Dobermann is a large, strong and agile dog.  He is usually keen and alert and has been used for guarding and tracking.  He is sometimes used as a police dog and responds well to obedience training.  He will adapt to family life but needs firm handling.  His short and shiny coat means that he is easy to keep clean and needs only occasional grooming.  He needs a house with a garden and loads of exercise.  He can be fussy about where he sleeps and likes his creature comforts. Average lifespan 8 years.