Choosing a Doberman Pinscher

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  • Chronic hepatitis is a chronic and progressive inflammation of the liver of dogs that leads eventually to the replacement of normal liver tissue with scar tissue.
  • Portosystemic shunt (PSS) is a malformation of the blood flow associated with the liver. Blood is shunted away from the liver, resulting in accumulation of blood toxins and subsequent profound illness.
  • Drug reaction to a group of drugs called "sulphonamides" may cause skin reactions and polyarthritis in this breed.

    In addition, the Doberman is prone to acne, osteosarcoma and elbow dysplasia.

    Although these occur infrequently, the following disorders have also been reported:

  • Intervertebral disk disease (IVDD) is a disorder that affects the spinal disks resulting in pain, difficulty walking and possibly paralysis.
  • Atrial septal defect (ASD) – is a congenital defect of the atrial septum of the heart.
  • Primary seborrhea causes scaly skin. Some dogs are born with a defect of the normal keratinization of the skin.
  • Color dilution alopecia – in blue or red Dobermans is a disease that causes hair loss in blue or red colored Dobermans.
  • Vitiligo – is a skin disease that causes destruction of the melanocytes (cells that produce pigment) causing depigmented patches of skin.
  • Congenital deafness can be present at birth in some dogs.
  • Nasal depigmentation – is a disease that causes depigmentation of the nose.

    Life Span

    On average, the Doberman pinscher lives for 12 to 15 years.

    We realize that each dog is unique and may display other characteristics. This profile provides generally accepted breed information only.

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