Doberman Pinschers are unmistakable. Between their stunning, sleek physique and noble look, a Doberman Pinscher is not a dog you will quickly forget. They are part of the working dog group and were initially bred in Germany by Louis Dobermann to protect him on his rounds as a tax collector1

Doberman Pinschers originated in Germany during the late 19th century, mostly bred as guard dogs. Their exact ancestry is unknown, but they’re believed to be a mixture of many dog breeds, including the Rottweiler, Black and Tan Terrier, and German Pinscher.

Doberman pinschers are tough and strapping dogs with densely packed physiques. Fully grown males usually get to between 26 and 28 inches, when measured from their shoulder regions. Mature females are often just a tad shorter, with typical heights of between 24 and 26 inches. Adult Doberman pinschers usually weigh in the range of 65 to 90 pounds.

General Features Of A Full Grown Doberman

  • The Doberman has a great deal of energy and needs a lot of exercise.
  • This breed can be protective, so don’t be surprised when they assume the role of household guardian.
  • The Dobie will assume the alpha role in your household if you’re not a strong leader. Early, consistent training is critical to establish your role as pack leader.
  • The Dobie is sensitive to cold weather and needs adequate shelter in winter (they like to be in the house next to the fireplace).
  • The Doberman Pinscher is a family dog and shouldn’t be left alone. They thrive when they’re included in family activities.
  • The Doberman has gained a reputation as being vicious. Even though your Doberman may have a sweet personality, neighbors and strangers may be afraid of them.
  • To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill, or pet store.

At What Age Is A Doberman Pinscher Fully Grown?

As large dogs, Doberman Pinschers take longer than some dog breeds to reach maturity. Doberman Pinschers will be close to their full size around their first birthday, with most already being at their adult height at this time. However, most Doberman Pinschers will need up to two years to fully fill out their chest and reach their mature weight.

Do Dobermans Still Grow After Being Neutered & Spayed? 

A common question that we have seen is whether your Doberman puppy will continue to grow once he has been spayed or neutered.

The short answer is yes, he will continue to grow once he has been spayed or neutered, but there are other factors to consider.

When it comes to large breed dogs, spaying or neutering them after they have finished growing is ideal. This is usually after a year of age. For females, it would be after her first heat cycle at the least.

This is because studies have shown that if large breed dogs are spayed or neutered early, there is a negative effect on the growth plates in their joints, resulting in joint issues as they age. 

How Big Do Dobermans Get?

While you already know that Dobermans are a large dog breed, you might still want to know how large your puppy is going to get. The first place to check is a Doberman growth chart, where you can compare your dog’s current stats to future stats by following the growth curve.

Beyond a growth chart, if you are able to look at your dog’s parents, you will have a better idea about how large you can expect the puppy to be.

Large paws on a puppy are also a big indicator that you are going to have a large dog, as the puppy will need to grow into them. Some DNA tests might be able to provide insight as well as where your dog’s genetics are at.

When Do Dobermans Stop Growing?

In general, a Doberman pinscher attains its full adult height when it’s around a year old, but this is just a general rule. Both female Dobermans and male Dobermans stop growing and gaining weight between 7 and 12 months of age.

However, during this time, their bodies do grow a bit thicker. Some males may still continue to grow slightly in height.

It has been observed on the occasion that the thickening of the male body can continue even a little after he’s reached 2 years of age.

What Is The Size Of A Full-Grown Doberman Pinscher?

According to the Official Doberman Pinscher Breed Standards, a male Doberman Pinscher will weigh between 75 and 100 pounds and stand around 26 to 28 inches. A female Doberman Pinscher will weigh less than her male counterpart at 60 to 90 pounds and stand about 24 to 26 inches2.

How Do I Make Sure My Doberman Pinscher Is Healthy?

Doberman Pinschers are purebred dogs that are at a greater risk of genetic diseases. While this is heartbreaking to think about, we can take many steps now to help our puppy minimize and prevent disease. Regular veterinary care and a healthy lifestyle are two of the biggest steps we can take to provide our Doberman puppies with a strong foundation. Routine veterinary exams allow your veterinarian to screen your Doberman Pinscher for common health problems, monitor their weight and growth, and give you personalized recommendations for your puppy’s care.

Why Does My Doberman Puppy Look Skinny?

Growing puppies often go through “lanky” phases, where they will become a bit thin as their growth increases. Adjusting the amount of food during that time (being careful not to overfeed!) usually keeps them on track. “Rule out intestinal parasites first.”

Will A Doberman Attack An Intruder?

Dobermans can attack and/or bite and cause serious injuries. I think my doberman would bark, growl, and run towards an intruder. She may even snap. FEMALE: Tend to be more aggressive (in Dobermans).

How Do I Get A Doberman?

The best place to buy a Doberman Puppy is through a reputable breeder who holds themselves and their dogs to the highest of standards. Many of these breeders can be found through the American Kennel Club (AKC) or the Doberman Pinscher Club of America (DPCA).

Are Female Dobermans More Aggressive?

Are female Dobermans more aggressive? Female Dobermans are often considered by experts to be more aggressive than male Dobermans. They’re usually quicker to take aggressive action against a stranger and they make excellent personal protection dogs.

How Big Is The Average Female Doberman?

Size. Males stand 26 to 28 inches tall; females stand 24 to 26 inches tall. Males and females weigh 60 to 80 pounds; males are slightly larger than females.

Can I Own A Doberman?

Dobermans are high energy dogs and do best with active owners who have plenty of time to spend with the dog daily. Doberman Pinschers who are raised with children can be good family companion pets. Doberman cons include the fact that this dominant breed may be difficult to handle for a first time dog owner.

Why Are Dobermans So Cuddly?

Dobermans will feel more of a connection, and reassured, with cuddling. It’s a great way to get to know your Doberman and to build that mutual trust between the two of you. Besides, your Doberman will think they are protecting you by being so close.

Is It Hard Owning A Doberman?

There are advantages and disadvantages to owning a Doberman Pinscher breed. Doberman pros include the dog’s protective behavior. Dobermans excel at being trained as guard dogs and personal protection dogs. Doberman cons include the fact that this dominant breed may be difficult to handle for a first time dog owner.

Are Doberman Pinschers Affectionate?

Doberman pinschers are considered people-oriented dogs that are affectionate and sweet with people, if socialized and trained properly. They are loyal to their owners and are good with children if raised with them; however, some Dobermans bond only to one person.

Are Female Dobermans Good With Other Dogs?

Yes, Dobermans can do exceptionally well with small dogs living in the same home as them. Dobermans are intelligent, gentle dogs who are easily trainable and have a strong desire to please their owners.

What Is The Difference Between A Male And Female Doberman?

The main difference between the male and female Doberman is size. The male is much larger than the female, often by two or more inches of height and 20 to 30 pounds in weight. Healthy male Dobermans are muscled like body builders while the females are more smooth and elegant.

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