Did you know the doberman exists in 5 different colors?
Most people know the doberman as a black dog with brown markings. This is the most popular and the most often seen hair color. But some people are surprised to find out that the doberman is also born in other colors.
The 5 different coat colors:
The most common Doberman hair color is the traditional black and tan, (sometimes called black and rust). In a healthy dog, it looks shiny and sleek.
The next most widely seen color, is the red doberman with a light brownish-red hair coloring. Sometimes red Dobermans are called “chocolate Dobermans“. There are different shades of red hair, ranging from a copper tone to a dark chocolate. Also, names vary around the world, Europeans call red Dobermans, brown.
Below you see the traditional black and tan doberman alongside a red doberman.
Black & Tan Doberman | Red Doberman
Blue Doberman | Fawn Doberman
Seen much less often, the Doberman dog is also born in a fawn color and a blue color.
Blue Dobermans and fawn Dobermans are both color dilutions. The fawn doberman (sometimes called Isabella color) being a diluted red and the blue doberman being a dilute of black. The blue doberman is sometimes called a grey doberman. The color may have a charcoal grey tone, silver or a purple tone.
These colors are sometimes discouraged from breeding and are considered a disqualifying fault in some dog shows. Even so it’s felt that these dogs are not inferior to the reds or blacks if good breeding is present.
The White Doberman
Lastly and much more rare is the Doberman with white or light colored cream fur. The white doberman pinscher was created from inbreeding and are considered a partial albino doberman. The first documented albino Doberman, Sheba, was born on November 10, 1976. White Dobermans today descend from Sheba who was inbred to create more albino Dobermans.
It’s common knowledge that these white Dobermans have health problems and behavioral issues. They are known to have skin and eye sight problems, like photosensitivity. Beware that because of it’s poor vision and the dog being unsure of it’s surroundings, it may lead to fear biting. Some countries have banned the breeding of this dog mutation and breeders are encouraged not to breed for this color. It is seen as inhumane to the dog, due to the serious health concerns.
The white Doberman does look interesting but again care should be taken that breeders avoid introducing these dogs into their bloodlines. Consumers and dog lovers also need to be educated and need to avoid purchasing these dogs. Although these white Dobermans look beautiful, these dogs should not command higher dog prices, especially when they may require more medical care.
It is rarely seen, but an all black doberman can occur. This is known as a melanistic doberman. These are black Dobermans without the usual rust markings. Like the white doberman, they should not be bred. These black Dobermans are not part of the standard for the breed. Ethical breeders who care about Dobermans won’t breed these dogs.
What’s Your Favorite Doberman Color?
In a survey on this website, we asked visitors which color was their favorite.
From 14,568 total votes collected over five years, the winner as expected was the black & tan color with 62% of the votes, and the reds in second place with 24%. It’s interesting that blue Dobermans slightly beat out fawn Dobermans by 2%.
- Black/Tan = 62%
- Red = 24%
- Blue = 8%
- Fawn = 6%