Dobermans come in different colors just like most dogs. We’re going to show you the different color variations.
6 Common and Not-So-Common Colors Doberman Canines Can Be Born With
When most people think of the Doberman breed, they picture a black dog with brown spots. This is a misconception of the breed, though. While these coat colors highly recognize them, they are also born with other colors. Here are the 6 Doberman colors you will here about the most.
- Standard Black & Brown (AKA Black & Tan / Black & Rust)
- Red Doberman (AKA Red & Brown / Red & Rust)
- Fawn Doberman (AKA Isabella or Cinnamon)
- Blue Doberman (AKA Gray or Silver)
- White Doberman (AKA White & Tan or Albino)
- Black Doberman (AKA Black & Melanistic)
A Look At The Different Colors Doberman Breeds Are Born With
Black & Brown (AKA Black & Tan / Black & Rust)
The most common coat Dobermans are born with is the black and tan colors (the tan part is also referred to as brown or rust). People recognize the coat color because it is the breed usually seen in television and movies. A fallacy many people have with this colored Doberman breed is that they are dangerous. However, their demeanor is not defined by the coat’s color.
The rust color gives the breed a shiny, sleek look, but it can also lead to health issues. For example, they may suffer heat-related conditions when out in direct sunlight or high temperatures.
Brown or Red Doberman (AKA Red & Brown / Red & Rust)
Another standard Doberman breed color is red and rust. It’s just about as common as the black and brown coloration. The coat of red Dobermans can range from dark chocolate to light copper. Since red Dobermans have various shades to their coat, each region of the world calls them something different. For example, Europeans will designate red Dobermans as brown.
Many Doberman owners report that the red, rust-colored Dobermans have a friendly temperament and not as territorial as other colors Dobermans. While Dobermans do suffer from skin problems, it’s the red and rust breeds that suffer more so. Although they are minor, treatable problems, they are regularly susceptible to them. These problems include hair loss and acne.
Fawn Doberman (AKA Isabella or Cinnamon)
Fawn Dobermans are a dilution of the red doberman. A Fawn Doberman is a light red color. These color Dobermans are often also called cinnamon or Isabella colors.
While they are a lot more rare than the two standard types (black & tan and red & tan), they are not necessarily rare. They are more of a genetic gamble where both the mother and father carry the dilute gene.
Many Doberman breeders with solid reputations will know if there dogs carry these genes and won’t mate a pair if they both carry this dilute gene. Smaller breeders or hobby breeders tend to not have a budget/or desire to do this testing. They showcase the Fawn Doberman as rare and sell it at a higher price.
Blue Doberman (AKA Gray or Silver)
Where the Fawn Doberman above is a dilute breed of the red/brown; the Blue Doberman is a dilution of the black (and tan/brown).
The blue Doberman is also called a silver or gray Doberman. A gray Doberman may have a purple, silver, or a charcoal gray tone.
The same dilute rules are in play with the Blue Doberman. Both parents must carry the gene in order to get one.
Even though there are no medical reasons to not breed both the Blue and Fawn Dobermans if the parents are healthy, there is still some discrimination against them. All four colors we have mentioned are accepted in the AKC, however only black/rust and red/rust are acceptable colors in Europe.
Some dog shows deny the Fawn & Blue breed’s entrance, saying their colors disqualify them from participating.
The white Doberman is a rare breed, with its white or light-colored cream fur. This breed, which is regarded as a partial albino Doberman, is the result of inbreeding. The first reported birth of an albino Doberman was Nov. 10, 1976, named Sheba. Any white Dobermans born today as descendants of Sheba.
Now, white Dobermans are prone to both behavioral and health problems. For example, they are photosensitive, suffering from both skin and eyesight issues. Poor vision means unawareness of their environment, which can cause them to become aggressive out of fear. Some countries have banned the admittance of white Dobermans.
Since they are prone to so many health issues, breeders have been advised not to breed the white Dobermans. Although white Dobermans are unusual, prospective owners must learn everything they can about this dog breed and the expected medical costs that come with their care.
This isn’t to discourage potential Doberman owners from taking in a white Doberman. After all, some white Dobermans are just fine with a great temperament. It’s essential to look for a reputable white Doberman breeder who conducts regular health testing on their canines.
All-black Dobermans (also called melanistic) are rare but can be seen. These Dobermans are totally black, with no rust colors on their coat. This is another breed, like the white Doberman, that should not be bred. Reputable breeders take to heart the reasons not to produce an all-black Doberman. Those reasons are similar to the white Doberman canine.