Dobermans are believed to be a mixture of many dog breeds, including the Rottweiler, Black and Tan Terrier, and German Pinscher. They are characterized by their sleek coat, athletic build, and characteristic cropped ears and docked tail. They are highly energetic and intelligent dogs, suited for police and military work, and canine sports. Dobies require a lot of daily physical exercise to keep this super active and intelligent dog stimulated. A well trained Dobie is very loyal, trustworthy and playful member of the family.
Common Health Conditions
- Enlarged heart is a disease of the heart muscle, which becomes thin and weak. It's characterized by an expansion or widening (dilatation) of the heart chambers, resulting in an abnormally large heart. This disease eventually results in heart failure, since the damaged heart muscle is too weak to efficiently pump blood to the rest of the body.
- Some Doberman Pinschers can develop a liver disorder called copper hepatopathy. This disease causes toxic levels of copper to build up in the liver, eventually leading to liver failure if not treated.
- Dobies have an above average chance of developing diabetes. Dogs with diabetes are unable to regulate the metabolism of sugars in their bodies and require daily insulin injections.