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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Robert   Oak Point NB Canada, International

5/16/2016 5:52:40 PM

14yrs is a good # for a well loved dobermen.

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Robert   Oak Point NB Canada, Armed Forces Americas

5/16/2016 5:48:27 PM

Our Dobe Levi will be 10 in October, he is so enjoyable and full of life...still thinks he's a puppy and will curl up with anyone, on the smallest chair...we hope to get another 10 good years, runs every day and is happy as far as we can tell. Cheers to all dobe owners....you'll get back the love that you give them 10 fold.

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Rich   Raleigh, North Carolina

8/31/2015 8:55:14 AM

My Daisy, a pure breed Dobie is coming up on 16 years old. She's had some issues. Cancer at 7 (surgery), sludge filled gall bladder at 9 (corrected with homemade food), liver failure (controlled with meds) and emergency Bloat surgery at 10. She's a happy, loving best friend and still going strong.

She's is slowing down a bit now. Sweetest dog i've ever

BS with all the guess work on life span... It's up to you and the dog. Work together and understand it's not about the number, it's about the quality of life.

I will go to the mat for Daisy if the Vet tells me she can recover. If she EVER looses that quality of life that makes her the great dog that she is, I will have no choice but to let her go. Not EVEN on the radar right

Big Girl Daisy will be 16 in just a few short

Love your dog and love them EVERYDAY.

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Skylar   Atlanta, International

12/2/2014 4:32:37 AM

I think they get up to about 12 years old.

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