The dobermann2019-04-23T16:38:30-04:00

The Dobermann

A BRIEF HISTORICAL OVERVIEW

The Dobermann is the only breed in Germany to bear the name of its famous original breeder, Frédéric Louis Dobermann (2.1.1834 – 9.6.1894). 

Frédéric Louis Dobermann was a tax collector, manager of a rendering plant and a municipal employee legally mandated to collect stray dogs.

The Dobermann breed is the product of the crossing of dogs called “butcher dogs” (the ancestors of the current Rottweiler) and shepherd dogs that existed in Thuringia. It was through the crossing of the “butcher’s dogs” and the “Thuringia shepherds” that Dobermann laid the foundations of the breed that bears his name today, around the middle of the 19th century.

Frédéric Louis Dobermann wants to obtain, following crossbreeding over several years, a medium-sized dog, built in strength, muscular, which, despite all its substance, is recognized by a silhouette full of elegance and distinction. He must have all the qualities of a companion dog, protection, utility and family.

The Dobermanns were often used as herding dogs and police dogs. Their frequent use in the police service earned them the nickname “gendarme dog”. When hunting, they were used to fight predators. It was almost inevitable that at the beginning of the 20th century, the Dobermann was officially recognized as a police dog.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

The Dobermann is medium-sized, strong and well muscled. With its elegant lines, proud presence, strong character and resolute expression, it corresponds to the ideal image of the dog.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

The Dobermann, especially the male, is practically inscribable in a square. In males, the length of the trunk (measured from the tip of the shoulder to the tip of the buttock) must not exceed the height at the withers by more than 5% (in females by no more than 10%).

BEHAVIOUR / CHARACTER

The Dobermann is fundamentally kind and peaceful; in the family setting, he is very attached and kind to children. We are looking for a temperament and a bite of medium intensity. In addition, an absolute average response threshold is required. Easy to educate and hardworking, the Dobermann must be efficient, courageous and of a strong character. Since he is very attentive to what is happening around him, his attention being adapted to the circumstances, we appreciate that he is confident and implacable.

COAT

Coat quality: The coat is short, rough and close. Smooth and close lying, it is evenly distributed over the entire body surface. No undercoat is allowed.

COAT COLOUR

Dobermann is raised in two colour variants: black or brown, with well-defined and clearly defined rust tan markings. The tan markings are found on the muzzle, in the form of spots on the cheeks and above the eyes, on the throat, on the chest (two spots), on the metacarpals and metatarsals, on the feet, on the inner surface of the thighs, on the circumference of the anus and on the tip of the buttocks.

FEDERATION CYNOLOGIQUE INTERNATIONALE (AISBL)
Standard FCI N° 143 DOBERMANN

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Doberman Pinscher Dobermann

DOBERMANN OR DOBERMANN PINSCHER?

Originally the Dobermann was named after the family name of its creator Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, so with 2 N at the end. When the Dobermanns arrived in America in 1908, but more officially after the Second World War, they quickly became popular. The Doberman Pinscher Club of America was founded in 1921. They decided to name it differently. This means that, yes, we breed Dobermanns and that on the import pedigrees of our dogs it is indicated Dobermann. However, when they are registered with the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC or CCC) or American Kennel Club (AKC), they are referred to as Doberman Pinschers.

In Canada and USA, during conformation competitions, we are judged according to the American standard. Here are two pictures of two champions, a European and an American. Notice also how the way they are presented is different: among Europeans, the hind legs are stretched more and we want them to be in a pulling movement, while the American is less stretched at the back and his head is held high and pulled up.

IDC SIEGER 2017 TAHI-RÉME JEDI, OWNER KRISTINE WINDAHL GENNING KENNEL PROUD DANISH

GCH FIDELIS RIPCORD, WAC, OWNER : C.MITCHELL, C.P. AUSTIN, J.HUSTON, E.D.GOULD MISTEL DOBERMANS

The evolution in images :

See the FCI standard

Education

The Dobermann was created to protect his master. It is therefore genetically programmed to be a glue pot, to stick you as close as possible to each hour of the day. So, as he is born an emotional addict, your work and duty to him is to make him capable of being without you and not suffering from it (at night, when you work, when you are in another room, etc.). Many Dobermans are treated like puppies who need to be reassured, even when they are adults. By responding to every request for attention, they are not helped to flourish and can quickly develop unpleasant problems, both for humans and dogs.

For example, they may develop severe emotional dependence, separation anxiety, excessive protection of their humans (do not allow other family members to approach). They can break things, bark or scream while you are away. It is really important to follow the recommendations I will give you to leave your puppy to avoid this kind of problem or inconvenience. In addition, if emotional dependence is not worked on, he can develop anxiety, OCD, aggressive behaviour and possibly reactivity…

I use the crate to “start” my puppies. As soon as I can’t watch this little piranha on 4 legs, it’s in the cage with a toy to chew on.

At first I take short breaks to get used to it. He has a “magic toy”; the most interesting and wonderful toy that only exists when I leave home.  And when I come back, this fantastic toy disappears, so my dogs are excited for me to leave :P.

Maintenance

Their short hair does not require much care, no brushing necessary, molts do not last long and if the food is of good quality and well assimilated, they do not lose so much their hair.

You have to cut the claws often when they are young, it seems harmless, but it is not. First, by having a grooming ritual (claw, ears, hugs), we create a moment with our dog and he comes to love being handled. Long claws change the dog’s posture and can be painful. The longer the claws, the greater the risk of injury.

The younger you start and often, the shorter the nerve inside, so you can keep their claws short, your wooden floors will be spared and your dog will have beautiful legs.

The Dobermanns “unfortunately” have black claws, so it is difficult to see the vein. At first we remove a small part to get the puppy used to it and not to hurt it. We want to create a relaxing moment and not stress him out. If you are not comfortable doing it yourself, do not hesitate to ask us for advice, we can refer you to someone to help you (veterinarian, groomer…)

Ears, whether cropped or not, should be washed. Some dogs require more cleaning than others. If your dog still has dirty ears, you should also consider food intolerance, ear infections or other problems. But as a general rule, once every 2-3 weeks I wash my ears with a solution of vinegar and water.