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Doberman Pinscher dogs are powerful, fearless, and intelligent. They're one of the most respected breeds for police and military work, after the German Shepherd. They are very loyal and obedient companions—a well-trained Doberman makes a good family pet, and their dedication to their owners is unmatched. These qualities make them one of the most in-demand breeds in the world.
Quick Facts About the Doberman
- Origin: In Apolda, Germany
- Developed by : Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, about 1890
- Other Names : Doberman Pinschers , Doberman, Dobie, Dobe
- Breed Category : Working group
- Breed Recognition : Recognized as a breed by the German Kennel Club in 1899,
And By AKC (American Kennel Club) in 1908.
- Height: 68–72 cm (27–28 in) for males; 63–68 cm (25–27 in) for females
- Weight: 40–45 kg (88–99 lb) for males; 32–35 kg (71–77 lb) for females
- Life Span: 10–13 years
Are Doberman Pinschers Dangerous?
Dobermans are mistaken to be aggressive, dominant and stubborn dogs, but in fact, they were bred for personal protection and guard dogs. They are a reserved, highly protective, and aloof dog that doesn't welcome strangers.
In a recent study, the Doberman Pinscher ranked relatively high on stranger-directed aggression. And if not trained and socialized, they can be dominant and aggressive. However, in many countries, the Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) considers them naturally aggressive, so they are banned or restricted.
The Banned (Prohibited) And Restricted Categories Of Dog Breeds
The local BSL issued a list of dog breeds and guidelines, including which dog is prohibited (banned) and which dog can be kept subject to certain conditions.
The dog breeds that are not allowed under any condition are kept in the prohibited or banned category. And the dog breeds that are allowed under certain conditions are kept in the restricted category.
According to the guidelines of the local BSL authority, a person can get dogs on the restricted breed list under certain conditions,
- Dog owner's age should be over 16 or 18 years
- Owner already has experience in rearing dogs
- Dog required to wear a muzzle in public places
- A dog owner can take the dog to public places only between allotted time slots (Ex: 10.00 PM. to 6:00 AM)
There may be other guidelines that the local BSL authority decides.
11 Countries That Ban or Restrict Doberman Pinschers
- Bermuda (Restricted)
- Brazil (Restricted)
- China, Shanghai (Banned)
- Germany (Restricted)
- Ireland (Restricted)
- Malaysia (Restricted)
- Romania (Restricted)
- Singapore (Restricted)
- UAE (Banned )
- Ukraine (Restricted)
- Qatar (Banned)
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Bermuda has a strict law for dog owners, You cannot keep them without a license and you have to renew their license every year. And your dog must wear its numbered license tag, which will be or was issued at the time of its initial licensing.
And also for dogs of Prohibited and Restricted breeds, the Bermuda Government has strict rules. Acquisition of a prohibited breed dog requires pre-approval, Prohibited dogs may not be imported, bred or used for breeding.
About 20 breeds of dogs have been restricted here, including the Doberman. You must keep your dog on a leash at all times when in public, unless the dog is in a designated off-leash area. Whether the dog is in an on-leash or off-leash area, it must remain under your control at all times.
In the year 2005, the Breed Specific Legislation on Dogs came into force in Brazil, according to which some dog breeds, such as pit bulls, Rottweilers, Brazilian Filas, and Dobermans were considered naturally aggressive dogs and restricted to public places.
Any dogs of this breed or hybrid of any of these breeds are not allowed to be taken in public places without a lease. And in Rio de Janeiro State, they are Dogs of this breed are allowed to be taken out only from 10 in the night to 5:00 in the morning.
3. China, Shanghai
Although there is no breed-specific legislation in China, you can import and get any breed of dog. But this rule does not apply in three cities of China: Shanghai, Chengdu and Beijing, there are breed restrictions.
About 40 breeds of dogs are considered dangerous and fierce, including pit bulls, Tibetan mastiffs, bulldogs, and Dobermans. And according to the new regulations, dog owners must register their pets and pay a one-time registration fee of $60, and dogs of these breeds are not allowed in public places. And any dog of these breeds including the Doberman is prohibited in Shanghai.
The breed-specific legislation of Germany has prohibited several aggressive dog breeds, including the American Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier, Pit Bull Terrier, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. These dogs or any cross-breeds are not allowed in Germany. But in Germany, several other breeds of dog have been prohibited or restricted state wise, and in Brandenburg, Germany the Doberman is prohibited.
The breed-specific legislation of Ireland imposes restrictions on 11 different breeds of dog, including pit bulls, Alsatians, Rottweilers and Dobermann Pinschers. In Ireland, dogs of any restricted breed are not allowed to be taken into public places without a lease or permit. And the dog owner must be above the age of 16 and should be capable of handling the dog.
The breed-specific legislation of Malaysia has prohibited the seven dog breeds that include the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Bull Terrier and others. Any of these prohibited dogs may not be imported, bred or used for breeding in Malaysia.
In Malaysia, about six breeds of dogs, including the Doberman Pinscher and four Shepherd breed dogs, including German Shepherds, have been restricted. Any dog of a restricted breed should be muzzled while in public and held on a strong lead by a person above the age of 16.
The breed-specific legislation of Romania has prohibited several dog breeds that include the American Pitt Bull Terrier, Boerboel and Ban Dog and its related crosses.
Any of these prohibited dogs may not be imported, bred or used for breeding in Romania. Some dog breeds such as the German Shepherd, Doberman Pinscher, Belgian Malinois, Dogo Canario, Komondor, Kuvasz and Riesenschnauzer are restricted, which are required to wear a muzzle in public places.
The breed-specific legislation of Singapore has prohibited the seven dog breeds that include the Bull Terrier, Doberman Pinscher, Rottweiler, German Shepherd and its related crosses, Mastiffs and crosses of these breeds.
Any of these prohibited dogs may not be imported, bred or used for breeding in Singapore. All restricted breed dogs have to be leashed in public areas.
The breed-specific legislation of UAE has identified eleven dog breeds to "dangerous dog breeds" category, and they are banned in UAE.
Any of these prohibited dogs may not be imported, bred or used for breeding in UAE.
The BSL list of dangerous dog breeds in UAE includes the following:
- American Bully
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- Argentinian Mastiff (Dogo Argentino)
- Brazilian Mastiff (Fila Brasileiro)
- Doberman Pinscher
- Japanese Tosa
- Presa Canario
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- Wolf hybrids
The breed-specific legislation of Ukraine has listed 88 breeds, including the Doberman Pinscher, on November 10, 2021, to the restricted dog breed category.
You are allowed to get these dogs, but Ukrainian law requests a muzzle, insurance, short leash, very high license fees, and other measures.
The Ukrainian Kennel Club, KSU has identified twenty dog breeds in the dangerous dog breed category. Any of these prohibited dogs may not be imported, bred or used for breeding in Ukraine.
The breed-specific legislation of Qatar issued in 2015 has 25 banned dog breeds including Doberman Pinschers. Any of these prohibited dogs may not be imported, bred or used for breeding in Qatar.
It may be surprising that the Afghan Hound has also been considered a dangerous breed dog, which is not considered dangerous or aggressive in other countries.
Why Are Certain Breeds of Dogs Banned in Other Countries?
Every country has breed-specific legislation to ban specific breeds that are identified as being potentially dangerous in public places or used for illegal activities like dog fighting.
Doberman Pinschers are often banned in countries that identify them as "aggressive." Of course, this is debatable. It makes you wonder whether there are other dog breeds not on the ban list that could be a threat to kids and other pets in public places.
Reasons for Breed-Specific Legislations (BSL)
There are a number of reasons why some countries feel they must ban a specific dog breed.
- Dog bite statistics report: Breeds that have a history of aggressively biting and/or breeds with the most damaging bites.
- Tendency toward aggression: Breeds that have a tendency to attack people or those that can be a risk to public safety.
- Used for illegal activities: Some excellent breeds are unfortunately used for illegal activities like dogfighting and are, therefore, banned.
- Rare or unrecognized breeds or wolf hybrid dogs: In many countries, crossbreeds or mutts are banned because people believe they have unpredictable behavior. If a certain breed is banned, mixing it with a legal breed will also make the mixed dog illegal.
- Poor history: Dogs that have poor health or behavior records are banned. In specific countries with extreme weather, specific dogs that will not do well in the climate will not be allowed to live there
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