Not a breed in their own right, blue Doberman pinschers simply sport a different coat color than the average Doberman, which is red and black. Because the blue coat is rare, the gene pool is limited and Doberman clubs and breeders warn against selecting for coat color. Blue Doberman pinschers may exhibit health and behavior problems that typical Dobermans don’t. In general, however, a blue Doberman pinscher will have the same character traits as other members of its breed. Each dog is an individual, however, so be aware that your Doberman may not exhibit all of these qualities.
Doberman pinschers are perhaps best known for their traditional purpose -- guarding. Dobermans are extremely loyal to their families. They are alert and eager to protect their territory, whether it is a yard, a house or an individual. Always watchful, few things escape the Doberman’s attention. They are shy and reserved around strangers and other dogs. They can be aggressive, especially with other dogs, if they are not socialized properly from a young age.
An extremely intelligent breed, Doberman pinschers learn quickly for an experienced owner or trainer. They have a domineering and stubborn personality and need rules and boundaries to be consistently enforced. Positive reinforcement training techniques work best for Dobermans, as punishments and harsh training can result in aggressive behavior. Because they can be domineering, Dobermans should be given rules to follow as soon as they enter your home, otherwise they will gladly take over. You can choose your rules, but it is essential for them to be enforced consistently every day.
Dobermans are extremely loyal to their human masters. They have been called “Velcro dogs” because they tend to stick to their owner’s sides. They can live outside in moderate temperatures, but thrive when they are allowed to live indoors, alongside their humans. They are not overly affectionate dogs, but they do enjoy attention from their favorite people. Their loyalty to their master or family makes them very protective and gives them the drive to guard.
A Doberman pinscher requires daily exercise to stay healthy and balanced. Bored Dobermans can be destructive or develop behavior problems such as chewing, digging, barking or even aggression. Take your Doberman pinscher for at least one walk each day. A Doberman pinscher also enjoys a good run, so taking it jogging with you can get it the exercise it needs as well. Dobermans will play, but, as a breed, are not overly playful so you may not be able to exercise your Doberman with a tennis ball, Frisbee or tug rope.