Yes, for now it may seem like a silly question. But do you know what, there’s no such thing as a silly question. It’s hard really, human nature, but haven’t we all been afraid at some stage or another in our lives to ask questions. Weren’t we afraid of appearing to be perceived as being obtuse? I know I was. This question popped into my head as I was making my first investigative forays into the Doberman breed. Initially, I always knew them to be Dobermans, pure and simple.

But then I came across its full definition, namely that of the Doberman Pinscher. It was just as I thought and it did not take me long to discover that there was no difference whatsoever. All it was really was a difference in name. Doberman is just simply a shortened version of the full Doberman Pinscher. My thoughts on differences then took me a little further to other breeds that I perceived had similar, not different features to the Doberman.

It came down to two breeds, namely the German Pinscher and the Rottweiler. Or are they really one and the same, only different in name? Anyway, I set out to find some differences between them and the Doberman Pinscher, and interestingly, the Doberman came out trumps. It would have to do with what its owner is looking for in a dog. If it’s future owner was looking for both a guard and family dog, then the Doberman would have found its home.

Pinpointing distinctive differences, the fact that a Doberman sheds more of its coat should not be taken as a negative. It’s quite natural and healthy for an animal to moult. The shedding process allows the Doberman to lose its old or damaged hair naturally. For some dog owners, this is considered to be something of an impediment in the sense that they always have more hair to mop up, but I would argue that if this going to be the case; grumbling and groaning after cleaning up after your dog, then perhaps you have no business owning or keeping a dog.

It makes me quite ill sometimes to see some dog owner’s yards littered with large droppings. Granted, one can’t be expected to mop up the very moment the dog makes its poop, but, as it turns out, how the dog passes its stools is something that a caring dog owner should be monitoring. It tells you something about how well (or poorly) you are feeding the animal and how healthy it is. The Doberman Pinscher is famous for getting on a lot better with families, even young children, than its canine peers.

One difference between Dobermans and Rottweilers easily noticeable is that the Doberman is by far the more athletic and physically active dog. This is why it is crucial that new owners of a young Doberman treat it to regular exercise, lots of frolicking and regular, daily walks. As far as similarities go, there’s not much to choose between the Pinschers. They are essentially easy to train and make good watchdogs. In terms of being alert and wary of intruders, there’s not much to choose between them either.