The Standard of the Breed
The appearance is that of a dog of medium size, with a body that is square; the height, measured vertically from the ground to the highest point of the withers, equaling the length measured horizontally from the fore chest to the rear projection of the upper thigh. Height at the withers: Dogs 26 to 28", Bitches 24 to 26". Length of head, neck and legs in proportion to length and depth of body.
Compactly built, muscular and powerful, for great endurance and speed. Elegant in appearance, of proud carriage, reflecting great nobility and temperament. Energetic, watchful, determined, alert, fearless, loyal and obedient.
History of the Breed
The Doberman originated in Germany and was designed to be a protector. Herr Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann is credited with creating the breed in the state of Thuringia, Germany. He began with Schnupp, a black and tan terrier. He also had pure bred Rottweilers, German Pinschers and German Shepherds who might have contributed to the breed. The Manchester Terrier is known to have been incorporated in his breeding program. In 1893 Bosco became the first Doberman to be registered in the German Stud book.
Breeding of dogs has been tightly regulated in Germany. Dogs must pass certain tests to qualify for breeding. Schutzhund originated in Europe primarily as a temperament test. It has been used to test a dogs character by giving it work to do. By performing exercises the dog demonstrates sound mind and temperament. First a dog must pass the "Companion Dog" test and receive his BH title. This is comprised of obedience and traffic work. The dog must be at least 12 months old. At 14 months dogs are eligible for Schutzhund. This is comprised of Tracking, Obedience and Protection work. Protection work is probably the most exciting as it demonstrates the dogs fighting drive, courage, protective instincts and devotion to his master. Dogs can qualify for titles of SchH1, SchH2, SchH3. SchH1 is the first title and succeeding titles require greater working ability, so a SchH3 has demonstrated greater working abilities than a SchH1.
A Doberman is a Working Dog by definition and a strong working drive should be part of his nature. I believe that it is important to select breeding candidates who show working drive and stable temperament as well as proper conformation and good health.
I want to protect and to preserve the "true" Doberman because I want to keep the breed vital and standard to what it was intentionally bred to be--the Ultimate Companion. I am proud of my dogs and the lines from which they come. The book "In The Beginning...a History of the Doberman" lists the 450 best Dobes of all time according to the expert, Mr. JM vd Zwann. Many of the dogs in our pedigrees are listed in this book. For specific information go to the page, "Pedigrees".