Doberman Pinschers


Doberman Pinschers are watchful, energetic, and obedient. Check out all you need to know about one of the best working dog breeds on the planet.

First bred in 1890 in Thuringia, a German state, the origin of the Doberman is extremely unique. Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, the local tax collector of the town of Apolda, wanted a breed that would be perfect for protecting him while making collections. Herr Dobermann happened to run the Apolda dog pound, giving him access to many breeds – and that’s how the Doberman Pinscher came into being!

But after World War II, the breed was nearly lost. Werner Jung is credited with single-handedly and heroically saving the Doberman Pinscher breed, searching farms for Pinschers and risking his life to smuggle a black and red female Doberman Pinscher into West Germany. And we’re thankful he did! 

Sadly, the Doberman Pinscher is often stereotyped as being aggressive and combative because of its origin. But really, Dobes have an even temperament and easy trainability. They’re affectionate, sociable and can easily be socialized with other dogs.

Why We Love the Doberman Pinscher Breed

  • Dobes are incredibly loyal — they respect their owners and like knowing their place in the pack.
  • Doberman Pinschers are known for their intelligence. They’re one of the most trainable breeds around!
  • The Doberman Pinscher’s size and short coat make it a great house pet. Grooming is minimal for these pups.  
  • Doberman Pinschers are people-oriented dogs that adore their families. 

Things to Consider

  • The Doberman Pinscher breed may be protective, but they are not simply guard dogs. These pups need your love and affection, and are best suited for indoor living.
  • Dobermans are one of the more energetic breeds. Make sure you have time and energy to play with these pups!
  • Doberman Pinschers can be bold, so early obedience training and socialization is a must. This breed also needs a firm pack leader to set the rules.

Why Rescue?

The Doberman Pinscher is one of the most overbred, misunderstood, and stigmatized breeds in the country, which makes them likely to be abandoned by their owners. Too many of these pups end up in shelters because of poor breeding practices and overbreeding, which can cause health and temperament issues. Put an end to these practices and check out a Doberman Pinscher rescue instead!  

Doberman Pinscher Rescues

Whether you’re looking for a Doberman Pinscher puppy or a full-grown pooch, there are tons of rescues waiting to find a home! Here are just a few: 

Type
Working
Temperament
Loyal, bold & energetic
Avg. Weight
60 - 100 lbs
Grooming
Minimal
Avg. Life Span
10 - 13 years
Doberman Pinschers near 20149
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Animal Rescues near 20149
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Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA emziemer@aim.com
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA longstreetcats@gmail.com
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA littlebuddies@erols.com
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