Dobermann is of medium size, strong and muscularly built.
Through the elegant lines of its body, its proud stature,
and its expression of determination, it conforms to the ideal
picture of a dog.
Dobermann is the only German breed which bears the name of
its original breeder, Friedrich Louis Dobermann (02.01.1834
He was believed to be a tax collector, offal abattoir manager
(knacker) and a part time dog catcher, legally able to catch
all stray dogs. He bred with animals from this reservoir that
were particularly sharp. The so called "butcher's dogs"
which were already considered a relatively pure breed at that
time, played a most important role in the origination of the
Dobermann breed. These dogs were an early type of Rottweiler,
mixed with a type of shepherd which existed in "Thüringen"
as a black dog with rust red markings. Herr Dobermann bred
with this mixture of dogs in the Eighteen Seventies. Thus
he obtained "his breed" : not only alert, but highly
protective working and housedogs. They were often used as
guard and police dogs. Their extensive use in police work
led to the nickname "Gendarme dog". They were used
in hunting to control large vermin. In these circumstances
it was a matter of course that the Dobermann was recognized
officially as a Police Dog by the beginning of the century.
Dobermann breed requires a medium sized, powerful, muscular
dog. Despite his substance he shall be elegant and noble,
which will be evident in his body line. He must be exceptionally
suitable as protection, family companion, and working dog.
preserve and promote these talents of the Breed, during the
years have raised worldwide several national associations
that work together to build the International Dobermann
organizes two major annual conventions, which take place in
different countries every year.
first convention reaches its height with the IDC Weltmeistershaft,
national team competition that awards the title of IDC
Working World Champion in the IPO 3 class,
using the international rules of FCI.
second convention is usually at the end of the summer, and
gathers delegations of each member country to collaborate
in preserving and promoting the Dobermann Breed in the world.
This international meeting has its height in its weekend show,
which awards the IDC World Champion Title.
the 2002 IDC show, there were 774 Dobermann entries in catalog
from all over the world. The American Dobermann Association
has already been invited to the 2003 convention, which will
take place in September at Bratislava in Slovakia - Europe.
is one of the national associations that protect the uniqueness
of the Dobermann breed, according to the rules of the breed's
country of origin, in order that the quality of the Dobermann
in North America may be always recognized.