This dog breed is better known in North America as the Doberman Pinscher, with ‘Doberman’ in this case being spelt with a single ‘n’. Its origins date back to 1870, when a German breeder called Louis Dobermann sought to develop a new breed, based largely on a combination of Rottweiler and German Pinscher blood. He wanted a breed that would protect him in his unpopular work as tax collector. A variety of other dogs contributed to his breeding programme, including German Shepherd Dogs and probably Greyhounds, which helped to give the Doberman its sleek appearance.
Coat Type/Colour: Short; Black (or brown) and tan
Height: 27 Inch (68.5 cm)
Weight: 60 – 80 lb (30 – 36.3 kg)
Nature: Needs firm training to curb aggressive tendencies
By the turn of the century, the Doberman had gained a justifiable reputation for its aggressive behavior. When the breed was introduced to the United States, breeders in the UK realized that if it was to make progress in show circles, then a much more docile dog would be required. Its attractive profile helped to ensure the rapid rise in popularity of the Doberman, both in North America and elsewhere, but bad publicity has tended to follow this dog breed.
Many problems can be traced back to early care. The Doberman is naturally a very assertive dog and so must receive proper training from puppy hood, otherwise it may well turn aggressive in later life. For this reason, it is not the best breed to choose as a family pet, nor if you have had little or no previous experience of owning a dog. A well-trained and obedient Doberman is, nevertheless, a joy to watch, and the breed is used by police forces in various countries.