This area is dedicated to presenting professional Doberman breeding practices with the intention to educate; with an emphasis on the new puppy or owner. Here you will learn to recognize the best breeding practices and ask the targeted questions before purchasing a Doberman puppy from a dog breed service. This is a topic that is near and dear to the Doberman owner’s heart.
To ensure the best health and temperament for the Doberman breed one must only purchase a Doberman puppy from professional breeders.
To ensure positive placement in homes the New Doberman puppy owner must understand the point of view and goals of the Doberman Breeding professional.
To reduce and prevent unwanted Doberman abuse and abandonment, in many cases due to owner ignorance about basic Doberman characteristics; for example the size and energy levels of their new Doberman puppy.
The picture on this page is The Fifinator. She is a current top winning Doberman in the United States to give you an idea of what the standard looks like.
The appearance is that of a dog of medium size, with a body that is square. Compactly built, muscular and powerful, for great endurance and speed. Elegant in appearance, of proud carriage, reflecting great nobility and temperament. Energetic, watchful, determined, alert, fearless, loyal and obedient.
Size, Proportion, Substance
Height at the withers: Dogs 26 to 28 inches, ideal about 27½ inches; Bitches 24 to 26 inches, ideal about 25½ inches. The height, measured vertically from the ground to the highest point of the withers, equalling the length measured horizontally from the fore chest to the rear projection of the upper thigh. Length of head, neck, and legs in proportion to length and depth of body.
Long and dry, resembling a blunt wedge in both frontal and profile views. When seen from the front, the head widens gradually toward the base of the ears in a practically unbroken line. Eyes almond-shaped, moderately deep-set, with vigorous, energetic expression. Iris, of uniform color, ranging from medium to darkest brown in black dogs; in reds, blues, and fawns the color of the iris blends with that of the markings, the darkest shade being preferable in every case. Ears normally cropped and carried erect. The upper attachment of the ear, when held erect, is on a level with the top of the skull.
Top of skull flat, turning with slight stop to bridge of muzzle, with muzzle line extending parallel to top line of the skull. Cheeks flat and muscular. Nose solid black on black dogs, dark brown on red ones, dark gray on blue ones, dark tan on fawns. Lips lying close to jaws. Jaws full and powerful, well filled under the eyes.
Teeth are strongly developed and white. Lower incisors upright and touching inside of upper incisors a true scissors bite. 42 correctly placed teeth, 22 in the lower, 20 in the upper jaw. Distemper teeth shall not be penalized. Disqualifying Faults: Overshot more than 3/16 of an inch. Undershot more than 1/8 of an inch. Four or more missing teeth.