Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.

The 5 Most Popular Doberman Colors

Rachel Poli Author
Jul 23 ·

Did you know that there are five Doberman colors? Some of these colors are rarer than others, and there’s even one color in particular that you should avoid.

Regardless, the Doberman is a beautiful dog breed. Any family would be lucky to bring this pooch home. So, let’s take a look at some of the awesome coat colors this doggo can have.

What are the five Doberman colors?

The Doberman has five different coat colors. Some of them can be a solid color, but most of them are a couple of colors within one.

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Remember, coat color doesn’t determine the temperament or personality of the dog. They can, however, cause certain health problems. So, if you’re looking for a Doberman and a breeder with rare colors available purely because they’re uncommon, stay away from them. It’s inhumane to breed dogs only to get a certain color and make a profit from it. 


The Black Doberman is also known as black and rust or black and tan. This is one of the more common colors a Doberman Pinscher can have. This coloring is depicted most often when there is a Doberman in a TV show, movie, or book. They have a sleek black coat with tan highlighting their ears, muzzle, eyebrows, legs, chest, and below their tails.

A healthy Doberman’s black coat will look shiny and glossy. Since it’s the most common, they’re the easiest to find and one that’s most recognized by others. This coat color is considered a breed standard by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

It isn’t easy to find a solid black-colored Doberman, though. In fact, breeding a solid black Doberman Pinscher is considered unethical. Also called Melanistic Dobermans, solid black is not recognized by the AKC. This is because solid black coloring can result in health issues for the dog.

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The AKC recognizes blue Dobermans because the blue tinge in their coat makes them unique enough. Most people search for a Blue Doberman, though this pooch is typically blue and tan or blue and rust coloring. In fact, many people mistake this coloring to be gray or silver. A diluted recessive gene causes the blue coloring.

Solid blue Dobermans also exist, but they are rarer than solid black Dobermans. This is due to the recessive gene that causes the blue color. In addition, this coloring can also cause a lot of health issues in this breed. For example, they may get Color Dilution Alopecia, Cardiomyopathy, or Von Willebrand’s Disease.

doberman colors


Fawn and rust is a coat color that the AKC officially recognizes for the Doberman Pinscher breed. The fawn coloring, also known as Isabella, comes from the red genes, not the black genes. This coloring is due to the red gene being diluted. Overall, fawn and rust Doberman look like they have light chocolate coloring with tan markings.

It’s safe to say that solid fawn coloring in Dobermans does exist, just like other solid colors on this list. Believe it or not, solid fawn might be rarer than solid blue Dobermans. This solid color, like the others, comes with a few health issues. If your find a breeder that claims they have “rare” or “exotic” Dobermans in solid colors, stay away.


Red Dobermans can come in a few shades of red and have many names. For example, red and rust Dobermans are the second most popular color of this dog breed. They are a dark-reddish brown color, sometimes considered brown. But, of course, the rust markings (also known as tan or light brown) creates this dazzling color on their sleek coat. This is another standard color that the AKC officially recognizes.

Solid red Dobermans aren’t too common, but they’re not as rare as solid blue or solid black Dobermans. Also known as the Chocolate Doberman, this is another unethical color to breed for the same reasons as to why it’s not a good idea to breed the other solid colors.


Finally, we have the solid White Doberman. This is another rare color that is not recognized as an official breed standard color from the AKC. This is because solid white Dobermans have many health issues and may even have behavioral issues. Coat color doesn’t affect temperament or personality, but White Doberman has a health issue that can affect their behavior.

This solid color, or light cream coloring, is the result of inbreeding. This causes the dog to be partially albino, which causes health issues. Most notably, albino dogs have vision problems. These problems may be cataracts, glaucoma, or blindness. Due to these vision problems, behavior issues may arise. Since they can’t see their surroundings well, this pooch might scare easily or think more things are a threat even when they’re not. Thus, causing them to nip and bite at people and objects.

Which of the 5 most popular Doberman colors should you get?

Overall, the Doberman Pinscher can have various coat colors. While they’re all beautiful, some are better for the dog than others. If you’re thinking of bringing home a Doberman puppy, your best bet is to get a common color. They will be easy for you to find and they’ll have the least amount of health problems.

doberman colors

Similar reading: other coat colors in dog breeds

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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