Is Doberman an Intelligent Dog?

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Are Dobermans smarter than Labradors? Are German shepherds smarter than Labradors? And are Dobermans the best guard dog? These questions are the topics of this article. Read on to learn how intelligent a Doberman is and whether it’s smarter than a Labrador. Regardless of your answer you’ll find that these dogs are a great choice for any family!

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The Doberman pinscher has a high intelligence rating. They are alert loyal guard dogs and devoted companions. The personality of a Doberman varies from person to person but they are very easy to train and very loyal to their owners. However they do have some stubborn traits so you must be prepared to handle them as a puppy. This article will discuss some common traits of the Doberman.

This breed has been studied for years and scientifically proven to be one of the most intelligent canines around. In scientific tests this breed outshines many other canine breeds in two main dimensions: obedience and working intelligence. The Doberman is ranked second in both categories. Obedience is one dimension of canine intelligence. Working intelligence is much easier to measure. So let’s take a look at both.

Are Dobermans smarter than Labradors?

If we want to get a dog based on its intelligence the Doberman is probably the better choice. Both of these dogs have amazing temperaments and IQs. In fact Labradors are the ideal dog for working families. The two breeds are similar in size and weight. Male Labradors are typically 22 to 24 inches at the withers. Female Labs are smaller and weigh about 30 to 40 pounds.

The Labrador is a medium to large dog that weighs 50 to 80 pounds. Labradors have golden chocolate and black coats and shed a lot. Both of these dogs make great companions. The other half of the Labrador-Doberman mix is the Doberman pinscher. Both dogs were originally bred as companions to tax collectors.

Which is smarter Doberman or German shepherd?

The Doberman and the German shepherd are both intelligent loyal dogs that make excellent guard dogs. Although they are both excellent watchdogs Dobermans are more loyal while German shepherds are more easily trainable and are much better with children. Both breeds need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation so owners should plan to devote more time and effort to train their puppies. This is why German shepherd puppies should be socialized with other dogs and children rather than being left alone.

Dobermans are generally more intelligent but the German Shepherd is the clear winner when compared to the Doberman. Both breeds are incredibly smart and are ranked in Coren’s top tier of the smartest dogs. Although the Doberman has a shorter coat the GSD is thicker and will require more exercise than an average German shepherd. In addition Dobermans are more prone to hypothermia.

Is a Doberman the best guard dog?

Originally from Germany the Doberman Pinscher was developed for military and police work. This dog is not heavy-footed and stands on its toes rather than walking on them. Its ears are cropped and its tail is traditionally docked but this practice is illegal in some countries. It is a medium-sized breed with a long narrow head and both male and females weigh sixty to eighty pounds.

The Doberman breed has an infamous reputation for being a guard dog but if properly socialized and trained a dog can be as obedient as a human! Doberman pinschers are sociable and get along well with other dogs. The breed’s intelligence comes from its natural instincts and it must be trained to live in harmony with people and other animals.

Ian Hill

Ian Hill

Owning a Doberman isn't like owning any other type of dog.
The love of a Doberman is deep, but their power is unmatched.
If you want to know more about these marvelous dogs, you've come to the right place.

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Owning a Doberman isn’t like owning any other type of dog.
The love of a Doberman is deep, but their power is unmatched.
If you want to know more about these marvelous dogs, you’ve come to the right place.

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