Doberman Pinscher and Pitbull Mix A Complete Guide

Doberman Pinscher and Pitbull Mix

Doberman Pinschers and Pibulls get a bad rap. In the wrong hands, they can be unsocialized and aggressive, however, so can most other dogs.

In reality, these two breeds are loving, protective, and loyal to their owners, and with the proper training and socialization, they can be amazing companions to have. 

As can be expected, their offspring the Doberman Pit is also unloved by certain groups. However, they are wonderful companions as long as they are trained right. They are highly intelligent, sweet, and confident. They may be a little stubborn, but they are loyal and will protect you and your family. 

Keep reading to learn more about the Doberman, The Pitbull, and their mixed breed, the Doberman Pit.

Doberman, Pitbull, and the Doberman Pit Comparison Table

  Doberman Doberman Pit Pitbull
Height 24-28 inches 22-28 inches 17-21 inches
Weight 60-100 pounds 35-80 pounds  30-60 pounds
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-14 years 8-15 years
Colors White Black and rust Blue and rust Red and rust Fawn and rust Brindle White Brown Gray Red Fawn Blue Red Black Buckskin
Coat Type Smooth Short length Smooth coat Straight, single coat Smooth with short length, single coat
Affection levels Very affectionate Very affectionate Very affectionate
Shedding Level Higher amount of shedding Higher amount of shedding Average shedding
Temperament Very protective Pretty playful Very protective Very playful Average protectiveness Pretty playful
Health Issues Bloat Hip dysplasia Heart conditions Eye disorders Albinism Hypothyroidism von Willebrand’s disease Cardiomyopathy Hip dysplasia vonWillebrand’s disease Bloat Hypothyroidism Hip dysplasia Degenerative myelopathy Patellar dislocation Mange and skin allergies
Trainability Very easy to train Pretty trainable Pretty trainable
Exercise Very high exercise needs Very high exercise needs High exercise needs
Friendliness to People Pretty good with strangers Pretty good with strangers Pretty good with strangers
Friendliness to Dogs Alright with other dogs Alright with other dogs Alright with other dogs
Drooling Levels Less drooling Average drooling Average drooling
Mental Stimulation Higher mental stimulation High mental stimulation Average mental stimulation
Barking Level Average barking Average barking Some barking
Doberman, Pitbull, and the Doberman Pit Comparison Table

About Doberman Pinschers

About Doberman Pinschers
Doberman Pinscher Dog

Doberman Pinschers are medium dogs, weighing up to 100 pounds, and around 80 on average. They can be anywhere between 24 and 28 inches tall. Originally, they were bred to be guard dogs and originated in Germany later in the 19th century.

No one knows for sure what breeds were mixed to create the Doberman, but it is thought that Rottweilers and German Pinschers. Their name originated from their creator, Louis Dobermann.

He bred them to be loyal, and very protective. In more modern times, their loyalty, focus, and protectiveness make them excellent police dogs. 

They are also highly intelligent and are quick to learn any commands they are given. They rank in the top five most intelligent dog breeds, topped by dogs such as the Border Collie, Poodle, German Shepherd, and Golden Retriever. For this reason, they need quite a bit of mental stimulation. 

Doberman Pinschers also need a lot of exercise. A walk or run for them isn’t much more than a warm-up. Where most dogs on average require around 9 miles of walking a week, a Doberman Pinscher does best with at least 14 miles. 

About Pitbulls

About Pitbulls
Pitbull Dogs

When people talk about Pitbulls, they often are referring to a wide range of dogs. The American Kennel Club (AKC) doesn’t recognize the term Pitbull as a specific dog breed, but instead as a category under which various dog breeds can fall. 

However, when people refer to dogs as Pitbulls, the most common dog is the American Pit Bull Terrier. These dogs also aren’t recognized by the AKC but are recognized by the United Kennel Club. AKC acknowledges four dog breeds that fall under the Pitbull label.

  • American Bully
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier 
  • American Pitbull Terrier

Since there is a lot of confusion following these dogs, it can be hard to get a clear idea of which dogs are labeled as Pitbulls vs which ones are actually Pitbulls.

The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) is not a breed recognized by the American Kennel Club but is registered as a distinct breed with the United Kennel Club. They are strong and confident dogs, eager to live every day to their fullest.

Because of how energetic and athletic they are, it is highly recommended to have a tall fence (at least six feet) to ensure they don’t jump or climb out to pursue something that has caught their interest.

American Pit Bull Terriers tend to get a bad rap due to their use in dog fights. However, their common use in these illegal activities is more due to their loving nature than their aggression. They are eager to please and will do almost anything to make their owners happy. 

They are very protective of their families and if they are not socialized right, they can be aggressive with strangers, both people, and dogs. However, with proper socialization and proper training, they are loving, funny, and protective dogs. 

About The Doberman Pit Dog Mix:

Doberman Pits are often large dogs but can be a little bit on the medium size. They have a wide range in weight they can be, anywhere between 35 to 80 pounds. They often sit between 22 and 28 inches tall. These are mostly designer dogs, and therefore still have a lot of variabilities.

Why do Doberman Pits Have a Bad Reputation?

Doberman Pits can have a negative reputation. Both Pitbulls and Dobermans are feared by some people and are often on dangerous dog lists. Like most dogs on the list, they are loyal and highly protective. If untrained, they can become aggressive. 

However, if they are trained and socialized properly, they are loving and sweet companion dogs, and there is no need to fear them. 

Are Doberman Pits Good For Novices?

As we explained, Doberman Pits have a bad reputation due to a large number of inexperienced pet owners handling them improperly.

To prevent any further negative connotations on these parent breeds and their offspring, it is highly recommended that only experienced dog owners own a Doberman Pit.

How Much Exercise Do Doberman Pits Need?

Doberman Pits have quite a bit of energy. They need more exercise than the average dog, and a walk won’t cut it.

High-intensity exercise every day is one of the only ways to calm this dog down and have them relax around the home without growing high-strung and destructive. 

Dobermans need much more exercise than the average dog, and Pitbulls are on the high end of exercise requirements as well, so you can expect to have a dog that is always ready to go on a long run or hike. 


Doberman Pits, like their Doberman parent, have a lot of energy and need a lot of exercise daily. Walks are just warm-ups for them and they need quite a bit of tiring out before they can be trained. 

It is incredibly important to train these dogs. Though they are sweet and great family dogs, they have quite a bad reputation and should be properly trained by experienced owners to no longer perpetuate the myth. 

If you feel you are up to the task, getting a Doberman Pit is a great decision. They make excellent exercise partners and loving family dogs all in one bundle.