Standard of Doberman

Fore part

  1. Blade, stooped forward and down at the angle 45 degrees toward the base, connect with fore paw at the angle 90 degrees.
  2. The lengths of shoulder blade and shoulder are almost equal.
  3. The height from elbow to withers is equal to the height from the ground to elbow
  4. The legs when viewed sideways and in front are absolutely straight and parallel with each other from elbow to metacarpus; muscular and tendinous; the bone is strong.
  5. In normal state (general position) and during movement the elbows are pressed to the chest
  6. Metacarpuses are almost perpendicular to the gorund
  7. Dewclaw can be removed
  8. Dactyls (paws) are well-arched, compact, “catty”, never turned neither in nor out
Back part
  1. Back angles are balanced with fore part.
  2. Pelvis is at the angle 30 degrees towards spinal column thus making a little rounded, well developed croup.
  3. Shanks are at right angle to femur, they are long and wide, two-side muscular with clearly-developed stifle.
  4. Fore and hind shanks are of equal length
  5. When dog is resting, its hock is perpendicular to the ground if bent.
  6. When dog is viewed from behind, its legs are upright, parallel to each other and too widely placed to be in harmony with body composition.
  7. Dewclaws if available are removed.
  8. Paws, the same as forepaws, are cattish and never turned in or out.   

  1. Smooth, short, wiry, thick and bushy.
  2. Invisible grey undercoat is allowed on the neck
  3. Color and Tan
  4. Allowed colors: black, brown, blue and fawn.
  5. Tans: red, clearly defined, set above each eye, near mouth, throat and chest, on the paws, on the pads and below the tail.
  6. White area on the chest is not more that ½ quire inch is allowed
  7. Disqualification Dogs not of an allowed color
  1. Free, level and energetic with nice reach of forepart and good driving power of hinder part.
  2. Good strong drive of hind limbs when trotting
  3. Each hind foot moves in line with forepaw on the same side
  4. Hind and front legs are not thrown and bent
  5. Upper part is strong and firm
  6. When properly built dog moves at fast trot it will single-track
  1. Energetic, alert, determined, fearless, amicable and obedient
  2. Judge has the right to remove any timid or aggressive Doberman from the ring
  3. Timidity: a dog is evaluated as timid if it refuses to undergo examination, if runs away for the judge; if scares by approach from the rear; if gives a start at sudden and unusual noises.
  4. Wickedness: the dog that attacks or tries to hit on the judge or his assistant is aggressive.
  5. Aggressive or combative attitude towards other dogs will not be regarded as malignity.

  1. Previous description is the description of perfect Doberman-pinscher.
  2. Any deviation from abovementioned described dog will be penalized up to the deviation.
  1. Undershot is more than 1/8 of an inch, overshort more than 3/16 of an inch.
  2. Four or more missing teeth.
  3. Dogs of unallowed color.


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