Doberdor

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65-80 lbs
24-27"
North America’s
Doberman Pinscher
Labrador Retriever

Courageous, protective, loyal and a perfect family companion describes the Doberdor, a hybrid, designer breed which is a mix between the Doberman Pinscher and the Labrador Retriever. These large breed dogs often have a very strong, sleek appearance, particularly if they take on more of the Doberman traits. These hybrids tend to require a lot of physical activity and as such are suited to families with a more active lifestyle.

Purpose
Guarding, Companionship
Date of Origin
2000's
Ancestry
Doberman Pinscher and Labrador Retriever

Doberdor Health

Average Size
Male Doberdor size stats
Height: 25-28 inches Weight: 75-95 lbs
Female Doberdor size stats
Height: 24-27 inches Weight: 65-80 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Wobbler's Syndrome
Minor Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Allergies
  • Obesity
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Neurological Examination
  • General Physical Examination

Doberdor Breed History

The Doberman is an intelligent, powerful large dog that originated during the 1800s in Apolda, Germany. This breed was developed by a tax collector named Karl Dobermann who created the Doberman Pinscher by mixing breeds available to him at the kennel where he also worked, including dogs like the Rottweiler and the German Pinscher. This serious breed’s original purpose was meant for guarding households and people. However, throughout the years they also became popular as police and military dogs. On the island of Guam in the war dog cemetery, there is a life size bronze replica of the Doberman, aptly named "Always Faithful". On the other spectrum, the Labrador Retriever is a fun-loving, energetic dog that was initially bred for the sole purpose of hunting, tracking and retrieving water fowl. These dogs originated in Newfoundland, Canada during the 17th century and were often termed as “water-dogs” due to their love of swimming and retrieving. Now one of the most popular canines selected for guide dogs and as search and rescue dogs, they joined the American Kennel Club in 1917.

Doberdor Breed Appearance

The Doberdor is a hybrid that can stand anywhere from 25 to 28 inches in height. They tend to have coat colors very similar to that of their Doberman parent. Coat colors often range from black, blues, reds and fawns with the unique rust markings most notably present on the chest area, muzzle, neck, above the eyes, paws and tail tip. The Doberdor tends to have a short smooth to dense coat (more dense if Labrador-like) and coats can be water-resistant as this is a trait seen in Labs. Ears tend to be flopped down and pendant shaped; the muzzle is typically short and broad, and eyes are often brown and alert. Tails are long, thick and strong, some owners may opt to crop the tail; however, this is not recommended. Overall, the Doberdor is a heavily built, muscular breed that can be quite strong.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Doberdor eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Doberdor nose
Black
brown Doberdor nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
brown Doberdor coat
Brown
black Doberdor coat
Black
blue Doberdor coat
Blue
red Doberdor coat
Red
fawn Doberdor coat
Fawn
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Doberdor straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Doberdor Breed Maintenance

If your Doberdor inherits the sleek, short-haired coat from its Doberman side, grooming and maintenance requirements are really low as Dobermans don’t tend to shed a lot. However, if your Doberdor inherits the dense coat from its Labrador parent then you can expect to see more shedding. They may also require bathing if they inherit the Labrador traits as Labs tend to be prone to oily skin. Expect to bathe your Doberdor at least a few times a month. Brushing will need to be done weekly with either a pin or slicker brush; either one will work well. As with all dogs, teeth brushing, nail trimming and ear cleaning should be done every 4 to 6 weeks in order to prevent disease or any other medical problem.

Brushes for Doberdor
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Doberdor requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Doberdor Temperament

Much like their parent breed the Doberman, your Doberdor might inherit the protective trait. This makes them excellent guard dogs due to their guarding abilities and loyalty to the family. The Doberdor is also an intelligent and playful breed; they are social dogs and will love to play and interact with their owners and other dogs. Very  intelligent, these dogs can get quite stubborn if not trained well. Because of this, Doberdors are more suitable for experienced dog owners. However, if you have the time and the patience to commit to regular obedience classes, you will enjoy the challenge of owning a Doberdor. This hybrid makes a great family dog and will be a great addition for families with children and other pets, however as with every dog socialization and training is required in order to achieve this friendly demeanor. 

Doberdor Activity Requirements

The Doberdor is an active hybrid requiring at least 2 to 3 long walks per day. These dogs are best suited to homes with large backyards where they will have plenty of space to run and stretch their legs. They are not recommended for apartment or city life, or to be members of busy families. Doberdors love to play fetch and retrieve toys, and they are always game to swim and run, all traits characteristic of Labradors.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
75 minutes

Doberdor Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

Doberdor Owner Experiences

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