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Doberman Collie (Doberman Pinscher & Border Collie Mix) Mixed Breed Info: Pictures, Personality & Facts

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Height: 20 – 26 inches
Weight: 35 – 85 pounds
Lifespan: 10 – 13 years
Colors: Red, blue, fawn, black
Suitable for: Family, active single, watchdog
Temperament: Intelligent, but shy and reserved around strangers. It’s alert, agile, and loyal with a strong sense of adventure

The Doberman Collie is a mixed breed created by mixing a Doberman Pinscher with a Border Collie. These are strong and aggressive dogs with a long body and varying height. It can have the face of either parent and will have a long muzzle. They have well-developed teeth and a powerful jaw. The ears can stand erect or flop over, and the coat will vary in length and roughness as well.

The Doberman Collie is a relatively new breed, and there is not much documentation about it yet. However, its parents, the Dobermann and the Border Collie go back hundreds of years, and they are well known, respected, and trusted. Each of these breeds makes great companions and watchdogs. They are intelligent, easy to train, and hard working.Divider 1

Doberman Collie Puppies – Before You Get One


3 Little-Known Facts About the Doberman Collie

1. The Border Collie parent is a mix of Roman and Viking herd dogs.

2. The Border Collie was originally known as a Scotch Sheep Dog.

3. A taxman originally bred the Doberman for protection in the 1800s.

The parents of the Doberman Collie
The parents of the Doberman Collie. Left: Doberman Pincer, Right: Border Collie | Image credits: Pixabay

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Doberman Collie 🧠

The best description of the Doberman Collie temperament is intelligent, active, alert, agile, and loyal. This breed enjoys playing and likes to run and go for long walks. They are very curious and protective and will always guard over your home with unwavering focus. They are shy toward strangers, so it’s better to socialize them when they are young if you intend to have them around several people or animals.

The Doberman Collie is perceptive and intelligent. They are easy to train, and they are great problem solvers. Both parent breeds perform police, military, and rescue work, and work as civil servants as be seeing-eye dogs and mental health companions. The Doberman Collie likes a lot of attention, and they can misbehave if they do not get enough, which will usually take the form of chewing furniture, or making a mess out of the house. They typically do not break housetraining unless angry.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡

The Doberman Collie are great family dogs that enjoy being around people. They are very patient with children and usually form a special attachment to them. It’s also preferable to have several family members because this dog does not like to be alone.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽

The Doberman Collie exhibits a wide range of personalities, so we couldn’t guarantee your pet will like the others, but they usually get along fine. It’s better to socialize them early, but they will often come around after a brief introductory period. One strange personality trait they often exhibit is that they tend to be aggressive with dogs of the same sex.

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Things to Know When Owning a Doberman Collie

Before you purchase your Doberman Collie read over this list of things to consider.

Food and Diet Requirements 🦴

The Doberman Collie needs a high-quality natural meat source like lamb beef or chicken. They will also require high-quality vegetables like sweet potatoes and brown rice and broccoli. We recommend staying away from foods that use meat by-products or a lot of ingredients you can’t pronounce. Specialty foods like no-grain, senior, and diet food are best if used when prescribed by a veterinarian.

Since some dogs can be larger and they are quite active, they can eat as much as three cups of food per day to maintain a healthy weight.

Daily Exercise Requirements 🐕

The Doberman Collie has a very high activity level and will require about an hour of vigorous exercise or a two-mile walk each day to maintain a healthy weight. They make great running partners for owners that jog and their excellent companions on long hikes.

doberman collie
Credit: Vasyliuk, Shutterstock

Training 🦮

Training your Doberman Collie is easy, and they will often try to anticipate what you want them to do, which will speed up the process more. They are patient and often willing to sit for long training sessions.

The best way to train your Doberman Collie is to use treats and positive reinforcement. When your dog does what you want them to do, give them a treat. It’s usually most effective to stand in front of them to get their full attention and repeat the trick name/command until they comply.

Repeat it a few times each day, but don’t let them get bored with performing the same trick over and over.

Grooming ✂️

The amount of grooming your pet requires will be based in large part what kind of coat your pet inherits. If you get the longer hair, you will be required to brush it more often and trim it on occasion, but for the most part, this dog is easy to groom. It seldom needs a bath and usually doesn’t have a strong doggy odor.

The nails will require trimming because if they grow too long, it can become difficult to run, and they can also damage your furniture. It’s also important to check their ears regularly for ticks if they spend a lot of time outside.

Health and Conditions ❤️

The Doberman Collie is a healthy dog that can live a long life without needing too many trips to the vet, but there are a few health concerns passed down from the parents that you should be on the lookout for as your pet ages.

Minor Conditions
  • Gastric Torsion

Gastric Torsion is a type of bloating in dogs that causes the stomach to fill with air and flips and twist. This disease can result in the death of your pet and is very dangerous. Males are more likely to bloat than females, and symptoms include an enlargement of the abdomen, salivation, and restlessness.

  • Von Willebrand’s disease

Von Willebrand’s disease is a condition closely associated with the Doberman Pincer that causes problems with the coagulation of the blood. Many dogs never show any symptoms of the disease, and it can go undetected until your pet gets cut and bleeds longer than normal.

Serious Conditions
  • Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is hereditary and common in larger dogs like Doberman. It’s a condition where the hip joint doesn’t form correctly, so the bone doesn’t move smoothly and wears down over time, causing pain and affecting your pet’s ability to bear weight.

  • CVI

CVI is also known as Wobblers syndrome, and this is a condition that is caused by spinal cord compression, or bulging vertebrae in the back. Dobermans are known to get the bulging vertebrae later in life, and it can pass to your Doberman Collie.

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Male vs Female

The male Doberman Collie tends to stand slightly taller and weigh slightly more than its female counterpart. The females tend to crave more affection and praise, while the males tend to prefer sentry duty and can often be found at the top of stairs or on a balcony.

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We hope that you have enjoyed reading over our look at this mix between the Doberman Pincer and the Border Collie. The Doberman Collie is a great family pet and companion. It’s a great watchdog and training partner. You will be required to set aside a considerable amount of time to play and walk your dog to keep it in top condition, but they will return the favor with loyalty and intelligent behavior.

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