Doberman Shepherd

90-110 lbs
Doberman Pinscher
German Shepherd

The Doberman Shepherd is a hybrid breed where the Doberman Pinscher is crossed with the German Shepherd. The hybrid will be a large dog, with an average weight of 90 to 110 pounds. Very intelligent and having a lot of energy, this dog will need a family that can give him a significant amount of daily activity. The Doberman Shepherd can be stubborn, making it important that his owner be clear that he, not the dog, is in charge.

Date of Origin
Doberman Pinscher and German Shepherd

Doberman Shepherd Health

Average Size
Male Doberman Shepherd size stats
Height: 22-26 inches Weight: 90-110 lbs
Female Doberman Shepherd size stats
Height: 22-26 inches Weight: 90-110 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • CVI (Wobbler’s Syndrome)
Minor Concerns
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Cataracts
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Pannus
  • Progressive Posterior Paresis
  • Perianal Fistulas
  • vonWillebrand’s Disease
  • Dermatitis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None
Occasional Tests
  • Cardiac
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Eye Examinations
  • DNA Test
  • Hip

Doberman Shepherd Breed History

The Doberman Pinscher originated in Apolda, in Thueringen, Germany through the efforts of Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann around 1890. He combined several breeds while perfecting the breed, including the Rottweiler, Weimernaner, German Pinscher and more. Mr. Dobermann was looking for a canine that would be proficient in guarding. He was successful in his quest; in fact, the breed went on in the future to work as brave sentries, scouts and messengers during times of war. Many dogs are buried on the island of Guam, at the war dogs cemetery. The Doberman was added to the American Kennel Club roster in 1908. In 1921, the Doberman Pinscher Club of America was formed. The first Doberman Pinscher to win the Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Show was in 1939. The roots of the German Shepherd can be traced as far back as the 7th century A.D. to a mountain sheepdog in Germany. Between the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, Captain Max von Stephanitz took local shepherd dogs of the long-haired, short-haired and wire-haired varieties to develop the modern-day German Shepherd, an all-purpose working dog. An organization called the Verein fur Deutsche Scharferhunde SV was created in 1899 to provide oversight into the breeding of the German Shepherd, with the goal of developing a herding dog with courage, athleticism and intelligence. The first German Shepherd was registered by von Stephanitz in 1899 as the German Sheepdog. Dogs of the breed worked as war sentries in World War I during which the name of the breed was changed from German Sheepdog to Shepherd Dog by the American Kennel Club. In 1931, the breed was renamed and called the German Shepherd.

Doberman Shepherd Breed Appearance

The Doberman Shepherd is a large dog with an average weight of 90 to 110 pounds and standing from 22 to 26 inches in height. Muscular and agile, this attractive dog has a short but soft coat. Seen in black, brown and tan, the Doberman Shepherd will most likely have large ears that stand on their own. His muzzle will be long and dignified and his eyes will indicate his intelligence. He’ll have a tail that is full and is carried straight with a bit of a curve.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Doberman Shepherd eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Doberman Shepherd nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brown Doberman Shepherd coat
black Doberman Shepherd coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Doberman Shepherd straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Doberman Shepherd Breed Maintenance

Maintenance of the Doberman Shepherd is minimal as they are low to moderate shedders. It is recommended that you brush your Doberman Shepherd three to four times each week with the slicker brush and bathe him when he gets dirty. It is a good idea to train your Doberman Shepherd to get in and out of the tub from a young age, so that you will have an easier time bathing him when he is full grown. Getting him used to having his nails clipped as a puppy will be advantageous, as will having his teeth brushed. The ears of the Doberman Shepherd should be cleaned each week, wiping off any parts that you are able to reach.

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

Doberman Shepherd Temperament

The Doberman Shepherd will inherit the loyalty, intelligence and observation skills of both of his parents, making him an excellent guard dog. He may be strong-willed and stubborn, though at the same time loving and affectionate. He is the kind of dog who prefers to be with his family and will suffer separation anxiety if left alone for too long. Early socialization and training will be helpful for the Doberman Shepherd so that he will not try to dominate members of his family. The Doberman Shepherd tends to do poorly in cold weather and should be kept indoors in when temperatures are low.

Doberman Shepherd Activity Requirements

The Doberman Shepherd is a very active dog with a lot of energy. Keeping him busy is important not only for his health but to ensure that he does not become destructive in the home. This hybrid is clever and was bred for work, so still likes to have a job to do or a mission to accomplish. Activities can include several long walks per day, accompanying you on runs and hikes, playing games, and visits to the dog park. He may enjoy obedience trials which serve to keep the mind stimulated. Not suited for apartment living, this large dog needs space. A rural environment or an urban home with a large yard are best for him.

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

Doberman Shepherd Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
4 cups
Daily Cost
$2.75 - $3.00
Monthly Cost
$80.00 - $90.00

Doberman Shepherd Owner Experiences

2 Years
2 People
Dog Parks
We adopted a 2 year old 60lbs Doberman Shepherd named Roxy about 6 months ago (her brothers and sisters have a good 20lbs on her). She was someone else's pup before she was ours where they simply did not have the time or space for her. We were told she went away for a bit to get trained and she is extremely social with people and picky about other dogs. We used to think he didn't like small dogs, but now the little Maltese across the street is her BFF. She rarely barks, but when she does she means business. She mainly whines when she wants something from you :) Roxy requires a lot of work - she is incredibly smart and is always looking to work. We train her before eating mostly, but while out and about as well. She does have a heart condition called pulmonary stenosis so we watch how much we are pushing her when it comes to the outdoors. We take her out three times a day and usually no less than 30 min. She takes medicine twice a day with food to help maintain her condition. She has always been fed salmon, but not sure if she is allergic to chicken - her sisters and brothers are. Roxy has a bit of anxiety, but never separation anxiety which is lovely. She is very ball driven - we haven't met a dog faster than her yet so I'm not sure if being the first to the ball has anything to do with it. We groom her every week but still seems to shed a ton. She has medium length hair towards her tummy and back and shorter towards her neck. I recommend doing this outside so the hair doesn't get everywhere. Her ears are the biggest thing on her - we are constantly getting compliments on her shepherd ears that she never grew into - plus they stick straight up :)
2 months, 3 weeks ago
20 Months
1 People
Brutus is an extremely intelligent guy. He’s received a good amount of training and it was suggested by the trainers that I get him into Schutzhund or protection work because his drive and trainability are through the roof. He wants to fetch all day everyday. I have to take all toys away when I want to be done and then he starts searching for balled up socks or anything else he can drop at my feet to throw for him. He was socialized extensively as a pup and is very friendly with people but he is NOT friendly with other dogs. He will bark, growl and would likely fight if I didn’t keep him close. He is also extremely prey-driven and will attempt to chase down any wildlife he sees. He’s a beautiful dog with an extremely athletic physique and I constantly have people stopping to ask me questions about him. Overall I couldn’t recommend the mix enough for anybody that likes to keep active with their dog and is setup to handle a powerful animal that may not be crazy about other dogs/critters.
5 months, 3 weeks ago
10 Weeks
2 People
House & Yard
I was a little nervous about getting a hybrid of 2 breeds with negative stigmas attached to them, considering that I had never cared for a German Shepherd or Doberman before. I'd helped to raise a puppy before and her separation anxiety was so bad, that it left me a little jaded to getting a puppy. Nevertheless, we got our doberman-shepherd when she was only 5 weeks old. She was still drinking milk at the time. We started crate training her Night One, and since then, she hasn't had any issues with sleeping or playing in her crate. The rate at which she grows and the rate at which she learns astounds me. We have to take her on at least 2 walks per day, as her energy increases rapidly. We don't mind it, though; we need to exercise, too! Raising a puppy is hard work, but seeing a return on the effort my husband and I are putting in makes it all worth it.
5 months, 4 weeks ago
18 Months
1 People
This is not my first dog, but she is incredibly special. She learns quickly, is incredibly affectionate, is incredibly intent on pleasing you, but can be very nosey, curious and alert. My girl doesn't like other guys (I'm a guy), but loves most girls (she's my potential girlfriend detector, lol). She will take point if allowed but prefers to walk next to you rather than behind. Definitely a velcro dog...if you're walking she will stay within sight and refuses to be left behind. Can be prey-driven (loves squirrels/birds/etc), but is getting better with training. Best dog ever (sorry Toby...for different reasons).
1 year, 1 month ago
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