Doberman Pinscher Health Issues


The Doberman Pinscher is a breed of large, hard-working, energetic dogs that originated in Germany. They come in a variety of colors and one of them is white. White Dobermans are not prized rarities as some breeders present them, but the result of a genetic mutation that causes serious health problems. The average lifespan of Dobermans is 9 to 13 years, and they are prone to numerous health issues.

Common Health Issues in Doberman Pinschers

The health issues that have been reported in Doberman Pinschers over the years are:

  • Orthopedic issues: hip dysplasia, Wobbler disease (cervical vertebral instability), intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), eosinophilic panosteitis, arthritis
  • Skin problems: demodectic mange, color mutant alopecia, Malassezia dermatitis, Pemphigus foliaceus, lick granuloma, lipoma
  • Eye problems: progressive retinal atrophy, blindness
  • Ear infection
  • Periodontal disease
  • Heart problems: dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), congestive heart failure (CHF), mitral valve disease
  • Blood clotting diseases: Von Willebrand disease, hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia
  • Kidney diseases: glomerulonephropathy
  • Gastric issues: bloat, gastroenteritis, colitis
  • Neurological disorders: narcolepsy
  • Cancer: prostatic adenocarcinoma, benign hyperplasias, osteosarcoma
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Prostatic diseases: bacterial prostatitis, prostatic cysts
  • Behavioral disorders: canine obsessive-compulsive behavior
  • Chronic active hepatitis (CAH)
  • Copper storage disease
  • Addison’s disease
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Albinism
  • Allergies
  • Obesity

The above-mentioned health issues have been reported in this breed over the years. However, it doesn’t mean that some or most of them will definitely occur in all Doberman Pinschers. The purpose of this list is to inform the owners of these dogs or those who are thinking about getting a Doberman Pinscher about potential health issues that may arise.

Please keep in mind that the health issues listed above are not ranked according to any special criteria, i.e., this doesn’t mean that health issues at the top of the list occur more often than the issues from the bottom of the list.