July 29, 2021

Here's Our Not-so-Definitive Guide to Doberman Colors & Coats

By George Carson
Here's Our Not-so-Definitive Guide to Doberman Colors & Coats

People from all over the world send us photos of their Dobermans. We love it because we get to see all the different colors this breed boasts. Some of these coats are very difficult to find, but thanks to our beloved customers, we were able to cover them all.  Special thanks to everyone who sent us photographs!

Here’s our guide to the six unique coats we've seen in Doberman Pinschers. 

Black and Rust

This color is predominantly black with tan spots and markings. It is a standard, most common coat of the Doberman Pinscher. Not all of the colors we'll be talking about are recognized by the AKC. But Black and Rust is recognized as it is the most common coat. 

We love this classic look, and that's why we named our Pumpkin Spice Coffee after this signature color. 

Red and Rust

This is the second most commonly found color in Dobermans. Instead of the signature black coat, these Dobies are mostly red/brown with the usual tan markings around their legs, chest, ears and face. This is another color that is recognized by the AKC. 

Blue and Rust 

This is one of our favorite coats.

These Dobermans are a lot more rare than the first two, but they are still recognized by the AKC. Their color comes from the dilute recessive genes that they've inherited. Blue & Rust gives off a shiny, grayish-blue type of color, with the signature tan points throughout the rest of their coat.


This is one where we had to reach out to our Doberman Coffee Company community to find a good picture.

Black, also known as "melanistic," is one of the more rare coats. It's a color that is not officially recognized by the AKC.  Due to a high risk for health problems, there's a plethora of literature discouraging the breeding of black Dobermans.

Official or not, we love all Dobermans and named our French Roast Blend after this unique color or coat.

Fawn & Rust

Another result of dilute recessive genes, this coat is also on the rarer side.

Fawns carry genes for the predominantly red coat. When red is diluted, it results in this fawn color. They usually have the standard tan/rust markings found in most Dobermans, but it can be hard to see because it blends in with the Fawn color. 

This is also a coat recognized by the AKC. Of course, we had to name one of our flavored coffees after this coat as well.  


Lastly, behold the white Doberman! This is another one where our customers had to send us some pictures, as it was hard to find any!

There's a raging debate over this "color" of Doberman with people arguing about whether they are actually albinos, partially albinos, or not always albinos.  And most people caution against breeding for this color due to health issues.  

We have to say "most people," because we have been sent so many messages to the contrary by folks who own them.  But there's no getting around the truth that breeding for white or promoting white Dobermans is widely discouraged.

Although you can register a white Doberman with the AKC, they do not consider it a standard color.  The fact is, though, that these Dobermans exist, their owners love them, and so we recognize them at Doberman Coffee Company.  In fact, we think they're beautiful and appreciated seeing the many pictures that were sent to us by owners of Doberman's with this coat.

There's no sense in "correcting" us about this color of White Dobie coats or lecturing us about whether we should have mentioned them here or not.  We're not the coat police; rather, we celebrate all living Dobermans, and we'll leave the raging debate to others.

We called it a "not-so-definitive" guide on purpose. ;)

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