The Fascinating History of the Doberman Pinscher

Learn about the fascinating history of the Doberman Pinscher - a breed developed by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann in Apolda, Germany around 1890. Find out about its origins, characteristics and global breed standards.

The Fascinating History of the Doberman Pinscher

The Doberman Pinscher is a breed of working dog that was developed in Apolda, Germany by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, a tax collector, night watchman, dog hunter and kennel keeper, around 1890. The breed was named after him in honor of his contribution to its development. The Miniature Pinscher is not a miniature Doberman and the two breeds are not related. Louis Dobermann wanted a fierce guard dog to accompany him on his rounds and had access to a lot of stray dogs at the local kennel.

He used these dogs to create the Doberman Pinscher breed. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 and has since become one of the most popular dog breeds due to its intelligence and agility. The exact origins of the Doberman breed cannot be verified, but it is believed that it was created in Germany in the late 19th century. It is thought that the breeds used to develop the Dobermann Pinscher may have included the old short-haired shepherd, the Rottweiler, the Black and Tan Terrier and the German Pinscher.

The Weimaraner gave the Doberman its hunting, retrieving and smelling abilities, since the Weimar Pointer was a multi-purpose hunting dog. MACH7 ADCH Thornwoods Flare CD MXF TQX TM WAC CGC TDI (owner Yvonne Mancino; creator Sharon Stimpfle) is the first Doberman to win her Master Agility Championship seven times. The first Doberman to win at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club dog show was Sieger Ferry von Rauhfelsen in 1939 (owned by Mrs.). Global breed standards are published by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), following the advice of the International Dobermann Club (IDC), which is the governing council of the Dobermann breed and has 36 countries on its member list.

Dobermans, regardless of their basic coat color, have a characteristic pattern of markings that are ideally rust-red in color.