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The Doberman is a muscular, intelligent dog thought to have originated around 1900 in Germany. The tax collector Louis Dobermann needed a guard dog and companion to accompany him on his dangerous collections. Because Dobermann also ran the local dog pound, he had access to many different types of dogs, and thus developed the elegant breed we now know as the Doberman Pinscher.
Dobermans are powerful and highly intelligent, which is why they are often chosen as police and military dogs. When properly trained, they make excellent friends and guardians to single person households as well as families.
Despite their power and intelligent nature, Dobermans are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Dobermans are prone to include heart diseases such as dilated cardiomyopathy; skin conditions such as acral lick dermatitis and color dilution alopecia; blood diseases such as von Willebrand Disease; spinal problems such as wobbler syndrome; and liver diseases such as chronic hepatitis.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Doberman has the misfortunate of inheriting his father’s skin problems or his mother’s bad eyes, you’re covered.