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The Dobermann is loyal and intelligent.
If expertly trained and handled during the most impressionable years
of its life, the Dobermann will be an obedient and devoted companion.
Description & History
The Dobermann is a German breed and
was bred by Herr Louis Dobermann in the latter part of the nineteenth
century. Herr Dobermann, a tax collector and dog breeder, required
a dog that would accompany him on rounds, so as to protect him from
none-too-pleasant tax payers. It is not known exactly which different
strains were used in the creation of this new breed. The Rottweiler,
the Pinscher, the Manchester Terrier and the Beauceron probably form
part of its make-up. The colour of this dog appears to have been derived
from all of these breeds. In 1890, Herr Otto Goeller further developed
the breed and added the name Pinscher. In continental Europe and in
the United States the breed is known as the Dobermann Pinscher. It
is only in the United Kingdom that it is called simply Dobermann.
Herr Dobermann succeeded in producing an intelligent breed which is
extremely versatile. Before the First World War it was used by the
German police as a guard dog and since then it has adapted to many
It is capable of leading an active life
on a farm working cattle and sheep, also of hunting and retrieving.
Its strong scenting powers enable it to track over long distances.
In South Africa in 1925 a Dobermann, with only scent as a guide, tracked
a stock thief for 100 miles. During the two World Wars the Dobermann
played an active part. In the 1914-1918 hostilities it worked with
the German military as a patrol and guard dog and also as a guide
dog for blinded army personnel. In the Second World War both the German
and United States armies used them in war zones as far apart as Europe
and the Pacific.
The Dobermann was not introduced to
England until 1947, but has quickly gained popularity since its arrival.