Let’s review the common reasons why your Dobie is skinny:
1. Too much exercise2. Dietary problems 3. Bad eating habits 4. Health problems
Is a Doberman a medium-sized dog?
The Doberman Pinscher is a medium to large breed that is classified in the Working Group by the AKC. As the Doberman Pinscher is very athletic and has high energy levels, they will do better in a more spacious home where they have plenty of room to move.
To conclude, the Doberman Pinscher is a beautiful medium to large sized dog that could easily qualify as a professional athlete. Thanks to their super high energy levels, this breed is best suited for people who are very active. If he’s up to the task, a Doberman Pinscher is sure to become your most loyal and loving companion. We hope you’ve gained new insights into Doberman Pinscher size, growth patterns, and how you can predict your puppy’s adult size.
Predicting How Big Your Doberman Puppy Will Grow
In addition to age, there are other methods that Doberman owners have used to help determine how big a Doberman puppy will be as an adult with a relatively good accuracy. These are:
- DNA Testing – Modern at-home DNA health tests, like these DNA test kits from Embark, can give you incredibly deep insight into your dog’s genetic health , including the adult size of a puppy! Embark DNA test kits (a favorite among Doberman owners) test for five specific genes known to influence approximately 85% of the variation in their adult size. You can read more about how to do a DNA test on your Doberman at home here.
- Parents: Looking at the size of your Doberman puppy’s parents is a good indicator of his genetics in terms of growth and can give you a good general idea of your dog’s growth potential. Although DNA tests seem to be more accurate, since a puppy can also inherit growth genes from his grandparents.
- Size Relative to Littermates: If you know how big your pup’s parents are, you can compare your pup to its littermates to help predict how big it will be. If they are the biggest in the litter, it means that your dog will probably be as big (or bigger) than his parents.
- Paw Size – This has been a go-to gauge for Doberman owners for years. The general thought is that the larger your Doberman’s paws, the larger they will be as an adult. This is because larger legs are needed to support a heavier dog, so it’s a good indicator of your dog’s genetics in terms of size.
- Your 4-month-old weight: Take your Doberman’s weight at 4 months of age (or around 16 weeks) and multiply by two, then add 5 pounds. That formula will get you closer to your adult weight.
So if your Doberman is 30 pounds at 4 months, take 30 and multiply by 2 to get 60 pounds. Then add 5 pounds and you’ll get an expected adult weight of about 65 pounds.
- Age when spayed or neutered: If your Doberman is neutered before reaching full maturity (6 to 24 months of age), then he is more likely to be taller. This is because the dog’s hormones have a big impact when the growth plates close, causing their paws to stop growing. Spaying and neutering removes these hormones. Some owners report that they end up with taller, but leaner Dobermans when they are spayed or neutered early. This is also supported by recent studies like this one published in the National Library of Medicine.
Your Doberman should have an athletic build. They have a good sized ribcage that tucks in very noticeably to a small waist at their hips. If you can’t feel those ribs or know where your ribcage ends and your hips begin, it’s probably time to diet. Dr. Sophia Yin’s website has an excellent easy-to-follow guide to verifying this.
Does your Doberman try to scratch his ear and just can’t reach? Or maybe he has a hard time biting himself. She should be able to manage without a fight. If they are too round, grooming becomes impossible. If that’s the case with your Dobie, it’s time to go on a diet.
3 Weeks – 12 Weeks
At 3 weeks, pups are more mobile and can see better. They begin to explore, but spend most of their time sleeping.
At 4 months they learn to walk correctly and they begin to see the different personalities of the litter. They are nursing less in preparation for being weaned. Puppy food soaked in milk is introduced.