Everything You NEED TO KNOW About The DOBERMAN!
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Like other German breeds, since their use in WWII, the Doberman has been a popular breed in the US and Europe with families that want a majestic guardian. Much of this popularity is thanks to their success as police and military working canines that excel at everything from chasing down criminals to detecting bombs to finding people in building wreckage. These high achieving canines are favorites in homes around the world that don't need all that impressive skill but just want a loyal guardian. They are an all-around impressive breed. It’s easy to see why they have such a dedicated fan base and rank consistently on top 25 breed lists. POPULARITY RANK The breed popularity has remained steady in various club rankings for decades. Today, the Doberman is ranked 17th out of 196 breeds by The American Kennel Club, and part of the working group. Keep in mind that while they are an exceptional breed, they are best for experienced canine leaders that are calm and consistent with boundaries. Dobermans need 2 or more hours of exercise each day and even more when they are young, so be prepared for that commitment. They also don't do well alone for long periods of time where their potential for separation anxiety can quickly turn destructive so make sure you watch my other videos on these gorgeous dogs before bringing one into your home. HEIGHT Now let's get into the size of these lean dogs because make no mistake, even the smallest are still pretty big. The AKC standards dictate that male Doberman stand between 26 to 28 inches tall at the withers, while females can be slightly smaller and range from 24 to 26 inches tall. The KC standards dictate that male Doberman ideally stand at 27 inches at the withers, while females can be slightly smaller and stand at 25.5 inches tall. This variation between UK and US standards is common, and many breeds are somewhat larger in the US than their UK cousins but their ranges overlap here. WEIGHT The AKC standards dictate that a Doberman weight should be proportional to their height with males weighing between 75 to 100 pounds and females weighing between 60 to 90 pounds. The KC breed standard doesn’t list a weight range, but it’s safe to say that it will be close to the AKC parameters that are proportional to the breed. They are a lean and powerfully muscled breed, so they need plenty of low-impact exercises every day along with a high quality diet. I suggest the raw diet and have a course that goes over everything you need to know when considering and transitioning to a raw diet for your canines health and longevity. HEALTH TESTS The most common health tests relate to hip and elbow dysplasia, which are quite common in Dobermans, and many other large breed dogs. You may also want to screen for heart defects though they can be hard to test accurately for depending on the potential condition and severity. Because of their size, you'll find that any health issues they do have (and even routine vet visits) can cost more, so quality pet insurance would be a wise investment to consider as well. They are an overall healthy breed but also prone to a few other conditions not common in the canine world including dilated cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart), von Willebrand’s disease (a clotting disorder), progressive retinal atrophy, albinism, and hypothyroidism. Responsible breeds will screen for these health conditions so you’ll want to get copies of their cardiac exams and Von Willebrand’s disease DNA test along with hip, thyroid, and ophthalmologist evaluations. AVERAGE COST You can expect to pay $1500-$3000 for a well-bred Doberman from a quality breeder, but you'll find them outside of that range as well, depending on your location, the pedigree, and their registration status. Keep in mind that you'll likely need to invest in training, high-quality food, pet insurance, heartworm medication, and other things that tend to be more expensive given their size. Getting your new Doberman will be the lowest cost, so be prepared for the ongoing expenses. WRAP UP If you'd like more in-depth information about any of the things we talked about here today, keep watching the other videos on this channel to learn more. Don't forget we also have the Perfect Puppy training course, raw diet class, and Bootcamp course for adult canines. Make sure you do your research thoroughly before adding this powerful canine with a tender heart to your home.