Is Your Doberman Fat?

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This is a fat dog!

Some people have asked about a doberman growth chart or doberman growth rates detailing the typical doberman weight ranges. I have searched quite a bit online and could not find one. My guess is that it doesn’t exist since the weight of the Doberman Pinscher breed varies.

Doberman Size Estimates

Even if a Doberman growth chart did exist, it would be a pretty rough estimate anyway. There are full grown dobermans who at their ideal weights are 50lbs and others 90lbs, so you can see the wide weight range difference here. Typically an adult female is about 60-80 lbs and a male about 75-90 lbs. That’s a pretty big range for both male and female Dobermans.

Ideally doberman breeders should aim for the standard of the doberman breed.  They should not be trying to create giant dobermans to sell to people who are just looking for an intimidating dog. Giant Dobermans are poorly bred dobermans.

As a very general guideline to doberman growth while a puppy, you can consider the following doberman growth chart:

2-month puppy = 20 pounds

3-month puppy = 30 pounds

4-month puppy = 40 pounds

5-month puppy = 50 pounds

6-month puppy = 60 pounds

So as you can see at 2 months a pup may be 20 pounds and keep increasing about 10 pounds each month after that.  Again this is just a general estimate, give the numbers a 10-pound range up or down. Also, consider that some dobermans will have all their weight in their first year while others will keep growing. This will depend largely on the dogs genetics.  For a more accurate guide to your doberman’s growth, talk to your doberman breeder.

One option for judging your doberman’s weight, whether a doberman puppy or adult dog is to use the body condition chart. You judge your dog’s weight by its physical appearance.  This weight chart is really helpful since you don’t need a scale, just look at your dogs body shape.

The ideal doberman weight is seen when:

  • Ribs are palpable without excess fat covering.
  • The Waist is observed behind ribs when viewed from above.
  • Abdomen is tucked up when viewed from the side.

Dr Sophia Yin has a body condition poster you can download and print.

So, if you’re not sure if your adult doberman is fat, look at him from above, does he have a waist?

Then look at him from the side, does his stomach tuck up from the ribs?

I hope this helps you. Do you have a chunky doberman?

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  1. Christine said:

    My 8 week old pup is 5lbs did the people lie to us about his age?

    December 1, 2014
    • Shelkey said:

      They either lied about the age or the breed. I am assuming you know it is not a Min Pin.

      July 21, 2015

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