What Is a King Doberman Pinscher?

by Catherine Holden Robinson
    The Doberman is a dog of stately appearance, strength and agility.

    The Doberman is a dog of stately appearance, strength and agility.

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    There's no breed of dog called the king Doberman. Doberman pinschers are medium-to-large dogs, and "king" is one of many terms breeders use to indicate their Dobermans are large. These square-built dogs are favored for strength, even temperament, speed and endurance, and for obedience and loyalty. Adult Dobermans will reach 26 to 28 inches in height and should weigh a maximum weight of 88 pounds.

    Fact or Fiction

    The American Kennel Club makes no reference to a breed called the king Doberman. The word king may simply be attached to a Doberman who is larger than what is standard to the breed -- it does not signify a variation of the breed itself. Breeders and enthusiasts have other terms to describe large Doberman pinschers, including warlock Dobermans, giant Dobermans, superior-size and super-size Dobermans, and even large-boned Dobermans. According to Theresa Mullen of the Doberman Pinscher Club of America Public Education Committee, breeders may use such terminology to garner higher prices for Doberman puppies.

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    About the Author

    Catherine Holden Robinson is the award-winning author of "The House of Roses," and "Becoming Mona Lisa," the creator of the blog, Tommy's Tool Town, and has contributed articles as an animal advocate. Robinson resides in upstate New York, surrounded by pet hair.