The Doberman Pinscher Dutch Shepherd Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Doberman Pinscher and the Dutch Shepherd. Both of these dogs can be friendly but personalities differ, so you never know. The Doberman is known for being intelligent, fearless, and alert. All dogs need proper socialization and that will be a big factor in how they interact with others. What does this mixed breed look and act like? Is it more like the Doberman Pinscher or the Dutch Shepherd? Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Doberman Pinscher Dutch Shepherd Mix.
While we really recommend that you acquire all animals through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their Doberman Pinscher Dutch Shepherd Mix puppy. That is, if they have any Doberman Pinscher Dutch Shepherd Mix puppies for sale.
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All hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so even though I am sure that this mixed breed found it’s share of dogs to the shelter due to accidental breeding. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. If you have a few minutes, please sign our petition to stop puppy mills.
Doberman Pinscher History
The origin of the Doberman comes from a fella named Louis Dobermann. He lived in the town of Apolda, in the Thuringia district of Germany. Louis was a tax collector, so he was naturally hated. His job of collecting money was dangerous because there were bandits in the area who might attack him as he made his rounds. He also doubled as the town dogcatcher so he would take along a dog for protection. Dobermann began breeding dogs with the idea of a loyal companion and protector in mind. The result of his breeding experiments was the early Doberman Pinscher.
There are no records about what dogs Dobermann used to create the breed, but it is speculated that the Rottweiler, German Pinscher, and Black and Tan Terrier are part of the mix. When Dobermann died in 1894, the true knowledge of the breeds that were combined to make the Dobie went with him to his grave. Because of his contributions in developing the breed, however, it was named in his honor.
After the death of Louis Doberman, a breeder named Otto Goeller is credited with shaping the Doberman into a more usable dog.
During World War I, the number of Dobies in Europe declined severely, because people who were starving couldn't afford to keep large dogs. Dobies who survived were owned by the military, police, and very wealthy people. Breeding was a luxury; only the very best were bred.
After 1921, nearly all the top German sire and progeny were brought to the United States. Then came World War II, and the Doberman Pinscher was again in peril in Germany. Many think that if Americans hadn't previously brought so many dogs to the United States, the breed would be extinct.
In the mid 1900s, the Germans dropped the word Pinscher from the name, and the British dropped it a few years later.
Over the years, breeders have worked diligently to take the edge off the original Dobie's sharp personality — with good results. Although the Doberman is protective of his family and home, he is known as an affectionate and loyal companion.
Dutch Shepherd History
Just by looking at the name of the Dutch Shepherd, you can get a good understanding of its past. It comes from the Netherlands and was used to herd work alongside a Shepherd. They are a popular breed not only for their ability to herd sheep, but they are also good watchdogs for everything. Centuries ago they would pull carts and do many miscellaneous tasks. Over time with new technologies working dogs like the Dutch Shepherds just aren’t needed that much. They have evolved to work with Police Departments, search and rescue, and guide dogs. They are incredibly intelligent dogs and are easily trainable. They can still be seen working and herding on some farms and ranches today.
Height: 24 - 28 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 60 - 100 lb.
Lifespan: 10 - 13 years
Height: 22-25 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 50 - 70 lb.
Lifespan: 12 -15 years
The Doberman Pinscher and the Dutch Shepherd are known for being courageous and protective. They are also very loving dogs. This dog will require a very strong and firm owner who makes sure to assert that they are the alpha and not the dog. They are cautious, yet non-threatening with strangers, and are affectionate towards family and children. Early socialization helps take care of any bad habits that could develop. She responds well to positive reinforcement, like all dogs. She should be rather affectionate and enjoy spending lots of time with you. Don’t plan on leaving her alone for long periods as he won’t do well alone. She wants to be with the “pack.”
All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. We obviously recommend that you look for a reputable animal rescue in your area to find your new mixed breed. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.
The Doberman Pinscher mixed with the Dutch Shepherd might be prone to joint dysplasia, cardiomyopathy, gastric torsion, among others.
Note that these are just common problems in both breeds.
What are the grooming requirements?
Even if you know the breed, sometimes it is hard to tell if it will be a heavy shedder or a light shedder. Either way, Get ready to invest in a good vacuum if you want to keep your floors clean! Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin.
What are the exercise requirements?
Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. This mix will more than likely have a high energy level. This exercise will keep them from being destructive. A tired dog is a good dog. A tired dog is a good dog though. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him.
What are the training requirements?
This is an intelligent dog that will be a little bit challenging to train. They are going to want to take the alpha position and need someone with a firm, strong, hand that can let them know their place. The best thing you can do is break the sessions into shorter daily sessions to keep their attention span higher. It might have a prey drive and be disposed to running for and chasing small prey, but if handled properly this can be managed. All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. She is an intelligent dog who loves to please, and loves a physical challenge. The more exercise she gets the easier she will be to train. Proper socialization is imperative to all dogs and puppies. Make sure to take her to the park and doggy day care to get her around as many people and dogs as possible.
"A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible. A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.
Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.
I good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background."