It’s a common thing to know about our weight, our partner’s weight and our dog’s weight. With that number we can figure out if we are under-weight or over-weight.
In Doberman world, certain fixed weight ranges are accepted as breed standards. Anything other than that is not accepted, by the AKC, the dog shows, reputable breeders and concerned owners.
Although, one can also find super bulky “Goliath” Dobermans in the market; for the people who love some extra fat.
Standard Doberman Weight
Males: 75-100 lbs.
Females: 60-90 lbs.
Doberman or European Doberman
Males: 88-99 lbs.
Females: 71-77 lbs.
AKC or the American Kennel Club sets weight limits for Doberman Pincher and Federation Cynologique Internationale or FCI sets weight limits for the European Doberman.
Although, AKC can be a bit relaxed about these weight limits but FCI sticks to its limits. And the dog shows associated to both act accordingly.
The major growth in Dobermans happens during their first year. After this first year, they are considered adult and then attain their full height. Weight growth happens afterwards as well, but it is much slower compared to the growth in it’s first year.
A male puppy grows almost 10 pounds in a month in its first year, but a female pup grows 5 pounds a month.
This a basic rule and one doesn’t need to get fixated on it.
An average growth comparison between a male and female pup for their first year is an interesting study. But please note that this just for reference and the actual weight of your Doberman can differ.
Weight Growth for a Male and Female Doberman from 2 months to 1 year
|Months||Male Doberman pup||Female Doberman pup|
|2 months||19 lbs||17 lbs|
|3 months||30 lbs||26 lbs|
|4 months||40 lbs||34 lbs|
|5 months||49 lbs||43 lbs|
|6 months||59 lbs||50 lbs|
|7 months||65 lbs||56 lbs|
|8 months||70 lbs||60 lbs|
|9 months||75 lbs||65 lbs|
|10 months||79 lbs||68 lbs|
|11 months||81 lbs||70 lbs|
|1 year||84 lbs||72 lbs|
This weight chart is more accurate for a Doberman Pinscher and can be used as a reference for European Dobermans (as they have thicker build).
Normally, Doberman reaches a stable weight around 18 months and after two years they are fully grown.
Underweight or Overweight?
You will have to be the judge of that, no chart or breed standard can tell you that. It is because like a human body, every dog has a different body and metabolism.
It depends upon their body frame, the exercise schedule they follow and the diet they get.
How to Spot if your Dog is underweight or overweight?
Your dog is underweight, if you can see its bones, ribs, hips or see a visibly thin and muscle less body.
Your dog is overweight, if the ribcage isn’t visible, hip section is covered with mass and the tummy section is hanging down (instead of being tucked in).
Go to your Vet for proper examination and accurate assessment and proceed with dietary and exercise changes, accordingly.