Doberman Pinscher History
The Doberman Pinscher is a breed of domestic dog, one of the few breeds developed in Germany. It is a larger dog used initially by tax collectors and local authorities to guard their property against intruders. The name “Doberman” derives from the German city Doberan, where the first Dobermans were bred for use as personal protection dogs around 1876. In the 19th century Europe, it was common for middle-class families to own at least one working dog, often a terrier or an overgrown Sheltie. These would be employed on farms or sent into coal mines or other dangerous places to keep rats and other vermin populations under control, which they did with great success.
However, some farmers found that a Doberman did not have the stamina to keep up with a herd of cows or other livestock. For this reason, many farmers would later employ a Collie instead, which was significantly more efficient at keeping stock under control. In addition, the Doberman tends to be highly protective of its family and territory and is wary of strangers.