Of medium size, compact square body, well muscled for power and
speed. Elegant and noble in statue. Alert, and energetic. Fearless
and obedient with unsurpassed loyalty.
Size and Proportions
Dog 26-28 inches at the withers__ Bitches 24-26 inches. Height
measured vertically from the ground to the highest point of the
withers. Length when measured horizontally from the fore chest to
the rear projection of the upper thigh should equal height. Head,
neck and legs should be in proportion to body.
Long and dry. The view from front and side should resemble a blunt
wedge. A front view will show the head gradually widening smoothly
towards the base of the ears. The eyes are of an almond shape and
set moderately deep with an alert expression. Eye color will have an
evenly colored Iris ranging from medium to darkest brown in
black/Rust, in red/rust, fawn/rust, and blue/rust. The eye color
will closely match that of the rust markings. In the cream/white the
eyes will range from light to dark blue, gray, or Amber. The darkest
eye color of each is preferred. Ears may or not be cropped. The
upper part of base of the ears when held in alert position is level
with the skull.
Top of skull flat, with slight stop to bridge of muzzle. Muzzle line
extends parallel to top line of skull. Cheeks flat and muscled. Nose
solid black on Black/rust, dark brown on red/rust, dark gray on
blue/rust, dark tan on fawn/rust, dark flesh tone on cream/white
lips laying close to full powerful jaws, and well filled under the
Strong white teeth will form scissor bite__ Lower incisors meeting
inside of upper incisors. 42 correctly placed teeth, 22 in lower and
upper jaw. Disqualifying faults; overshot more than 3/16 of an inch.
Undershot more than 1/8 of and inch. Four or more missing teeth.
Neckline, Top line, Body
Well muscled, dry, well arched and carried proudly. Nape of neck
widens gradually toward body. Neck length of neck in proportion to
body and head. Defined withers forming the highest part of the body.
Back is short and with ample width and muscled at the loins,
continuing in a straight line from withers to slightly rounded
A broad and well defined fore chest. Well sprung ribs from spine and
flattened in lower end to allow for elbow clearance. Belly shall be
well tucked and extending in a curved line from the brisket. Brisket
deep and reaching to elbows. Broad hips in proportion to body. Hips
should be approximately equal to body at rib cage and shoulder in
breadth. Tails are docked at the second joint and appear to be a
continuation of the spine; it is carried slightly above the
horizontal when dog is on alert.
The shoulder blade will have a forward and downward slope of a 45
degree angle to the ground and meets the upper arm at a 90 degree
angle. Shoulder and upper arm are equal in length. A front and side
view of the legs will show perfectly straight and parallel to each
other from elbow to pastern, well muscled and sinewy with heavy
bone. The pasterns are firm and almost perpendicular to the ground.
Dewclaws may be removed. Feet catlike and well arched, not turning
in or out.
The hindquarters angulation balances that of the forequarters. There
is a fall of the hips from the spinal column of about 30 degrees
showing a slightly rounded well filled out croup. Upper shanks are
at right angles to the hip bones and are long, wide and well muscled
on both sides of thighs and with plainly defined stifles. Upper and
lower shanks are of equal length. Hock and heel will be
perpendicular to the ground when the dog is relaxed. The rear legs
are straight, parallel to each other and set wide enough apart to
blend with a properly built body. Dewclaws may be removed. The rear
feet are catlike and turning neither in nor out.
Short, smooth, hard, thick and close. A gray invisible undercoat on
neck is allowed.
Color and Markings
Black, red, blue, fawn, (Isabella) MARKINGS; Rust, sharply
defined above each eye, muzzle, throat and fore chest, all four legs
and feet, and below tail. White patch on chest not exceeding ˝
square inch allowed. White; ranging from a off white to a creamy
beige. MARKINGS; White, visible above each eye, muzzle,
throat and fore chest, all four legs and feet and below tail.
Energetic, balanced and with good reach in front and a powerful
drive in rear. Trotting shows a strong rear action. Each rear leg
moves in line with the foreleg on the same side. Rear and front legs
are thrown neither in nor out. Back remains strong and firm. Moving
at a fast trot the dog will single track.
Watchful, alert, fearless, obedient, and loyal. The judge will
dismiss a shy or vicious Doberman
SHYNESS; A dog that refuses to stand for examination, fears
being approached from the rear of shies excessively at sudden or
VICIOUSNESS; Attacking or attempting to attack either a judge or
handler is noted as vicious. Aggressive or dominate behavior towards
another dog is not deem as vicious.
The forgoing is what is considered the perfect Doberman. Any
deviation from the described dog will be penalized to the extent of
Overshot more than 3/16 of an inch, undershot more than 1/8 of an
inch. Four or more teeth missing.