The Doberman Pinscher is an aristocratic, elegant, compact, and athletic square-proportioned dog, usually black and tan or red and tan. The sleek, short coat’s well-defined markings complement the sharply defined body contours. The head is long and narrow and the top of the skull is flat; the head resembles a blunt wedge from the side and top. The eyes are almond-shaped, dark, and lively. Ears may be cropped or natural, but the tail is generally docked at the second joint. The body is squarely proportioned, about the same length as the height at the withers, with a well-tucked-up abdomen. The breed has a graceful and buoyant gait. Colors are black and tan, red and tan, blue and tan, and fawn and tan. History:
The Doberman Pinscher was named after Louis Dobermann, a German who developed the breed in the late 1800s. Dobermann was a tax collector working in rough neighborhoods, rightfully afraid of being attacked. He decided to create a new breed: an aggressive, alert protection dog to help him in his work. It is thought that he crossed German Pinschers with Rottweillers, Beaucerons, Pinschers, Greyhounds, and other breeds to create the sleek and highly intelligent Doberman Pinscher. True to his original purpose, the Doberman excels at police, military, and guard work. The breed has been used to patrol department stores to catch "sleep’ins," thieves hiding in the store after hours. Many Dobermans have been war heroes, serving as first-aid dogs, attack dogs, patrol and sentry dogs, messengers, and mine-detecting dogs. The Doberman also excels at competitive obedience, Schutzhund, and tracking. The breed’s appearance itself is a potent crime deterrent. A well-bred, well-trained, and well-treated Doberman Pinscher can be a fine companion dog.