What Is Doberman Pinscher Life Span?

Most Dobermans will live for 12 to 13 years.


Q. I have a question about Doberman Pinschers. What is their life span? I am curious because I have been told a lot of different age ranges from 8 years to 12 years.

A. Although there are no statistics formally maintained regarding life span as related to breeds, the average life expectancy of certain breeds is well-known to breeders and veterinarians.

In general, large-breed dogs have a shorter life span than smaller dogs. This seems intuitively incorrect, since larger dogs have slower heart rates, and so it might be reasonable to expect a larger dog’s slower beating heart to result in a longer lifespan.
Most Doberman Pinschers will live a life span of 12 to13 years if they remain healthy. They are prone to certain genetic diseases, especially an enlarged heart (cardiomyopathy), which can reduce that average. Of course there are exceptions.


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Laurie   Brookings, Oregon

10/27/2013 3:25:01 PM

I have been asked to rescue a 9 month old doberman. I have 2 other dogs, 1 is 8 and the other is 6. I want to make sure they all get along. What tips do you have? Thanks so much

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Jennifer   Louisville, Kentucky

1/7/2013 6:35:13 AM

Our Doberman Josh is 19 1/2 years now ... He just now is starting to have trouble processing jis food and he's going blind ... He also has displasia ... We just try and make sure he isn't in any pain and he's comfortable ... Who knows he may out live us ...

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Bob   Chuck, South Carolina

11/21/2012 1:28:58 AM

Gods gift to us is Dobies and Great Danes

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Nancy   Johnstown, Pennsylvania

10/29/2012 8:10:15 PM

charlee, my male dobie is 10 yrs.old except for joint problems he is in good shape for his age. He is soooooo!gentle, I can't believe how misunderstood they
I had another male before I got Charlee, but he died when he was
He had cancer in his left rear hip/leg area and the vet and I agreed it was better to put him to sleep rather than see such a proud dog on three legs, he also said the cancer was probably

in other parts of his body
It broke my heart, happened on 3 days before mothers day on my birthday to
But, when I got my new baby dobe my heart started to mend.

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