How Well Do Full Size Doberman Pinschers Do in Cold Weather?

We have hot summers and freezing winters here, and I’m thinking about buying a doberman pinscher. How well do they do in cold weather and snow?

Poorly in both.

As long as the dog is an inside dog it won’t be an issue. Dobermans are NOT outside dogs in any weather. They NEED their people. They’re extremely people oriented and are bred to be that way. It’s genetic lol.

Dobes are called velcro dogs for a reason. They at least want to be in the room with you, preferably touching you.

In winter, you can buy functional coats, in summer keep them in air conditioning and provide ample water.

As long as they’re inside dogs, they’ll do fine in any weather.

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  • Smiley

    Well they dont do very well b/c of thier short coat fur!! But they are really great for inside!~!~!
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  • ?Cristina?

    NOT good. They can go out for potty, and a good romp but to live, NO WAY!

    That is why police officers use German Shepherds more than Dobermans, because Dobermans cannot be in cold weather very long without being cold. Espeacially snow.
    But if the dog is inside, and spend 95% of its winter time indoors than I would say that it is okay.
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    Doberman owner/expert.

  • ?AnnaAnomie?

    They don’t.
    Those dog’s aren’t meant for that kind of weather.
    Now, assuming they will be kept inside ALL THE TIME then yes, they’ll be fine. But you could very well kill the dog be leaving it outside during freezing temperatures. No dog should be left outside when its 40 degrees Fahrenheit or under.

    Hot weather shouldn’t harm it too much, as they’re very short coated animals and should fare well.

    I’d talk to breeders and trainers and find more information.
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  • julie d

    Well, I have had many Dobes here in Michigan. A short romp in the snow is ok, but they don’t want to be outside for longer than it takes to do their business. They do ok in heat, but I would never let any dog outdoors very long when it is really hot. Dobes are a indoor house dog that are "velcro" dogs with their humans. Just to let you know, all the big, bad Dobes (jk) that I have had think that they will melt from one rain drop, but still liked to play in a kids wading pool. Go figure!
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  • Nancy M

    There is only one ‘size’ of Doberman Pinscher – please do a LOT more education of yourself before making any sort of decision to purchase a Doberman or any dog. They are not terribly good at dealing with extremes of temperament given they have a single layer of a short, tight coat. That said, they aren’t meant to be outside anyway as they are bred to be companion animals and not yard dawgs. No knowledgeable, responsible breeder would place a Doberman with you if you were not planning on it living inside with you and your family and only going out for short term exercise and relief of their bowel and bladder. I have lived all over the country with Dobermans, including in Vermont, and they did fine but again, they were not neglected and left outside nor would I have placed one with anyone who had that intent.

    Think a WHOLE lot more before purchasing a living creature that you know so very little about. You can get some good information at http://www.dpca.org – read the entire thing – then contact several good breeders and see if one would mentor you for a while so you can learn about the breed and find out if you are a suitable home for a dog and if this breed is suitable for you and your situation – it frequently is not.
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  • Jordie0587 *Diesel’s Momma*

    Poorly in both.

    As long as the dog is an inside dog it won’t be an issue. Dobermans are NOT outside dogs in any weather. They NEED their people. They’re extremely people oriented and are bred to be that way. It’s genetic lol.

    Dobes are called velcro dogs for a reason. They at least want to be in the room with you, preferably touching you.

    In winter, you can buy functional coats, in summer keep them in air conditioning and provide ample water.

    As long as they’re inside dogs, they’ll do fine in any weather.
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  • Shaun and Dana Adams

    As strong and powerful as Dobermans are, they are total sissies in the cold. We moved from phoenix to Chicago so it’s even worse for my dog, she shivers like crazy if she’s in the cold for long. Dobermans have nothing for undercoat. Keep your Doberman inside if it’s under 55 degrees, and remember, if your skin is cold, your Doberman is cold. Oh, and size doesn’t matter.
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    My own Doberman