Doberman is a muscular, fierce-looking, loyal, and very protective dog. They originated from Germany and are known to be intelligent and good therapy dogs. Doberman comes in different colors such as Fawn, Red, Black, Brown, and Blue.
Fawn Dobermans are not different from all Dobermans; their appearance is the only difference. They have fawn color due to the presence of color dilution alopecia (a recessive gene). For years, Fawn Dobermans were rejected and shunned because they were considered lesser and inferior dogs.
Fawn Dobermans were seen as less healthy Doberman breeds, as well as Blue Dobermans. However, thanks to science, it has been proved that they are healthy and strong Dobermans compared to other Doberman dogs.
A Fawn Doberman is the same as other Doberman breeds, but with a difference in their coat color. The fawn color came from the presence of a recessive gene in the breeding parents. The Gene is called Melanophilin, and it causes a color dilution of alopecia. The Fawn-colored Doberman is also called Isabella Doberman.
Doberman was developed by a Tax collector named Karl Friedrich in Germany in the late 1800s, specifically 1890. His goal for creating them was to make a guard dog that could protect the monies collected and his personal belongings. Today, they are in homes as excellent guard dogs.
Doberman was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1908. They are the 16th most popular dog breeds, according to a ranking done by AKC in 2017. Fawn Doberman are rare compared to other Dobermans. According to research, their population is less than 10% out of other colors in existence.
Fawn Dobermans have a medium-sized body. The males have a height of about 26 to 28 inches while weighing about 75 to 100 pounds. The females have a height of about 24 to 26 inches, with a weight of about 60 to 90 pounds. Fawn Doberman has short sleek coats with a moderate shedding level.
Fawn Dobermans do not require much grooming. However, it is best advised that they are bathed regularly. This helps them maintain a healthy coat, and it also minimizes shedding. Fawn Doberman’s ears are usually erect due to them being cropped. This enables them to locate sounds easily. Their tails are also often docked.
A Fawn Doberman is a good and loving family dog. They serve as natural protectors against any form of threats. Fawn Doberman is not meant for everyone. Families with older kids are best advised to breed these medium-sized dogs rather than families with little kids.
To breed them, having experience in handling dogs is important. Lack of proper training could lead to them displaying some form of aggression. This dog breed could sometimes want to claim an alpha position. So, early training and socialization are important.
This helps them behave correctly around the family and other pets in the house, as they are naturally stubborn dogs. Fawn Doberman loves being physically and mentally active. These breeds are very energetic and athletic. They require daily exercise to keep the muscles in a healthy condition.
Engaging them in some mental challenges helps them to stay out of boredom. Boredom often leads to dogs having separation anxiety. They are best bred in families with enough backyard space. They do not like being chained; they prefer to always walk around in the house. However, it is best advised to put a leash on them when taking them out.
Dogs’ size and age often determine how much food they are expected to eat. Also, other factors such as their metabolism, activity level, and build determine how much they eat. A meal schedule of twice a day should help keep them in good shape. If they are being overfed, they might end up adding weight unnecessarily.
Are Fawn Dobermans Rare?
You will likely see about 10 red and rust or black and rust Doberman before coming across a Fawn Doberman. Some claim the Fawn Doberman is the rarest Doberman breed. With their beige or light brown coats, Fawn Dobermans are closer to the Weimaraner ancestors than any other Doberman breed.
The major reason Fawn Dobermans are rare is that the Gene responsible for their skin color is a recessive gene, and only a few pups inherit from the parents, and it becomes a dominant gene in them. Rare Doberman colors are dilute; it does not mean the color but the genes involved in the colors.
Fawn Dobermans make up around 6% of the entire Doberman Population; Blue Dobermans make up about 12 to 15% of the Doberman population. A Doberman puppy can possess one of the two dilution variant genes and still have a normal coat color.
Fawn Dobermans possess the genes to be Red Dobermans, but they also have the dilute Gene that makes the first Gene recessive, resulting in a light brown coat color, almost lilac. Their rust points and muzzles are slightly dark brown.
How Much Are Fawn Doberman Puppies?
Fawn Doberman are expensive dogs. Depending on the quality of the puppies and some other factors, they could cost as high as $1500 to $2500. Although, some could even cost more than this, especially those from a dog-winning show or competition bloodline.
Other factors that affect their price are the breeder’s reputation, ear cropping, kennel club papers, and tail docking. These other factors all come with a price. For instance, reputable breeders always conduct some health tests on the parent breed to ensure they are healthy before breeding them together.
Another reason why a Fawn Doberman can be expensive is the amount of care the breeder must have exerted to make the puppy healthy. If the breeder has provided medical care to a pup or has received the first essential vaccinations, it will cost more than a puppy that has not received any vaccination.
Some breeders also take the pain to provide basic training to Fawn Doberman puppies, making the buyer’s job easy. So, the breeder will charge more for a trained pup than an untrained pup. You are not only paying the fee of purchase; you are also paying the breeder for his service.
When the puppies are born, they also get vaccinations and health checkups. If you find a breeder offering a Fawn Doberman at a price less than a thousand dollars, you should not purchase the dog from that breeder. That is an untrustworthy dog breeder.
How Long Do Fawn Dobermans Live?
All Dobermans have a life expectancy of about 10 to 12 years, including Fawn Dobermans. Although, the major determinant of how long a Fawn Doberman will live is how the owner cares for the dog. These dog breeds are prone to some health conditions and, without proper care, can result in the early demise of the dog.
One of the most common health problems Fawn Dobermans are prone to is bloat; this is a digestive condition that is life-threatening. Another serious health issue Fawn Dobermans can develop is cervical vertebral instability; this is when there are several malformations in the cervical vertebra of the dog, resulting in weakness and an unsteady gait.
Other health issues are hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, prostatic disease, von Willebrand’s disease, canine compulsive disorder, prostatic cysts, bacterial prostatitis, benign hyperplasia, and prostatic adenocarcinoma. So, you need to conduct these health tests on your Fawn Doberman regularly; cardiac examination, hip evaluation, thyroid evaluation, ophthalmologist evaluation, and Von Willebrand’s Disease DNA Test.
Although Fawn Dobermans are rare and expensive, they are still great family dogs; you can never go wrong with a Doberman. However, you must have the time and stamina for about an hour to two of daily dog exercise. To remain healthy and active, you also need to provide the Fawn Doberman with regular supplements and multivitamins.
Shawn Manaher is a serial entrepreneur but when he isn’t working, he loves dogs. He’s owned different pets over the years, and always gives a part of his heart to each pet.