About the Breed
Brief History of the Doberman Pinscher
Description: The Doberman Pinscher is named after its creator Louis Dobermann. Dobermann was a German tax collector who also ran the local animal shelter in his area. A skilled breeder, he set out to create a medium-sized working dog that would accompany and protect him during the day on his travels. Most educated guesses suggest that crosses of the Rottweiler, the German Pincher, the Manchester Terrier and perhaps the Greyhound were used to perfect the breed by 1899. At first the breed was unpopular with most dog fanciers but did catch the eye of those interested in a medium-sized security dog. Further refinements were made and the breed was officially recognized in Germany and then shortly after in America in 1908. Americans are credited with developing the handsome and reliable Doberman Pinscher we know today. The breed thrives well in both city and country if he is provided with daily exercise.
Height: 27.5" (69.8cm) for male dogs, 25.5" (64.8cm) for bitches
Weight: 66 - 88 lbs (29.5 - 39.3 kg)
Coat Type: The glossy Doberman Pincher coat is short, dense and hard. It is smooth and lies flat on the body. Colors include solid black, red, blue, or fawn with rich tan markings. Grooming needs are minimal.
Temperament: Originally an ill-mannered breed, the Doberman Pinscher today is credited as a keen, loyal, friendly and obedient family pet. He does, however, maintain his watchful, determined, and alert instincts.
Special Interest: Champion Dictator of Glenhugel, one of the breed's most renowned stud dogs, is remembered for passing along two distinctive traits. The first was an excellent temperament, the second, which has been found in tenth-generation descendents, was a cowlick at the nape of the neck. *Dogs with this cowlick are said to have the "Mark of Dictator." (*check out "Delta" in "our family pages" she has this cowlick, now retired.)
As the only breed of dog specifically developed as a personal protection dog, the Doberman is unique in the dog world. It is a beautiful, high energy, highly intelligent dog that thrives on its relationship with its human family and that one special person in its life, the one that trains and works with it every day. A Doberman Pinscher lives to be with it's master, and will protect you with its life.
There is nothing extra on a Doberman Pinscher that can be grabbed by an attacker (no loose skin or flews, no long tail, hair or ears). They are wonderful family dogs, devoted to the members of their "pack" and not happy working for just any stranger. The partnership you develop with your Doberman will be there for life, strong and unshakable.
Dobermans are incredibly "tuned in" to their handlers. A good understanding of the dogs character and drives will make training quick and easy. Dobermans require fair treatment and will reward you with a spirited attitude and strong desire to please. They are often described as the dog with the human brain!
This is a versatile breed, excelling at many disciplines: conformation events, search & rescue, police K-9, Schutzhund, French Ring Sport, obedience, drug detection, personal guard dogs, tracking, therapy work, seeing eye work, etc. When you have a well trained Doberman, you have a dog that is a benefit to you personally as well as to society—a dependable, noble, watchful, fearless and loyal companion who is ready, willing and able to work WITH you to get the job done
Facts about "Blue" and "Fawn" Dobermans
Q. Aren't albino Dobermans just like the blue or fawn Dobermans?
A. No, albinism is not the same as the blue and fawn colors. Blue is a dilute form of black, and fawn is a dilute form of red. Albino Dobermans are white.
Q. What are the accepted colors in the United States and AKC?
A. In the United States, there are four accepted colors in the Doberman breed. These are: black, red, blue and fawn (also referred to as Isabella). (Note: in genetic terminology, Doberman "red" is actually "brown" -- and "red" Dobermans are often called "brown" in other countries).
The very first standard for the Doberman Pinscher was written in 1899, in Germany. Blue Dobermans were actually added to that standard in 1901, only two years after the first standard. In fact, the blue Dobermans were added to the standard at the same time as reds. Fawns have been recorded in the breed since 1912, only 13 years after the first standard was written. In the United States, fawns have been accepted in the breed standard since 1969--more than thirty years ago. Blues have a long history of success in the breed ring, and both blues and fawns have had many supporters through the years. In fact, in the years before the first World War, blues were said to be of better quality than blacks!
Information Provided by:
Ione L. Smith, DVM
October 18, 2002
Note: The Blue and Fawn Doberman Pinschers will require a little extra care. Their skin and eyes are more sensitive to the sun than the other colors. For example: people with blonde or red hair should not be exposed to the bright sun for long periods of time. Treat them like they are one of your children, because they are part of your family.
Note: We do not breed for the colors, "Blue" and "Fawn". However, we do have a couple of superior females that may occasionally have blue or fawn puppies in their litter, which are AKC approved colors. We do not use the blue and fawn dogs for our breeding program, and do not dilute these colors by continuing to breed them. The loss of hair is caused by constant diluting of the colors; such as breeding blue to blue, fawn to fawn or blue to fawn.