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How big is a Doberman?

The general appearance of a Doberman Pinscher features a compact build, a proud bearing, an elegant appearance, and a sense of nobility. The qualities used to describe Dobermans are watchful, alert, fearless, obedient, determined, and loyal. The breed standard for Doberman pinschers describes the ideal of this breed by which dogs are judged in shows and competitions.

Here is an overview of breed standard information for Doberman pinschers:

How big is an adult Doberman Pinscher?

An adult Doberman Pinscher can grow into a very large dog. Male Dobies are generally slightly larger than females. Male Doberman Pinschers can weigh between 75 and 100 pounds and stand between 26 and 28 inches tall at the shoulder. Female Doberman Pinschers can weigh between 60 and 90 pounds and stand between 24 and 26 inches tall at the shoulder.

The adult size of the Doberman Pinscher is determined by their genetic makeup, diet, and exercise. That is why it is especially important that a puppy receives the correct amount of food for optimal growth and well-being.

What size collar should I buy for my puppy?

One of the questions we get asked the most is “what size collar should I buy for my puppy?” Generally, if we know what breed your pup is, we can make an educated assessment of what size collar your pup will need.

Take a look at our puppy collar size chart below to see which Oscar & Hooch collar size will be best for your new furry family member. Our recommendations are based on the average neck size and weight of each breed, which can also be found below.


The size of a Doberman Pinscher dog varies greatly depending on different factors. The age, sex and general health conditions of the dog can significantly affect the size.

However, when given proper time and care, male and female Dobermans can grow to 26-28 inches or 24-26 inches, respectively. Some nutritional and even genetic health issues can also affect an individual dog’s height and weight.

Which breed is right for you?

Both Shepherds and Dobermans make loving and loyal family pets, but that starts with a commitment to training. Dog obedience training needs to start early with both breeds, which is indeed a consideration when choosing either.

As for which type is right, if you have a large backyard, have the time to commit to daily exercise and brain training, and don’t mind a little pet hair in the home, the German Shepherd makes a devoted and loving companion. However, if you live in an apartment, a Doberman may be the best choice.