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Doberman Pinscher


Known for their exceptional guarding capabilities, brain power and trainability, the Doberman Pinschers are one of the most popular security dogs present today on this planet. These canines have slowly overtaken breeds like Rottweilers and German Shepherds to be a better guard and security dog. The Doberman Pinschers are also quite famous for their obedient nature and loyalty that they show towards their owners and loved ones.

While most people who are admirers of this breed know about some of the basic things related to the Dobies, but still, there are a lot of fascinating and amusing facts about these dogs that many people might not be aware about and in this article, we’ll try to enlighten and surprise those people with some awesome tidbits about this excellent breed.

General Facts about Doberman Pinchers

  • Name:

    This breed probably gets its name from a German Tax Collector named Herr Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann who was responsible for breeding these pooches for the first time. Because of his job, Herr Karl had to visit various places that were not so safe to collect taxes and there was a great chance of being attacked by bandits and thieves. So, he wanted a companion or a dog who could efficiently protect and guard him against such external threats. Hence, he started a breeding program and the result of that breeding process was a new breed of canines that were called as Doberman Pinschers.
  • A mixture of Breeds:

    In the need of a true companion and a protector, Tax Collector Herr Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann carried out a breeding program that involved a large number of different canine breeds. It included the Manchester Terriers, the Great Danes, the Old German Shepherds, the Rottweilers, the German Shorthaired Pointers, the Black and Tan Terriers, the Weimaraner, and the Greyhounds. And, the final result of this extensive breeding is believed to be the modern-day Doberman Pinschers.
  • Popularity:

    Although these canines are more famous for their guarding potential, but gradually they have also started to be seen as awesome family companions and this fact is reflected on their popularity all over the world. The Doberman Pinschers are currently ranked #16 in the list of most popular dog breeds that is formulated by AKC and it features close to 200 distinct canine breeds from all over the world.
  • Versatility:

    The Doberman Pinschers are immensely versatile canines. They have been used for various kinds of jobs in the past which includes police work, search and rescue, scent tracking, diving, guiding the visually handicapped and therapy work.

Facts about Doberman Pinschers’ Body

  • Docked Tail and Ears:

    There is a reason behind why we see so many Doberman Pinschers with a docked tail and ears. In the past, because these canines were bred for guarding and security purposes, they were required to be absolutely ready to engage in several fights so that they could efficiently do their jobs. And, to give them an upper hand for their potential fight, some owner would remove the parts of the body that could be pulled or easily bitten like tail and ears. Today, most Doberman owners dock their pet’s tail and ears for a very different reason. The tail of these canines is fairly sensitive and thin and their floppy ears can block the air from going into the ear canal which can lead to ear infections. And, thus, to avoid any health-related concerns, many owners choose to dock these parts from their pets.

Historical Facts about Doberman Pinschers

  • Origin:

    When compared to some other breeds, the Doberman Pinscher is a fairly new breed and it came into existence just 150 years ago (that is not that long ago, considering how far back the canine world go). This breed originated in the early 1880s in Germany after the breeding program set up by Louis Dobermann was finally a success.
  • Kurt, the Hero:

    In the Battle of Guam (1944) during World War II, A Doberman named Karl was the first canine who lost his life. He heroically warned his troops about the oncoming attack from the Japanese soldiers and was able to save the lives of several soldiers of his country. But, sadly he was not able to save himself and was killed by an enemy grenade. To honor his memory and bravery, Karl became the first canine to be buried in the United States Marine Corps War Dog Cemetery.
  • AKC Recognition:

    After being recognized by the German Kennel Club in 1900, the Doberman Pinchers were also recognized as a distinct breed by the American Kennel Club in the year 1908.

Temperamental Facts about Doberman Pinschers

  • Misunderstood:

    The Doberman Pinscher, just like Rotties and Pitbulls, is a highly misunderstood and unfairly judged canine breed that is present today. Many people view them as vicious and ferocious canines that are just good for security purposes. But, that is absolutely untrue as Doberman Pinschers not only make an awesome guard dog but they are an amazing family companion as well. These pooches are extremely loyal and protective of their loved ones and owners, they are tremendously intelligent (considered to be the 5th smartest canine breed in the whole world by AKC), they also are highly adaptable in nature and all these qualities certainly make these canines an exceptional house pet. And, over the years, breeders have successfully eliminated a lot of aggressive traits that these canines used to have in the past and they have now become a lot gentler and kinder.

Miscellaneous Facts about Doberman Pinschers

  • The Doberman Gang:

    In 1972, a film named The Doberman Gang starring six Doberman Pinchers was made. This movie was about an animal trainer who used his skills to train a pack a Dobermans to commit a bank robbery. This movie also inspired two sequels in the form of The Daring Dobermans (1973) and The Amazing Dobermans (1976).
  • Great Runners:

    We all know about the great athleticism, stamina and endurance of the Doberman Pinchers. But, did you know, these pooches are great runners as well? The Doberman Pinschers can achieve seriously awesome speeds while running and can sometimes go up to 48 kmph.
  • Celebrity Owners:

    Celebrities like John F. Kennedy (Politician), Nicolas Cage (Actor), Kevin Hart (Actor), Mariah Carey (Singer), William Shatner (Actor); all have one thing in common and that is they all can call themselves a proud owner of a Doberman Pinscher.