The Doberman Pinscher is a medium sized dog with a
square shaped body. They are compact and muscular, with a very
strong appearance. They are powerful and capable of great speed.
This is an energetic and protective dog with a regal appearance.
Males look decidedly masculine and females decidedly feminine.
The Doberman has a long head with a bit of a wedge shape. Their
eyes are almond shaped, deep set and dark in color. Their ears
are carried erect, and are normally cropped. The top of the
skull is flat and turns with a slight stop to the bridge of the
muzzle. Their cheeks are flat and their jaws are full and
powerful. Teeth are strong and meet in a scissors bite. The
Doberman's neck is proud, arched and muscular. Their necks
should have a length that is well proportioned to their body.
Their backs are short and firm, with a width that is
proportionate with a hard and muscular body. They have a
slightly rounded croup and a deep, broad chest. Their tails are
carried high and are typically docked to approximately the
second joint. Tails are carried slightly above horizontal. The
Doberman has very powerful legs that are straight and perfectly
parallel. Their feet are somewhat small, turned out and catlike.
The Doberman has a vigorous and balanced gait. These dogs are
beautiful and elegant runners, capable of great speed.