“It is still unclear whether the removal of the Doberman is the result of ingenious selection, or is it pure coincidence.” Ernst Wilking.
The founder of the breed is Friedrich Louis Dobermann, who was born on January 2, 1834, in the small town of Apolda, in southern Germany. The range of activity of this outstanding person was incredibly large. It is known, for example, that he worked as a night policeman, was a tax collector, worked on a flipper where, according to some versions, he bought up breeding material that fed meat from a city cattle slaughterhouse, where he also once worked.
“Legends still circulate about Friedrich Louis Doberman. In some, he figures as a brilliant breeder-delitant with a high aesthetic sense and phenomenal intuition, in others he acts as the favorite of fortune, who accidentally attacked the“ gold mine ”. (E. Rosenberg )
What was the reason for the breeding of a new breed? There are also a lot of guesses and versions. Here is one of them: “As a tax collector, and also working as a night policeman, Friedrich Louis naturally exposed his life to dangers, and he needed a satellite next to which he could feel absolutely calm. Apparently this is a circumstance, as well as personal qualities character of the creator himself was the beginning. In any case, it is known that the main principle of selecting dogs for breeding work was a set of working qualities. Continue reading
The Doberman Pinscher breed of dog appeared as a result of the experiments of a single person who, in fact, was not even going to create so popular and famous dogs. He just wanted to have a loyal and reliable defender, as he was a tax collector. And, concurrently – an enthusiast for breeding dogs.
It was in the city of Apold, Thuringia (region of Germany) in the 19th century, around 1870 – it was then that the founder of the breed began experiments on crossing Rottweilers, German Pinschers and some terriers. The name of our enthusiast, Louis Doberman. There is no intrigue about the origin of the name of the breed – everything is obvious.
For the first time, the Doberman was demonstrated at a dog show in 1876, and gained great favor with German dog lovers. In 1894, Louis Doberman died, and he carried away the secret of crossbreeding with him – it is still not known exactly which breeds were used to obtain the early Dobermans (except for the above). However, German breeders succeeded in further breeding and improving the breed. Continue reading