Doberman Pinschers make wonderful pets thanks to their energy, their devotion to their family and their playfulness. While they have often been portrayed as aggressive or dangerous, this is no longer really the case, as long as the dog has been properly trained and socialized with people and other animals. But take heed: if you're looking for a "sometimes pet," than maybe the Doberman isn't right for you. Dobermans require a large commitment when it comes to time spent with the dog, as well as proper training.
Dobermans enjoy an impressive history that is filled with their feats of bravery and service. While they were originally bred to be protection and guard dogs, they have also distinguished themselves as war dogs, police dogs, service dogs and search and rescue dogs.
Here are some more interesting facts about Doberman Pinschers.
Doberman Pinschers are named after Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, who developed the breed at the end of the 19th century.
Doberman Pinschers were originally bred in the town of Apolda, Germany.
Doberman Pinschers were recognized as a breed in 1900.
While we don't know for sure, experts believe that the dogs used in the development of Doberman Pinschers included black and tan terriers, the Black English Greyhound, the German Pinscher and the early German shepherd.
The Doberman Pinscher Club of America was founded in 1921.
Doberman Pinschers have been honored with a statue called "Always Faithful" in honor of their service during World War II. The statue can be found at the dog cemetery at the US Naval Base on the island of Guam.
Ch. Cambria Cactus Cash was possibly the most prolific of champion Dobermans, as he sired over 125 AKC champions!
Some famous fictional Doberman Pinschers from movies and television include Roscoe and DeSoto from the Disney film "Oliver and Company," Zeus and Apollo from television's "Magnum PI," and Blade from the Batman cartoon series, which is still in production as of this writing.
While there has been some interest in the past about "white" Dobermans, these dogs with white coats are actually albinos and are prone to a variety of health issues. It is illegal to purposefully breed white Dobermans in many countries and while it is not illegal in the United States, the AKC does not allow these dogs to be shown in competition and the Doberman Pinscher Club of America highly discourages their being bred.
With their short coats, Dobermans are very sensitive to cold weather and should not be considered "outdoor" dogs.
With a lot of love and commitment, Doberman Pinschers can make wonderful pets, but they are not for everyone. If you'd like to learn more about Doberman Pinschers, check out our other articles to see if these wonderful dogs are right for you and your family!