Did you know?
In the TV series, Magnum, P.I. Higgins had two Doberman Pinschers who protected Robin Masters’ estate.
Their names were “Zeus” and “Apollo”, though Higgins often referred to them as “the lads”.
The disposition of noble dogs is to be gentle with people they know and the opposite with those they don’t know…how then can the dog be anything other than a lover of learning since it defines what’s its own and what’s alien. – Plato
The Doberman Pinscher was created in Germany in the 1890s by Louis Dobermann. He ran the local dog pound and was also responsible for collecting taxes. The Doberman developed from Louis’ desire for a top notch guard dog to accompany him on his rounds. As Louis had access to many breeds of dogs through his work at the pound, he believed he could create a breed that would be ideal for protecting him. Being a tax collector meant he could be a target for thieves.
Although many people assume that the smaller German Pinscher was bred down from the Doberman, in fact the German Pinscher predates the Doberman. Louis Dobermann used that breed to create his much larger dog. He cross bred a number of dogs including the Rottweiler, Black and Tan Terrier, German Pinscher, and Manchester Terrier among others to produce the dog we know today as the Doberman Pinscher.
Some fifty years after Louis Dobermann’s death, the Germans dropped the word ‘pinscher’ (which is German for ‘terrier’) from the name, believing that this was inappropriate and potentially misleading. The British followed suit. Today only Canada and the U.S. use pinscher in the breed name and have dropped the additional letter “n” from Louis Dobermann’s surname.
Photos displayed courtesy of Nicole Gray, Di’Limbazi Dobermanns, Alberta
The ideal Doberman Pinscher stands up to 27 1/2 inches (70 cm) at the shoulder and has a shiny, sleek coat that may be black, red, blue, or fawn. All of these coats have sharply defined rust red markings. Markings appear above each eye, and on the muzzle, throat, forechest, all legs and feet and below the tail.This is an elegant and graceful, but powerful and muscular dog with great endurance and speed.
Doberman is a superb guard dog. He has become world renowned for his skill as a police and security dog. He is alert, watchful, bold, energetic, determined, loyal, and fearless. However, a properly bred and appropriately socialized Dobe can be a wonderful and obedient companion for a family. He is best suited to older children.
Highly intelligent, the Doberman thrives on mental stimulation and physical companionship. He cannot be left outside and ignored by his owners.
First time dog owners should be aware that this breed has a dominant nature. Training must begin early and be firm and consistent. Puppies must be socialized to many different people.
The owner of a Doberman must be a strong leader who will be the boss, because if you won’t be, he’ll gladly take the job! Please note this does not mean that you should be harsh when training or disciplining your Doberman. This is a sensitive dog who will not respond well to abusive treatment. It often produces the opposite effect to that desired as the dog can become aggressive.
Dobermans are often stereotyped as being ferocious and aggressive. Originally, Dobermans were prized for their large size, intimidating appearance, fearless nature and ability and willingness to defend their owners from human and animal threats. In addition they had the restraint and ability to take action only on command.
As a personal protection dog, these qualities were highly prized. However, through careful breeding, today the Doberman’s aggressive nature has been toned down to produce a much more even tempered and good-natured animal without losing the qualities of loyalty, fearlessness, high intelligence, and obedience for which the dog is prized.
As a working dog, this breed is used to being active and requires daily vigorous exercise. Happiest when he has a job to perform, the Doberman excels in Obedience competition, Tracking and Agility. A rural environment is best, and a fenced yard is mandatory.