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Looking for the perfect guard dog? A Doberman may be the answer. Whether you’re thinking of borrowing one or getting your own, we’ve pulled together lots of fun and interesting facts you should know about the breed.

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What is a Doberman?

The Doberman Pinscher (or Doberman) is described by the Kennel Club as being a very skillful, intelligent and elegant dog. They fit in very well with family life, and love to play with and protect children. They love cars, and can often be found lounging around on the most comfortable seats in the house. Dobermans were bred to be excellent guard dogs and are very loyal. There are two smaller Doberman-like dogs in the Pinscher family - the German Pinscher and the Miniature Pinscher.

How much exercise does a Doberman need?

As they are a big dog breed with a lot of energy, they will need more than 2 hours of exercise every day, according to the Kennel Club.

If you own a Doberman and are checking your four legged friend into doggy day care or lending him/her to a borrower, make sure they’re aware that lots of walking, running and chasing will be appreciated!

Conversely, if you’re looking for types of dog that are large but lazy, check out the Bull Mastiff in our top 5 laziest dogs article!

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“Zayden is lovely and very energetic. He gets 2 walks a day, and I often take him out on my bike too, as he loves running along next to it. He likes to chase squirrels and anything that runs.” - Helmer, Owner of Zayden.

What is the temperament of a Doberman?

Dobermans are extremely attentive dogs, that like to be kept busy. Because of this trait, they shine through as great guard dogs and are often used for police work. They also fit very well into family life, and are very loyal to their owners. With the right training, they are very loving and devoted companions.

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“Dimitri is a big lovable boy with boundless energy and lots of love and cuddles to spare. He can't get enough of ear rubs and scratches, and loves being groomed with his brush.” - Laura, Owner of Dimitri.

Are Dobermans easy to train?

The Doberman is extremely devoted and driven, making them easy to train. They adapt quickly and are very good at paying attention. According to the Kennel Club, they are very obedient dogs.

“Remy is good with basic commands and loves a smelly treat for recall. He is very smart and can do many tricks with treats, he even escaped from his double locked crate the other week!” - Sophie, Owner of Remy

That being said, here are a few funny quirks that some of our members’ pooches have:

Wayne, Owner of Buster

Buster must be on his lead if you go to a rugby or football game, as he will take the ball and run away!

Sally, Owner of Thor

Thor is a typical Doberann - he is as soft as butter and an absolute cuddle lover. He is very bouncy, too.

Zarina, Owner of Titan

Titan is a very talkative dog, expressing his emotions and excitement with gorilla noises and Opera singing.

Most common Doberman names on BorrowMyDoggy:

  • Max
  • Bella
  • Benson
  • Charlie
  • Duke

Do you want your Doberman to be even happier and healthier? Watch our members share how much happier their dogs have become since joining BorrowMyDoggy.

High paws to our lovely community for letting us share these facts about their Dobermans. Paws crossed you found them helpful :)

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