Cyrano is a Delaware Doberman Pinscher and graduate of Homestead Dogs 1-week Dog Obedience Training Camp. Cool, Cyrano!
In the waning years of the 19th century, a man in the town of Apolda, in the German state of Thuringia, wore many hats. In addition to his work as a night watchman, he also served as the town dog catcher and dog pound administrator.
While those can be hazardous occupations, his most dangerous job was that of tax collector. After a few run-ins, he determined some protection was needed and he began experimenting with the different breeds in his pound. Starting with the German Pinscher, Weimaraner and Rottweiler, he mixed in a list of other un-documented breeds over the years. Finally, in 1890, Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann had created the perfect protector…the Dobermann Pinscher.
As the breed became more popular, the German word for Terrier, “Pinscher”, became increasingly inappropriate and was dropped from its name in Europe (the United States retains the original name). The breed has gotten a little smaller, more fun-loving, and at some point an “N” was dropped from “Dobermann”, but they haven’t lost much else.
Besides their chiseled physique, Doberman fine-tuned the breed for high intelligence, rapid reflexes, and extreme loyalty. They also have an uncanny ability to detect threats oblivious to their pack mates and will position themselves between the threat and the pack.
These traits became highly valued in police work, search and rescue, and therapy dogs, including a highly distinguished military history.
The Doberman is highly intelligent, loyal and loves to be in the company of their pack. In addition to exercise, the Doberman also likes mental stimulation, which makes them very trainable. A properly exercised, trained, and socialized Doberman is a delightful addition to the family and has earned the respect of generations of owners around the world. But deep inside, this is one professional dog and they may not do well as a casual family pet. They need a firm alpha presence in the home. If one is not available, they likely will nominate themselves.
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