Planning to buy a Dobermann? Here’s something that will help

The Dobermann is one of the loveliest dogs you can own, people often stereotype the breed as being ferocious and aggressive. On the contrary, its temperament reflects the gentle beast’s upbringing. They’re intelligent, fearless, energetic, watchful and sometimes lovable, which is what makes them an ideal home pet.


The Dobermann was originally developed sometime in 1890 by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann. Karl was a German tax collector who had to go to bandit infested areas on the job, so he developed a dog that was aggressive, obedient, protective and fearless to go along with him. The Dobermann is a mix of many breeds, the German Pinscher, the Rottweiler, the Great Dane, the Weimaraner, and the German Shepherd to name a few.

Getting the right Dobermann

If you have bought a Dobermann and are wondering why it didn’t grow up to look like those huge majestic beasts that you see in rap videos and movies, here’s an interesting theory.

There are two popular types of Dobermann breeds, one is from a lineage that Karl himself bred, although, the first Dobermann registered with the American Kennel Club was in 1908. These breeds are much larger than the ones the local breeders sell.

Which brings us to the second, the down-bred ones, which is probably the one you own. If you have purchased a Dobermann which cost you somewhere between INR 6000 to INR 20,000 you can be sure that you own a down-bred one. While these Dobermanns are lovely pets to have, they will not exhibit the aggression or the ferociousness of the highly-bred ones, and sadly not the looks either. They do have some of the traits of the former heavy-boned breed, but at the same time are extremely lovable and friendly around children.

For the serious dog owners

Getting a champion bloodline, heavy-boned Dobermann in India is possible, although you need to check if the pup you’re buying is an offspring of parents of champion bloodlines. They come with Kennel Club of India (KCI) papers that mention the pup’s lineage. You will be paying between INR 50,000 to INR 1,00,000 for a pure bred Dobermann, depending on its lineage.

Caring and upbringing

Your pup will reflect its upbringing in its behavior. Dobermanns need a lot of exercise and obedience training, because having a brat this size is not very safe, for you and the dog. So if you’re planning to get a dog just for kicks, a Dobermann is seriously a wrong choice.

Dobermanns need a lot of space, if you live in an apartment a pug would make a more sensible choice. Ideally a farm house or an independent villa at least 7,000 sqft big with plenty of space for your Dobermann to run around is advised.

Bringing up a pure-breed involves a lot of money, commitment and time, so think before you get one.


If you have INR 50,000 to spend on one dog and a 7,000 sqft Villa for it to play in, remember that you can adopt and care for at least 5 mongrels, all you need is a big heart and a lot of love. Always consider adoption before buying any pet.

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