Kinds of Dogs That Look Like Tiny Doberman Pinschers

by Betty Lewis
    Similar, but not the same, the miniature pinscher is not a miniature doberman.

    Similar, but not the same, the miniature pinscher is not a miniature doberman.

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    You like the look of the big, beautiful doberman pinscher, but he'd be a bit too big for your apartment. Don't fret; though there is no such thing as a miniature version of a doberman, there are a couple of breeds that look like smaller doberman pinschers, from tiny to medium-sized.

    Hello, Big Fella

    The doberman pinscher is a whole lot of dog, standing up to 28 inches tall at the shoulder and tipping the scales between 65 and 90 pounds. According to the American Kennel Club, he has a muscular build and is square-proportioned. The dobie has a short, smooth coat of different colors; black and rust is most commonly associated with this guy, but his rust also can accent a red, blue or fawn coat. He has a long head, with a blunt wedge appearance from the front and profile.

    Not a Miniature Doberman

    Anyone with a miniature pinscher can tell you he's been asked about his "miniature doberman." Though this little fellow looks like a tiny version of a doberman pinscher, he's actually a terrier. Like the doberman, he's squarely proportioned and compact, however he's much smaller, reaching about 12.5 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing around 10 pounds. He can have the same black and rust coat of the doberman, as well as a black and tan combination and an all red coat. The mini pin's head is shaped a bit differently than the doberman; he has a slight drop to his muzzle, contrasting the doberman's wedge shape.

    Another Terrier Look-alike

    The Manchester terrier is a bit longer than he is tall, giving him a slightly different proportion than the doberman. This fellow comes in two sizes: toy and regular. The regular sized Manchester weighs up to 22 pounds and reaches 16 inches at the shoulder. His toy counterpart weighs as much as 12 pounds and is up to 12 inches tall. Both sizes have a short, sleek black and tan coat. This guy's head is similar in profile to the doberman's.

    Not Tiny, But Smaller

    The German pinscher isn't tiny, but he does resemble a smaller version of the doberman pinscher. He has a square, muscular build and weighs between 25 and 35 pounds. Reaching up to 20 inches tall at the shoulder, he might be just right if one of the terriers is a little too small for your liking. His colors range from black, blue, fawn, brown and red, and may include red or tan accents like the doberman, min pin and Manchester. Like the doberman, the German pinscher has a long head resembling a blunt wedge from the front and side.

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    About the Author

    Betty Lewis is a writer and editor specializing in pet care, animals, careers and emergency management. She previously ran an animal shelter, where she also served as a kennel attendant and dog trainer. Lewis holds a bachelor's degree in journalism, an M.B.A. and a master's degree in professional studies.

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