Adrienne is a certified dog trainer, behavior consultant, former veterinarian assistant, and author of "Brain Training for Dogs."
About the Blue Doberman
Most of us are familiar with the Doberman dog breed—the attractive black and tan dogs known for making great guardians. But not many of us may be familiar with the blue doberman, a color variation of this breed. No, these dogs are not blue in the real sense of the word, so don't imagine them as being Smurf blue or electric blue. The word blue in this case refers to the dilution of the black coat color, which gives these dogs an attractive grayish hue that draws the attention of many people in search of an unusual looking Doberman.
Dobermans are known to come in several coat colors. The American Kennel Club lists four coat colors for this breed: black and rust, blue and rust, fawn (isabella) and rust, and red and rust. The rust markings are typically found above each eye, on the muzzle, throat and fore chest, on all legs and feet, and below the tail. While Dobermans can also come in a white color, this coat color is not accepted as standard.
The blue Doberman coat color is the result of a gene that inhibits full pigmentation, which causes dilution. Therefore, instead of appearing black with rust markings, Dobermans with the dilution gene will appear blue with rust markings. According to the Doberman Pinscher Club of America, dilution is a recessive gene. Every Doberman is equipped with a pair of color genes (black B or red b) and a pair of dilution factor genes (dd). A blue coat color is possible when a "black" Doberman (BB or Bb) has both dilution genes present (dd).
While the blue and fawn coat color (which is also a diluted color, in this case, a dilution of red) were considered in the past to be undesirable gene mutations, nowadays, these coat colors are fully accepted. Today, many blue and fawn Dobermans are successfully registered and are shown in the show ring, even though they might not be as common as other coat colors due to the difficulties in maintaining their coat. Read on to learn about what troubles these coat colors are prone to.
Symptoms of Blue Doberman Syndrome
Blue Doberman syndrome, also known as blue balding syndrome, or more generally, Color Mutant Alopecia, is a condition that affects blue Dobermans but can also be found in many other breeds with diluted coats. But exactly what is blue Doberman syndrome?
Blue Doberman syndrome is a hereditary condition that tends to show up in dogs breeds with diluted coats. The term alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. This condition is caused by a structural defect which causes the abnormal distribution of melatonin in the dog's hair shafts. Affected dogs therefore develop hair loss over the diluted colored areas. The tan areas remain unaffected. The hair loss may start on the topline and then spread to the back.
Affected pups are not born with this condition and therefore may not show signs right away, but signs may show up later on once the puppies have left the breeder's home and are settling in their new homes. Generally, this condition is noticed between six months and three years of age.
The affected dog's coat may start turning dry and scaly and there may be several papules pustules. Presence of broken hairs may be noticed. Soon, there are bald areas that may be unsightly. The condition does not typically cause any itching, but occasionally, opportunistic secondary pyoderma may set in and cause pruritus if widespread, according to veterinary dermatologist Dr. Michele Rosenbaum.
Blue and fawn Doberman pinschers are highly predisposed to color dilution alopecia. The frequency of this condition can be as high as 93% in blues and 75% in fawns.
— Ross Clark, DVM
Blue and Tan Doberman Versus Black and Tan Doberman
Treatment of Blue Doberman Syndrome
If your blue Doberman starts developing skin problems and hair loss, see your veterinarian. There are chances that you are dealing with blue Doberman syndrome, but there are many other conditions that can cause similar hair loss in dogs.
Your vet may want to rule out low thyroid levels (a common cause of hair loss in dogs) and other hormone-related problems with blood tests. He may then take a skin biopsy to rule out other possible skin conditions. Definitive diagnosis is made by microscopic evaluation of the hair which may be sent off to be reviewed by a dermatohistopathologist, a specialist who studies cutaneous diseases at a microscopic level. Complicated cases do best with a visit to a veterinary dermatologist.
Unfortunately, there is no definitive treatment for blue Doberman syndrome, in the sense that hair loss is often permanent. If there are secondary skin infections, these are often treated with a course of antibiotics. Treatment options include supplementation with products that aim to improve the skin. According to Animal Dermatology Clinic, essential fatty acids and Vitamin A supplements may occasionally help. Consult with your vet for appropriate treatment options.
Fortunately, other than developing hair loss, dogs suffering from blue Doberman syndrome can still lead happy, healthy lives . Doberman blue syndrome therefore remains for the most part a cosmetic issue, rather than a health one.
The rate of hair loss is progressive, and lighter colored dogs with color dilution alopecia are almost completely bald by the time they are 2 or 3 years old.
— Ross Clark, DVM
Questions & Answers
Question: What causes SDS (sudden death syndrome) in Dobermans?
Answer: I am looking at some studies on this affecting Dobermans and this appears to be due to some defect of the heart having narrowed arteries and leading to an ischemic attack due to a shortage of oxygen. The condition seems to be inherited, but more studies are needed to come to conclusions.
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Jennifer R. on September 07, 2020:
My Blue Doberman is now 3 months and I've noticed some areas of her skin are balding and she is also getting red bumps. My vet has given vitamins and an antifungal soap to help with dry spots. I know this condition is genetic but I wanted to know if anyone had some tips to help me improve her coat.
Please and thank you!
Lauren Sperling on August 28, 2020:
Will cytopoint injections help blue dobie syndrome?
Lisa Ellis on March 03, 2020:
I am 65 years old and i desperately want a black and tan doberman. But...i am terrified of all the things they could have. When i had my first and only Dobie back in 70's i did not know of any of these diseases. I guess ignorance is bliss because she lived to be 15. I never worried about her health except to take her to the vets every year for her exam and shots. She went everywhere with me...even to work..because i worked at Warner Bros. Studios and sometimes had long days and it was a chance to see her parents who were the starring Dobies in the Doberman Gang movies. So does anyone have any encouraging words for me to help me decide about getting another dobie now that i know all the things that could go wrong? I am really having a hard time with this one.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 27, 2019:
Hello, and happy national dog day to you too! I hope that your Dobermans' alopecia stays in check. You are right, dobies are such great dogs. I grew up with my neighbor's Dobies and they were very sweet dogs.
Lauralie85 on August 26, 2019:
Happy National Dog Day! I must say, I am pretty obsessed with my Doberman. He is blue and rust, and his name is Bleue...not the most clever of names, but it does suit him well! He is showing signs of mild Alopecia, the vet said to just keep an eye on it for now and to let her know if it becomes any worse. He is 8 years old, and we have just noticed the mild hair loss a few months back. These are truly wonderful creatures. I’ve owned quite a few dogs in my 33 years of life, and while I have adored them all, there is just something extra special about a Dobie! I will always have a Doberman companion as long as I’m alive.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on May 10, 2019:
Dobermans are wonderful dogs! As a child, I grew up with my neighbor's Dobermans who were very nice and loved to be pet.I wanted one badly when they had a litter of pups. I hope there is a way to reduce the incidence of blue Doberman syndrome in this breed once and for all.
Mary on April 09, 2019:
Yes, the Doberman breed is, in my opinion, the next best thing to having a child.
Adopted one & would have done that many years before had I known the degree of love, intelligence, protection, companionship this beautiful creature is capable of. Had nine years of togetherness that words cannot express. The loss is almost unbearable! The bond we shared was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I’ve heard of love that even death can’t separate— I’ve been blessed to share that joy!
Drea on August 08, 2018:
That’s a perfect description of these amazing creatures called Dobermans. I will never be the same after having our incredibly kind, smart and loving dobie.
Mary on July 03, 2018:
Adopted a blue Dobie eight years ago & it’s been the happiest, most rewarding
8 years I’ve ever known. He is loving, protective, obedient, & yes, has a bad skin condition. He has numerous coats for winter wear & those to protect him from the sun. He doesn’t seem to notice all my health problems any more than I dwell on his. I only wish we’d both been younger so we could count on more years together. Anyone looking for a unique, above intelligence, loyal companion, think about adopting or selecting a Doberman! Anyone who truly loves dogs will think of them as their child. If you treat this breed with love & respect, your life, like mine, will find happiness words can’t describe!
jacquie bullock on September 02, 2017:
fostering a blue dobe with this syndrome and wanted some helpful hints about her diet
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 06, 2017:
Jack, thanks for the tips for blue doberman skin issues.
Jack F on July 09, 2017:
My blue dob named jake started loosing hair at about 2 yrs. It got worse he is now 7 and i have found that a daily dose cod liver oil seems to have the condition improving nothing dramatic but he has a layer of fuzz.
I must say he is an amazing dog, very intelligent to a fault and at 110 lbs a very intimidating animal.
Understanding Blue Doberman Syndrome - pets
written by R.M. (Bug ) Russell
The dilute colors (fawn and blue) do have coat and skin problems and there is a ton of available information on them. There is one major problem called CDA (see below) that is an alopecia (hair loss) directly related to the coat color. The granules of material which provide the color of the coat are located in the hair shaft…in blacks and most reds and fawns and blue who don’t have CDA the material is evenly spread through the hair shaft. In the CDA dogs it is found in clumps…the clumping evidently makes the hair shaft fragile at that point and prone to breaking. When this happens below the skin line in the follicle itself it can “kill” the follicle so no new hair is produced. That’s the abbreviated version of the major problem.
Dobes in general are rather prone to staph infections…their immune systems are rather slow to mature…in a black and most reds this may be a problem in puppies and may result in temporary hair loss but in blues and fawns it can be a disaster coupled with CDA.
The rarity of seeing these colors in the ring is due in part to the difficulties in keeping them in good coat. Barbara Russell, who sort of specialized in dilutes, specifically blues, had blue Dobermans that generally had good coats she states that was that even with good blue coats she had problems and keeping blues in show condition as far as coats went was a full time job.
There are definitely some judges who aren’t fond of the dilutes and a few that wouldn’t put one up under any circumstances. In the ’60s it was harder for reds to win than blacks…I think that is about where the dilute situation in the ring is now…it’s harder to win with a dilute but not impossible if the dog is a good specimen of a Doberman.
The dilute colors are produced much less often than reds or blacks. Genetic statistics say that fawns comprise about 6% of all Dobermans born and blues somewhere between 12 & 15%…all the rest are black or red but I can’t remember what the stats are for them).
Thin coats on the dilute colors are not usually due to allergies and the dilutes don’t seem to have any more skin problems, with the exception of CDA, than blacks or reds do.
If the coat looks good from 2 or 3 feet away it probably is good but most puppies in dilute colors have decent enough coats the thinning due to CDA takes place over time so a dog who had a decent coat at 10 months might well be bald at 5 years.
The dermatology texts say that over 90% of all blues will at least have thinning hair and many will thin to the point of being bald over most of the body. Fawns seem to have a better chance of retaining their coats with about 75% of the fawns having extensive hair loss due to CDA.
The literature also says that the darker the coat color in a dilute dog (steel blue in blues and carmel in fawns) the better the chance they will retain most to all of their coats. This seems to be the case in the blues and fawns I’ve known over the years.
There are a few dilute dogs whose coats are fine, who don’t lose hair, don’t have CDA and never go bald but they are few and far between.
COLOR DILUTION ALOPECIA
Alopecia (hair loss) related to dilute coat color is a recognized condition in dogs. The currently accepted medical terminology for this condition is Color Dilution Alopecia (CDA). The condition may affect any dilutely pigmented dog, regardless of coat color. This condition was previously known as Blue Balding Syndrome, Blue Doberman Syndrome, Color Mutant Alopecia, Congenital Alopecia, etc. The term Color Mutant Alopecia arose because dilutes were at one time mutations from the deep pigment occurring in wild canines. Dilutes are now a regularly occurring form of pigmentation in many breeds and have been for hundreds of years. The term mutation is therefore not applicable to dilute individuals. References to Doberman Pinschers or blue hair coats arose because the condition is common in blue individuals of this breed, but it is not limited to either blue dogs or Dobermans. The term congenital means present at birth, but CDA affected dogs are born with normal hair coats.
The dilute (also known as Maltese) gene also appears in both mice and cats, and interestingly enough, is not associated with any abnormal coat conditions in those species.(1) Color Dilution Alopecia (CDA) has been recognized in dilute individuals of many breeds of dogs including Chow Chows, Dachshunds, Doberman Pinschers, Great Danes, Irish Setters, Italian Greyhounds, Standard Poodles, Salukis, Whippets, and Yorkshire Terriers.((2),(3),(4),(5)) Dilute individuals carry a recessive genotype of dd and are characterized by blue, bluish-grey, lavender or flesh-colored noses, lips and eye rims. The coat colors may include blue, fawn, blue-fawn, bronze, taupe or some variation of these. These dogs are usually easily distinguished from their deeply (non-dilute) pigmented counterparts. Deeply pigmented individuals carry a dominant genotype of Dd or DD and have black or liver noses, lips and eye rims. Coat colors may include black, red, red-fawn, liver or variations thereof.
CDA is characterized by loss of hair from dilutely pigmented areas. Coats are normal at birth, and onset of hair loss usually begins between six months and three years of age. Hair loss usually begins along the dorsal midline (middle of the back) and often spares the head, tail and limbs. The pattern seems to vary from breed to breed. It has been suggested(6) that darker colored (steel blue) individuals are less likely to be affected, may be less severely affected or may start to lose hair later in life than lighter colored dogs. This suggests that the severity of the disease may be related to the amount of dilution present. Deeply pigmented or white areas of coat are unaffected. In blue dogs with tan points (Yorkies and Dobermans) the tan areas retain a normal appearance. In piebald (white spotted) individuals, the white areas are unaffected by the hair loss. The hair loss may be total or partial and any remaining hairs are usually sparse, rough and easily broken or removed. The skin in the affected areas is usually scaly and may occasionally develop bacterial infections. Pruritus (itching) is usually absent, unless a bacterial infection has set in.
Diagnosis of CDA requires first ruling out other causes of hair loss. Diagnostic tests should include fungal cultures, skin scrapings to check for parasitic mites, etc. CDA often closely resembles endocrine (hormone related) hair loss and the dog should be carefully examined for any other abnormalities, and tested for normal thyroid function. Presence of dilute pigment and a characteristic course of disease also aid in making the diagnosis. Microscopic examination of hairs andor skin biopsies can be used to confirm the diagnosis.
There is no cure for CDA. Treatment is limited to controlling the scaliness and any associated pruritus with various shampoos or topical treatments.
The cause of CDA is not clearly understood. Microscopic examination of hairs of dilute individuals reveals that the pigment (melanin) forms large granules (macromelanosomes) which are rarely found in deeply pigmented hairs. In dilute individuals with normal appearing coats, these macromelanosomes are not grouped or clumped and cause no distortion of the cuticle (outer covering) of the hair. Dogs with CDA have many large groups or clumps of macromelanosomes which tend to distort the cuticle of the hair. It is hypothesized that this distortion of the cuticle causes the hairs to break easily, resulting in the short stubby hairs commonly found in affected individuals. (See Drawing). It is further hypothesized that the rupture of the hair releases by-products of pigment formation, which are toxic to the hair follicles. Re-growth of broken hairs is reduced because of damage to the follicles caused by
Why in some dilute dogs the macromelanosomes are clumped and in others they are not, is an interesting question at this time. The relationship between dilute pigment and hair loss is clear, but why are some dilute individuals unaffected? Weimeraners as a breed are dd, all individuals are dilute, yet the disease is unreported in this breed. In Dobermans, the dilute individuals comprise only 8-9% of the breed, yet 50-80%6 of the dilute dogs have CDA. In Italian Greyhounds, many individuals are dilutes, yet the IGCA health survey reported only 71 affected individuals among the approximately 2200 dogs included in the survey.(7) If half the dogs included in the survey were dilutes, the incidence of CDA in IG’s would be around 7% of the dilute population, as opposed to the 50-80% affected dilute Dobermans.
A third allele (dl) which is associated with CDA has been proposed.6 While this is a long way from being proven, it could help explain why some dilute animals are unaffected. Dogs with a genotype dd would be normal coated dilutes, ddl would be intermediates (mildly affected?) and dldl would be CDA affected. A genotype of Ddl should represent deeply pigmented dogs which were carriers of CDA.
The Blue Dobermann Syndrome is an inherited disease. Your dog's coat color is controlled by a gene that is present in two variants in the genetic material. The intensive coat colour (D) is inherited dominantly, the weakened colour (d) recessively. Purebred DD dogs cannot pass on the hereditary disease to their offspring. Dd dogs with a mixed inheritance will pass the disease to some of the puppies. If the dilution gene (dd) is present in a purebred form, all of the offspring will be blue. Since there are diseases associated with the off-colours, the dogs are consistently excluded from breeding.
The colour of the coat hair is determined by the storage of melanocytes (pigment cells). The small colour particles are regularly released to the hair shaft. A dark coat colour develops. If your dog suffers from the hereditary disease, the melanocytes form large pigment clumps. The hair shaft becomes brittle.
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Symptoms and diagnosis of the dog disease
- grey to blue coat colour
- thin coat
- shortened life span of the hair
- brittle hair shaft
- bald and weakly haired areas
- the hair shaft is brittle
- the top coat is completely missing
- loss of coat on the ears, the back of the legs and the flanks
- in old dogs with Colour Dilution Alopecia the coat is completely lost
- increased dandruff
- cracked skin
- chronic skin inflammations occur more frequently
- the immune system is weakened
- constant occurrence of diseases
- reduced life expectancy
Dogs carrying the dilution gene have a grey to bluish coat colour. Since the hair shaft is damaged by the pigment clumps, the hair breaks off and falls out. This is why the hereditary disease is also called Colour Dilution Alopecia. The coat of the puppies is still completely normal. Only from the age of six months the first changes appear in your dogs. If the coat shows dark blue tones, the coat problems often do not appear until your dog is two years old.
A diagnosis can be made by microscopic examination of hair and skin. For the biopsy (a small piece of skin is removed with a punch), your dog must be briefly anesthetized.
In addition, a blood test can determine whether your dog carries the dilution gene.
In the case of hair loss, it is essential to clarify whether there is an infestation with fungi and hair lice or a thyroid dysfunction.
Therapy and prevention
The Blue Dobermann Syndrome is not curable. Therefore, the vet can only treat the problems caused by the hereditary disease. For purulent skin infections, your dog will receive antibiotics. Before administering the medication, an antibiogram will determine which antibiotics are best to kill the bacteria. Medicated shampoos with sulfur, moisturizing sprays, and skin oils prevent severe drying of the skin and the formation of skin cracks. Conditioners are applied after bathing to prevent the formation of dandruff.
Dog food should contain a greater amount of saturated and unsaturated fats. The following feed supplements are particularly suitable: evening primrose oil, salmon oil, walnut oil, coconut oil, olive oil and seaweed meal. You can mix these into the feed or give them in the form of capsules and tablets.
As a preventive measure, your dog's skin can be cared for with fragrance-free baby oil. In summer, the skin must be protected with sunscreen to prevent the development of melanosarcomas and squamous cell carcinomas (malignant tumors). Re-greasing shampoos help to maintain the acid mantle of the skin as long as possible and prevent chronic inflammation of the skin.
While they are excellent guard dogs, the Doberman also makes an excellent Dog.
Here are 58 facts to help better inform you about this majestic breed.
1. The Doberman is a fairly new dog breed. The Doberman breed is less than 150 years old. Originating in Germany in the early 1880s.
2. The Doberman was first bred by a Tax Collector by the name of Herr Karl Louis Dobermann.
3. Herr’s career took him to some rather shady parts of town and he felt he needed a travel companion to protect him, resulting in the Doberman.
4. More than two dogs went into creating the Doberman. The German Shorthaired Pointer, Rottweiler, Weimaraner, Manchester Terrier, Great Dane, Beauceron, Black and Tan Terrier, and Greyhound are all part of this dog breed.
5. Tail and ear docking once had a purpose. Bred to be guard dogs, the tail and ears were the Dobermans weak point. A threat could pull the dog to the ground by a pull of the ears and tail.
6. Dobermans can do any job. Dobes have been used for police work, coursing, scent tracking, diving, therapy, search and rescue, as well as guiding the blind.
7. The Doberman is a Film Star. In the 1972’s a film called, The Doberman Gang was made. It’s a film about “six savage Dobes with a thirst for cold cash that leaves banks bone dry.” two sequels were made of the film.
8. The Doberman is a war hero. A Doberman named Kurt was the first canine causality in the 1944 Battle of Guam during WWII. Kurt ran ahead of the troops to warm them of approaching enemy soldiers. The brave dog saved the soldiers but was killed by an enemy grenade. Kurt became the first dog buried in the United States Marine Corps War Dog Cemetery.
9. Dobermans are intelligent. Dobermans are ranked the 5th smartest dog breed.
10. Doberman dogs have been a part of Drill Teams.
11. The Doberman Drill Teams were started by Tess Henseler, showcasing the dog’s intelligence and agility. The first of these performances was in 1959 at the Westminster KC dog show in Madison Square Garden, New York.
12. Decades of breeding has made the Doberman gentler. The first Dobermans were bred to be fierce and only the toughest dogs were selected to carry out the breed.
13. Today, however, breeders are selecting a more loving group of dogs to carry out this species.
14. The Doberman dog breed originates from Germany.
15. The Doberman was originally bred to be used as a guard dog.
16. Dobes are medium in size. Reaching heights between 25-27 inches tall.
17. The Doberman has a smooth, shorthaired coat with no undercoat.
18. Unlike other short-haired dog breeds, this dog’s hair coat molts.
19. Black and tan are the traditional hair coat colors of the Doberman, but they can also be seen in fawn and tan, blue and tan, as well as liver and tan.
20. The Doberman is happy living anywhere just as long as he has plenty of room to be active and human companionship.
21. Dobermans hate the cold.
22. Dobermans do not like to get wet and often refuse to go outside in the rain.
23. Heat stroke is common in black and tan Dobes, as the black coats draw heat.
24. Despite their larger size, Dobermans prefer living inside the home. For other dogs that love living inside with their human companions check out this article.
25. Dobermans are in your face dogs, they always want to be involved in what the family is doing.
26. Dobermans must be treated with respect and never mishandled, or they will become aggressive.
27. Dobermans are extremely loyal, proud and affectionate dogs.
28. The Doberman dog breed is prone to Cervical Spondylitis also known as Canine Wobbler Syndrome.
29. The Doberman is prone to Dilated Cardiomyopathy or heart failure.
30. Von Willebrand’s Disease, a condition in which the dog’s body slowly becomes paralyzed over time, is a hereditary defect of the Doberman.
31. Hip Dysplasia is commonly seen in the Doberman breed.
32. Hypothyroidism, a decreased production of the Thyroid hormone, is not uncommon for this dog breed.
33. As Dobermans age, they tend to develop arthritis.
34. Fatty lumps are known to be found in the Doberman dog breed.
35. Lick Granulomas which are open sores on the skin caused by excessive licking are seen in Dobermans with neurological problems, depression, and boredom. For more information on the dangers of excessive licking, read our articles on hot spots.
36. The Doberman dog breed was given its name after Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, the tax collector who created the breed, after he/who died in 1894.
37. The American Kennel Club recognized the Doberman breed in 1908.
38. The Doberman is the 14th most popular dog in the United States today.
39. Throughout the 20th century, Dobermans were used as military and police dogs.
40. The Doberman was the official war dog of the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII.
41. Doberman is spelled with two “N”s on the end of the word in some countries.
42. In other countries, the Doberman is known as the Dobermann and the Dobermann Pinscher.
43. The term Pinscher means “ratting dog” in German. It is unclear as to why Pinscher was added to the Doberman name, but scholars believe it is due to early breeding of another pinscher breed to the Doberman.
44. The Dobermans DNA suggests a strong connection to German Shepherd ancestry. Meaning that the same genetic makeup used to protect and herd livestock runs through the veins of the Doberman.
45. The AKC, or American Kennel Club, recognizes this dog as a working dog as many Dobermans are still actively working.
46. Dobermans, although rare, can be albino in coloration.
47. The Doberman has excellent hearing, hearing sounds over 250 yards away.
48. Dobermans are famous for ignoring their owners if they do not want to do what they are being asked.
49. Dobermans can get jealous. Dobermans want all your attention and might get into a jealous fizzy if you are giving your attention to the cat.
50. Remember how we said Dobermans are smart? They can learn up to 50 words of the human language.
51. This is a very active breed, the Doberman requires at least 40 minutes of exercise each day.
52. Dobermans do not need to be specially trained to guard your home, they have natural guarding instincts.
53. The Doberman is great with children.
54. The Doberman loves to cuddle.
55. Although active, the Dobe often considers himself a lapdog. He’ll curl right up next to you if given the chance!
56. The Doberman wants to be with you every second of the day, including bedtime.
57. Dobermans love their owners but are reluctant to greet strangers.
58. Dobermans can be very quiet dogs. You may not know he is even in the room.
Just like every breed, the Doberman breed is not meant for everyone, that said, they are wonderful pets for those pet owners that can handle them.
About the Author
Mary Beth Miller is a registered veterinary technician from southeast Iowa. She works in a large/small animal veterinary clinic and also volunteers at the local Humane Society, Emergency Animal Care Center, as well as the Iowa Parrot Rescue. Her passion lies in helping save the lives of animals. MaryBeth has three dogs, a Siberian husky named Rocky and two rescue dogs named Sambita and Nina.
Where did the Blue Doberman originate?
Back in the 1800s in Germany, Herr Karl Louis Dobermann was in dire need of a competent guard dog.
Dobermann was a tax collector and needed protection from some of the enemies he made in his line of work.
Luckily, Dobermann also caught stray dogs for a living. With access to a variety of breeds, Dobermann had the perfect opportunity to develop his own.
Thus the Dobermann Pinscher was born — Pinscher meaning ‘Terrier’ in German.
The precise breeding lineage isn’t clear but combines the Weimaraner, Rottweiler, German Pinscher, Manchester Terrier, and English Greyhound.
The Doberman breed got its name from its creator after he died in 1894, though with a different spelling. Today, people around the world use the ‘Doberman’ and ‘Dobermann’ spelling.
You can watch a quick breakdown of some facts about the Doberman Pinscher in the video below:
Dobermans also have many names, such as the Doberman Pinscher, the Doby (or Dobie), and The Tax Collector’s Dog.
In 1908, the Doberman Pinscher received official recognition from the American Kennel Club (AKC).
This recognition extends to all color variations of the Doberman, including the Blue Doberman Pinscher dog.
The Blue Doberman is not blue, per se, but more of a gray-black color. AKC recognizes fawn, black and tan, white (albino), and red Doberman colors.
Meet Thor, a strong Blue Doberman – Image source
This coloring is a result of Doberman’s genetics, which inhibits the production of pigment and dilutes the melanin in the body.
Blue Dobermans possess this color dilution gene, so they have less pigmentation and are lighter in color than Black Dobermans.
A common affliction amongst Blue Dobermans is Blue Doberman Syndrome, otherwise known as Color Mutant Alopecia.
This also occurs in other breeds with diluted coats due to an abnormal distribution of melatonin in the body.
The tan areas of the Blue Doberman’s coat will remain unaffected, but balding will occur where the dilution happens on the fur.
While the Blue Doberman variation comprises only 8-9% of the breed, it is not as rare as the White or Fawn Dobermans (also called Isabella Dobermans). White Dobermans are the least common color of the breed.