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Who first bred the Doberman?

Hi everyone,

I've been researching dog breeds for the past few weeks and the Doberman caught my eye. Their sleek and powerful appearance really appeals to me, and I'm considering getting one as my next pet. However, before I make a decision, I was curious to know who first bred the Doberman. I'm really interested in the origins of this breed and would love to know more about its history. If anyone has any insights or information they could share with me, I would really appreciate it! Thank you in advance.

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Hello everyone,

I'm happy to read such positive stories and experiences about Dobermans in this forum. I also have a personal story to share.

My Doberman, Kim, was a rescue dog that had been taken from an abusive situation. When she came to our home, we had to work hard to earn her trust, but she quickly became part of the family. Kim was a gentle dog who loved to cuddle and would follow us around, never wandering too far away. She was not very protective, which could have been a drawback in certain situations, but we were okay with that.

One thing we noticed about Kim was that she had a strange way of greeting visitors. When someone knocked on the door, she would bark loudly and rush to the door; however, when she saw the visitor or a new friend, she would suddenly stop barking and wag her tail, which quickly earned her many admirers.

Kim was also a picky eater; we struggled to find food that she enjoyed, and we had to avoid giving her certain foods because she had a sensitive stomach. We ultimately found a diet that suited her needs, and she lived a long and healthy life.

My experience with Kim showed me that Dobermans, like any other breed, are unique individuals with their own personalities, quirks, and habits. They all have traits and behaviours that are specific to them, and it is essential to understand and work with them rather than against them.

I hope my personal experience helps anyone who is considering adopting a rescue Doberman or any other dog.



I am quite fascinated by the breed and its storied history. Louis Dobermann, for the uninitiated, was also known as a dog catcher, which made it easy for him to select dogs for breeding based on their physical attributes and personality traits. The resulting breed was initially suited for protection, guarding property, and other military, police, and related roles. Today, the breed has evolved and flourished as a loyal, agile, and intelligent companion dog.

Incredibly, the first Doberman was not named after its founder, Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, but by a German tax collector named Otto Goeller, who allegedly suggested the name "Doberman-pinscher," where "pinscher" is another term for "terrier." Also, the breed was initially produced without any inclination toward specific colourings. But with time, the black and rust tan Doberman became more popular, so black and tan Dobermans eventually faded out of existence.

Hope this helps provide more context.


Hello everyone,

I enjoyed reading about the interesting history of Doberman in this forum. I wanted to share my personal experience with the breed. I had a Doberman named Max that was the most loyal and affectionate dog I've ever had. Max was extremely intelligent, always seeking attention, and protective of our family.

Dobermans are known for their high energy level and need for regular exercise. Max used to love going for long walks and running in the park. He was also incredibly playful and loved playing fetch with his ball. We used to take him to the beach, and he would spend endless hours running around and swimming in the waves, which seems to be one of his favourite activities.

If you are an active person, have a lot of space, and are looking for a dog that is both loyal and protective, the Doberman could be the perfect breed for you. However, as with any dog, it is crucial to train them well and socialize them early so that they can adapt well with other dogs and people.

I hope my personal experience has been helpful.


Hello everyone,

I also have a personal experience story to share about the Doberman breed. I grew up with a Doberman named Bella. She was a family gift from a friend, and I think we hit the jackpot.

Bella was an incredibly gentle and loving dog. She had a great temperament and was so patient with everyone. One of the things that stood out about her personality was that she was not very protective, which I think comes from her genuine love of people.

Bella was really smart and learned things quickly. We did a lot of training with her, and she was always eager to learn new things. She also loved to play fetch and would have played all day if she could.

Bella was a great pet, and we miss her dearly. When considering adopting a Doberman, it's important to remember that they have different personalities and temperaments. They all have a mix of energy, intelligence, and protectiveness, just like any other breed.

It is crucial to spend time with the dog before adopting it and get to know its unique personality, find the best approach to training and daily activities that suit individual needs, and provide a safe and nurturing environment. A well-trained and socialized Doberman makes an excellent companion and a faithful family guardian.

I hope this experience helps anyone who's considering getting a Doberman!



I'm really enjoying reading the insights about the Doberman breed. I want to add a few more details that I find fascinating.

The Dobermann breed was unknown to most people until the late 1800s, outside of Germany. In the United States, the breed became popular during World War II, specifically as K-9 units became widespread.

Interestingly, the Doberman breed was also associated with Nazi Germany, which has led to some negative connotations about the breed. However, the history of that association is more complicated than it seems; while the breed was used as a guard dog in concentration camps, it was also used by the Nazis' enemies, such as the American military. The Doberman didn't choose its role in human history, and it's important to remember that the breed can be outstanding pets when treated with love and care.

I hope this provides some more insight into the breed's history.


Hi there,

I happen to know a little bit about the history of the Doberman, so I thought I'd chime in. The breed was first developed in the 19th century by a man named Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, who was a tax collector in Germany. He wanted a dog that would keep him safe while he collected taxes from areas that were known for being dangerous. So, he started to breed dogs that he thought would be good for this purpose - German Pinschers, Rottweilers, and Black and Tan Terriers.

The breed was initially called the Doberman Pinscher, but the Pinscher was later dropped from the name. Interestingly, when the first Doberman was presented at a dog show, it was not well-received by the judges because it didn't look like any other breed they had seen before. But over time, the breed became more and more popular, and today the Doberman is known for being a loyal and protective companion.

I hope that helps answer your question!

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