BBS Breed Spotlight: Doberman Pinscher
Instantly recognizable by it’s proud stance and watchful gaze, the Doberman Pinscher is a remarkably intelligent and loyal breed. Often stereotyped as ferocious and aggressive, this even-tempered breed defies all expectations earning it’s place place as a favorite among owners today.
Originally bred for protection and commonly used in working roles, the Doberman has proved itself a loving and loyal family companion as well. Find out more about the Doberman Pinscher on this week’s BestBullySticks Breed Spotlight.
Hailing from the German town of Apolda, the first Doberman Pinschers were bred by Louis Dobermann in the late 19th century. First presented in a 1876 dog show, the Doberman hastily caught the attention of dog enthusiasts and earned American Kennel Club (AKC) recognition by 1908. Legend states Dobermann himself, a tax collector and manager of the local dog pound, sought protection from bandits and thieves during collections. Seeking a balance between strength, loyalty, intelligence and ferocity, Dobermann utilized his easy access to a wide variety of dogs to develop this new breed.
Produced by crossing existing stocks of the old shorthaired shepherd, German Pinschers, Rottweilers, and Beaucerons, Dobermann kept the best qualities of each breed producing an easily trainable guard dog ready and willing to please and protect at a moments notice.
The unique appearance of the Doberman Pinscher makes it easily identifiable — notably cropped ears and a docked tail — and rarely confused with other breeds. There are only two specific color genes for the Doberman, black and red. However, a “dilution gene” sometimes comes into play adding blue and fawn colored coats to the mix. If this gene is carried, blue and fawn coats are produced from black and red coats respectively. Medium in size with a square muscular build, the Doberman stands between 24–28 in (61 – 71 cm) tall and weighs 66 – 88 lbs.
This renowned and unique appearance has undoubtedly helped popularize the breed. However, the Doberman’s proud stance and intimidating build has also contributed to misleading stereotypes about reckless aggression and unpredictability. Admittedly, the breed’s history has a lot to do with these these misconceptions — however, things couldn’t be further from the truth. Read more