Dobermans – The Manly Dog Breed


Do You Need To Look Tough?shiny doberman dog

Well, it looks like the Doberman Pinscher might be for you if you’re looking for a “manly” dog.

What is a manly dog? had an article that looked at dogs they considered to be “manly” and came up with a top 10 list of “manly” dogs, which, of course, include our favourite, the Doberman Pinscher.

They tried to differentiate between “manly” and “macho” dogs by suggesting macho dogs are aggressive, whereas manly dogs may not be. They measured “manliness” according to three criteria: physical presence (size, strength, endurance/agility and appearance), intelligence and personality. They did not mention how intelligence or personality is evaluated to be manly although.

So which dog breeds made the list?

10. Bulldog
intelligence = 5  personality = 8  presence = 4    total = 17
9. Husky
intelligence = 7  personality = 4  presence = 8    total = 19
8. English Mastiff
intelligence = 5  personality = 8  presence = 4     total = 17
7. Cane Corso
intelligence = 5  personality = 5  presence = 9     total = 19
6. Doberman Pinscher
intelligence = 5  personality = 5  presence = 9    total = 19

5. Rottweiller
intelligence = 6  personality = 6  presence = 7     total = 19
4. German Shepherd
intelligence = 6  personality = 5  presence = 9     total = 20
3. Bloodhound
intelligence = 8  personality = 6  presence = 8     total = 22
2. Black Labrador
intelligence = 8  personality = 8  presence = 8     total = 24
1. Rhodesian Ridgeback
intelligence =10 personality =8 presence =10     total = 28

The Rhodesian made top spot in manliness since it’s considered to be resilient, has tenacity and intelligence. The Doberman Pinscher dog made number 6 since it’s more docile and friendly than they are perceived, are loyal, intelligent and offer protection. I can’t argue with that, that’s why they’re our favorite dog breed. It’s interesting dobermans are rated the same as the rottweiller.  Personally in the rottweiller vs doberman debate, ours dobes win since they are much better looking.

Now these ratings seem pretty subjective. Dogs of a particular breed don’t necessarily have similar personalities. I have owned three Dobermans and all three have quite different personalities. Rating the physical presence of the doberman as a 9 seems appropriate although.  All of my Dobermans have been very athletic and strong. As far as intelligence goes, according to dog researcher Stanley Coren, the Doberman and German Shepherd made his top 10 smartest dogs list, so I’ll agree with those ratings. Now I do question some of the intelligence ratings of “manly” dogs, especially the bloodhound and bulldog (sorry I’ve probably offended their owners). Dr. Coren actually ranked the bulldog towards the bottom of his list for intelligence. You can read more about the 10 smartest dogs here.

So what do you think of this “manly” dog list and our Doberman being included? Did they forget any other “manly” dogs? (I noticed they missed the popular Boxer dog breed.)

One Comment

  1. Mr & Mrs William Sumal said:

    This is our second doberman. Our first was a rescue, female, abut 7 years old.Was neglected without adequate communication or attention, but a great dog, nonetheless. Had a penchant for scaring people. Seemed to enjoy that more than a treat. Now we have a male doberman, going on 3 years old. He is so smart, so manipulative, loves to cuddle with me, and run & play with my hubby. He listens intently when you speak. A lot of fun!

    July 17, 2015

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