What is a Doberman? The Doberman is the only breed of dog that was developed by man for man for protection from man and was named for a man. This is the key to both his physical structure and temperament.
The Unique Doberman is a medium large size, square appearing with short tight hair. He is compactly built, muscular, powerful and very fast! He is elegant in appearance, of proud carriage and reflects great nobility and character. He is also a very energetic, determined and loyal dog.
How Did the Doberman Originate?
INTRODUCTION TO THE DOBERMAN PINSCHER There’s an old German saying. “If you can touch my Doberman, you can have him.”
Herr Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann carefully and thoroughly bred The Doberman to be the perfect protection dog of Man, not of sheep, not to protect cattle or any other creature but to protect Man from Man. A Doberman is the only breed of dog that can read Man better than most humans. The old myth that Dobermans turn on their owner is because of the temperament and courage that has been bred into the dog is false, Dobermans are extremely loyal and protective of their owners. Train it badly or treat it in a manner that disregards their heritage and dignity and they may turn around and bite you if you are merely its "Owner" and not it's loving master.
Early in the breed the only recognized colors were the common black and tan/rust then in 1901 brown and tan, and blue and tan were added. The fawn and tan Doberman Pinschers, also called Isabella, did not become recognized until 1969. The fawn is the result of a recessive red gene that appears in the red Doberman Pinscher. The white Doberman first appeared in the 1980's. This color results from the specific occurrence of a white gene and is not the result of any recessive genes.
This is not a desirable dog at all as it is considered to be an albino (genetic defect). The dogs have pale blue eyes and are not really white but more of a cream color with light tan markings.
The dogs are very sensitive to bright light and often close their eyes or squint when subjected to it. The white Doberman is not considered a valuable dog by responsible breeders and any responsible breeder would never intentionally breed those traits into a dog.
The Doberman breeds suffered some bad press as being mean and vicious attack dogs back in the 1970's and 80's. Breeders of today however have tried to breed some of the working ability out of today's modern Doberman and have produced a milder softer temperament found to be desirable by most family and pet households. There are many breeders, I myself included have imported European bloodlines back into our American pedigrees which will produce a more "total" Doberman.
The Warlock Doberman
The "Warlock" Dobermans are also known as "Kings" or "Goliaths" and are not really a true Doberman breed and although there was a Doberman named Borong the Warlock, he was an AKC champion of normal size and not oversized as backyard breeders proposed he was. Their existence stems from a surge in demand for "big bad Dobes" back in the 1970's. It is widely believed that Dobes were bred with Great Danes and some other large breeds to satisfy the demand. Today the term Warlock is applied to the poorly bred and oversized dog which does not conform to the breed's standards. The original "Warlock" was a dog named "Borong the Warlock." Borong was breed in Florida in the mid 1950's by Theodosia and Henry Frampton.
The Doberman Pinscher was developed by a skilled dog breeder by the name of Herr Louis Dobermann in the late 1800's (circa 1890) in the town of Apolda Germany.Having the dangerous jobs of tax collector and night watchman, Herr Dobermann set out to develop a medium to large sized working dog that he could train and would have the ability to protect him while he performed his duties throughout the day.
Experts agree that the Doberman Pinscher is a descendant of the following dog breeds: The breed is believed to have been created from several different breeds of dogs that had the characteristics that Herr Dobermann was looking for, possibly including the Pinscher, the Beauceron, the Rottweiler, the Thuringian Shepherd Dog, the black Greyhound, the Great Dane, the Weimaraner, the German Shorthaired Pointer, the Manchester Terrier and the German Shepherd Dog The Rottweiler A stocky strong breed of working dog that stands 22 to 27 inches at the shoulder. The Rottweiler has tan markings on their head, neck, chest and legs. Rottweiler's were developed in Rottweil a town in Southern Germany.During the Roman conquest of Southern Europe about 1900 years ago, Rottweiler's were used by the Roman Armies to herd sheep and cattle.
German Pinscher Used as a hunter of rats in Germany. This pinscher only grows to approximately 17 to 21 inches tall and weighs in the neighborhood of 30 to 40 pounds.
The Great Dane A large breed of dog that is friendly, intelligent, courageous and strong. This breed of dog can weigh between 120 and 175 pounds. Males stand 34 inches at the shoulder and females around 30 inches. The Great Dane has a short dense coat which may be brown, black, tan, blue or white with black patches.The Great Dane was developed during the 1500's in Germany and was used as a guard dog and for hunting wild boars.
Manchester Terriers A smaller breed of dog weighing in at 12 to 22 pounds. Manchester Terriers have a whiplike tail, and a smooth black coat. These terriers have tan markings on each cheek, over each eye, on the chest, on the inside of the hind legs and on front of the forelegs. The Manchester Terrier was developed in Manchester England in the 1800's for the purpose of competing in rat killing matches. Today the Manchester Terrier is a loyal, intelligent, extremely effective watchdog and make great pets.
Shepherds Of Thuringia Shepherd dogs from Thuringia had erect ears, curled tail and were wolf-grey in color. They were stocky and of small stature. There were two main varieties of the Thuringian Sheep Dog: i) short-haired and ii) shaggy-haired.
Shepherds Of Wurttemburg: The Wurttemburg dogs were larger in size with heavy bones and bushy tail. They were comparatively swifter than the shepherds of Thuringia and had good gait but bad ear carriage. They were stocky and of small stature. Alike the Thuringian Sheep Dogs they were of two varieties too: i) short-haired and ii) shaggy-haired.
German Shorthair Hair Pointer A breed of dog used primarily to hunt game birds. It weighs in at approximately 45 to 70 pounds and stands about 20 to 25 inches at the shoulder.
Black Greyhound For elegance and sleekness
Although the exact dog breed combinations used to develop the Doberman Pinscher are unknown and Herr Dobermann did not keep any breeding records, historians claim it did not take very long before Dobermann was successful with his breeding attempts.
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