Doberman Pinscher Dog Origin and History
The history of the Doberman Pinscher dog breed is recent relative to many other dog breeds but the breed’s origin is certainly documented if somewhat unclear. Originating in Germany during the mid to late 1800s the Doberman Pinscher was originally developed by a lone man, Louis Dobermann of Apolda in Thueringen, Germany. The story goes that, in addition to breeding dogs, Dobermann was a tax collector who had to travel through unsafe areas.
In order to perform his duties in safety, Doberman Pincher sought a dog that would protect him and be the perfect watchdog in addition to being a good companion and an agile dog. The Doberman Pinscher origin and history, then, begins with a mixture of several breeds, among them the German Pinscher, the old German Shephard, Rottweiler, Beauceron and perhaps some Greyhound and Weimaraner.
These early experiments in breeding produced a dog capable of protecting Herr Dobermann as he made his rounds but the breed also became popular with other breeders and the Doberman Pinscher soon became very popular.
Louis Dobermann continued to refine the breed until his death in 1894, and other breeders made some more refinements to the Doberman Pinscher and the dog we know today was fully developed. Early members of the breed were probably a bit heavier and stocky in build, but crosses made with other breeds such as the Black and Tan Manchester Terrier as well as the English Greyhound made for a much sleeker, refined Doberman Pinscher seen today.
Doberman Pinscher Breed History After the Doberman Pinscher’s introduction to the world in the late 1800s, the breed became popular rather quickly, and the Doberman Pinscher breed history shows that the dog was shown early. The breed was first displayed at a dog show in 1876 and by 1899 a Doberman Pinscher dog club was formed. In the United States, it is thought the first Doberman Pinscher arrived early in the 1900s and the American Kennel Club first recognized the breed in 1908.
The Doberman Pinscher Club of America was later organized in 1921. This large breed dog has had continued popularity in both Europe and the United States as both a guard and police dog. By the 1970s, in the United States the Doberman Pinscher dog was the second most popular breed. It was also during the 1970s that a lighter, “albino” Doberman was produced, and though popular for awhile, breeding this “white” variety of the Doberman Pincher is largely discouraged today.