Doberman Pinschers shed a moderate amount of hair.
So while you should expect to see some excess hair floating around the home, it’s nothing you can’t get a handle on with a proper grooming routine.
Especially since the Doberman’s coat is short and smooth, which will make your life a lot easier in comparison to other dog breeds like the Black Russian Terrier when it comes to brushing.
Read on to learn more.
About Doberman Pinschers
The Doberman Pinscher (AKA Doberman) is a medium to large breed that was bred mostly by Louis Dobermann in Germany in the 1890’s, as his personal guard dog.
Louis was a tax collector. So as you can imagine he wasn’t very popular and needed some protecting in those days!
Anyways, the Doberman is an energetic, watchful and fearless breed, and they are among the smartest breeds in the world. You may think of the Doberman as an excellent guard dog, which they are.
But with proper training and care, they also make loyal family companions. So it is little wonder as to why he is a very popular breed throughout the US.
It’s worth noting that Dobermans can also be domineering and stubborn if left unchecked.
However, through consistency, you can train your Dobie to become very obedient. In fact, they enjoy pleasing their owner and pay very close attention to commands, so in this respect they are actually quite easy to train.
The Doberman Pinschers Coat
The Doberman Pinschers coat is short and smooth.
There may be a slight undercoat around the neck but other than that, this is a single coat breed. Which means there is no soft and ‘fluffy’ undercoat to worry about when grooming. Which makes your life easier when it comes to brushing and grooming.
The color of his coat is typically black, but they also have brown, red, blue, white and black and tan coats. He also has ‘rust marks’ (tan coloring) around his muzzle, chest and leg areas.
Doberman Pinscher Shedding
Doberman Pinschers shed moderately.
Which means you will notice loose hair floating around the home. But thankfully not enough to drive you crazy as some breeds will.
There is a common misconception that if a dog has short hair (like the Doberman) you won’t have any issues with shedding.
But this is simply not true. You may notice less dead hair on the floor given the length of his coat, but he sheds the same as any other dog with long hair. All dogs shed to some extent. This is perfectly normal so there’s no getting around this.
However you can reduce excess shedding and one of the main ways you can do this is with a proper grooming routine.
Grooming Your Doberman Pinscher
Grooming your Dobie is super important if you want to reduce excess shedding. And thankfully, it is actually very easy to groom these guys.
Using a simple grooming mitt or slicker brush on a weekly basis is enough to keep his coat clean and get that shedding under control. Of course at certain times of the year when you notice he is shedding more frequently, you can up this to a daily brush.
Bathing is something you can do much less frequently.
One a month with a good quality dog shampoo is more than enough. You definitely want to avoid over bathing because this can actually strip out the natural oils in your dog’s skin and coat. Which in turn can lead to excess shedding.
In addition to a good grooming regime, a good diet is essential. You want to ensure you are feeding him high quality dog food with lots of essential oils to keep his coat in top shape and avoid dryness and irritation.
The Doberman Pinscher is a moderate shedding breed with a short coat that is very easy to groom. He probably isn’t the first choice for those with a morbid fear of loose dog hair. But with a good diet and proper grooming, most will hardly notice the loose hair this family member drops.