The Doberman History

Knowing More About The Doberman History

The Doberman HistoryThe Doberman history is rather interesting because it has been composed of a number of breeds. It was around 1850 when a German who worked as a policeman decided to breed a dog which was going to be intelligent, easy to train, yet aggressive enough to scare away potential thieves and lawbreakers. Carl Frederick Lewis Doberman lived in Apolda in East Germany in the early 19th century. During his job as a police man and a watchman he got accustomed to the company of a number of dog breeds and decided to breed a dog breed which would be an excellent watchdog.

These were the vital statistics which he was looking for his perfect dog breed which shaped the history of the Doberman.

According to him, these dogs would be

  • Alert
  • Fearless
  • Medium-sized
  • Intelligent
  • Loyal
  • Aggressive

They would also be one man dogs, willing to obey their master’s commands without any hesitation. They would be completely fearless and ready to attack any sort of potential attacker or enemy – man or beast.

One is not very certain about the original breeds that made up the original Dobermans, because Doberman did not keep any records of his breeding programme. These dogs were originally small with long hairy coats. They were one man dogs and definitely not family dogs. Another dog breed similar to the Dobermans in this area was called Shnupps or Thueringia pinschers. They were excellent soldier dogs used extensively in the German Army. It is possible that these dogs were the original forefathers of the Doberman pinscher breed.

Dog breeders are under the impression that German Shepherds, mastiffs, Rottweilers, Beauceron and Thueringia pinschers were all used as breeding stock to create this new breed of watchdog – the Doberman.

It was after Doberman’s death in 1894 that dog breeders in England began to experiment with crossing Dobermans with greyhounds and terriers to get a more sleek body and a more aggressive temperament.

The Doberman history – physical description

The Doberman gets it finely sculpted head body shape and neck from the Beauceron, which is originally a French dog brought to Germany by Napoleon’s army. These dogs are extremely hardy and powerful with deep muzzles. The scissor bite is strong enough to get a good grip on a potential enemy. This bite is inherited from the Rottweiler. The deep chested body is compact, as well as muscular.

Traditionally, the ears were cropped and the tail was docked so that the body looked more compact. However, a large number of people have protested against this procedure and many countries have banned this cropping and docking.

The Doberman is going to be found in a large number of colors like brown and tan, black, fawn and even blue. The fawn breed is known as Isabella. You may occasionally find a white Doberman, but that is considered to be a rare albino. So if you are looking for an elegant, compact, powerful and strong work dog for your home or business, the Doberman is a good-looking, yet vigorous and compact sized choice.