Doberman pinschers certainly have a reputation. As far as dogs known for their viciousness are concerned — despite how false this stereotype can be — they are second only to pit bulls.
When it comes to dog breeds, few are as imposing as the Doberman pinscher. There’s a reason they’re always shown in movies and TV as guard dogs, and it’s because they can be both fast and tough when they need to be. Not to mention, their sleek bodies and dark coloring lends them a certain mystery and beauty that few breeds can match.
To any Doberman owner, however, they’re just great dogs, and once you know a little more about them, you’ll see just how special this breed truly is!
1. Believe it or not, Dobermans are actually a relatively new breed, as far as common dog breeds are considered. They were first developed in 1880s Germany. With their beautiful look, they have remained a staple breed for well over a century.
2. Their first breeder, Herr Karl Louis Doberman, who, before he became a dog breeder worked as a tax collector, wanted protection when he traveled around the world. His solution was the breed he would eventually lend his name to.
3. The Doberman is actually a mix of a number of breeds, such as the Rottweiler, German shorthaired pointer, Weimaraner, Manchester terrier, Beauceron, Great Dane, black and tan terrier and greyhound.
4. Dobermans aren’t only good at acting as guard dogs for wary owners around the world. They also are adept at search and rescue, and have even been known to be used in police work, and certain forms of animal therapy.
5. Docking of the ears and tails isn’t just for show — when Dobermans were guard dogs, they could end up in fights, so owners would have their ears docked to prevent them from being pulled on or grabbed by other dogs.