Ruby, the World’s Most Famous Doberman, Breathes Her Last (and Why We’ll Miss Her)

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Like Charles Lindsey, we all wish Ruby lived forever, but unfortunately, this couldn’t happen. Ruby has achieved in eight years what most of us humans can’t accomplish in our lifetime.

Think I’m exaggerating? I’m not.

Her life was unique, her achievements outstanding, and her story inspiring. This post is a tear-jerker (we will miss those cute selfies and videos of Ruby and Charles). It’ll probably be difficult to find another dog with a powerful online presence as Ruby.

But it’s also a story of hope to all of us, pet parents – to cherish and invest in our pet friends. They deserve our tender loving care, cheer, attention, and all.

Ruby may be gone, but her spirit lives on. As you read this unique story, may you get the inspiration to start making your dog, cat, rabbit, parrot, or horse the next Ruby!

Ready to discover who Ruby the Doberman truly was? Read on.

Who’s Ruby the Doberman?

Ruby The Dobermann
Source: Facebook

Ruby the Doberman is a female Doberman breed dog. On social media, she is largely known for her remarkable obedience and intelligence. She is a social media star and is known as Ruby on social media.

Her social media platforms are run by her owner Charles Lindsey. She is found on TikTok as @rubydooby-do, and she has a huge following with over 1.5M followers. She is also on Instagram as @rubydooby_do with over 300k followers. 

And finally, she is found on Facebook as rubydoobydo, with 1.1M followers.

Ruby Doberman Family

Ruby’s birth parents were Grand Champion dogs, and they used to live in Novata, California. She was listed on the adoption list before her mother was pregnant with her. 

Her new owners, Charles Lindsey and his family, who live in Concord, California, adopted her on July 14.,2014. Before adopting Ruby, Charles and his family had another  Doberman dog named Kilian, who unfortunately died at the age of five years due to Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM). 

Ruby Doberman Birth

Ruby was born on July 14, 2014, in Novato, California. Both her birth parents were Grand Champions dogs.

Her Adoption Process

As Charles Lindsey was looking for a Doberman pup to adopt, he was referred to Judal’s Doberman, a small breeder in Novato, California. Lindsey and his family were listed on the adoption list for future puppies.

On July 14, 2014, Ruby was born, and Charles and his family were supposed to choose their future puppy from the three female puppies.

Amongst the three female puppies, Charles was attracted to Ruby because of her zipper nose, but unfortunately, his family had an eye for another dog.

However, on their final day of choosing their future puppy, Ruby was all over them, and from then the rest of the family loved Ruby as well.

Her First Appearance on Social Media

Soure: Facebook

When Ruby was finally adopted, she became Charles’s daughter’s Alaina best friend, and she made her first social media appearance, and she was thirteen years old by then.

Alaina challenged her dad to get Ruby more followers on Instagram. Charles, good at photography, took a photo of Ruby sitting in the doorway while her paws crossed.

Charles posted that photo on Instagram, and the number of Instagram followers increased immensely; apparently, this was her first big break on social media.

Later on, Snoop Dogg posted a picture of Ruby on his Instagram account, and she gained over 10,000 followers on her page.

Her Unique Physical Attributes

  • She had cropped erect eyes 
  • Ruby had a stunning long head
  • She has a sleek reddish-copper coat and eyebrows
  • She had mischievous brown eyes

What We’ll Remember Ruby for

  • A line of Crazy Rebel hand-crafted dog collars is named after Ruby.
  • In October 2017, Charles allowed her picture and name to appear in the logo when she became an icon for JillHedgecock’s monthly dog rescue column in The Diablo Gazette. Dogs portrayed in Ruby Dooby Do drew attention to 25 hard-to-place rescues. Eighteen of those dogs mentioned in the magazine were placed in forever homes and one in foster care for over two years. 
  • Her image is used on the book cover of Jill-Hedcock’s Newly- released suspense novel ‘Between Shadow’s Eyes,’ which portrays the sweet nature of Doberman that aligns with Jill’s goal to de-stigmatize the Doberman breed.
  • Ruby was also set to feature in a book trailer written by Chasing Light Studios, which was filmed to promote his novel.
  • She has also changed Hollywood’s image of the Doberman breed. For example, in the 1946 movie ‘It Shouldn’t Happen to a Dog,’ Rodney the Doberman is portrayed as loyal, intelligent, and loveable. Also, in Doberman Planet Blog by John Walter, ‘Famous Dobermans in Movies and Television, the Doberman breed is portrayed as a vicious animal despite modern-day Doberman possessing a friendly deposition. 
  • In December 2020, Ruby played a role in curbing COVID-19 by teaching people the different ways of wearing masks, as shown below.


Source: Facebook


Charles Lindsey

Charles Lindsey is a photographer and a designer by profession with over 15 years of experience in photography and design.

He also specializes in high school and youth sports leagues, where he offers a variety of competitively priced teams and individual sports packages from traditional portraits to advanced customs composites.

He is also an advocate of removing the stereotype of the Doberman breed.

How She Died

Ruby was battling Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM), an irreversible and inherited heart muscle disorder that affects Doberman breeds. 

She started acting strangely on Monday night, and Charle’s wife, an ER nurse, felt her heart beating rapidly. They rushed her to the emergency vet, and her heartbeat was 300. 

The medical team at VCA Encina Veterinary Medical Center attempted to bring her heartbeat down to a normal level, but her heart did not respond to any of those medications.

Ruby fought hard but passed surrounded by her family members. Ruby’s parent’s thanked Dr. Nurre and his team for their outstanding care for Ruby and gave her extra years with them. 

The Lindseys also thanked their fans for allowing them to share Ruby’s life with them. They also hoped they could show how incredible Doberman breeds are, expel some stereotypes, and raise DCM awareness and the importance of pet insurance.

Ruby the Doberman died on 2nd August 2022 in Concord, California, where she lived with her adoptive parents.

She died at the age of 8 years.

Final Remarks

In Charles Lindsey’s family, Ruby will always remain to be that tender and caring Doberman dog who lived to accomplish in fighting the stereotypes about the Doberman breed in society.

Ruby will also be highly remembered for creating awareness about COVID-19 by teaching people how to wear face masks.

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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