You can expect your Blue Dobie to live up between 10 to 12 years.
Blue Dobies are prone to several health issues, some of which are specific to their color variation and others that generally affect the Doberman breed. Such health issues include:
Blue Doberman Syndrome
Blue Doberman Syndrome, also called Blue Balding Syndrome, is a hereditary skin condition that affects Blue Dobies. This condition affects dogs with diluted fur coats.
Such a syndrome produces a structural defect, resulting in an irregular distribution of melatonin in the hair shafts of Blue Dobies. Blue Dobies who are affected by this condition often develop baldness over the diluted areas.
If your Blue Dobie starts to develop unusual hair loss, we suggest consulting your veterinarian as soon as you can to ensure early detection of this condition. The hair loss experienced because of Blue Doberman Syndrome is often permanent.
However, should your Blue Dobie develop secondary infections on their skin, they can be treated with antibiotics.
Color Mutant Alopecia
Color Mutant Alopecia is a condition that affects Blue Dobies’ fur coats. Dogs who are affected by this condition are often born with normal fur coats and this condition gradually begins to manifest at the age of 4 months.
This condition is caused by a genetic defect, and it disrupts the manner in which pigments are distributed in your Blue Dobie’s hair shafts. Your Blue Dobie’s fur will become brittle, and they can also develop hair loss in the affected areas.
Color Mutant Alopecia cannot be cured, and secondary skin infections can occur as a result of this condition. However, treatment can be implemented to counter secondary infections.
Von Willebrand’s Disease
Von Willebrand’s Disease is a hereditary blood disorder that affects the blood’s clotting ability. The most noticeable symptom of Von Willebrand’s Disease is excessive bleeding after incurring an injury or undergoing surgery.
Unfortunately, Von Willebrand’s Disease cannot be cured. The only means of remedy is a blood transfusion with another dog. If your Blue Dobie has this condition, they can live a normal life, but you should not breed dogs experiencing such a condition because it is hereditary.