Illustrated Standard- General Appearance

General Appearance

The appearance is that of a dog of good middle size, with a body that is square: the height measured vertically from the ground to the highest point of the withers equaling the length, measured horizontally from the forechest to the rear projection of the upper thigh. The Doberman should be elegant in appearance, with proud carriage, reflecting great nobility, and should be compactly built, muscular and powerful for great endurance and speed.


 The Doberman is a square breed. The essence of the standard can be found in the proud carriage of the crested neck, the appearance of owning the ground they walk on, and a front and rear that are harmonious. The Doberman may sometimes appear larger than he is because of his proud carriage. The compact and muscular body has a seamless, sleek and powerful quality. The head, with its noble expression, and his self-confidence give him what we refer to as the “look of eagles.” There are no parts that draw your eye, but rather a neck that flows smoothly into the shoulders and a topline with no dips or bumps, ending in a “2 o’clock” tail carriage that is definitely a continuation of the spine.