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 black and tan which is 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. The color names also 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) is a diluted red. The blue Doberman is a dilute of black. The blue Doberman is sometimes called a gray Doberman. The color may have a charcoal gray tone, silver or a purple tone.
These colors are sometimes discouraged from breeding. They 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, we have the rare Doberman with white or light colored cream fur. The White Doberman Pinscher came from inbreeding and is 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 the white Dobermans.
It’s common knowledge that these white Dobermans tend to have health problems and behavioral issues. They can have skin and eye sight problems like photosensitivity. Because of its poor vision and the dog being unsure of its surroundings, this may lead to fear biting. Some countries have banned the breeding of this dog mutation and breeders are encouraged not to purposely breed for this color. It is seen as inhumane to the dog due to the potential for serious health concerns.
The white Doberman looks interesting but breeders should avoid introducing these dogs into their bloodlines. Consumers and dog lovers also need to be educated about the health concerns of these dogs. Although these white Dobermans look beautiful, these dogs should not command higher dog prices. Especially when they may need more medical care.
Having said all this, if you do find a white rescue Doberman or a white from a breeder with a good reputation who does health testing, please give them a chance. Not all white Dobermans are problematic and they can still make great companions.
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.
14,568 votes were collected over five years. The winner as expected was the black & tan color with 62% of the votes, with 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%