Doberdoodle – Doberman Poodle Mix

Do you love Hybrid breeds?

If so, then the Doberdoodle should be on your radar.

As the name suggests, this crossbreed comes from the Doberman and the Poodle. 

The irony is, both of these breeds come from Germany! First of all, the Doberman comes from a place known as Apolda in Thuerigen, Germany. It’s believed this dog first officially came into existence in 1890. Its existence started down to a breeder known as Louis Dobermann, who wanted a dog to help him collect taxes. So the Doberman did that and later got another reputation as a working dog. 

Whereas the Poodle was bred to be a waterfowl dog, hunting ducks, and birds. Then it gained popularity in France and later on in the world.

Then the two were later bred to give you the Doberdoodle. You may also be familiar with this crossbreed under its other name, which is the Doodleman Pinscher.

What does a Doberman Poodle mix look like?

To really understand this crossbreed, we must look at the structure of its parents. First up is the Doberman, which can grow up to 24-28 inches / 60-71cm. It can also weigh between 60-100Ibs / 27-45kg.

Whereas its Standard Poodle parent can grow anywhere between 15-22inches / 38-55cm. Plus, it can weigh between 40-70Ibs / 18-13kg depending on its built.

Likewise, these two breeds both have a deep chest, long body, and slender muzzles. However, their coat differs slightly.

Based on what the Doberman Poodle mix inherits can influence whether they’re like their Poodle parent or Doberman parent.

This crossbreed is a medium-sized dog that can grow up to 24-28inches / 60-71cm and weigh between 66-85Ibs / 30-39kg.

Their body tends to be incredibly muscular, just like the boxerdoodle is, and they have a long neck and long legs, similar to both their parents. The Doberdoodle can either have almond-shaped brown or hazel eyes. Likewise, it can have a black or brown long muzzle, floppy ears, and a fluffy tail.

They have a short to medium-length coat in either brown, white, black, red, gray, or blue. However, depending on its genetics, it can either have a curly coat like the Poodle or a short and smooth coat like the Doberman. Either way, the coat of a Doberdoodle tends to be water-resistant, just like the Dalmadoodle

Are they hypoallergenic?

One factor that may greatly influence whether you bring a Doberdoodle into your life is if they’re hypoallergenic. Well, if it takes more after the Standard Poodle, it will most likely be hypoallergenic. If you wish to have this dog, then you will be pleased to know that it does not shed much!

Therefore, if you suffer from allergies easily, like dog danger, it may not greatly impact them at home. Due to its low shedding coat, the Doberdoodle does not require as much grooming to its coat as other Doodles.

Grooming requirements

Even though it may shed very little, you still have to look after a Doberdoodle coat and other body areas. First of all, their coat should be brushed every day to stop any dirt or debris coming in and dirtying their coat. The best way to do this is by using a wire brush and a metal comb.

It would help if you only bathed them to stop their skin from drying out. Ideally, you want to wait a couple of months to bathe them and use a dog shampoo. You may also wish to take this canine to professional groomers to have their coat cleaned and look great.

A Doberman Poodle mix will need its teeth brushing 2-3 times a week and also its ears cleaned and checked every weak. You can clean their ears using a cotton ball and soak it in a vet-approved solution. You must clean their ears regularly to remove dirt and prevent any infections from occurring. If you see any redness, itchy, or notice it smells funny, it could be a sign of an infection, so do take it to the vets.

Their nails should be trimmed when needed, but if you don’t have a professional set of clippers or are confident doing this, I’d recommend taking them to a groomer. 

Temperament

Dogs are unique not just for their diverse appearance but for their distinct personality. That also applies to the Doberman Poodle mix. Most of the time, this crossbreed is loyal, has a good nature, and loves to play with family members.

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Yes, I said family members! If you haven’t wondered already, this doodle is a fantastic breed for a family. They will stand by any family member, protect them and be their guardian. If no one is around the Doberdoodle for a long time, this breed can easily develop separation anxiety.

The Doberman Poodle mix is renowned for its confidence and often fearless nature. Plus, because both of their parents are intelligent, they can learn lots of tricks. Yet don’t be deceived by its intelligent nature, as it also is known to have a stubborn streak. This may make training such as socialization and house training difficult, but the key is consistency.

But, be warned this crossbreed can have aggressive tendencies due to its brave nature. It’s for this reason; many Doberdoodles commonly serve as police dogs and guard dogs. Nowadays, their temperament has diluted down, and breeders try to eradicate the aggression.

Exercise

Even Though the Doberman Poodle mix has fantastic characteristics, they may not necessarily the right breed for you. This is a large breed that can weigh up to a whopping 66-85Ibs/30-39kg! 

Because of their body structure, they require a large space to live in and lots of exercises! If you have a home with no garden and is small like an apartment, I would advise against owning a Doberdoodle, or, as a matter of fact, a breed like the rottle

Plus, they need to exert lots of energy a day, long walks, runs, swimming, and sufficient playtime. It’s recommended that they have at least 60-90 minutes of exercise each day. If you don’t give them that, they will be more likely to develop bad habits such as chewing on your furniture and other objects.

Equally as important is also their mental stimulation. This is an intelligent crossbreed that requires their brain to be stimulated to stop them from becoming bored. Therefore you may wish to play brain games with them and give them toys like a kong toy, to keep their mind active.

Health problems

On average, the Doberman Poodle mix tends to live between 12-15 years. Most of the time, this is a healthy canine; however, they can be prone to some of the following health problems:

  • Hypothyroidism: An underactive thyroid can cause more conditions like epilepsy, obesity, lethargy, hair loss, dark skin, and more. Usually, a Doberdoodle who has this has to have a different diet and take medication.
  • Wobblers syndrome: This tends to be an inherited condition where their spinal cord becomes compressed. It can lead to back pain, neck pain, and paralysis of the legs if it’s bad. 
  • Cardiomyopathy: When their heart muscle becomes too thin and weak. Eventually, this condition causes heart failure due to the lack of blood being pumped around the body.
  • Hip dysplasia: This is where their thighbone does not align and fit correctly with their hip joint. As a result, Doberdoodles can experience pain and mobility issues.
  • Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV): GDV, otherwise known as bloat, can be life-threatening for a Doberdoodle. This is when their stomach can become filled with gas, air, and fluids, making them feel full. Sometimes a canine will struggle to vomit or burp to remove the excess gas. Sometimes their blood pressure can drop, and the dog can go into shock quickly, and in the worse scenario, they can die from it.

These are just a few health problems a Doberdoodle could have; there are many more out there. If you own this breed and suspect anything of the above or anything usual, take it to a vet immediately.

How much does a Doberdoodle puppy cost?

When it comes down to buying a Doberdoodle puppy, you need to be mindful of where you’re located, the breeder’s reputation, and their parents. All of these can influence the price of the puppy if you live in the USA. On average, a Doberdoodle Puppy costs between $375-$1000 and has an average annual medical expense of $485-$650.

Conclusion

The Doberman Poodle mix is a loving and confident breed, and once trained, is great with families. However, if you live in a small space, I advise you against bringing this crossbreed into your home as they won’t be able to get the sufficient exercise they need.

In comparison to other crossbreeds, the Doberdoodle shed very little. However, you still have to groom it frequently, including their ears, nails, teeth, and coat. If you’re not confident grooming it often, you can always take it to a professional groomer.

Similarly, a Doberman has often been used as a police dog and guard dog, which has caused people to think that this breed is aggressive. While it does have an innate tendency for aggression, many breeders are now trying to remove this.

What are your thoughts? Do you think the Doberman is aggressive? Let us know in the comments down below.

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  1. Yes I do like this article. I have been trying to find a Doberdoodle puppy. Do you know where I might be able to find one?

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  2. I do not think Dobermans are agressive. I have owned 2 males, my current dog is 15 months old and like my first he loves people. If properly socialized and trained they are extremely gentle and great family dogs. They do need regular exercise and my American breed dog is good with about 1 to 1 1/2 miles per day with some other types of mental stimulation. Hiding treats works well.

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