||The ideal Doberman has an appearance of a dog of
medium size, with a bodythat is square. Compactly built, muscular
and powerful. Elegant in
appearance, of proud carriage, reflecting great nobility and temperament.
Energetic, watchful, determined, alert, fearless, loyal and obedient.
He appears larger than he really is because of his heavy bone
and substance. His square
physique and smooth, hard musculature create the agility, speed,
endurance and strength that characterize the Doberman in action
and permit him to excel at his work. From the arch of his neck
to the tip of his tail, the sleek powerful Doberman should be
the picture of athleticism.
The Doberman is elegant in appearance, which is to say the
dog appears to be a seamless, balanced whole. Another aspect
of his elegance is his noble bearing, which emanates in large
part from an acute awareness of his environment. The Doberman
leaves no doubt that he owns the ground on which he stands.
Firm, purposeful, strong willed and determined, the Doberman
navigates around complex obstacles calmly and gracefully.
In spite of his bold, alert look of powerful readiness and
his reputation as a guard and police dog, the Doberman is a
gentleman and an affectionate, obedient pet. His devotion to
home and family have won him a lasting place in the affections
of America's dog lovers.