Doberman Pit

35-80 lbs
22-28"
Unknown
Doberman Pinscher
American Pit Bull Terrier
Pit Pinscher

Often described as lively and intuitive, the Doberman Pit came to be through the mixing of a Doberman Pinscher and the American Pit Bull Terrier. Looks and temperament can vary within every litter although owners of this hybrid say they often have the facial appearance of the American Pit Bull Terrier and the body style of the Doberman Pinscher. Not a canine for the novice owner, this dog needs a firm knowledgeable hand willing to train with kindness and consistency.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Doberman Pinscher and American Pit Bull Terrier

Doberman Pit Health

Average Size
Male Doberman Pit size stats
Height: 22-28 inches Weight: 35-80 lbs
Female Doberman Pit size stats
Height: 22-28 inches Weight: 35-80 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • CVI (Wobbler’s Syndrome)
Minor Concerns
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Hypothyroidism
  • vonWillebrand’s Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None
Occasional Tests
  • Cardiac
  • Heart
  • DNA Test
  • Hip

Doberman Pit Breed History

The Doberman Pinscher was developed in 1890 by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann. He is thought to have mixed the Black and Tan Manchester Terrier, Weimaraner, German Shepherd, and German Pinscher among others. With a history of bravery and perseverance, these dogs were guardians to start and even fought in World War II as scouts, messengers, and sentries. The Doberman Pinscher Club of America was formed in 1921 and the breed was registered with the American Kennel Club in 1908, even before their wartime work began. Bull and Terrier breeds were developed in England in the early 19th century for the sports of bull and bear baiting. In 1835 these sports became illegal, with dog-fighting taking their place. This led to aggression being bred into the dogs, although, fortunately, also bred into these dogs was the unwillingness to bite people. These traits led to a gaining of the reputation as strong and protective, while gentle. As immigrants to America arrived with these dogs, the breed began working on farms. Duties included hunting wild game, protecting the property from animals and serving as a companion to members of the family. Breeding of the dog at this time focused on increasing its size. These dogs were named the American Pit Bull Terrier by the United Kennel Club in 1898. The breed became recognized by the American Kennel Club in the early 1930’s by the name American Staffordshire Terrier in an effort to separate the dog from his fighting past.

Doberman Pit Breed Appearance

The Doberman Pit is a very muscular dog. Often seen with the body shape and stance of the Doberman Pinscher parent, he is compact and agile. His front legs are completely straight and muscled and his hind legs are also straight with well-arched feet. The American Pit Bull Terrier parental influence gives this hybrid a broad head and a thick neck. Sturdy, his appearance is that of packed physical power balanced by a smooth gait. His eyes will be dark and expressive.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Doberman Pit eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Doberman Pit nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
gray Doberman Pit coat
Gray
red Doberman Pit coat
Red
fawn Doberman Pit coat
Fawn
blue Doberman Pit coat
Blue
brown Doberman Pit coat
Brown
white Doberman Pit coat
White
brindle Doberman Pit coat
Brindle
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Doberman Pit straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Doberman Pit Breed Maintenance

The maintenance of the Doberman Pit is easy and straightforward. Get him used the the grooming routine as a puppy and he will be happy to cooperate and will also enjoy the special bonding time. A nice brushing once a week with the slicker brush should remove all of the loose hair. Shedding season may require that you care for the coat a few times a week. The nails of the Doberman Pit will most likely be hard; trimming them regularly will make the job easier. This canine doesn’t have a strong doggy odor so bathing should not be done more than is needed. The American Pit Bull Terrier parent can sometimes have skin related sensitivities - be certain to only use veterinary approved products on the skin.

Brushes for Doberman Pit
Slicker Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Doberman Pit requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Doberman Pit Temperament

The Doberman Pit is a confident, courageous dog who loves people, although he may need coaching and practise when young in regards to accepting strangers. This intuitive hybrid can be stubborn like his American Pit Bull Terrier parent, but will respond well to leadership given with consistency and clear instruction. Known to be faithful and steadfast in their devotion, the Doberman Pit can have a gentle heart hiding under his tough persona. The right person, willing to train and give affection, will enable this hybrid to excel as a companion.

Doberman Pit Activity Requirements

Being a high energy canine, the Doberman Pit will need to be walked two or three times a day. A securely fenced backyard is the ideal place for him to burn off energy in between promenades around the neighborhood. This hybrid will enjoy games of fetch and will also like to give Frisbee a try. Not to keen on being left alone for long periods, those who own the Doberman Pit should be home, often or at the very least, let him accompany you on every outing. An urban or rural environment is best, as apartment living may seem to confining to the Doberman Pit.

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

Doberman Pit Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00

Doberman Pit Owner Experiences

Lucky
6 Years
3 People
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Running, hugs, and being hyper
Super awesome dog with a great temperament and it's perfect with kids and the downside he is as stubborn as they come very hard to train and contain one left alone for longer than 30 minutes. He's family but he's a handful!
4 days, 16 hours ago
Sasha
5 Months
3 People
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Walking
Cuddles
Extremely hyper. Runs and slides all over the house.has to eat everything she can get ahold of.
3 years, 5 months ago
Girly
6 Months
9+ People
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Great so far! She has an amazing scent of smell and super friendly and loving
3 years, 3 months ago
Zero
3 Years
1 People
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Playing
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Great and loveyly dog if properly trainned and looked after, wouldn’t recommend to new/inexperienced dog owners as they need proper training because of possible aggressiveness towards people and other animals as they are guard dogs but this can also depend on their personality. Otherwise they make lovely pets and for an active and sporty person like me they make a great companion
3 years, 3 months ago
Georgia peach
9 Weeks
9+ People
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Cuddling
Georgia is a very affectionate, well mannered dog. Shes calm and likes to stay right beside me. She interacts well with everyone. Has a great temperment and loves to cuddle.
3 years, 1 month ago
LuLu
3 Years
1 People
Apartment
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We love playing fetch with a tennis ball!!
Before LuLu and I found each other, I was unaware of her breed mix. But, now that I have experienced her, I will ALWAYS have this breed mix for as long as I have dogs. I will suggest her breed to anyone who ask or will listen. LuLu is my everything 💘💘💘💘💘
3 years ago
Gamora
4 Months
3 People
House
Health
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Friendliness
Energy
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Fetch
nap time
Walking
We got her at 2 months old and we haven't slowed down since. She's a big ball of energy even playing with her 3 brothers and her sister that is a cat she goes all day and night. She loves them all. She's having a hard time potty training and is a real brat when we leave to go to work, she will pee on the tile. We try not to leave her alone for more then 3 ours tops.We will be sending her to school as soon as she is done with her second round of shots and getting her spayed.
2 years, 11 months ago
Capo
7 Months
5 People
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Playing with toys
Fun,diverse,and amazing
2 years, 10 months ago
Kaden
10 Weeks
1 People
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I have had Kaden for about a month now, I got him when he was 2 months from the local shelter. Honestly went in just to have a look around but when I saw him... I just had to take him for a walk. After that I fell in love! I’ve never committed to a dog, yet I adopted him on the spot . Although I waited a week to bring him home, when his surgery was done. I had to work that day so I brought him to work 🤫. When I tell you getting him was the best choice I have ever made ! Kaden had become my bestfriend, well behaved anywhere I take him. My baby just wants to make friends and interact with everyone. NOT AGGRESSIVE AT ALL! I keep him inside and from the day I brought him home, he used the pee pads. I didn’t train him, he just knew? This is a beautiful mix of dogs, with great characteristics. They just wanna play with you and love you. Even when I leave for work, he just lays around till I get home and I take him almost everywhere with me. Like i said well behaved, sometimes talks back to me but I let him know who’s in charge . I live alone so I got him for protection yet I have found my most loyal friend.
1 year, 8 months ago
Rosoe
1 Year
6 People
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Friendliness
Energy
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Fetch
Taking walk
Throwing
I love my boy, but I can not get out of his sight or he barks and whines. When I come back he act as through I been gone days.
1 year ago
M.J
3 Months
3 People
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Walk
Tug-of-war
Run
So far so good just getting her to go potty outside is a strugle
9 months, 2 weeks ago
Millie
2 Years
2 People
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Playdate
Walks
Hiking
naps
Car rides
Cuddles
swimming
Millie: Born on December 2nd 2018 Millie is a super sweet and loving baby. She weighs 56 lbs and is a very healthy weight for her build she’s a medium sized dog and she has the body of an American pit bull terrier but the face of an American Doberman Pinscher. She’s got the color and markings of a chocolate dobe with white on her paws and chest and belly with some light fawn spots in the white (her mom was a mostly white American pit bull terrier with light brown spots all over her as well). She lives with myself (21 year old female) and my boyfriend (21 year old male) She was mistreated by her previous owner so it took a couple of months for her to not be afraid of us. She was just a year old when we first got her and she just turned 2 December 2nd 2020. She was pretty scared of new people when we first got her. She would aggressively bark if someone new came in the house or too close to our car. She never bit though and was fairly easy to calm down. After we’d show her that we were comfortable with this new person she’d relax and sniff them and even started to lick strangers after a few months of meeting new people. After she became well accustomed to strangers we started taking her on short hikes that progressively got longer. We learned that she absolutely loves hikes and car rides. We always pay attention to her needs and bring pop up water bowls with bottled water and healthy snacks for her (ex. Apples, blueberries, bananas (HER FAVORITE), and some dog food as well) she’s very loving and cuddly she often likes to lay on our pillows on the bed. She also does very well with other dogs she LOVES meeting new dogs. My mom has a male beagle and a male large mix breed and she loves to visit them to cuddle and play. She does however chase cats that run from her, but she just chases she never attacks but she definitely scares them. She does have about 5 cat friends though (when they don’t run she doesn’t chase). She loves to lick the cats and clean their faces and cuddle up to them. When she tries to play with them though they usually just bat at her until she leaves them alone to go mope. When she tries to play with cats she just backs about a foot away from them and does play bows and so far the cats are not into it. She’s a very smart dog as well she only knew how to sit when we got her. We’ve had her about a year now and with treats and tons of positive reinforcement we’ve taught her to “hush” when she barks at strangers or noises that scare her (knocking and she used to be scared of beeping noises like the microwave or stove we think because when her previous owner got home she locked her car and it beeps in a very similar way and when she heard these beeps she’d run to the front door and bark her butt off). We’ve also taught her lay down, stay, beg, potty, kisses, paw, other paw, crawl, high five (she does this differently from giving her paws for shakes), come dance (she jumps up on her dad usually and “dances” around with him). She also learned speak in one night as I was showing my brother her new tricks and he tried to get her to speak and when I told him she didn’t know that yet we barked until she did and when she did we gave her treats and repeatedly said “good speak Millie!” And after that we said speak three times (with like a minute in between tries) and she knew it by the third time. The only issue we had was when she first barked she would flinch and run because her previous owner beat her for barking. This is why we think this specific trick was a very good bonding experience for us and Millie. It showed her that we got excited and happy when she barked and wouldn’t hurt her. Also when we were teaching her to hush we just pet and spoke calmly to calm her while shushing her and telling her “hush Millie, hush baby, it’s okay” and when she was quiet we told her “good girl!” and gave her treats and more pets and she figured out what we wanted very quickly. She loves learning new tricks and gets very excited and proud of herself when she realizes she’s learned something new. Millie is extremely bonded with us now and is an extremely sweet and playful puppy and we wouldn’t trade her for the world. She’s extremely intelligent and has her own personality and although she can be stubborn sometimes ( like eating the cats food when she knows better), she’s a very very good friend and I hope we can keep her as happy and healthy as possible for the rest of her life and I can’t wait to watch her continue to amaze us for however long she lives.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
Sheba
4 Years
3 People
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It's been a long time since I got her at 8 weeks old to just now and we are almost done with all of her training to be my service dog. We just have to get her over her fear of the dark and having people walk past us in the dark. But we are doing good. I have owned Pit Bulls before owning my Doberman Pit Bull mix and I have to say I would be more comfortable having my Doberman Pit Bull mix over anything.
7 months, 1 week ago
Loki
8 Months
2 People
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Grooming
Friendliness
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Pastimes
Playing fetch and snuggling
My first pit mix I love him he such a lover and a bed hog
7 months ago
Biscuit
18 Months
5 People
House & Yard
Health
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Friendliness
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running on his own
relaxing with own
Walk
although i love my dog i got him at a year old and he’s very tough to train although he looks nice and is friendly as well as protective his jumps on every one and doesn’t back down they must be trained from young or they will be some of the most unruly dogs you will meet.
6 months, 2 weeks ago
Phoenix
5 Months
3 People
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We got Phoenix when she was just 8 DAYS old. Me, my wife, and our 10 year old daughter all took equal part in nursing her and caring for her. (We ALL work online). She is an extremely tough minded and strong spirited beast. Her will to proceed and succeed is unmatched. Training her has been very easy for us as I have had straight pits in the past (never had a Doberman though) so I knew what it would take. We ALL are very patient with her, but STERN. She learns SUPER FAST. It takes just 1 or 2 attempts to teach her something and she gets it as if she’s always gotten it. DO NOT GET THIS BREED IF YOU ARE LAZY. Dobemans are very athletic, and Pits are very STRONG. And BOTH are high energy dogs. She is taken out each day for a combined total of 5-7 miles of running and hiking. Yes, MILES. If you don’t give this breed at LEAST 2-3 miles of RUNNING (not walking) EACH DAY, you will have a difficult time keeping him/her calm and balanced because they are a literal ball of energy needing to expel its power continuously. Also, DO NOT GET THIS BREED IF YOU ARE NOT DOING WELL FINANCIALLY. For optimum health, development, and temprerant, this breed (as with ALL breeds) needs a primarily RAW DIET. Dry “dog” food and canned “dog” food is the reason most dogs are SICK, low on energy, bi-polar, and need to go the vet all the time. Phoenix is fed 2-4 lbs of RAW GROUND BEEF, 2-3 RAW CHICKEN LEGS (with BONE), 1 cup RAW chicken LIVER and GIZZARDS, 1 can of cooked sardines, 3 cups PURINA ONE (this is the ONLY DRY FOOD WE WOULD EVER FEED OUR CATS/DOGS), 1 cooked potato, 1 bunch of cilantro (to remove accumulated heavy metals and toxins from her system), 1 celery stick (for the fiber, hydration, mineral salts, and her gut health), 1/2 cup olive oil (for skin and coat), multi-vitamins, amino acids, PUMPKIN SEED POWDER (keeps her body free of WORMS AND PARASITES), vitamin B-1 (keeps FLEAS and TICKS and MITES off of her), vitamin D + K (for proper bone and skeletal form development), a few sprinkles of BLACK HIMALAYAN SALT (cuz high is SULFUR and other minerals), 1 cup Greek yogurt (for licking enjoyment), plenty of FRESH WATER. This is EVERY DAY. This diet will run you $600-$1000/mo. This diet will ALSO ensure you don’t have a “chewing” problem. DOGS ONLY CHEW ON STUFF (including “chew toys and bones”) BECAUSE OF A POOR DIET. Also, dogs only have “dog breath” due to a poor diet as well! Great diet = GREAT BREATH. Phoenix is the most trainable breed I have ever had. At 3 months she was already willing to die AND kill for my wife and daughter. She sees my wife as MOM, my daughter as SISTER, and me as FATHER/ALPHA. She is hands down the greatest guard dog I have ever known because she is so intuitive of people and circumstances. I highly recommend this breed if you can afford it in both time and money, and if you have the strength of mind and GUTS to. Again, this breed is POWERFUL both in body and will. Phoenix is just 5 months. So I’m sure the cost of maintaining her diet, her health, and her exercise will increase over the next 1.5 years. P.S. A crate is a MUST for training this breed if he/she is going to be kept indoors. Otherwise, this breed will pee and poop everywhere. Ever since she was a baby, she REFUSED to pee or poop in her box or bed. Keep this in mind. That’s why a CRATE is KEY to potty training your beast. Do NOT let them roam free out of the crate UNTIL they are trained to pee in ONE SPOT in your home on a pee/poop mat. “From crate to mat and back to crate” is the secret to potty training.
1 month, 1 week ago
Mia
1 Year
3 People
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still full of energy, big darling, careful of other people, hard play with other dogs
1 month, 3 weeks ago
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Our pet DNA says 62% Doberman and 34% American staffordshire terrier. Is this a dober pit?

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