What Is a King Doberman Pinscher?

By Betty Lewis

To be sure, the Doberman pinscher is a magnificent dog, certainly worthy of a royal description. However a "king Doberman" isn't really a Dobie, but a cross between a Doberman and another larger breed of dog, such as a Great Dane. The American Kennel Club's breed standard for the Doberman pinscher requires a true Doberman to stand between 26 and 28 inches tall.

"Just" a Doberman Pinscher

Standing up to 28 inches tall and weighing between 66 and 88 pounds, the beautiful Doberman pinscher is a handsome, impressive dog. He is muscular and powerful, and with his loyal personality, he can cut an imposing form to strangers.

Despite his commanding presence, some people think more is better and look for a "king" or "warlock" Doberman, believing it's a larger version of the same breed. Reputable breeders of Doberman pinschers maintain the true Doberman bloodline, using only Dobermans for breeding. The Doberman literally was made for guarding. Careful breeding led to his current figure, ideal for allowing him to give chase, even around corners and over obstacles. Breeding a Doberman to a larger size means sacrificing his agility and speed.