General appearance and character.
A dog of the Doberman breed should be medium in size, muscular and strong physique, but not too massive. Thanks to the elegant lines of his body, proud and slender posture, temperamental behavior and decisive actions, he corresponds to the ideal idea of a dog with a normal anatomy. Doberman is usually friendly, peaceful, very attached to the family and loves children. Moderate temperament, moderate spite and moderate excitability are preferred. Along with obedience and hard work, the Doberman should pay attention to the presence of a protective and military instinct, courage and firmness of character. Of particular importance for the assessment is self-confidence and fearlessness while maintaining a sensitive attitude towards others.
Sizes and weight.
The following sizes for dogs of the Doberman breed are provided: height at the withers 68-72 cm for males, 63-68 cm for females. Medium size is desirable. The total length of the trunk, measured from the sternum to the tubercle of the ischium, is on average. 7 cm. Weight in males: about 40-45 kg. Females have about 32-35 kg. Continue reading
Not every breed is honored to be named after its creator. Friedrich Louis Dobermann was born on January 2, 1834 in Apold. It is known that by the nature of his activity, he was a collector of taxes and rents. Obviously, the features of his work and his passionate desire to have a “special” breed with certain qualities served as the reason for breeding dogs with smooth, short hair, hardy, intelligent, not afraid of shots, vigilant and loyal companions who were ready to accompany the owner everywhere and, without hesitation, fight for his interests.
It is believed that the Dobermann began to purposefully work on the development of “his” breed of dogs from about 1860. Unfortunately, there are no records on selection: its directions, results, breeds used. We can only assume that the initial breeds were a German pinscher, a Rottweiler (butcher dog), bosseron shepherd dogs, some hunting dogs such as short-haired cops, the Manchester Terrier, and Greyhound. In addition, mixed breeds of these breeds were used if they met the requirements for the exterior and character that the Doberman would like to see in his dogs. Continue reading