The history of Dobermans dates back to the 1800s in Germany. Karl Friedrich Louis Doberman developed this breed in Apolda, Germany. Karl was a man of many trades. He was a tax collector, dog watcher, and the keeper of a dog pound-which exposed him to various dog breeds at the time.
With how dangerous tax collecting was, Karl needed protection while working in unsafe areas. Being a keeper of a dog pound meant he had access to different breeds of dogs, so he created an ideal dog to protect him while collecting taxes in areas full of bandits.
Why Were Dobermans Initially Bred?
The initial reason for breeding Dobermans was the need for protection. At this time, Dobermans had to be large, fearless, and threatening. They had to defend their owners from strangers and other guard dogs physically.
The Doberman in the 1800s was a fierce dog and not as loving and affectionate as the Dobermans today. Today, the popularity of Dobermans keeps growing worldwide. Aside from being protective, there are many reasons why people get Dobermans for their homes. They are excellent rescue dogs to help people in searches, therapy dogs, and other service dogs like helping blind owners.
Size and Weight of Dobermans
Dobermans are majestic-looking dogs, from how they walk to look. They have a long head with a sleek and muscular body. One of their unique features, their ears are often cropped to stand erect with a short tail.
Dobermans have a short-length coat which will either be in the colours black, red, blue or fan with tank markings. Due to their short coat, Dobermans are average shedders and do not require a lot of grooming.
A male Doberman weighs between 75-100lbs, while a female Doberman weighs between 60-90 pounds. Although it all comes down to individual dog owners, Dobermans are considered large dogs.
Dobermans require plenty of exercises to remain healthy and prevent obesity considering their muscular body and weight.
When it comes to height, male Dobermans are taller at 26-28 inches while female Dobermans are shorter, with the average height being between 24-26 inches. Like most dog breeds, a Doberman has a life expectancy between 10-12 years.
With proper grooming, exercise, and training, a Doberman can be healthy and enjoy these years with its owner.