The Doberman, often called the ‘Dobie,’ is a sleek and powerful breed of guard dog originating from Germany in the late 19th Century. It is named after its first breeder, Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, and is thought to be a cross between a German Shepherd, a Rottweiler, and a German Pinscher. For this reason, in some parts of Europe and America they are known as Doberman Pinschers, whereas in other parts of the world the name has been shortened to Doberman, also spelt Dobermann. This breed was extensively used in the trenches in WWII, and was the official war mascot of the United States Marine Corps.
Dobermans have a short, smooth glossy coat that requires minimal grooming. Dobermanns are known for their high intelligence, loyalty, and protective instincts. They are highly trainable and make excellent guard dogs. Dobies thrive in homes with experienced owners who can provide structured training and socialisation. They are not suitable for households with young children.
The highly protective nature of Dobermans may make them reserved around strangers, so early socialisation is particularly important for this breed. They require very regular exercise and mental stimulation and can become destructive if left alone.
Most Australians can expect to pay between $20 and $60 a month for pet insurance. There are many factors that can influence the cost of pet insurance for your Doberman, including the following:
This is the most basic type of pet insurance, covering costs for accidental injuries such as car accidents, poisoning, burns, fractures, snake and spider bites, but not illnesses and other conditions.
This type of insurance provides cover for accidental injuries as well as illnesses like cancer, gastrointestinal problems and eye, ear and skin conditions, but not routine care for your pet.