Description: The Doberman Pinscher is powerful and compact with great speed and endurance. The Dobie is alert, noble, and versatile. These elegant dogs are adventurous and protective and require lots of socialization, as they can become dominant or shy. Athletic and muscular, these big heartthrobs require plenty of exercise. They have been known to be great guard dogs simply because of their intimidating appearance, but are fantastic family dogs if raised and socialized properly. They love being with their family and are very loyal and people-oriented. The Doberman Pinscher is highly intelligent, obedient, and energetic. They are bold and determined dogs. Dobie males range from 26-28 inches in height, and female 24-26 inches. They weight 55-90 pounds. Their coat is smooth, short, and thick, being solid black, brown, blue, or fawn(Isabella) with rust on head, body and legs. There are also albino Dobies, but they tend to have quite a bit of health problems and can be extremely nervous.(As far as I know. Feel free to correct me. ) The Doberman Pinscher does best in suburban or rural areas, but can adapt to city life if provided ample exercise. Dobies live 10-15 years and originated in Germany. Louis Dobermann is credited with the creation of the Doberman, by crossing German Shepherds, German Pinschers, Weimarancers, Rottweilers, English Greyhounds, and Manchester Terriers. Most believe that they came from a shorthaired shepherd, the Rott, and a German Smooth-haired Pinscher and Black and Tan Terrier. Tail docking and ear cropping are quite popular with this breed today. Dobermann's dogs were quite aggressive and very hard to raise. Otto Goeller took over the breeding of Dobies after Dobermann's death, and created a more cohesive personality with a high trainability. Goeller founded the German National Doberman Pinscher Club in 1899, and the Dobie was awarded official recognition in 1900. Today the breed thrives as a guide dog, therapy dog, and police dog, and is slowly gaining popularity in agility. Dobies are one of my favorite breeds. ^^ They are great dogs, and very sweet. I love training them.