Non-sporting Breeds


Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 26-28 in (65-70cm) Bitch: 24-26 in (60-65cm)
Weight: 66-88 lb (29.5-39.5kg)
Coat: Smooth, short, thick, and close
Color: Solid black, brown, blue, or fawn, with rust markings on head, body, and legs

The Doberman was developed in the 1880s by Louis Doberman of Apolda in Germany. He wanted a ferocious, short-coated, medium- to large-sized dog with courage and stamina, and developed his stock around the German Pinscher, which was both alert and aggressive. To this he introduced the Rottweiler with its stamina and tracking ability, the Manchester Terrier from which the Doberman inherited its markings, and possibly also the Pointer. The Doberman was given official recognition as a breed standard in Germany in 1900. A fine obedience and show dog, the Doberman can make a good family pet, but it needs knowledgeable handling and training, being wary of strangers and constantly "on guard." It needs a lot of exercise, and should be groomed every couple of days.
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