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The Doberman Pinscher is a fairly new but popular breed of dog. It is highly intelligent, obedient, and energetic. As a result, the Doberman needs a lot of exercise and stimulation. Perhaps contrary to their fierce reputation, as naturally protective dogs, Dobermans make loving family pets who are extremely loyal to their owners. They are playful canines that are easy to groom and easy to train. Dobermans are working dogs that stand at around two feet, weigh 60 to 80 pounds. They tend to live between 10 and 13 years.

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1. Physical Features of Doberman Pinschers

Doberman Pinschers are medium-sized, muscular dogs with square frames. They are traditionally and most commonly black or black and rust or tan in color, although there are some other genetic variations. Dobermans' tails are naturally long, but they are usually docked, both to meet the standards of breeding clubs but also because they have a tendency to break as they are quite fragile. Docking has been made illegal in a number of countries, including the majority of the EU and Australia. In some places, such as the United States, Doberman Pinschers' ears are cropped, but this is illegal in a number of countries.

Doberman Pinscher Dog Hunting in Green Spring Field JamesBrey / Getty Images
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