Hailing from Germany, the Doberman Pinscher is an iconic dog breed. Because they’re such loyal and fearless dogs, Dobermans make some of the world’s best police dogs.
However, in a family environment, they’re an equally great watchdog and protector of the home. You can always count on a Doberman Pinscher to have your back.
But if you’re thinking about getting a Doberman Pinscher, then you have some options you may want to consider. Contrary to popular belief, Dobermans come in more than one color. As a matter of fact, they come in at least 9 beautiful colors!
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Colors of the Doberman Pinscher
Whether a color is “standard” or not doesn’t really matter for most owners. Unless you plan to show your dog or have them participate in AKC competitions, color is really just a preference.
That being said, the Doberman Pinscher only has 4 official standard colors. However, AKC recognizes 5 colors – including the White Doberman.
|DESCRIPTION||STANDARD COLORS||REGISTRATION CODE|
|Black & Rust||Standard||015|
|Blue & Rust||Standard||042|
|Fawn & Rust||Standard||316|
|Red & Rust||Standard||145|
Though some of these unique colors are extremely rare cases, we’ve managed to track them all down. Here are all nine possible colors of the Doberman Pinscher.
Keep in mind, you may not be able to find all these colors no matter how hard you search.
1. Black and Rust Doberman
The black and rust Doberman Pinscher is by far the most common color for these dogs. They’re the ones you imagine when you think of these dogs.
These Dobermans will have a slick black coat with tan highlights or markings around the face (muzzle), ears, eyebrows, legs, chest and sometimes below the tail.
But due to the tan-like color, they’re sometimes referred to as the “black and tan” Dobermans as well. A healthy coat will be smooth and glossy with a deep contrast.
Of course, not all Doberman colors are officially recognized by the AKC. However, there’s no doubt the black and rust is, given its immense popularity among this breed.
2. Black Doberman
With how popular the black and rust Doberman is, you would think that a solid black Doberman is popular too, right? Not exactly.
Rather, Black Doberman Pinschers are rare because they’re considered “unethical” to breed. Still, some careless or unprofessional breeders will breed for these colors and market them as “exclusive” or “rare” dogs.
These are also called “melanistic Dobermans” and refer specifically to solid black Doberman Pinschers without the traditional rust or tan markings.
As you may have guessed, this color is not officially recognized due to the potential health problems that may arise.
If you encounter a breeder that specifically breeds for this color, I would stay clear of the breeder. Because they’re practicing unethical breeding procedures, you never know the quality or potential long-term health effects of their dogs.
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3. Blue and Rust Doberman
The blue and rust Doberman is truly a beautiful sight to see. Though not as common as their black and rust counterpart, they are definitely highly sought after.
The reason for the “blue” color is because they’ve inherited copies of the dilute recessive gene. Blue and rust Dobermans also have the genes for a black and rust Doberman. However, when you dilute black, you get this blue-ish gray color.
Many people often mistake this blue color for a slate gray. As a result, they’ve been called gray Dobermans as well.
The rust markings will have a much lower contrast than with a normal black. In actuality, the color looks like a charcoal gray, silver with a hint of purple. Though, this can vary among individual blue Dobermans.
4. Blue Doberman
A solid blue Doberman may be even more rare than a solid black Doberman. Likewise, they’re also unethical to breed because of potential health issues.
Some of which, may include: Von Willebrand Disease (VWD), Cardiomyopathy and Color Dilution Alopecia.
The last health issue, Color Dilution Alopecia, can happen to all blue dogs and not just blue Dobermans. In fact, they’re quite common in blue French Bulldogs. This condition can lead to severe hair-loss, which will likely lead to skin infections and other nasty diseases.
Again, we don’t ever suggest keeping a blue Doberman – no matter how awesome they look. And if you’re talking with a breeder that does breed these dogs, I would be very cautious doing business with them.
5. Red and Rust Doberman
According to the AKC, the red and rust Doberman Pinscher is the second most popular color choice for these dogs. However, they’re still much less popular than the black and rust.
Though they’re called “red” Dobermans, they’re actually a dark reddish-brown. Many other people call them as they see it – referring to them as brown Dobermans. But no matter what you call them, you can deny that they’re gorgeous dogs!
The red and rust Dobermans will also have tan (rust) markings on the eyebrows, muzzle, ears, chest, legs, bottom and beneath the tail. Because the tan looks like a light brown, the contrast isn’t as “nice” and rich as with the black and rust.
Still, they’re very popular color choices and there are many owners that actually prefer this to the traditional black and rust Doberman. Personally, we think this color is more unique.
And of course, this is a standard color and officially recognized by the American Kennel Club. So, feel free to show or compete with your red and rust Dobie!
6. Red Doberman
Just like with other solid colored Dobermans, a solid red Doberman isn’t very common. They’re also not ethical to breed, as they can develop health issues just like any other melanistic Dobermans.
Although we don’t agree with the breeding of this color, they still exist in some rare cases. In fact, we had a real difficult time finding even a single picture of the solid Red Doberman.
Another name for the red Doberman is the chocolate Doberman, because they’re pretty much a solid, all-around brown.
7. Fawn and Rust Doberman
The fawn and rust Doberman is another color officially recognized by the American Kennel Club. Much like the blue and fawn, these special-colored dogs carry the recessive dilute genes.
But instead of having the genes for a black coat, the fawns have the genes for a red coat. In other words, the fawn color is the result of diluting the red coat.
In my opinion, fawn and rust Dobermans look a bit funny (but they’re still very cute!). The coat color still looks brown, but much less of the red. With the fawn, I like to compare them to a light milk chocolate.
Like many Dobermans, they’ll have tan markings around the ears, muzzle, chest, legs, bottom, eyebrows and under the tail. It’s a little difficult to see because the two colors are very similar and the contrast is very minimal.
Regardless, there’s a ton of affection for these colored dogs in the Doberman community. They’re unique, rare and truly a wonderful dog to own.
8. Fawn Doberman
I think by now you know the problems and concerns with Dobermans that do not have the typical tan/rust markings. The solid fawn Doberman is no exception.
In terms of rarity, they’re even more uncommon than the solid blue Doberman. But if we’ve learned anything, we know that unethical breeders will still attempt to breed these dogs to try to sell at a premium for the “exotic” look.
Don’t fall for this tactic and stay clear of breeders that tell you they breed these colors in Dobermans. It’s one thing to unintentionally get one in a litter, but another to specifically breed for them.
9. White Doberman
And finally, we have the white Doberman – perhaps the most unique of them all. Though some are pure classic white, others have a cream color instead. Either way, they’re classified as white Doberman Pinschers.
The white Doberman is the result of inbreeding. This practice has caused these dogs to come in albino – but not exactly. The correct term for this is actually “partial albino.”
This color is still very new. In fact, the first documented case of an albino Doberman appeared in 1976, when a Doberman named Sheba was born. Because of Sheba and a lot of inbreeding, we now have many other partial albino Dobermans in the world today.
Yes, they may look very cool, but you don’t really want a white Doberman. Not only can they develop many health issues, but they’ve been known to develop behavioral issues.
Health issues can include skin and eye problems. In addition, photosensitivity is a common problem with these dogs. And because many white Dobermans have poor eyesight, this can lead to behavioral issues.
When these dogs can’t really see the surrounding environment, it’s possible they develop anxiety easier, which may lead to aggressive behaviors and tendencies, such as biting.
Because of all the issues I just addressed, these white colored Dobermans have been banned in several countries. As a result, you can guess these dogs aren’t recognized by the American Kennel Club.
Though these color variations haven’t been officially banned in the United States, the AKC is doing what it can to discourage breeding white Dobermans.
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So, which is your favorite color for the Doberman Pinscher? Let us know in the comments section below. If you already own a Doberman, feel free to let potential owners know what color Doberman you have and why you picked that color!
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