog from the area. Safety is always the most important thing.
Generally speaking, Doberman Pinschers are healthy. But they can develop a certain spinal condition where the spinal column becomes suppressed and fused with the neck vertebrae. In older age, these dogs may develop a blood disorder called Von Willebrands Disease. Obesity in later life is also a problem.
Doberman Pinschers are excellent dogs. They have many outstanding characteristics as work dogs and as companions. They make excellent family dogs with some reservations for children. They are very loyal to their masters. I would recommend this breed to anyone.