Different breeds of dogs.
by Dennis Fisher.
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This large breed of dog, approximately 27 inches at the shoulder and weighing from 75-80 pounds in weight, was originally bred to be an lithe, athletic, aggressive watchdog.
In the 1860ís a German Tax collector named Louis Dobermann decided to breed a special guard dog that would protect him on his journeys through unfriendly territories. He wanted a dog that was large, aggressive, lively, energetic and also intelligent.
The Dobermann Pincher, as the breed was called, was developed from a mixture of Greyhound, Rottweilers and a number of other breeds.
The animal Louis Dobermnann eventually bred suited his purpose very well. It was strong, lithe, muscular and powerful while retaining the elegance he wanted.
Because of its many fine qualities, and particularly its usefulness as a watchdog, the dog became popular all over Europe and later also in England.
While cropping of the ears is permitted in Europe and the United States, it is prohibited in England, the British commonwealth and also in some other parts of the world.
While it is certainly more humane not to crop the ears of a dog, there is no doubt that from an appearance point of view. the cropped Doberman definitely has a more elegant appearance the uncropped variety.
The modern Doberman is available in quite a wide variety of colors ranging from Black with tan markings, brown with rust markings, and also a bluish gray color.
The coat is smooth, short and hard and does not require a great deal of grooming. This is a decided advantage and is one of the reasons for the breedís popularity.
It is a short-backed, lithe, athletic, very elegant animal that moves with grace and harmony.
The Doberman does make a good family dog and is generally very good with children, but it is an animal that does require a great deal of firm handling, particularly when it is young.
The adolescent Doberman also goes through a stage of obstinacy that sometimes results in a clash of wills with the owner. This applies not only to the male but also the female.
There is also a wide variation in temperament in various strains. Where breeders have concentrated on conformation breed shows where elegance and movement are of primary importance, and paid little attention to temperament, this has resulted in an animal with a temperament that if far from ideal. Some Dobermans are very highly strung and require very careful handling.
My very first dog, while I was still a very young child, was a Doberman. I must say that I had no problems at all with my Dobe. He was lovable, affectionate and, although not a very good show specimen, completely reliable in temperament.
The reason for this is because my father selected the pup from a litter bred by friends. He had the opportunity to see both the sire and dam of the litter and made quite sure the temperaments were sound.
This should be a general rule with regard to the choice of any pup. If at all possible make a point of viewing both parents. If this is not possible ask reliable, knowledgeable friends in the area from where the pup is bred to do this for you.
Although this large was originally bred to be a guard dog, unfortunately many specimens today appear to have lost their protective ability. They are not as bold as one would wish. For this reason, if it is a guard dog you need, you have to be very judicious about the particular strain you select.
A good, well-bred Doberman is one of the most beautiful of dogs, strong, lithe and athletic. It is also a very intelligent breed that is easy to train. But here again it is worthwhile repeating the advice I have given. Make a point of viewing the parents if you decide to select a dog of this breed. However beautiful the parents of the pup may be, let temperament be the deciding factor.