The Doberman Pinscher was developed in Germany during the late 19th century, primarily as a guard dog.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Doberman Pinscher.
Herr Karl Louis Dobermann was a man with many jobs: He was a tax collector, who would sometimes work as a police officer, night guard, and dog catcher. Because of his career, Dobermann often found himself traveling with bags of money through dangerous parts of town at late hours; it left him feeling uneasy. With his access to the pound, breeding a canine bodyguard to keep him—and his money—safe seemed like a natural decision. He wanted a medium sized dog that was refined but intimidating. The resulting dog is lean and muscular with dark fur and brown markings.
2) Working Dog
Dobermans are extremely athletic and intelligent dogs, so no task is out of their league. (And that includes the job of lap dog, even if you’re less enthused about it.) Dobies have been used for a variety of jobs and sports including police work, scent tracking, coursing, diving, search and rescue, therapy, and guiding the blind.
Dobermans are elegant looking, medium-sized, square-shaped dogs with boundless endurance and speed. Males are 26-28 inches high at the top of the shoulder and females are 24-26 inches. The weight of this compactly built dog ranges from 60-100 pounds. They are energetic and determined, and as such require a great deal of daily exercise.
4) Super Smart
Dobermans are the fifth smartest breed and easily trained. That intelligence comes at a price—to their human friends. Dobermans are known for outsmarting their trainers and getting easily bored.
5) Ears and Tail
Since these dogs were bred to be personal guards, they needed to be ready to engage in fights. Some owners would remove weak spots, the tail and ears which can be pulled or torn, to avoid potential altercations. Today, most Dobermans are no longer used for fighting purposes, but there are some health concerns to consider. Doberman tails are very thin and sensitive, and can break a lot easier than other dogs'. Additionally, floppy ears prevent air from easily flowing into the ear canals and can cause ear infections. Some owners will dock these appendages simply to avoid future injuries. But many see this process as cruel and unnecessary, and certain countries, included Australia and the U.K., have even banned the practice.
Famous for their guarding ability, Dobermans are perceptive companions with great intuition. They have a remarkable ability to sense threats and can accurately determine who is a friend and who is not. But when trained and socialized correctly, they are also fun-loving dogs with huge hearts, a great sense of humor, and a desire to stick close to their humans.
7) They Hate Cold
Because of their predisposition to retain very little body fat, Dobies are sensitive to the cold. If you have a Doberman and live someplace where it gets cold, you may want to invest in some doggy sweaters!
8) Family Member
The AKC says that “not all Dobermans have the same temperament,” but “A Doberman Pinscher of correct breed temperament is trustworthy with his master’s children, friends and company.” Animal Planet suggests that Dobies be socialized with children, people, and pets from puppyhood. Bottom line: if you want a family dog that is capably protective of you and your kids, the right Dobie might fit the bill!
According to the AKC, some potential health problems include hip displaysia, eye disease, Wobbler’s syndrome, which affects the spine, and von Willebrand’s disease, a condition where the blood does not clot.
Dobermann did not take a lot of notes on his breeding process, so no one is exactly sure what breeds went into making the Doberman pinscher. However, some possible dogs believed to be in the mix include the Rottweiler, German Shorthaired Pointer, Weimaraner, Manchester Terrier, Beauceron, Great Dane, Black and Tan Terrier, and Greyhound.