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That's the way mine have been. Ready for a walk, very active if they can be off leash on one, couch potatoes at home.
When I had dobes and in the places I lived, they could generally be off leash on walks, and they'd go 2 or 3 times at least as far as I did, often at a full run.
You probably should plan on about an hour long walk a day. Play in the backyard--things like fetch, flirt pole, or search/hide and seek games are fun (though exercise that involves a lot of jumping or twisting and turning like fetch and flirt poles do are not good for puppies) and help a lot, but you shouldn't count on that for your dog's main source of exercise. Even if you can't take them out on a true walk, they really benefit from going anywhere away from their house and backyard, for many reasons. Classes and training are a HUGE release of energy for them, but even heading out to a store where they can go in with you is a help.
A big back yard is a fun place for them to run around in and play with you, and makes it easy for you to let them out to do their business, but most dogs will not play when left alone in a backyard. They'll do a little perimeter sniffing, and then sack out for a snooze. Dobes especially need to be with their people (that characteristic is an important piece of a dog breed who can be easily trained to be a personal protection dog--it's part of what makes a dobe so suited for that.) If you're planning on keeping your dog out in your back yard for a large part of the day, a doberman is not for you.