Dobermans are one of the most popular breeds in the world. They have been used for hunting, police work, rescue dogs and many other purposes. There are various types of Doberman which include: Standard, Working (or “Working” or “W”) and Show Dogs. All Dobermans have their own unique characteristics which make them different from each other. Some of these characteristics include; coloration, coat type, size, markings and even vocalizations!
Coloration refers to the pattern of colors present on the body and face. Coloration can range from pure white to a variety of shades of brown, black, tan and red. The most common colorations found in Dobermans are white, cream, chocolate brown, chestnut brown and black/tan. Other colorations include silver gray, blue-gray/black and grey/silver.
Coloration can vary greatly among individual Dobermans. Some individuals may have very light colored coats while others may have dark colored coats. A few individuals may not exhibit any coloration at all. This variation in coloring is due to genetics and environmental factors such as diet, exercise level, stress levels and so forth.
The coat type refers to the overall appearance of the dog’s coat including length, thickness and texture. There are three coat types found in Dobermans and these types are:
The standard coat type is the original coat type for the Doberman breed. These dogs typically have a short, smooth and sleek coat. This type of coat does not typically require much grooming and maintenance.
The wirehair coat type refers to the Dobermans which have a rough coat that stands somewhat away from the body. The texture of their coats are somewhat like sandpaper. These dogs typically have a wiry coat that requires regular grooming and maintenance.
The longhair coat type refers to the Dobermans which have long, flowing coats that extend past their knees. These dogs typically have a silky coat that requires regular grooming and maintenance.
Some Doberman Pinschers may not fall into any of the three categories listed above. These Dobermans may exhibit a combination of standard, wirehair or longhair characteristics.
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