Toy group, bred in Germany as a companion.
This breed has no connection to the large, Doberman Pinscher and is more closely related to the Manchester Terrier and German Pinscher. They are 10-13 inches tall and between 5-15 pounds. They have a short coat that is easy to care for with very little shedding. Ears are either natural or cropped and the tail is docked. They come in black/rust, solid red (stag) or chocolate/rust. This is a tough little dog that is not a lap dog but a sturdy little watch dog and athlete. They love to play and interact with their family. This breed can be litterbox trained and average lifespan is 12-16 years.