DOBERMAN IN MOVEMENT
The Doberman was originally bred for protection and maintenance (the creator of this breed, Friedrich Louis Dobermann, served as a tax collector). The breed found its application for various tasks, such as delivering messages during the war, patrolling military facilities, and working in the police. Doberman is used as a rescue dog, a guide dog and, of course, as a sports dog for obi-diens and agility, for tracing, obedience and protection. Such a variety of applications implies that the Doberman has different gaits.
Some breeds have specific movements that are characteristic of them. An example is the “prancing” step of a miniature pinscher, the creeping lynx of a German shepherd and the amble of an old English shepherd.
It is believed that the most convenient gait for the Doberman is gallop. But if you watch this breed in natural conditions, somewhere in nature, you will find that a step, a lynx, a light gallop, and a quarry are no less convenient for a Doberman. This breed can move with absolutely any gait.
In the show ring, Doberman movements, like most breeds, are evaluated at a lynx, so we will consider this particular gait. Continue reading