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The doberman pinscher is a relatively young breed, roughly 125 years old. Created by Louis Doberman in the 1890s, the Doberman Pinscher was intended to be a personal protection dog. The breed is considered the perfect combination of strength, intelligence, loyalty and ferocity. If you are considering a doberman pinscher as your next pet here are five things you should know.

In creating the Doberman Pinscher, Louis Doberman used a lot of different breeds. But because Doberman didn’t keep great notes, it is impossible to know the exact formula for the Doberman Pinscher. Some breeds believed to be in the creation of the breed are the Rottweiler, German Short Haired Pointer, Weimaraner, Manchester Terrier, Beauceron, Great Dane, Black and Tan Terrier, and the Greyhound.

The Doberman Pinscher is an extremely athletic and intelligent breed. They are actually ranked as the fifth smartest dog breed. Like most high drive and intelligent breeds, finding a job for your dog is essential. No job is too much for a doberman, police work, scent tracking, coursing, search and rescue, therapy and guiding the blind are all on the breed’s resume.

The doberman can live in an apartment, if given a considerable amount of outdoor exercise and socialization with people and dogs at an early age. However, the doberman is a very energetic bred, so a home with an average sized yard is more ideal for the breed.

Dobes are people oriented dogs. They are not suited for life in a kennel or left alone in the backyard. The breed needs human interaction, which mens consistent leadership. In the right home the doberman pinscher should be a loyal, tolerant, dedicated, and affectionate dog.

Because of more show breeding, breeders are moving them away from aggressive qualities. With that Dobermans are transitioning from guard dogs to companion dogs.
Be sure you know what type of Doberman you want companion or working, and choose a breeder who produces what you want. Either Doberman should be great with families and children, but only when correctly trained and socialized. 

There you have it five things you need to know if you’re considering owning a Doberman Pinscher as your next pet.