Doberman Poodle Mix – Your Complete Breed Guide To The Doodleman Pinscher

When I think of elegant dog breeds, two purebred pooches come to mind first. These are the Doberman Pinscher and the Standard Poodle. Maybe it is how calm, intelligent, and confident they are. It could be how uniquely beautiful their individual coats are. It should therefore come as no surprise that the Doberman Poodle mix is one of my favorite designer doggies.

The Doberman Poodle mix is a mixed breed dog developed from breeding between a Doberman Pinscher and a Standard Poodle. The hybrid pooch is sometimes referred to as the Doodleman Pinscher, or Doberdoodle. They are known for having the best physical and personality traits of their purebred parents.

In the sections below, you will learn everything that you need to know about this special mixed doggy. We shall dive into everything from what they look like to how to take care of them. That way, if you are interested in getting a Doodleman Pinscher you will know what to expect.

Are Doodleman Good Dogs?

Doodleman Pinschers are fantastic dogs to have for many reasons. Not only are they super smart and generally low maintenance but they also have a very unique aesthetic. The latter is ideal if you want a unique-looking doggy.

Here is a bit more on their aesthetics including how big a Doodleman will get as a fully grown adult.

Weight And Height

Doberman Pinscher Poodle Mix dogs are medium to large dog breeds. They weigh about 60 to 85 lbs and measure 24 to 28 inches. They typically have proportional features with lean and athletic frames which they inherit from both their purebred parents.

Facial Features

The facial features of a Doodleman Pinscher are a bit difficult to predict or limit to a single description. This is because Poodles and Doberman Pinschers have very different skull and facial features.

Therefore, what your Doodleman Pinscher will look like is a matter of genetics and chance.

The only predictable features are those that both parents share including the large, droopy ears and long snout.

Coat Type And Colors

The coat type on a Doodleman Pinscher is another feature that is difficult to predict given all the potential options. It may be short and smooth similar to that of a Doberman’s, or it may end up either long and curly or long and wavy similar to that of a Poodle’s.

In terms of color, the Doberman Poodle Mix may either have the simple black and tan or red combinations that Dobermans have, or any of the many Poodle colors including black, white, apricot, grey, silver, and brown.

Image from Instagram:@baileythedoberdoodle

How Many Years Do Doodlemans Live?

Doodleman Pinschers can live for 12 to 15 years. This is quite impressive considering their medium to large build.

The long lifespan can be explained by the fact that Doodlemans are typically very hardy and healthy dogs. While most common health issues affecting Poodles and Dobermans are eliminated by the mix, there are a few that slip through the cracks and affect the mixed offspring.

Here are some common diseases you may find in your Doodleman Pinscher.


Doodleman Pinschers are likely to develop congenital epilepsy. This means they will have a lifetime of seizures, especially if adequate steps are not taken to control the disorder using medication.

Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Dilated cardiomyopathy in Doodleman mixes occurs when the heart chambers become so large that they compromise the effectiveness of the heart’s pumping functions. This often results in death from heart failure.

Von Willebrand’s Disease

Von Willebrand’s disease is a blood disorder that Doodlemans usually inherit from their Doberman parents. Dobermans are found to be the dog breed most commonly affected by this disease.

This disorder results in blood having trouble clotting which can lead to serious hemorrhaging for the Doodleman after injuries or even vet procedures.


Large dog breeds with wide chests like the Doodleman often develop bloat. This happens when the stomach twists after a heavy meal or one that is consumed too fast. Bloat usually presents as sudden onset symptoms, such as abdominal swelling and discomfort, and can possibly lead to death.


Hypothyroidism in Doodleman occurs when the thyroid gland is incapable of producing sufficient amounts of thyroid hormones. The hormones have several functions around the body which is why the resulting symptoms are often very non-specific.

This is an example of why regular vet visits are so important for prompt diagnosis and early detection.

Image from Instagram:@louiethedoberdoodle

How To Take Care Of Doodleman Pinschers?

If you are considering getting yourself a Doodleman Pinscher, you have to understand their specific needs and come up with a proper game plan on how best to take care of them. This is because while they are independent, they require a lot of care to keep them healthy.

Here are a few tips that should help.

A Balanced And Healthy Diet

Ideally, you should only feed your Doodleman Pinscher about 3 to 4 cups of food every day when they are adults. As puppies, all they need is about ½ to 1 cup of dog food.

You have to ensure that the food is made from healthy and high quality ingredients and meets the Doodleman’s nutritional requirements.

Pet Plate is a fantastic place to start as they specially formulate their recipes based on your Doodleman Pinscher’s specific needs from health requirements to age-related needs.

Regular Exercise

Doodleman Pinschers are athletic dogs and thrive in the outdoors playing and exploring. To satisfy their need for physical activity, we recommend you set aside about 1 to 2 hours every day for exercise.

If you find yourself pressed for time, you can split the exercise activity into two sessions done throughout the day for your Doodleman. Just do 30 minutes to 1 hour in the morning and another 30 minutes to an hour in the evening.

Regular Grooming

The unique and beautiful aesthetic that makes Doodleman Pinschers so popular is not entirely effortless. You need to regularly groom them to not only keep them looking awesome but also for their health and general wellbeing.

Both the ears and the mouth require most of your attention. For the former, wipe their ears about once every week or two and ensure to keep them properly dry. For the latter, dental water additives are a convenient yet highly effective option to maintain good dental hygiene.

Are Doodlemans Good With Kids? Temperaments Of Doberman Poodle Mixes

Doodlemans are widely considered to be good with kids, as their temperament enables them to get along with kids smaller than their size. However, it is only best that they undergo some form of socialization training before introducing your kids to them.

While most of the traits of a Doodleman Pinscher are unpredictable, their temperament is easy to describe as both Poodles and Dobermans have a lot of traits in common. Let’s take a look at some of the good and some of the negative personality traits you can look forward to.


Doodleman Pinschers are very alert dogs. They get this from the fact that both their purebred parents were often used as working dogs either to guard or help with hunting where alertness was a prized trait.

Mistrusting Of Strangers

Doodlemans are usually very wary of strangers in their space. This is another awesome trait if you want yours to also double up as a personal protection dog. However, if you want a friendlier pooch then you may want to start socialization training from an early age.


Doberman Poodle Mix dogs are very protective of their human companions as well as the zones wherever they consider their territory. They are sometimes known to be aggressive if they feel like either of these two are threatened.


Doodlemans may put up a strong front with their confidence but deep down they are needy little pooches that just want your love and attention. They are known to experience separation anxiety, especially during their puppy years.

If you feel like this will be problematic moving forward, you may want to consider special training including crate training to create boundaries and teach the Doodleman some independence.


Poodles and Dobermans rank among the top 5 most intelligent dog breeds according to the Intelligence of Dogs by Stanley Coren. Therefore, it is only natural that the Doodleman Pinscher is also highly intelligent and can be very easy to train.

Image from Instagram:@fletcherthedoberdoodle

Do Doodleman Pinschers Shed? Grooming Tips For Doberman Poodle Mixes

Doodleman Pinschers may or may not be hypoallergenic. It all depends on the specific coat type that they inherit. If they take after the medium to long, curly coat of the Poodle parent, they will shed very little and may be considered hypoallergenic.

Whether or not the Doodleman is hypoallergenic, you need to take very good care of their coat. Here are a few tips that should help you do this.

Deshedding And Detangling Schedule

Schedule at least 2 to 3 brushing sessions every week to deal with shedding and any matting that may be happening on your Doodleman’s coat. This will help keep their coats beautiful and healthy.

It also minimizes stress on you as you have very little shed fur around your home to clean up after.

We recommend you use the Furminator Undercoat Tool whose strong, metallic bristles will work wonders whether the Doodleman has a short and silky coat or a long and tightly curled one.

Bathing Schedule

Doodleman Pinschers require a bath once every 4 to 6 weeks. If the Doodleman has skin issues or develops odor, you may want to stick with 3 to 4 weeks as your interval.

For Doodlemans with skin irritation, as well as those with healthy coats, we recommend the Mighty Petz 2-In-1 Oatmeal Dog Shampoo And Conditioner. It contains oatmeal proteins which have a soothing and healing effect.

Regular Coat Trimming

Regular coat trimming is particularly crucial for Doodleman Pinschers that have the long and curly Poodle coat. This is extremely important to do around the face, in the ears, and around the paws both for the dog’s comfort and for their health.

How Much Does A Doberman Poodle Cost? A Doodleman Pinscher costs between $375 and $1,000. This is surprisingly affordable considering how expensive their purebred parents and other mixed puppies from these parents tend to be. For comparison, purebred Dobermans typically cost between $1,500 to $2,500 each while purebred Standard Poodles can go for as much as $5,000 or even more.

Do Dobermans Get Along With Poodles? Dobermans and Poodles can get along depending on the setting and specific training. Both purebred doggies can be a bit standoffish and typically prefer their own company. However, with early socialization, Dobermans and Poodles can be the best of friends. It also helps if both dogs grew up together as they get to bond and get familiar from a young age.

Are Doodlemans Good With Cats? Doodleman Pinschers are usually not good with cats and other small pets in the house including small dog breeds. This is because both inherit their hunting instincts and prey drive from both the Doberman and Poodle parents. However, with training and early exposure to small pets, Doodleman Pinschers can learn to get along with cats.

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