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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Doberman

The Doberman pinscher originated in Apolda, Thuringia (now in Germany), in the late nineteenth century.

Dobermans take their name from a German tax collector, Ludwig Dobermann. He bred the dogs to guard him as he did his rounds.

Dobermann had a variety of breeds to draw from, as he owned an animal shelter, including Pinscher, Rottweiler, Manchester Terrier, Beauceron, and Greyhound.

The breed was further developed by another German breeder, Otto Goeller, who added the Pinscher to the name.

Most war dogs trained for World War II were German shepherds or Labrador retrievers (for their superior noses), but the 3rd War Dog Platoon consisted of all Dobermans.

A Doberman named Kurt saved the lives of 250 Marines during the 1944 Battle of Guam. Kurt went ahead of the troops and warned them of the approaching Japanese soldiers. Although an enemy grenade killed the brave dog, many soldiers were saved from the same fate because of his bravery.

Dobermans are the fifth smartest breed and easily trained.

Source Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia © 1998 The Learning Company, Inc.

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