Dobermans hail from Germany and came about in the late 19th century. They were named after the man who founded the breed, Herr Louis Doberman, and while not much is known about the exact start of the breed, it has been said that the Doberman has quite a long ancestry of other breeds in its lineage. The breeds thought to be a part of the bloodline of a Doberman, include the Weimaraner, the Rottweiler, German Pinscher, Beauceron and the Manchester terrier. Doberman’s are very loyal to their owner. They are fiercely protective and are used as guard dogs for homes and businesses. Doberman’s are highly intelligent and can train easily to be one of the most obedient breeds you’ve ever seen. They do need training starting from a young age, and lots of socialization.
Dobermans come in a few select colors without much variation. They are typically black, white, red, fawn, blue, and white. Like most other breeds, Dobermans can carry a gene that changes certain genetic inscription of the breed. One gene a Doberman might carry is known as the Color Diluted gene, which is a recessive gene that dilutes a black Doberman pup’s coloring, making it appear blue. Or a red Doberman pup’s color, making it appear Fawn. Ever heard of one? Well, keep reading to find out seven things you didn’t know about the Blue Doberman.
1. Where “Blue” Dobermans come from
The Blue Doberman isn’t blue, really. It is more of a gray color that can appear to be blue, however, the blue comes from a recessive diluted gene that both parents must have in order to produce a “blue.” What this means is, when the recessive dilute gene is present, “black” Dobermans can spawn blue puppies and “red” Dobermans can spawn fawn-colored puppies, which is a diluted shade of the red. They are more rare than the average Doberman colors of black with rust markings or the red with rust markings, but not as rare as many people might think.
2. They are discouraged from breeding
Because this is a genetic issue and not considered a true coloring of the Doberman breed, when a Blue Doberman, or Fawn Doberman is born, breeders will typically discourage the new owners from breeding the dog. The puppy may look completely normal and be healthy, but breeders want to keep a good lineage going for their dogs and to encourage the gene to continue to be passed, isn’t something good breeders want to do.
3. Excellent guard dogs
No matter what color your Doberman is, blue, black, red or white, all Dobermans have the same instinct to protect their owner and family. They are very alert and highly sensitive to dangerous situations, which makes them one of the best guard dogs. Just because your Doberman isn’t the traditional black with rust markings, color, it doesn’t mean he will not have the other same characteristics of a Doberman.
4. Train easily
This highly intelligent breed of dog is easy to train and they are some of the most obedient dogs when worked with consistently and the right way. Harsh punishments during training does not work for this breed. Dobermans react much better if the praise tactic is used when training. Dobermans love to please their owner and when they are praised for doing good and for their efforts, they are going to instinctively want to obey your commands so they can get that praise and reward.
5. Added health issues for the Blue Doberman
All dogs are prone to certain medical issues, like people, and typically susceptible to those of their breed. Blue Dobermans are susceptible to developing the health issues common for Dobermans, which include, von Willebrands disease and Cardiomyopathy, however, since they have a color diluted gene, the Blue Dobermans then have the added issue of a skin condition known as Color Dilution Alopecia, which means their hair becomes brittle and can break easily. If they develop this condition, over time, they could lose hair in big quantities over large areas of their body. Having exposed skin can cause problems with scaly skin and bacterial skin infections. There is no cure, but it will need to be followed and treated as issues arise.
Yes, Dobermans are known to have lots of energy and require a great deal of exercise to keep them physically and mentally sharp and stimulated. This being said, if your Blue Doberman develops Blue Doberman Syndrome, or Color Dilution Alopecia, you might start to notice that his energy level drops some. This can be due to the fact that the condition makes them itchy and not feel so energetic when their is a big outbreak of the scaly skin or infection. It’s important that you stay on top of the skin condition with regular visits to the veterinarian and follow your doctor’s treatment plan in order to keep your Doberman happy, healthy and full of life.
7. Should not have to pay more
Yes, Blue Dobermans might be on the rare side and only comprise about 8-9% of the breed in general, but this does not make them so rare, to the point, that breeders should be claiming they are rare finds and want to charge you an inflated price for a Blue Doberman. If you have a breeder who is making these claims and asking high prices way above the charge for a regular Doberman, you need to walk away and find a reputable breeder.