The Fascinating History of the Doberman Pinscher

Learn about how Louis Dobermann created this loyal and protective guard dog by crossing many breeds including Old German Shepherd, Rottweiler, German Pinscher and more.

The Fascinating History of the Doberman Pinscher

The Doberman Pinscher is a breed of dog that has a fascinating history. It was created in the late 19th century by Louis Dobermann, a German tax collector who wanted a loyal and protective guard dog. The exact combination of breeds that Dobermann used to create his famous guard dog is unknown, but there are some well-founded conjectures. It is believed that he crossed many breeds to obtain the


Pinscher, including the Old German Shepherd, Rottweiler, German Pinscher, Great Dane, German Shepherd Dog, Manchester Terrier and English Shorthair Greyhound.

John Walter is a family Doberman specialist who has a CPD certification in canine communication and is an active dog trainer specializing in the Doberman Pinscher breed. He became known as one of the main promoters of the breed after the death of Louis and was responsible for establishing the official rules for the breeding of the breed and for founding the “National Dobermann Pinscher Club” in Apolda in 1899 together with Oskar Vorwerk. However, even after Louis Doberman produced the first Doberman Pinschers, there was a greater refinement of the breed, especially around 1900, when the crossing of the lineage with that of the Greyhound and the Manchester Terrier was documented. To create the Doberman breed in such a short time, many believe that Louis Dobermann would almost certainly have had to raise his dogs with close relatives to each other.

CH MACH D'Tales Vivala Ignition Redlaur NF ROM (owned by Connie Apling; breeders Laurie Gott and Stephanie Rudich) is the first Doberman to qualify for both the Top 20 (200) and the Top 20 for agility (201). CD, CDX, UD, CGC, TDI, ROM “Ryan (owner of Kathy Rambo, breeder Jody Pidino Jan Reed) becomes the first Doberman Pinscher in history to reach the Top 20 in conformation and obedience in the same year. The European Dobermann is the one found under the FCI breed standard and the American Dobermann under the AKC. However, as word gets out about how wonderful and capable this breed is, it seems inevitable that the Doberman Pinscher will continue to rise in popularity and ownership rates.

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