The Doberman Pinscher was named after Louis Dobermann, a German who developed the breed in the late 1800’s. Louis
Dobermann was a tax collector working in rough neighborhoods, rightfully afraid of being attacked. He decided to create a
new breed, an alert protection dog, to help him in his work. It is thought that he crossed German Pinschers with
Rottweilers, Beaucerons, Pinschers, Greyhounds  and other breeds to create the sleek and highly intelligent Doberman
Pinscher.  True to his original purpose, the Doberman excels at police, military and guard work. Many Dobermans have
been war heroes, serving as First Aid dogs, attack dogs, patrol and sentry dogs, messengers and mine detecting dogs. The
Doberman also excels at Search & rescue, competitive obedience, Schutzhund, tracking and of course as a loyal family

Today there are two types of Dobermans, the American types bred to the AKC/CKC standard and
the European type bred to the FCI Standard

American bred Dobermans have been bred down in temperament and in body structure from there working origins;
they tend to be smaller in size and have a very slender, elegant body type with a smaller head and narrower muzzle and
usually lighter markings. Breeders of the American lines follow AKC/CKC standards and were bred by fanciers. They are
more suited for the show ring, agility or as companions as they tend to have softer temperaments.

European bred Dobermann are closer to the original standard of the first bred Dobermann made by Louis
Dobermann. They are more solid, muscular, heavier boned and have retained their working drives suited for french ring
sport, schutzhund, police work, protection, tracking etc.  European Dobermann are also thought to be more healthier then
the American type because breeders focus more on breeding working dogs with a purpose rather than dogs of fancy. Most
European Dobermann have richer darker markings and coat color with no color dilution and have a broader head and

Both North American & European Dobermans make loyal and loving family members!

Temperament & Training:
Dobermans are in general a very loving and affectionate breed. They thrive on human interaction and become very close
with their family members; Dobermans have been nicknamed "Velcro" dogs, often always being by their owner’s side. By
nature this breed is a big lap dog. They are definitely a house dog, they need to be with their people and will not be happy
otherwise. If you are looking for a devoted loyal companion then this may be the right dog for you.

Dobermans are an intelligent breed; they generally are very obedient and easily trainable; however some Dobermans can
be strong willed and need a firm consistent pack leader. Dobermans do fine with cats and other animals when raised with
them however they are dominate towards other dogs, especially of the same sex. Early socialization is recommended to
have a happy healthy sociable dobe.

Dobermans (especially Europeans types) are a large working breed with lots of energy; they should be giving space to run
and daily mental exercise. This breed would make an excellent jogging or hiking buddy for the average owner.

They are also great family protectors with proper training and guidance; they should be alert and fearless but never
vicious. Dobermans can be aloof around strangers and affectionate and silly with family.  Although they're many dog
breeds that are good protection dogs, the Doberman is the only breed that was designed specifically for this task, other
breeds are multipurpose dogs.
In loving memory
Brigitte Block
Angie Baumhover
Augusta, WI
About the Doberman