Doberman Pit

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35-80 lbs
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.

Date of Origin
Doberman Pinscher and American Pit Bull Terrier

Doberman Pit Health

Average Size
Height: 22-28 inches Weight: 35-80 lbs
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
Nose Color Possibilities
Coat Color Possibilities
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
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
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
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
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

Doberman Pit Owner Experiences

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