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Brown Doberman Color 101: What Do They Look Like?

Brown Doberman Color 101: What Do They Look Like?

The Doberman Pinscher breed is a very fun dog breed to look at. What’s even more fun is playing and simply hanging out with them.

Developed as pawsome guard dogs for a German tax collector, the Doberman Pinscher breed inherited a fierce appearance.

Today, we want to talk about a specific doberman Pinscher coat color. And as you may have guessed by the name of the article, it has got a lot to do with the color brown.

Brown Doberman Pinscher is a purebred Dobie with a short, brown coat. But, brown Doberman dogs are often referred to as red and rust Dobermans.

This made us wonder whether or not a brown Doberman exists. Well, it does! And we’re going to tell you all about it.

Stick around to find out more on the brown doberman Pinscher.

What Is A Brown Doberman Called?

Well, to our surprise, the brown Doberman is often referred to as the red and rust Doberman. Some people also call them Chocolate Dobies because their coat color resembles sweet chocolate!

So, does this make the red Doberman same as the brown Doberman?

Hmm, kind of, but not quite. While red Dobermans have a reddish tint to their shiny coat, brown Dobermans don’t have so many reddish hairs. However, these two dogs fall under the same category of the red and rust Doberman Pinscher.

Are Brown Doberman Pinschers Rare?

Brown Dobermans are actually red and rust Dobermans and they are quite commonly seen. In fact, brown Dobies are second to black and rust ones. That means that they are not as rare as people think.

We are just used to seeing black Dobermans more often than brown/red ones.

Most Doberman Pinscher breeders develop brown Doberman puppies next to black and rust variations.

Isabella and blue Dobermans are the most rare color variations that are very difficult to find!

What Do Brown Dobermans Look Like?

brown doberman jumps over obstacles

Brown Doberman’s shiny coat adds to its muscular looks. The brown coat color emphasizes each and every detail of Dobies body.

The best way to describe brown Doberman Pinscher dogs is to say that they look extremely powerful and athletic. Louis Dobermann really knew how to develop a strong guard dog!

It is believed that many dog breeds such as German Pinschers, Manchester Terriers, Miniature Pinschers, Rottweilers, Greyhounds, and German Shepherds were mixed to create the Doberman Pinscher.

And you already know how powerful these breeds look!

Tan markings that are found across the brown Doberman’s body really add to its gorgeous looks! After all, these tan markings are what makes the Doberman Pinscher breed so special.

Body Shape

The Doberman Pinscher’s body is squarely-built. Its brown color shows a sleek, lean, and muscular framework.

The male brown Dobermans usually have a strong and intimidating appearance because the dog was originally intended to be a guard dog. Although females tend to be slimmer, they shouldn’t look thin.

Brown Doberman dogs stand on their paw pads rather than full feet. This particular trait makes them look extra elegant! Ideally, they walk with a smooth gait.

The tail of a brown Doberman is usually docked, and its ears are typically cropped. However, these practices are now prohibited in certain countries and we can often see brown Dobies with uncropped ears!


All purebred Doberman Pinscher dogs, no matter the coat color, grow medium to large in size. Like in all dogs, female and male Doberman dogs are different in terms of size and body shape.

An average height of a male brown Doberman is about 27 or 28 inches, while female Dobies grow to 26 inches.

As for weight, adult brown Doberman Pinschers weigh about 70 to 75 pounds, while females are lighter, weighing about 60 to 65 pounds.

Doberman Pinschers grow fast, but not as fast as large dog breeds. Dobies and Great Dane dogs may have similar growth patterns, but Great Danes grow much faster and bigger.

The Doberman Pinscher growth chart is a great way to find out more about Dobie puppyhood journey and get more information about the Doberman Pinscher size.

There is another type of Doberman Pinscher dog that is called the Warlock Doberman Pinscher and it is believed that it is a bit bigger than the standard Dobie.

Brown Doberman Markings And Patterns

brown doberman lying in the grass with his tongue out

The coat of a brown Doberman is very shiny. These markings and patterns only add to its glossy looks. Because brown Dobies are actually red, their whole coat will usually have a reddish tint to it.

They will have the characteristic Doberman rust markings. These markings will be a little lighter in color than the rest of their fur.

Rust markings on brown Dobermans lay right above their puppy eyes. They can also spread across the muzzle and cheeks, as well as chest and neck.

When you take a closer look at the brown Doberman, you can notice that all of its limbs and feet are marked with tan color.

Some brown Dobies inherit white markings across the chest, but it is very rare and considered a flaw.

Brown Doberman Coat Type

Brown Doberman Pinschers inherit a short coat that is single layered. Besides brown, red, white and black Dobermans inherit the same coat type.

Their coat is very similar to other short haired dog breeds like the Bulldog, Greyhound, German Pinscher, and the Pitbull.

Brown Dobies single layered coat is not as dense and soft as in long-haired double coated dog breeds. Therefore, it does not provide enough warmth during winter. Maybe this is why all Doberman Pinschers do not like the cold weather.

Most paw lovers assume that short-haired single- coated dogs like brown Doberman don’t shed much, but we are yet to find that out.

Do Brown Dobermans Shed?

brown doberman sleeping on the bed

Everyone wants to know how heavy of a shedder is the Doberman. Alright so first thing’s first brown Dobermans (and any other Dobie) sheds.

Shedding in brown Dobies is normal, like in any other dog breed because that’s the natural cycle of dog hair.

Other than that you can expect a brown Doberman Pinscher to shed moderately. But, brown Dobies do not shed as heavy as the German Shepherd and Siberian Husky.

Compared to other other dog breeds, Dobies coat shedding is easier to maintain.

Due to the fact that brown Dobermans hair type is short and coarse (like the Rottweiler), cleaning up after it won’t be difficult.

Are Brown Dobermans Hypoallergenic?

This is one of those very frequent questions that Dobie lovers who are allergic to dog hair ask.

I’m sorry to disappoint you but brown Dobermans are not hypoallergenic. Whether it’s a brown, red, black, albino or white Doberman, its short coat sheds moderately and contains enough dander to cause sneezing.

Plus, it’s not all about shedding and coat type. Brown Dobermans produce more saliva (which also contains allergy inducing proteins) than smaller hypoallergenic breeds like the Shih Tzu.

Even though the Doberman Pinscher breed isn’t considered hypoallergenic, its shedding can be reduced by regular grooming.

Cleaning after your brown Dobie will also reduce allergens from spreading all over the place.

Are Brown Dobermans Recognized By The AKC?

Actually, brown Dobermans are not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

But, remember when we said that brown Dobermans are actually called red and rust Dobermans? Well, those red and rust Dobies are recognized by the American Kennel Club which means that brown Dobies are too!

So, taking into consideration that brown Doberman puppies are in fact red and rust, they can be registered with the AKC.

The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) breed standard differs from the American Kennel Club (AKC) breed standard in that the FCI standard frequently calls for a larger, heavier dog.

Some have argued as a result that Dobermanns and Doberman Pinschers ought to be viewed and assessed differently.

How Much Is A Brown Doberman Worth?

brown doberman sitting in green grass

An estimated price for a brown Doberman puppy is between $900 and $2500.

Why such a wide range in price?

Brown Doberman Pinscher puppies are worth the same as black, white, and fawn ones. Well, they should be the same price. But, some Doberman Pinscher breeders value “rare” Doberman colors more.

Besides that, the quality of the breeding program dictates the price of a purebred brown Doberman Pinscher puppy.

Dobie breeders give their best to produce healthy and happy puppies, so they put higher price tags. This is because brown Doberman puppies from reputable breeders get the best start possible.

When you’re buying a Doberman Pinscher puppy from an ethical breeder, you are paying for a vaccinated, dewormed, and socialized 8-week old Dobie puppy.

If you decide to adopt a brown Doberman puppy (they are very rare at shelters) then you might pay an adoption fee anywhere between $250 and $600.

Another thing to keep in mind is that your expenses don’t end once you purchase/adopt a brown Doberman Pinscher. This medium to large pooch requires a lot of high quality dog food, quality grooming products and fun dog toys.

Are Brown Dobermans Prone To Health Problems?

brown doberman sitting in green grass and looking away

The brown Doberman Pinscher dog is just as prone to many health problems as its black, Isabella, and white siblings. Some of the Doberman health problems that we are going to mention may or may not affect Dobie’s lifespan.

When it comes to brown Doberman Pinschers, there is no evidence that they are more prone to certain breed specific health issues than other Dobermans.

All Doberman Pinscher dogs, including brown Dobermans are at high risk of developing the following health problems:

Von Willebrand’s Disease

Brown Doberman Pinschers are prone to Von Willebrand’s Disease. Even some humans are! However, the Doberman Pinscher dog breed is more prone to this health concern than its other canine friends.

Von Willebrand’s disease in dogs is described as a bleeding disorder in which the dog’s blood doesn’t have a factor (von Willebrand’s factor) that aids in blood clotting.

This leads to excessive bleeding from wounds, nose bleeding, bruising and bleeding from gums.

Wobbler Syndrome

The Doberman Pinscher is perhaps the only dog breed that’s extremely susceptible to the canine Wobbler syndrome.

Wobbler syndrome in Doberman Pinschers and other large to giant dog breeds is caused by excess tissue pressure on the spinal cord of the neck area. The damage caused to the nerves causes changes in brown dobies posture and movement.

Dobies with this syndrome experience shake and wobble in their hindlimbs. If the symptoms are mild, dobies don’t have much trouble walking.

However, in severe cases of the wobbler syndrome, Dobies feel it difficult to move and might never recover.


This heart problem is not only present in the Doberman Pinscher breed. Canine cardiomyopathy is prevalent in other breeds like Rottweilers, Golden and Labrador Retrievers, and even Collies.

Cardiomyopathy develops when brown Doberman’s heart muscle cannot pump blood out of the heart as it used to. The weakening of this cardiac muscle may cause heart failure and in some cases it can be lethal.

Although cardiomyopathy is not a disease with specific symptoms, it may manifest through shortness of breath, lethargy, chest pain, and nausea.

Skin Tumors

Skin tumors are very common in brown Doberman Pinscher dogs. They appear like warts across the skin. Most often than not, these wart-like tumors are found across the brown Doberman abdomen and mammary complex. They can also appear on the face and paws.

Skin tumors may manifest as skin alopecia (hair loss). This is because of abnormal tumor growth that disturbs skin’s natural pattern and continuity.

This is why some dog owners worry that their brown Dobie might suffer from mammary tumors (which they can). Therefore, it is important to take your brown Doberman regularly to the vet.

Brown doberman Pinscher puppies and young Doberman dogs are not at high risk of developing skin and other types of tumors.

It’s mostly older brown Doberman Pinschers that develop this congenital health problem.

Brown Doberman Lifespan

brown doberman lying on the meadow

Typically all Doberman Pinscher dogs matter the color living till a maximum of 12 years. In other words, an average lifespan for a brown Doberman Pinscher is between 8 and 12 years.

However, there is no strict rule about a dog’s lifespan and there are Dobies that I have worked with that lived up to 14 years of age.

Brown Doberman Pinscher’s lifespan will depend on the quality of its life and daily habits.

Doberman Pinscher dog owners should be aware of possible health issues this breed can inherit. Therefore, before purchasing a brown doberman Pinscher it’s best to keep as informed as possible about its congenital health issues.

When it comes to acquired health problems that may have effect on Doberman’s lifespan these health issues are hip and elbow dysplasia as well as canine bloat.

Are Brown Dobermans Good With Young Children?

Generally speaking Doberman Pinschers are good with kids due to their large size they may be dangerous to be around kids. Not because a brown doberman will right or attack a child, but there is a chance that it will get the zoomies that will be hard to handle.

So, due to its large size the Brown Doberman Pinscher can easily knock a child down. This can cause injuries to both the little human and their brown Doberman Pinscher dog.

It is important that a brown Doberman undergoes early socialization as well as obedience training. Trust me, you are really not ready to deal with an untrained big dog like the Doberman Pinscher.

Mind you, the brown Doberman is very intelligent and trainable. You won’t have any problems teaching it to behave well around kids and other pets.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the Doberman Pinscher is a mixture of many different breeds so naturally it can inherit a strong prey drive which will leave you thinking why did I need a dog in my life? But hey, you know you can’t get enough of the brown Doberman Pinscher!

How To Care For Brown Doberman

brown doberman running across the field with saurgan in mouth

Brown Doberman Pinscher puppies require lots of yummy treats, physical activity, love and affection! As would any other good dog!

Let’s take brown Doberman Pinscher’s intelligence combined with energy amounts in consideration. This can make a brown Dobie super needy! But, caring for this brown pooch is relatively easy.

Diet And Nutrition

Quality and well balanced diet – everything a brown Dobie needs (along with physical activity).

Energetic and active dogs such as the brown Doberman pinscher require a lot of nutritious dog food to be able to run around play and exercise.

To keep a brown Doberman in a tip-top physical and mental state, a good diet and feeding schedule is a must.

Firstly, brown Dobies are big and muscular dogs. You know how much food such a strong dog needs? A lot! And you can check out the Doberman Pinscher feeding chart to see the amount of food this athletic dog needs.

Not only does nutritious dog food keep the brown Dobermans immune system resilient coat shiny and muscles strong but it also keeps its mind healthy.

Physical Activity

As we have already mentioned, brown Doberman Pinschers inherit an athletic body that needs physical activity. And I mean that this puppy needs everyday physical activity.

By physical activity I’m not referring to short walks, I’m referring more to intensive running sessions and longer walks.

The reason behind this much need for physical activity is to allow the brown Doberman pinscher‘s body to get rid of accumulated energy.

without physical activity the brown Doberman Pinscher is like a ticking bomb! It’s fun personality can quickly turn into destructive behavior.

What I usually recommend to new Doberman Pinscher owners is that they socialize and train their puppy as early as eight weeks of age (or even earlier). It’s important to walk a Doberman pinscher at least three times per day.

Dobie owners with big gardens really have it easy!

Dog Training

Now, I’m not saying that a brown Doberman Pinscher can be a nuisance when it comes to dog training. But they can be quite difficult to deal with.

This doesn’t have anything to do with the stereotypical opinion that the Doberman dog is an aggressive dog breed.

Generally speaking, dog training requires a lot of time and patience. But it also requires a lot of knowledge about a dog’s behavior and body language.

Training a brown Doberman Pinscher is an easy task — well at least to experienced dog owners. But, it might be tricky for first-time Dobie owners.

This is because their high energy levels combined with high IQ sometimes make it difficult for dog owners to assert dominance. This is why a lot of Dobie owners decide to hire a professional dog trainer.

Brushing And Bathing

Did someone say brushing and bathing a brown Doberman Pinscher? Piece of cake!

Well it can be as easy as pie, but brushing and bathing a Doberman Pinscher puppy can become a chore!

Introducing your brown Doberman puppy to brushing and bathing from an early age is a ticket to carefree Dobie grooming in the future.

Both brushing and bathing have many benefits for a brown Doberman Pinscher.

Brown Dobies should be brushed daily with a high quality brush to reduce shedding and help their brown coat stay shiny! Bathing on the other hand should be done when your brown Doberman rolls onto something stinky or gets dirty from the mud.

Other than that, bathing your brown Doberman Pinscher every two months is perfectly fine. Remember to use a high-quality dog shampoo made for the Doberman Pinscher shot coat.

Vet Check-Ups

If you decide to get a Doberman Pinscher, or any other dog, get ready to visit your vet regularly.

Well, due to its congenital health issues, the Doberman Pinscher might visit the vet more often than other dog breeds.

After its first shots and deworming treatments, most dog owners would agree that it’s good to take a healthy Doberman to a vet every so often.

Besides regular health exams, taking your brown Doberman Pinscher puppy to the vet clinic regularly will help it get used to seeing the dogtor! This way it will behave very nicely towards the vet crew and you will keep updated about its health.

Final Thoughts

There are three things to consider about the brown Doberman:

• A good diet goes a long way: with their bellies full, brown Doberman Pinschers can focus completely on any mind game you show them. Good food equals a happy brown Doberman Pinscher puppy in a healthy body.

• Regular physical activity is key: it helps the brown Doberman puppy get rid of excess energy. If a brown Doberman dog doesn’t get enough exercise it may become bored and restless, especially at night.

• Reputable breeders do the trick: Search for brown Doberman Pinschers only at reputable Doberman breeders.

Hopefully this article gave you more insight about the brown Doberman Pinscher and its majestic appearance!

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