All About the Doberdoodle

What is a Doberdoodle?

A Doberdoodle is a cross between a poodle and a Doberman. The doberdoodle (doodleman pinscher) combines the tenacity and protectiveness of the Doberman Pinscher with the intelligence and playfulness of the poodle. There are similarities between the two breeds. However, the mix of these similarities and differences creates a fascinating organism.

What the Doberman Poodle hybrid inherits will influence how much of their Poodle and Doberman parents they have.


Is the Doberdoodle Predisposed to Barking?

The doberdoodle, like its Doberman father, is calm the majority of the time. It becomes ear-splittingly clamorous when something or someone gets within 500 feet (152.5 meters) of its domicile, probably more so than its standard poodle parent. It doesn’t stop barking until the seeming threat goes away. Read our article and find out Do Dogs Get TIRED of Barking?

The Intelligence Level of Doberdoodles

Doberdoodles, like their parent breeds, are exceptionally intelligent and will pay close attention to everything you say. You’ll have the impression that the Poodle Doberman follows your every move and listens in on your every word.

Simply by listening, the Doberman Doodle picks up a lot of new terminologies. It understands when you ask whether it is hungry, if it wants to play, with whom it wants to play, and what game it wants to play! It will also point out its “boo-boo” (injury) if you encourage it. 

Devotion and Friendliness of a Doberdoodle

If you prefer privacy when going to the bathroom, a doberdoodle may not be the most excellent choice. Doberman and Poodle canines are known as “Velcro dogs,” and doberdoodles have inherited this trait. They are entirely devoted to and attached to the people around them.

Canine friendliness

A doberdoodle will go mad at the sight of another dog. Dogs who doberdoodles accept into their pack, on the other hand, will be friends for life. It does not love being in the company of other dogs, unfortunately.

Doberdoodles, like their parent breeds, need a strong human to raise them; else, they’ll trample you. A Doberman doodle requires constant attentiveness because it continually investigates, inspects, and patiently waits to exploit a chance to enhance its perceived position within the group.

Stranger Enthusiasm

Despite their protective nature, Doberdoodles can be social with strangers after an introduction and a trial period. When you present your doberdoodle to a new person, it will sit close by and watch them. 

If they make what it considers to be the “wrong move,” all bets are off (e.g., going upstairs instead of out to the nearest exit). It will, however, greet someone as if they were an old friend after a few visits!

Are Doberdoodles Dominant Dogs?

They are, indeed. During dog training discussions, people misuse the phrase “dominance.” Because most behavioral difficulties result from faulty training methods, lack of exercise, and other factors. Consulting a dog trainer or veterinarian before deciding that your Doberman has a dominance issue is essential.

In particular, Dobermans and other large dogs are prone to domineering, status-seeking behavior. This can make it challenging to keep them under control. Several traditional training methods work well with dominant Dobermans, and you may take a variety of precautions to ensure your dog’s safety until you remedy the problem.

Doberdoodle Quick Facts


Doberman doodles are well-suited to apartment life. Contrary to popular belief, a little dog is not invariably an apartment dog. Many small dogs are too bouncy and yappy to live in an apartment. 

An apartment dog should be quiet, low-energy, tranquil indoors, and respectful of other residents. You could also get your dog a fantastic kennel to give them some extra privacy in your apartment.

Tolerates Being By Itself

Some breeds have deep attachments with their family when left alone by their owner and are more likely to worry or panic. Barking, whining, gnawing, and mischief are signs of a stressed dog. These doberdoodles thrive when a family member is home during the day or when the dog accompanies you to work.

Tolerates Extreme Heat

Dogs with thick double coats are prone to overheating. If you choose a heat-sensitive breed, you’ll have to keep your dog inside with you on hot and humid days, and you’ll have to exercise your dog carefully.

Grooming Needs


Drooling is common in Doberman Doodles. Dogs prone to drool may drape ropes of slobber on your arm and leave huge, wet stains on your clothes when they come over to say hello. If you don’t mind drooling, go ahead; get a dog that doesn’t drool a lot if you’re a neat freak.

Grooming Is Easy

Grooming isn’t necessary for this breed. Some dogs may need brushing, while others require frequent bathing, trimming, and other grooming to stay clean and healthy. Consider this breed if you have the time and patience to groom it yourself or hire someone to do it for you.


Training is Simple

Dogs that are a cross between a Poodle x Doberman are simple to train. Easy-to-train dogs are better at quickly forming associations between a prompt (such as “sit”), an action (sitting), and a result (sitting) (receiving a treat). Some dogs demand more time, patience, and repetition during training.

Many breeds are intelligent, but they have a “What’s in it for me?” attitude when it comes to training, so you’ll need to use incentives and games to persuade them to want to obey your directions.

Physical Needs

Level of Energy

Doberdoodles are high-energy dogs who are always looking for a new challenge. They perform specialized tasks, such as returning games for hunters or herding animals, and they have the stamina to labor for an entire day.

They need a lot of physical activity and cerebral stimulation, so they’re more likely to jump, play, and explore new sights and smells.


An enthusiastic dog may or may not be energetic, but they do everything with enthusiasm: they tug on the leash (until you teach them not to), plow through obstacles, and even eat and drink in large gulps. To learn good behavior, this breed requires a lot of training.

Possibility for Playfulness

Some Doberman Poodle dogs are playful all the time, while others are more serious and reserved. Look into how many games of tag or fetch you want to play everyday and whether you have dogs or children to play with.

Exercise Requirements

These breeds are acceptable with a gentle evening stroll around the block. Others, especially those trained for physically demanding jobs like herding or hunting, need to exercise regularly. If they don’t receive enough exercise, these breeds may acquire weight and unleash their pent-up energy in undesired ways, like barking, chewing, and digging.

Outdoory, energetic people or the ones should consider breeds that require a lot of activity.

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What Does a Doberman Poodle Mix Look Like?

To fully comprehend this crossbreed, we must look at the structure of its parents. The first is the Doberman, which can grow to be 24-28 inches tall (60-71cm). It can also weigh between 60 and 100 pounds (27-45 kg). Its standard poodle parent can grow to be 15-22 inches tall (38-55cm).

Also, it can weigh anywhere from 40 to 70 pounds (18 to 13 kilograms) depending on its build.

These breeds have deep chests, long bodies, and narrow muzzles. Their coats, on the other hand, are slightly different. Whether the Doberman Poodle mix is more like their Poodle parent or their Doberman parent depends on what they inherit.

Their physique is muscular, like a boxerdoodle, with a long neck and strong legs, just like their parents. Doberdoodle eyes can be almond-shaped brown or hazel in color. All possible features are a long, black or brown snout, floppy ears, and a fluffy tail.

They have a short to medium-length brown, white, black, red, gray, or blue coat. Depending on its genes, it can have a curly coat like a poodle or short and sleek hair like a Doberman. A doberdoodle’s fur, like the dalmadoodle’s, is water-resistant in both cases.

If a doberdoodle is hypoallergenic, it may influence your decision to adopt one. It can most likely be hypoallergenic if it takes more after the standard poodle. You’ll be happy to find that this dog sheds relatively little if you decide to get one!

As a result, if you have allergies, such as those caused by dogs, they may not significantly impact at home. Due to its low shedding coat, the Doberdoodle does not require as much maintenance as other doodles.

Does a Doberdoodle Shed a Lot?

You’ll have to put up with dog hair on your clothes and home if you live with a Doberman Poodle dog. Shedding, on the other hand, varies greatly between breeds. Some dogs shed throughout the year, while others “blow” only during certain seasons, yet others don’t shed. If you’re a neat freak, you’ll have to choose a breed that sheds less or lowers your standards.

Doberdoodle Grooming Information


Because Dobermans don’t need much grooming, you may spend that time training your Doberdoodle puppies. They’ll appreciate being brushed down with a rubber brush or grooming mitt now and then to help reduce shedding and keep their natural sheen.


Bathing your dog may be a fun and rewarding part of the grooming cycle if you plan, persevere, and keep a happy attitude while helping your dog avoid various diseases and infections. According to standard practice, you should bathe dogs with smooth coats every three months. The coat should be shiny, clean, and devoid of stray or falling hair. 

To remove any dead hair or mats, brush the dog thoroughly. Fill the tub three to four inches deep with lukewarm water and a rubber mat for added comfort. 

Use a pitcher, spray hose, or unbreakable cup to wet the dog. You need to be careful not to get water in the eyes, ears, or nose. Last but not least, massage the head with pet shampoo. Rinse thoroughly to avoid the soap getting into your eyes, starting with your head. Remove it with a towel. Wipe wrinkled breeds with a soft cloth after bathing to ensure they are totally dry.

Hair Clipping

Clipping or trimming your dog’s coat is far less complicated than you would believe. Giving your dog a haircut is quick and convenient with a suitable clipper, trimmer, and scissors.

Dogs with smooth coats usually only need trims and tidying up in areas of excessive hair growth with a trimmer or dull scissors. Always take your dog for an short walk or exercise before trimming to calm them down. To remove any tangles or matting, brush the coat first. 

Trim around the pads, paws, chest, tail,  and sanitary areas if necessary. Ensure the coat is flat and smooth against the body when finished.


Cut your Doberman’s nails regularly, starting when it s a puppy, to help him get used to it. Your dog will never feel fidgety while having its nails clipped if you do this.


Although not all breeds and hair patterns necessitate frequent eye and ear trimming, everyone should have these sensitive areas evaluated and cleaned regularly. This will help prevent infections from causing catastrophic damage to these magnificent organs.

It’s critical to clean your dog’s eyes and ears regularly and check for any infections. Boxers, Basenjis, and dogs with large ears like Weimaraners and Great Danes have sensitive ears that should be checked for infection and cleaned with a cotton ball monthly.

Wipe your dog’s ear gently using a cotton ball soaked in mineral oil, olive oil, or witch hazel, being careful not to get the cotton ball into the ear canal. A Q-Tip could injure your dog’s inner ear if he quickly shakes or jerks his head. Trim bushy hair growth within the ear with tweezers or rough scissors. 

You can use a tiny trimmer to remove excess hair from around the eyes, ears, and face. If you have a small dog, like an Italian Greyhound, wipe the area around their eyes with a ball or soft cloth and remove unwanted hair with a small trimmer to keep them comfortable. Clean faces of dogs with facial wrinkles, such as French Bulldogs and Boston Terriers, at least once a week.


Many pet owners don’t realize how important it is to regularly brush their pet’s teeth. Dental problems and sensitive teeth are common in some dogs, tiny dogs with small teeth, and dogs on special diets. Brushing your teeth regularly can assist in alleviating these problems.

Cavities are infrequent in dogs, but tartar buildup promotes gum disease, necessitating daily cleaning with toothpaste and a dog-specific toothbrush. Brushing your dog once a week rather than every day will go a long way toward reducing the need to send him to the vet for a cleaning, usually done under sedation.

Health Concerns Associated With Doberdoodles

Dobies are generally healthy dogs. However, they are likely to get some health problems as other breeds. Although not all Dobies will get any of these illnesses, it’s essential to be aware of them if you’re considering getting one:

  • Von Willebrand’s Disease (VWD)-is a genetic blood disorder that affects the blood’s ability to clot. The main symptom is excessive bleeding following an injury or surgery. Nosebleeds, bleeding gums, and stomach or intestine bleeding are some of the other indications and symptoms. At this period, there is no cure, and the only treatment is a blood transfusion from healthy canines. 

Most dogs with Von Willebrand disease, on the other hand, can lead everyday lives. A veterinarian can test your dog for the condition, and you should not breed dogs who have it.

  • Hip dysplasia– is a hereditary condition in which the thigh bone does not fit well into the hip joint. Some dogs may show pain and lameness in one or both of their back legs, while others show no signs of difficulty. (X-ray scanning is the surest way to diagnose the problem.) 

Arthritis might develop in any instance as the dog gets older. Do not breed hip dysplasia dogs.

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)-is a set of eye diseases that cause the retina to degenerate over time. Early in the condition, affected dogs become night-blind, and as the disease progresses, they lose their sight during the day. 

Many affected dogs acclimatize well to their impaired or decreased vision as long as their surroundings remain the same.

  • Hypothyroidism– is a problem with the thyroid gland that can cause hair loss, epilepsy, lethargy, obesity, and other skin disorders. Veterinarians use medication and diet to treat the condition.
  • Wobbler’s Syndrome– is a hereditary condition in which Dobermans suffer from spinal cord compression caused by cervical vertebral instability or a malformed spinal canal. The most severe symptoms include neck pain and limb paralysis. Surgical treatment is contentious since, in some instances, the sickness can return after surgery.
  • Cardiomyopathy– is a condition that causes the heart muscle to thin and weaken. One of its characteristics is an abnormally large heart caused by the enlargement or spreading of the heart chambers (dilatation).

This condition eventually leads to heart failure because the wounded heart muscle cannot pump blood efficiently to other parts of the body. Treatment may include oxygen, water, and drugs that improve cardiac function.

  • Albinism– is a congenital condition that can pass down through the generations in Doberman doodles. A white dog with pink skin, a pink nose, and blue or light eyes is an albino dog. Albinos are photosensitive and are at risk for various illnesses, including cancer and visual problems. Breeding albino dogs are not encouraged.
  • Color Mutant Alopecia- is a coat disease that affects doberdoodles with blue or fawn coats. This disease affects both blue and red Dobies. Most dogs with this disease have regular coats when they are born, and symptoms show between four months and three years. As the dog ages, brittle hair develops, followed by uneven hair loss.

The blue ones are the only areas of the garment that get an impact. There is a lot of inflammation and subsequent infection. Even though prescription shampoos can help reduce scaling and irritation, the disease is incurable.

  • Narcolepsy– is a neurological disease caused by the brain’s failure to coordinate wake-sleep cycles. A dog suffering from narcolepsy may become drowsy and fall asleep unexpectedly. Research is ongoing to develop a cure.
  • Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (Bloat)– is a life-threatening condition that can strike large, deep-chested dogs such as Doberman doodles. This is especially true if they only get one big meal per day, eat quickly, drink plenty of water afterward, and engage in vigorous exercise. 

Bloat is more common in elderly dogs. GDV develops when the stomach inflates with gas or air and twists (torsion). There is a hindrance to the usual blood flow to the heart because the dog cannot belch or vomit to eliminate the excess air in its stomach. The blood pressure of the dog drops, and it goes into shock.

If you don’t get treatment right away, the dog may die. Bloat could cause your dog’s enlarged tummy, excessive salivation, and retching without vomiting. They may also experience agitation, sadness, laziness, weakness, and a racing heart. Rush your dog to the vet immediately if you see any of these symptoms.

Doberman Pinscher

Adopt, Don’t Shop

Doberman poodles aren’t your typical designer dog; they’re tiny and cute. These canines are enormous and require plenty of room and a large yard to go around in. They appreciate being around family, and having someone who has previously owned and trained a dog can assist them in behaving more appropriately.

Their ultimate goal is to protect those they care about, so if you prefer the protection of a guard dog, they could be an ideal addition.

There are various perks to owning a doberdoodle. Even though they are more expensive than other breeds, if you want to watch your dog grow up with your family and watch out for you at all hours of the day, this dog is well worth the price. They’re not out of control, and they deserve a family that will provide them with all they need to have a happy life.

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