Doberman Greyhound

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Germany <> Great Britain -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Doberman Greyhound

Friendly, calm and gentle best describe the character of the Doberman Greyhound mix. These relatively new hybrid breeds have come into being over the last 15 to 20 years, most likely for the sole purpose of companionship. They are a cross between the athletic Doberman, a breed known for its guarding abilities, and the Greyhound, which is a racing dog known for its speed. Because of their energy requirements, this hybrid requires a moderately active family home. As gentle dogs, they tend to do well with young children and pets.

History of the Doberman Greyhound

The Doberman Greyhound history book has yet to be written, but we can turn to the parent breeds.
        

A little of the Dobermann

        
The Dobermann is a German breed, developed in 1890 by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann. He was a tax collector looking for a companion who could offer protection and perhaps a little intimidation while he made his rounds. During the Second World War, many of these dogs served alongside soldiers as guards and patrol leaders. Sadly, many of them are buried in the War Dog Cemetery on the island of Guam. This breed is said to have ancestors such as the Weimar Pointer, the Rottweiler, the German Pinscher, the Beauceron and even the Manchester Terrier. In fact, several breeds were combined by Mr. Dobermann as he perfected the breed.
Standard of the Dobermann

A little of the Greyhound

The Greyhound is an ancient breed that may have originated over 4,000 years ago. It has been mentioned in many ancient texts and cultures such as ancient Egypt, Greece, Persia and many European countries. The breed was mainly owned by noblemen and was known primarily as a hunting dog. Interestingly, the breed is said to have an aerodynamic skull and shock-absorbing pads, enabling it to run with great speed and agility. Able to hunt independently, the Greyhound is a member of the Hound group of the American Kennel Club.
Standard of the Greyhound

Appearance of the Doberman Greyhound

The Doberman Greyhound is a large-breed dog that can stand around 76 centimeters tall. These hybrids have long, streamlined bodies, high legs and slender faces. They are slim and lean with well-developed muscles. They have a long, tapering muzzle, often pendulous ears and a long, thicker tail at the base. Coats are often elegant, glossy and soft, rather like the Dobermann. Their eyes and nose are dark, and their expression is serious but gentle.

Temperament of the Doberman Greyhound

The Greyhound parent breed is considered a "cat-like" breed, due to its rather independent nature. They are very gentle, docile animals that may seek out their owners for protection. Dobermanns, on the other hand, are outgoing, friendly dogs that can develop a protective nature. For the most part, your Doberman Greyhound mix can retain many of these personality traits. Because of its gentle nature, your hybrid may be friendly or hesitant with strangers. However, early socialization can teach them to trust. They may be suitable for families with children and small pets, provided initiations are made early in life. Remember, however, that Greyhounds have an instinct for hunting small creatures and should not be left alone with other animals.

Needs and activities of the Doberman Greyhound

The Greyhound is an agile, graceful breed that requires a few short sprints a day to meet its energy needs. The Dobermann, on the other hand, is a little more energetic and would therefore benefit from long walks, runs and plenty of playtime. If your hybrid inherits more Greyhound, you may simply need to take your dog to agility tracks or dog parks to allow him to sprint and run. If your hybrid inherits more Dobermann-type traits, expect them to walk and run at least 3 times a day. In any case, social time at the dog park will be beneficial. This hybrid can withstand the cold, so be sure to dress appropriately when out and about.

Maintenance of the Doberman Greyhound

In terms of maintenance and grooming, the Doberman Greyhound mix is relatively a low-maintenance dog, as they don't have dense, heavy coats that require a lot of care. They may simply need their coats brushed once or twice every 2 weeks. Brushing should be done with a soft bristle brush that will distribute the oil throughout the coat. Bathing should be done when owners feel their hybrid is getting dirty. As with any dog, teeth brushing, ear cleaning and nail trimming should be carried out regularly. You may choose to take your hybrid to a groomer if this is a daunting task. Early care of coat, teeth and nails will allow your Doberman Greyhound to get used to the process, and afterwards he'll be happy with the individual attention.

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