Doberman Pinscher vs German Pinscher

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
10 to 12 years
Size:

Large

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Low

Best For

Dobermans are best for homes where they can be the center of attention—they love their people and want to be with them all the time. Also, an active lifestyle suits the Doberman's need for...

Dobermans are best for homes where they can be the center of attention—they love their people and want to be with them all the time. Also, an active lifestyle suits the Doberman's need for exercise.

Doberman Pinscher Temperament

Dobermans are well known for their intimidating demeanor. They are highly intelligent, athletic and alert—all things that make them great guard dogs, which is what they were bred to do. And Dobies take their job as guard dog extraordinaire very seriously. This drive, along with their imposing physical app...

Dobermans are well known for their intimidating demeanor. They are highly intelligent, athletic and alert—all things that make them great guard dogs, which is what they were bred to do. And Dobies take their job as guard dog extraordinaire very seriously. This drive, along with their imposing physical appearance, has earned them a reputation of being notoriously protective. But when the pup parent provides the proper training, socialization and structure, these dogs are also a loving member of the family.

You’ll soon discover that, along with their formidable presence, Dobermans possess a deep devotion to their people. In fact, they bond so deeply with their humans and are so dedicated to their families, these affectionate dogs are sometimes referred to as “Velcro dogs.”

In addition to their work as guard dogs, Dobermans have a long history as police and military dogs, dating back to the early 20th century. Dobermans even assisted U.S. Marines during World War II. Today, Dobermans work as therapy, service and emotional support animals.

Doberman Pinscher Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
12 to 14 years
Size:

Medium

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Low

Best For

German Pinschers are best for experienced and active dog parents. These pups get along with older kids and other dogs when properly socialized and can be a good choice for apartment-dwellers.

German Pinscher Temperament

The German Pinscher is an energetic and intelligent dog who is loyal and protective of their families. Their personality can include a strong-willed and assertive streak, and some say they’re even a bit manipulative. (That’s why they’re not a good choice for first-time pup parents—you’ll...

The German Pinscher is an energetic and intelligent dog who is loyal and protective of their families. Their personality can include a strong-willed and assertive streak, and some say they’re even a bit manipulative. (That’s why they’re not a good choice for first-time pup parents—you’ll likely need experience to teach them how to live in harmony with you.)

These dogs like to be busy, so plan to keep them occupied with exercise, puzzle toys and training. If you don’t give them something to do, they’ll find their own entertainment—and your shoes and your furniture may become unwilling participants.

German Pinschers were originally bred to hunt small critters, but now they focus their efforts on being a loving companion to their families and guardian of their home. These pups can do well with other dogs or older kids, but early socialization and training are important. German Pinschers may do OK with a cat they’ve been raised with since puppyhood; otherwise, they’ll always give chase. They tend to like a more peaceful home, which is why they may get along better with older kids who won’t startle them.

German Pinscher Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents
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