Doberman Shepherd Overview

Parent Breeds:
Doberman Pinscher & German Shepherd
Breed Nickname:
Doberman Shepherd
22 to 26 inches
90 to 110 pounds
Life Span:
10 to 13 pounds
Coat Colors:
Brown and black

Doberman Shepherd Characteristics

Good for First-Time Owners
Good with Children
Easy to Train
Exercise Requirements
Ease of Grooming
Amount of Shedding
Amount of Drooling
Tendency to Bark

About The Doberman Shepherd

What Is A Doberman German Shepherd Mix called?

The offspring between the Doberman Pinscher and the German Shepherd is called a Doberman Shepherd. These dogs are large, weighing around 100 pounds, and standing at 25 inches tall.

These dogs aren’t considered the best for the faint of heart, as they have plenty of energy and will stop at nothing to burn it off.

They’ll give you a run for your money, that’s for sure! These dogs are known for their stubbornness so will need to be put in their place by their owner as soon as possible.

Want to know more about the Doberman Shepherd? Then keep reading!

Doberman Shepherd Breed History

  • Thought to have originated in the 1990s in North America.

  • Both parent breeds have rich histories as working dogs.

  • German Shepherds and Doberman Pinschers are both excellent guard dogs.

There isn’t much history on the Doberman Shepherd, so we need to look to the history of the parent breeds to learn more about this large guard dog.

The Doberman Pinscher first originated in Apolda, Germany thanks to the breeding efforts of Karl Friedrich Louis Doberman in 1890.

He wanted to make a perfect guard dog and did so by mixing various breeds such as the Rottweiler, German Pinscher, and Weimaraner.

The German Shepherd first originated in Germany during the 7th century.

However, it wasn’t until the 1800s when Captain Max von Stephanitz engineered the modern German Shepherd to create the ideal working dog. German Shepherds have a long history of working, from herding sheep to working in the police force.

Doberman Shepherd Personality & Temperament

  • Loyal, loving, and intelligent.

  • Make great guard dogs.

  • Can suffer from separation anxiety so shouldn’t be left alone.

The Doberman Shepherd is a kind dog that offers plenty of loyalty to its owners. It is a great observer, most likely due to its parent breeds’ backgrounds in working as guard dogs.

Much like their parents, the Doberman Shepherd makes an excellent guard dog and is always on the lookout for trouble.

While these dogs can be stubborn and independent, they are also loving to their family. They can be affectionate when they’re comfortable and know that no one is at risk.

Because of their guarding tendencies, Doberman Shepherds don’t like to be left alone.

They can develop separation anxiety when away from their owners for too long, so they’d suit a family with plenty of time to spend with them. Working-from-home professionals are good candidates.

Doberman Shepherds have short hair and therefore don’t do well in cold temperatures. Many people have the misconception that guard dogs should be kept outside.

Doberman Shepherds are indoor dogs and should not be left outside on their own.

Doberman Shepherd Health

  • Health concerns include bloating, eye issues, and joint dysfunction.

  • Routine vet appointments are important for keeping any dog healthy.

  • Life expectancy of 10 to 13 years.

Major concerns in the health of Doberman Shepherds include Elbow Dysplasia, Hip Dysplasia, Cardiomyopathy, and Wobblers Syndrome.

Minor concerns include Gastric Tension, Cataracts, Pannus, Osteosarcoma, Von Willebrand’s Disease, and Dermatitis.

Taking your dog to the vet for routine checkups will help ensure they remain healthy for as long as possible. You should get them seen by a vet at least once a year and get any symptoms looked at as soon as you spot them.

Doberman Shepherd Training

  • Teach them that you’re top dog as soon as possible.

  • Short and sweet lessons are more effective.

  • Early socialization is vital for these dogs.

Doberman Shepherds are usually good when it comes to training, as they’re eager to learn and please their owners.

They might feel like the alpha in your home to start with, though, so it’s important that you teach them who’s the boss early on (it’s you).

Make sure you use plenty of positive reinforcement when training your Doberman Shepherd, while keeping the lessons short and fun enough to keep their attention.

Dogs are much less willing to learn when they’re bored, so make sure they’re happy before starting.

Early socialization is imperative with Doberman Shepherds to get them used to strangers, other dogs, and children. Without this, your dog might mature to be anti-social and develop bad behaviors such as barking.

Doberman Shepherd Exercise Requirements

  • Teach them that you’re top dog as soon as possible.

  • Short and sweet lessons are more effective.

  • Early socialization is vital for these dogs.

The Doberman Shepherd is an incredibly active dog that has plenty of energy. They need to be kept busy for most of the day thanks to their parent breed’s working backgrounds.

These dogs don’t like to sit still, and if they’re made to for too long they might turn to destructive tendencies.

The exercise offered to a Doberman Shepherd might include multiple walks every day, runs and hikes with their owners, playing mentally stimulating games, training, or playing fetch.

Doberman Shepherds are not suitable for apartments as they need plenty of space to run around. The bigger the yard, the better! These dogs are also suitable for active households with plenty of time to satisfy their exercise needs.

Doberman Shepherd Diet & Feeding

  • Offer food formulated for large dogs with high energy levels.

  • A raw food diet is a good option for these dogs.

  • Prevent overfeeding them.

Doberman Shepherds will usually need plenty of food formulated for large dogs with high energy levels.

This should include lots of protein and healthy fats for energy, as well as being fortified with vitamins and minerals to keep them healthy.

Overfeeding a Doberman Shepherd could be catastrophic for its mental health. These dogs thrive on activity and working, and being overweight can stop them from reaching their full potential.

So, only feed them the correct amount based on their weight, and check this every year after getting them reweighed at their routine vet appointment.

Doberman Shepherd Cost

  • Costs between $400 and $600.

  • Always choose a reputable breeder.

  • Ongoing costs include food, toys, bedding, and more.

Doberman Shepherds can cost between $400 and $600, although the price might be higher depending on the breeder and location.

This is a surprisingly low cost considering that a Doberman Pinscher can cost double this, so the Doberman Shepherd is a good option for owners who want to experience owning a Doberman without the high price tag.

Ongoing costs include toys, food, and grooming supplies. Vet bills and insurance prices also come into play, as well as any training classes you choose to enroll them in.