In the early 1880s in Apolda, Germany, the Doberman was bred as a formidable guard dog. Since the American Kennel Club recognised it as a breed in 1908, its popularity has soared. Today's breed is less tough and more polished, yet it's still regal and a good defender and companion.

The species is a fresh arrival

 Dobermans sixth smartest dog (this is after the Border Collie, Poodle, German Shepherd and Golden Retriever). The study looked at the breed's capacity to obey a new order. They can learn 50 human words five times faster than other kinds. Dobermans are easy to train if properly managed since they want to please their owner.

They are the fifth most intelligent dog

As a working dog, the Doberman is busy and appreciates having a job to complete; make sure he has adequate space and exercise. The breed has been utilised as a police dog because it's swift and smart. Dobermans can run 32 mph, great for catching fleeing crooks. Due to their protective tendencies, guard dogs were also used as service dogs.

They enjoy working

While bred to be ferocious, these dogs are docile and loving. Over time, their harshness has been bred out of them, and they now have a softer side. The Doberman may make a terrific family dog if properly trained and socialised. They love to be involved and cuddle with you and your kids.

Their ferocity is undeserved

Herr Karl Louise Dobermann of Apolda bred the Doberman. As a taxman, Dobermann worked late shifts and carried a lot of money, so he needed a guard dog to defend him and a buddy by his side. Only the Doberman has preserved its founder's name.

Tax collector bred them

It is thought the Doberman was bred from the German Shorthaired Pointer, Rottweiler, Weimaraner, Manchester Terrier, Great Dane, Beauceron, Black and Tan Terrier, and Greyhound. Four colours of Doberman exist. Black and tan is the most prevalent, although it also comes in other colours.

Unknown breed combination

Dobermans are born with long tails and floppy ears, not short tails and pointed ears. Tails and ears were often trimmed because they were bred as security dogs. Long tails and ears helped them land. This is still contentious. Most of Europe bans it, and the AVMA opposes it.

Ears and tails were docked

Dobermans helped guard soldiers and find mines in both World Wars. Kurt, a Doberman, was the first canine victim of WWII in 1994. The heroic mutt was murdered by a grenade while warning troops of the enemy. Kurt was interred in the USMC War Dog Cemetery.

First dog war heroes

Henseler formed the first Doberman drill team. The drill team of 22 marchers and 18 Doberman Pinschers. They marched at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 1959. Drill teams showed off the canines' agility and intelligence during athletic events and celebrations. It boosted their reputation by showing how hard they worked.

They are practised

The short-haired Doberman's little body fat renders it cold-sensitive. If it's cold, bring a dog sweater. They hate the cold and rain and won't go outside. Warning! That's not everything. This breed's black coat causes heat stroke in hot weather. Keep your dog in the shade and pack a cooling vest.

Cold bothers them

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