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