Doberman Pinscher Dogs 101 – Dobie Facts
Intelligent, alert, and tenaciously loyal
companions, the Doberman Pinscher is driven,
strong, and sometimes stubborn.
When properly trained he can be an excellent
family dog, although he’s certainly not for
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and fun-loving Doberman Pinscher.
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The Doberman is a fairly new dog breed, originating
in Germany in the early 1880s.
Louis Dobermann was a tax collector, who would
sometimes work as a police officer, night
guard, and dog catcher.
Herr Dobermann often found himself traveling
with bags of money through dangerous parts
of town at late hours.
With his access to the pound, he bred a dog
that is lean and muscular, a medium sized
dog that is refined but intimidating.
The American Kennel Club recognized the Doberman
breed in 1908 as a working dog.
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Herr Dobermann did not take many notes on
his breeding process, so no one is exactly
sure what breeds went into making the Doberman.
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.
During World War II, Dobermans served the
U.S. Marine Corps in their war dogs program.
The dogs were used throughout the South Pacific
to lead patrols through the hot dense jungle,
to guard troops at night while they slept,
and to give warnings of hidden enemy combatants
waiting to carry out an ambush.
Many of the dogs survived to return home to
civilian families, but others made the ultimate
sacrifice and are buried in the National War
Dog Cemetery at Naval Base Guam.
Dobermans are extremely athletic and intelligent
dogs, so no task is out of their league.
And that includes the job of a lap dog, even
if you’re less enthused about it than he
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 the fifth smartest breed and
That intelligence comes at a price to their
Dobermans are known for outsmarting their
trainers and getting easily bored.
And, Dobermans are famous for ignoring their
handlers if they do not want to do what they
are being asked.
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Dobermans are an a-list breed and are popular
among the elite.
Celebrities that have called the Doberman
Pinscher “friend” include John F. Kennedy,
Beatrice Arthur, Bela Lugosi, Victoria Principal,
Nicolas Cage and James T. Kirk…
I mean William Shatner.
Speaking of stars, the Doberman is a Film
In the 1972’s a film called, The Doberman
Gang was made.
It’s a film about “six savage Dobes with
a thirst for cold cash that leaves banks bone
dry.” two sequels were made of the film.
Doberman dogs have been a part of Drill Teams.
The Doberman Drill Team toured the United
States for 30 years, performing at football
game half-time shows and visiting hospitals.
Started by Rosalie Alvarez, the drill team
demonstrated the Dobermans’ agility, intelligence,
and obedience over a series of challenging
The Doberman Pinscher Club of America gave
Alvarez its Lifetime Achievement Award in
Decades of breeding has made the Doberman
The first Dobermans were bred to be fierce
and only the toughest dogs were selected to
carry on the breed.
Today, however, breeders are selecting a more
loving group of dogs.
And, despite their larger size, Dobermans
prefer living inside the home and want to
be involved in what the family is doing.
They need lots of exercise.
If they are not exercised, they are more likely
to become irritable or even aggressive.
They can adjust well to apartment living if
Although Dobies have a softer personality
today, all dogs are different and a lot of
their temperament is dependent on proper training.
These dogs can be great with families and
children, but only when correctly trained
Not for novice owners, Dobermans must be treated
with respect and never mishandled.
Well, there ya have it, ten fascinating facts
about the Doberman Pinscher.
What an amazing dog.
We surely could have gone on and on about
him, but for now, we’re out of time.
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