Vicious creatures, loyal and devoted to their master that is how you could describe the dog what suited Herr. Dobermann’s needs. Polizeilich Soldatenhund , Dobermannsche Hunde or Thüringen Pinscher’s is how they were called these days ( till 1899), were very dangerous when confronted with strangers.
I assume Herr. Dobermann never ever would have thought that the foundation of his breeding stock is now in 2019 in the hands of a Community what is so dived in regard of their future. Probably in the early days of becoming the Dobermann it would be also not all sunshine and roses. It was maybe never his intention to create a ‘purebred’ breed in the first place. It is remarkable that within 10 years this breed became registered.
These types of dogs created around 1880 through personal needs and with a certain purpose by Herr. Karl-Friedrich Louis Dobermann ( 1834-1894 ), was not rare. It was very common to create a type of dog what just was for personal desire. In my own Country the Netherlands we had a man called Leendert Saarloos ( 1884-1969 ) he created the European Wolfdog ( in 1969 called the Saarloos Wolfdog ). To go further who was this man and what was his drive to create such type of dog. There is so far I know no papers written by himself so more or less every information is mere hearsay. When Herr. Dobermann died the knowledge of his breeding stock is buried with him.
Goswin Tischler ( 1859-1939 ) was the first breeder who registered his dogs official. He named his kennel “von Grönland”. One of his first Dobermann was Sieger Prinz Matzi. This male was no paragon and failed to carry through as be a sire, except from a local succes in and around Frankfurt. His name aswell his progency disappear from the records after 3 generations .
Otto Göller ( 1852-1922 ) was a breeder, judge and a very active cynologist, he bred hundreds of Dobermann. His kennel name was “von Thüringen”.
Last bust not least Philipp Gruenig author of the book The Dobermann Pinscher, History and Development of the Breed. He was a student of the Dobermann, judge and scientific breeder. Those all were man who were very much involved and had a influence in breeding for type, temperament and structure ! Otto Göller and Goswin Tischler both had much influence on the breed after the dead of Herr. Dobermann. There is on the worldwide internet plenty to read about the breed and it’s a study to find some realistic truths in it.
Shipping from America to Germany or the Netherlands wasn’t rare, it’s even very common these days. Nice to mention that the ‘American Dobermann ‘ was also from German heritage. The Dutch have shipped also many Dobermann to America and with very beneficial influence. As there was Prinz Favorit v. Koniningstad.
The Dobermann wear many hats.
Companion, guard dog and vermin killer with hunting skills those elements I have personal experience as being abilities from nature. Everyone can and will experience different traits/abilities, in their individual Dobermann. The breed is called as the first and only personal protector as also a vermin killer. Very soon they were very appreciated for their specific traits what suits them excellent for police work, guardian and military/war dog. Selection is what can make the Dobermann a Dobermann and if there is less selection for some drives and temperament what is crucial for being a personal protector from nature you wil not archive it through nurture only. They must have a potential, intelligence and intrinsic motivation ! It is therefore that we can see and experience so much variety in skills and abilities within the population as a whole. But also in the working lines area, not all pups in a litter have the potential for certain jobs. Also a variety in conformation like example the more slender sighthound/terrier types or the mastiff types. Some is a heritage from certain lines (original) and some is through cross breeding with molosser breeds. Cross breeding is to prefer in any breed but what some ‘breeders’ have try to create within the Dobermann breed, the latest decades, has nothing to do with breeding for a healthy future. Big, Bigger, Bigist is for own ego and to create something what isn’t fair towards the breed as a population and the individual dog in particular. It’s disrespectful for all those generations of breeders who were breeding with the best intentions to behold the quality and breed for better progress, year after year.
The looks don’t make the Dobermann !
As long money plays the dominant role for breeding the Dobermann there will be only so now and then a individual dog with authentic Dobermann traits and qualities.
The ones who can say that they live with a authentic Dobermann are rare………
Prefer and support the describtion as described about the breed by Philipp Gruenig ; The Dobermann is by nature a protector, guardian and companion. If kept in a home and in intimate touch with people he will not require any special training to display his watchful, willing, obedient and brave character. What he describe further is interesting and can give some food for though. To quote further ; If the dog and his descendants are withdrawn from this environment they show a tendecy to the raginess and slenderness of the Greyhound. Their overflowing power then finds a outlet in viciousness and restlessness, especially in large cities and their intelligence seems to diminish in the same ratio. Fortunately their pristine virtues are only dormant and when restored to their natural environment their original form and character are received in their descendants. Could this explain why many had have in the past experience a different temperament within thei Dobermann or population……….? The environment and setting is crucial for their nature and stress can show a other type of dog. I mention stress because that is a source what can makes a dog viciousness and unpredictable, because of fear. These above sharing from the book is less been studied during the breeds life although so far I’m aware of. I ask myself on the other hand how accurate are these above words because were now more than 80 years further in the future.
In relation to Schutzhund training I didn’t find any reccomodations from Philipp Gruening or Otto Göller. It is been outgrown with some other sport/tests as a big event and promoted as result for real working/protection qualities for the Dobermann. I still see these events as a breed suitability test, what was developed around 1900 for the German Shepherd. Sure it can be a great sport for men and Dobermann. The true value and abilities of any individual Dobermann you can only experience during everyday life. The reaction and act if there is a real threat will give more insight than a hundred hours of training on the field, although that is my personal opinion.
Speaking about Schutzhund or ZTP test Herman Palmer so far I understand was not a supporter for these official elements in regard to get a pedigree. What doesn’t suggested his breeding stock had no potential because many of his Dobermann archive great results aswell Schutzhund titles. So we can assume that he knew how to breed and had a eye for temperament and type. The title of above post said: Must I at my 60st year starting with protection work for my dogs just for getting a Pedigree ?
Classifying the Dobermann.
I came across a older blogpost from Scottie Westfall were this subject has been described in. It’s in my opinion not such a strange thought were the breed belongs to because of influence from the founding stock they have also inherited different skills and abilities. And herding is one of them just as I mentioned earlier that my experience is more that from a hunter and vermin killer. There are also Dobermann who point and freeze. Sure we all want a personal protector but this needs a proper breeding plan generation after generation with knowledge for deseriable attitude and temperament aswell the whole range of different drives. But also this doesn’t give a guarantee that in every litter there is enough potential. From nature every Canine has all the ingredients, in a different amount and level, from guardian, hunter, companion, protector etc. J.P. Scott and John L. Fuller described it very well in their book Genetics and the Social Behavior of the Dog, ‘is that many breeds have a wider range of adaptability than is ordinarily recognized, and that the scope of adaptability may be much narrower in some breeds than others.”They believed, a rule, that breeds showed combinations of special characteristics that allowed them to perform in a specific fashion, among them a proclivity in the retrievers and bird dogs to accept “inhibitory training.” But the degree to which any of those traits were inherited varied greatly, even with inbreeding. Still it’s through selection we have created all those hundreds of different breeds and labeled them.
The Vanishing Race.
How much vitality is there within the breed to survive and to recognize still these individual’s with potential for preservation. Many breeds are not healthier, more vital or fit for function after the years from registration. It almost seems to me that it is through registration and the closed studbooks the majority has becoming a pale shadow from foundation stock and origin. Modern dogs or better say breeds with their own unique skills and abilities are so rare. During the Victorian time breeding for looks had have enormous impact in relation to health, longevity and functionality.
Be their keeper through awareness and cooperation.
Everyone who say to love the breed has potential to do better.
Potential by doing them right !
History of the Dobermann by Simon Rietveld.
The Doberman Pinscher, History and Development of the breed by Philipp Gruenig.
Dog’s Best Friend by Mark Derr.