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Why does a Doberman seem smaller than other dogs despite being of similar size or larger at times?

Hi guys, I am new to the world of dogs and I have a question that has been troubling me for a while. I recently came across Dobermans and although I know they can grow to be very large, they somehow seem smaller than other dogs of the same size. I am trying to figure out if it's just a perception or if there is something about their physique that actually makes them look smaller. Can someone help me understand why this might be the case? Any insights or personal experiences you can share would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Hey there, I'm also a Doberman owner, and I've noticed that their appearance can change depending on how they carry themselves. When my Doberman is relaxed, she seems smaller because her muscles aren't as defined and her ears are relaxed. However, when she gets excited or is on alert, her entire body tenses up and she appears much larger, taller and more intimidating. I think this is partly due to their build and partly due to their behavior. Dobermans have a unique combination of athleticism, strength, intelligence, loyalty, and protectiveness that makes them stand out from other breeds. So to answer your question, it's a combination of their build, behavior, and other factors that can make them appear smaller or larger than they actually are.


Hello, I've been a dog groomer for several years, and I have worked with my fair share of Dobermans. From my experience, I think the breed's sleek coat may also contribute to the perception that they are smaller than they actually are. Dobermans have a short, shiny coat that fits snugly against their body, giving them a streamlined appearance that can make them appear slimmer than they are. Additionally, some Dobermans have a lighter bone structure than other dogs of similar size, which can also contribute to their smaller appearance. However, I agree with other users that Dobermans have a powerful presence that far outweighs their size, and they are truly remarkable dogs that make wonderful companions.


Hello, I have never owned a Doberman but I had the same perception until I became friends with someone who owned a Doberman. I realized that the breed's slim and athletic build might have something to do with why they appear smaller than other dogs. Dobermans are bred for speed and agility, so their body is built for that kind of movement. They are also very attentive and alert, which can make them seem more reserved than other dogs. Additionally, Dobermans have a reputation for being protective of their owners, and that can add to the perception of them being smaller or less intimidating than other breeds. However, I think it's important to note that appearances can be deceiving - Dobermans are incredibly strong and loyal dogs that can hold their own against any other breed.


Hey there, as someone who has owned Dobermans in the past, I think I can shed some light on this topic. In my opinion, Dobermans have a very sleek and compact physique which can make them look smaller than some other breeds of similar size. They have a long and narrow muzzle which can give the illusion of a smaller head, and their ears are usually cropped to stand upright which further emphasizes their slim profile. At the same time, they are incredibly muscular and agile which can sometimes make them look more intimidating than larger, bulkier dogs. Overall, I think it's just a matter of perception and personal preference - some people might view Dobermans as small while others might see them as powerful and imposing. It really depends on the individual dog and how they carry themselves.


Hi everyone, from my experience as a veterinarian, I think it's important to consider the individual variance in size and build of Dobermans. While the breed standards do call for a certain height and weight range, individual genetics play a significant role in determining the size and physique of a dog. Some Dobermans may naturally tend towards a larger size, while others might be more compact and appear smaller. Additionally, factors like diet, exercise, and health can also play a role in a dog's growth and development. So while there may be some generalizations about the breed's appearance, I think it's important to remember that each dog is unique and should be evaluated as an individual.

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