The Doberman pinscher is the sort of sleek and muscular dog breed that lends itself perfectly to being an imposing guard dog. From the villain in Pixar’s Up to Mr. Burns’ hounds, they’re usually depicted as intense and tough.
But there is so much more to the breed than people think. In fact, once you get to know them a little better, you’ll see that they’re actually ready to be your best friend.
The Doberman pinscher was developed in the 1880s in Germany.
Herr Karl Louis Dobermann was a tax collector in Germany and he was regularly traveling with large amounts of money. So he wanted a dog that would help him feel safe.
The breed was developed through mixing others like the Rottweiler, German shorthaired pointer, Weimaraner, Manchester terrier, Beauceron, great Dane, black and tan terrier and greyhound.
The Doberman is extremely intelligent and has been used for search and rescue, police work, and therapy.
Since they used to be guard dogs, they could end up in fights. So their owners would dock their ears and tails to prevent them from being pulled on.
The Doberman Gang was a 1972 movie about six Doberman pinschers being trained to rob banks.
A Doberman by the name of Kurt was killed in the Battle of Guam during World War II after he warned soldiers about an attacked. He would later lose his life to a grenade.
They’re considered the fifth smartest breed of dog.
As they move further away from their guard-dog roots, the Doberman has been bred to be much more loving and gentle.
I admit that I really didn’t know that much about Dobermans before I learned these facts, but now I really want one!
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