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How Much Do Dobermans Weigh? Growth & Weight Chart

Doberman Pinscher

The Doberman is a medium-breed dog that has won the hearts of dog owners worldwide. The dogs are so loved that they even have their own breed type in America and Europe. These two types are the same loveable breed but have different sizes and breed standards. So, how big do these dogs get? Read on to find out! In short, adult Dobermans typically weigh 60 to 100 pounds.

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Facts About Dobermans

The Doberman has two distinct types within the breed: the European Doberman and the American Doberman Pincher. These two types have different breed standards, with the American type being more slender, sleeker, and smaller than the more muscular European Dobie.

Because the Doberman is classed as a medium breed, it doesn’t have the same health problems as large breed dogs like Great Danes. However, they, unfortunately, still have their share of issues, including Dilated Cardiomyopathy and von Willebrand’s disease.

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Doberman Size and Growth Chart

This chart will look at the size and growth of the Doberman throughout its life, along with its typical weight.

Age Weight Range Length Range
1 Month 10–18 lbs 5–7 inches
3 Months 26–32 lbs 10–12 inches
5 Months 36–54 lbs 12–20 inches
6 Months 41–64lbs 22–24 inches
8 Months 50–79 lbs 24–26 inches
12 Months 59–94 lbs 24–28 inches
14 months 60–98 lbs 26–28 inches
17 months 60–100 lbs 26–28 inches
18+ months 60–100 lbs 26–28 inches

It’s worth noting here that these numbers are all estimates, and your Dobie may follow a different growth curve. These are good guidelines for a healthy Doberman’s weight and height, but each Dobie is different and may be bigger or smaller. However, it’s unlikely they’ll be too much over or under.

When Does a Doberman Stop Growing?

Both variants of the Doberman stop growing at around one year; however, Dobies continue to grow and add weight and muscle into their 2nd year. This is because they do most of their growing in bursts during the first 12 months of their lives as their growth plates harden and fuse.

A Dobie’s most prolific growth period is between birth and its first year. This is when the most significant height changes will be seen, and a Doberman usually reaches its maximum adult height at around one year.

The subsequent growth phase achieves their ideal weight and size (via muscle growth and fat gain), which is what the AKC and FCI breed standards reflect.

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Factors Affecting the Size of a Doberman

Several factors can affect the end weight and height of a Doberman, ranging from genetics to what they were fed as puppies and even some health conditions:

American vs European

The European Doberman is slightly bigger than the American variant (as identified in the breed standard), weighing an average of 10 pounds heavier. It is thicker around the chest and muzzle, partly due to the European variant being bred and used more as a working protection dog.

Dwarfism and Gigantism

While these two conditions are very rare, they can affect several breeds, including Dobermans. Dwarfism is a bone growth disorder that leads to a smaller stature, bulging eyes, and deformities.

Gigantism (or acromegaly) is a growth disorder caused by the pituitary gland producing too much growth hormone. Characteristics of gigantism in dogs include an overgrowth of soft tissue, connective tissues, and bone, leading to excessive weight and size.

Nutritious Diet

A Doberman that is fed an appropriate,  balanced diet with the correct amount of vitamins, minerals, fats, and proteins from puppyhood can reach its growth potential and gain substantial muscle mass, bone density, and adequate (but not excessive) fat. Conversely, dogs on a poor diet can suffer from malnutrition and become either emaciated or obese.

Genetics

A Doberman puppy will be bigger or smaller than average, depending on the size of its parents. A puppy will inherit the DNA markers for how large they will grow from their parents; however, this is a guide, and some puppies are born smaller or larger (which is true of the runt).

Gender

Male Dobermans tend to be larger and more built than females. This occurs with practically every breed and may be due to male dogs physically (but not mentally) maturing faster than females.

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Ideal Diet for Maintaining a Healthy Weight

The ideal diet for Dobermans should be first measured out and portioned according to their weight. Correct portion sizes are usually listed on the back of dog food bags or available online.

Finding food that balances palatability and nutrition is vital for maintaining a healthy weight.

Factors to look for in good quality food include:
  • The right amounts of essential vitamins and minerals like taurine and calcium
  • Enough protein and fat to fuel their growth
  • Adequate calorie and fat content to give them energy and keep their muscles in excellent condition

Pairing a good diet with adequate exercise is also key to reaching and maintaining a healthy weight.

How to Measure Your Doberman

To measure your Doberman to find out if they’re the correct weight and height, you need to weigh them and take certain measurements from specific points on their bodies:

  • From the bottom of the foot to the highest point of the withers (the ridge between the shoulder blades)
  • Around the neck at the point halfway between the shoulder blades and ears
  • Around the chest at the deepest part of the ribs, just behind the front legs
  • Around the smallest part of the Dobie’s waist
  • From the withers to the base of the tail

Use a soft tape measure to get your dog’s measurements. Then make sure you use an accurate scale to weigh your Dobie. Next, you can compare your figures to those on the weight chart above to see how your Doberman measures up.

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Conclusion

Dobermans are classed as medium dogs and have an upper and lower size limit regarding breed standards. There will be differences in weight and height between male and female Dobies, and the European version of the breed tends to be bigger and more muscular than their American counterparts.

Our weight and height chart displays the average weight and height range for a Doberman puppy as it grows into adulthood, but if you have any concerns about your Dobie’s condition, don’t hesitate to take them to the vet’s office.


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