Doberman Pinscher Grooming

Minimal but Essential

The Doberman was originally bred to have a relatively maintenance free coat. It’s short, barely sheds, is easy to wash, and dries quickly. Current Doberman breeding produces this same low maintenance coat, with a focus now on beauty. The Doberman’s coat should shine, lay flat and straight, and cover the body like a tight T-shirt showing off the chiseled muscle.

Problems with the Doberman coat originated from irresponsible breeding, usually in the pursuit of blue and fawn colors. Breeding specifically for the colors of blue and fawn has produced several genetic problems including a coat problem called Color Dilution Alopecia (CDA) which causes partial or complete hair loss.

Doberman coat problems also include hair loss, acne, staff, and dandruff. These coat problems are caused by improper diet and poor hygiene. Likewise, these coat problems can be prevented or remedied with a consistent high quality diet and regular (but seldom) bathing with an appropriate or specialized shampoo.

Proper care of the Doberman’s coat should also include frequent brushing to remove material and loose hair. If you like to keep an extra clean Doberman, a good brushing is often as good as a bath.

The Doberman often produces ‘eye-boogers’ which should be wiped clean daily. Like all dogs, the Doberman should have his nails trimmed frequently and anal gland expressed as needed (anal gland expression can be performed by a local dog groomer or bather, or by your veterinarian).

Professional grooming should not be overlooked for the Doberman Pinscher. A professional groomer can make that small difference that makes a Doberman stand out in a crowd of Dobermans.

Besides taking the unsavory responsibilities of anal gland expression, bathing, ear cleaning, and nail trimming; a good groomer will clip away the Doberman’s whiskers, de-shed the coat, and trim any wild hair from the back of the legs, under the tummy, and along the ears. A trip to the grooming salon is also a great opportunity for socialization.

Groomers are also good at catching skin problems and are a valuable resource in answering questions. This only goes for good groomers and like most professions, good groomers are few while poor groomers are many.

Asking questions before allowing a groomer at your Doberman is a good idea. They should know exactly what you are looking for and have suggestions. If they ask you all the questions, if they ask stupid questions like ‘So you want him shaved down?’ or if they seem confused about the grooming needs of the Doberman, find a different groomer.