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Dobie Schnauzer (Dobermann Pinscher & Standard Schnauzer Mix) Info & Facts

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Dobie Schnauzer (Dobermann Pinscher & Standard Schnauzer Mix)

Height: 18-28 inches
Weight: 35-75 pounds
Lifespan: 10-12 years
Colors: Black, blue, red, silver
Suitable for: Active families looking for a friendly and easy-to-train dog
Temperament: Outgoing, alert, independent, intelligent

The Dobie-Schnauzer brings together two of the most well-known and popular German breeds in one delightful mix. The two dogs share a lot of similarities but also have traits specific to the hybrid. It’s an interesting mix, to be sure. Both parents are fearless because of their respective roles. The Doberman Pinscher was a working dog in the city, whereas the Schnauzer called the country his home.

The Dobie served as a protector, presumably against people avoiding the dreaded taxman. The Schnauzer was a hunter that protected the home front against rodents and other pests. He also served several other duties to make him more of the Swiss Army Knife of farm dogs. These various backgrounds provide a lot of clues about the temperament of this hybrid.

There are a lot of similarities between the two parent breeds, but there are also contrasts. The Standard Schnauzer is the old boy among the three size variations. He took on a lot of different tasks on the farm, from ratters to guard dogs. The Doberman segued into his protector role early in his lineage. However, the profile and beauty of the dog won the hearts of enthusiasts who loved the pup for his looks.

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Both parent breeds have some naughty habits that you need to know about upfront. That’s a necessary part of researching any dog. The Doberman is sensitive, which may seem surprising in a dog of his kind. He is eager to please and will not respond well to harsh reprimands. The Schnauzer, on the other hand, has the independent streak you’d expect to find in Terriers. This pup is no exception.

Both parent breeds are playful and always ready for a game of fetch. You may find that surprising, given the roles of the two dogs. The Schnauzer is the more rustic of the two. His job was an all-purpose one. That explains his independence. He was adaptable to fill in for a variety of tasks. The combination is a good one for this hybrid so that he can do well in various situations.

The Schnauzer of this hybrid brings the most negatives to this mix. He has the greater propensity for mouthiness and barking. Both are habits that you must control early. He also has a strong prey drive. That instinct runs deep, which is something you must consider if you have other pets in your home. Also, he has a high wanderlust potential to keep him on the hunt until the end.

3 Little-Known Facts About the Dobie-Schnauzer

1. Some special Dobermans were World War II heroes.

The Dobermans, later nicknamed the Devil Dogs, fought alongside US Marines in the Battle of Guam. Many soldiers owe their lives to these brave canines.

2. Louis Dobermann of Apolda was instrumental to the breed’s development.

The word around the campfire is that taxman, Louis Dobermann, needed a formidable companion to accompany him on his rounds. Enter the Doberman Pinscher that provided the necessary protection.

3. The Schnauzer and Doberman Pinscher are related.

The two breeds share a common native land. However, they are also related because of their similar jobs and timelines.

Parent Breeds of the Dobie Schnauzer
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Temperament & Intelligence of the Dobie-Schnauzer 🧠

Both parent breeds are intelligent. That makes mental stimulation as important as physical activity essential to keep the Dobie-Schnauzer healthy on both scores. These pups are naturally curious about their environment. That is what made them so successful in their respective jobs. It helps the Doberman recognize threats and the Schnauzer find prey.

It’s also a message to the potential owner to provide enough mental stimulation to prevent the formation of bad habits like digging, chewing, and barking. It’s something that anyone who decides to get an intelligent dog must understand.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡

Both parent breeds love their families. They share their affection freely with those they adore. It also fuels their loyalty and watchdog abilities. You can feel safe with a Doberman in your home. His loyalty will protect your family with fearless courage. This pup is affectionate and will tolerate children as long as they respect his space.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽

The Dobie-Schnauzer is only moderately tolerant of other dogs, which makes early socialization vital. It’s also important for getting him used to other people. We suggest starting it early to make him a sociable pet. This pup will do well if he grows up with other pets, but he will likely raise the alarm if it’s a new transition.

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Things to Know When Owning a Dobie-Schnauzer

Every dog has its quirks. The Dobie-Schnauzer is no exception. He can be a sweetheart or a pill.  A lot depends on the parent breed and his training. That’s why we talk about your role in training so often. After all, you are the leader and must take on that role, especially when dealing with such an intelligent dog.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

The essential thing to remember with feeding is to offer your dog a diet appropriate for his life stage and breed size. Puppies need food meant for pups of their age. Likewise, adults need a diet meant for grown-up dogs. Their requirements for calories and nutrients vary, which are vital considerations for their overall health.

You should feed a puppy three to four times a day to keep him supplied with enough energy. When he grows older, you can reduce it to two meals. That will keep his blood sugar levels stable and reduce his risk of bloat. A high-quality diet is imperative to ensure his good health. Think of it as an investment in keeping him fit.

Exercise 🐕

The Dobie-Schnauzer has a moderate tendency toward weight gain. That makes regular exercise imperative, whether you run him at the doggie park or take him on daily walks. The essential thing is that this pup stays active no matter how he gets it. The most important thing is that you get him outside to reinforce his social skills and practice those leash manners.

Training 🦮

Early training is vital, whether you have an easy-going breed or one that is more challenging like the Dobie-Schnauzer. After all, that’s your role as the owner of a pet and it’s another reason not to take it lightly. Your dog’s life depends upon it. This pup does best with positive reinforcement. He wants to make you happy and will cringe at the idea of upsetting.  Make it easy with treats.

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Grooming ✂️

The ease of grooming will depend on the parent breed. The Doberman Pinscher is easy with regular sessions with a curry brush.  The Schnauzer requires more frequent brushing to keep his coat looking its best. Take the time to examine his skin for parasites and possible infections. That’s especially crucial during times when ticks are active in your area.

Health and Conditions ❤️

This pup is relatively healthy when reputable breeders screen for the obvious health issues.  Most of the problems involve disorders that any large breed may experience. We suggest that you ask to see proof of any health screenings to give you some assurance that our pet won’t get the same things.

Minor Conditions
Serious Conditions
  • Bloat
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Heart issues
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease

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Both female and male Dobie-Schnauzers will make wonderful pets. There aren’t a lot of personality differences between the two. Put it down to a preference and the cost of altering the sec of your pup. It costs more for a female than a male with a similar end result. We suggest that you discuss this decision with your veterinarian.

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A Dobie-Schnauzer is a joy to own. They are sweet pets with a strong sense of loyalty. They are loving and loyal, making them a good choice for families who want a reliable watchdog. The Dobie-Schnauzer will stand up to the challenge. While he has some inherent bad habits, the diligened owner whil contain them.

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