any of a breed of large dog with erect ears, a docked tail, and a short, smooth, usually dark coat with tan markings
also called Doberman
Origin of Doberman pinscherGerman Dobermann pinscher after L. Dobermann, 19th-c. breeder + pinscher, terrier after uncertain or unknown; perhaps Pinzgau, area in northern Austria known for breeding of dogs
A dog of a medium-sized to large breed developed in Germany as a guard dog, having a short coat that is usually black with rusty red markings. Often the ears are cropped, and the tail is docked.
Origin of Doberman pinscherGerman Dobermann (after Ludwig Dobermann, 19th-century German dog breeder) + German Pinscher, terrier (probably from English pinch, from the cropping of its ears and tail).