KC Group Working
Weight 32 - 45kg
Height 65 - 69cm
Average lifespan 12 years
Good with children? Unknown
Good guard dogs? Yes
Moulting level Low
Exercise requirement Lots
Jogging partner Yes
Colours Black, brown, blue, or fawn, with rust red markings. Markings are seen above each eye, on the muzzle, throat and chest, on all legs, feet, and below the tail
Temperament Bold and alert
The breed is known to be susceptible to some genetic disorders, including:
Von Willebrand's disease is an inherited bleeding disorder; a lack of the von Willebrand factor in the blood, which is required for platelets to bind together, results in excessive bleeding.
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a disease of the heart muscles which results in weaker contractions and poor pumping ability.
As the disease progresses the heart chambers become enlarged, one or more valves may leak, and signs of heart failure develop.
Wobbler's syndrome is caused by a narrowing or malformation of the neck vertebrae which puts pressure on the spinal cord. This has anything from a mild to a severe effect on the dog's gait and is characterised by poor coordination or clumsiness.
The Dobermann is listed under the Kennel Club/British Veterinary Association hip dysplasia scheme. Parent dogs should be hip scored prior to breeding. The average hip score for the breed is 10 (each hip is scored individually and the two figures are added together to give the dog's final hip score). Breeders are strongly advised to only breed from dogs with scores well below this figure.
Parent dogs should also have had a DNA test for von Willebrand's disease. Breeders should be able to provide documentation that these tests have been done.
Although not compulsory, in addition to the above tests it is strongly recommended that dogs are eye tested under the Kennel Club/British Veterinary Association/International Sheepdog Society eye scheme.