Illustrated Standard – Origin and Purpose

CKC Standard – Origin and Purpose

The Doberman Pinscher originated in Germany around 1890, and takes its name from Louis Dobermann. It was used almost exclusively as a guard dog. In today’s society the properly bred specimen makes a loving and obedient family companion.


Many breeds were used in the building of the Doberman, including the Beauceron,

Greyhound, Great Dane, Manchester Terrier, Old German Shepherd Dog and some hunting dogs. As you read the standard, you will find some things mentioned as deviations from the standard that may remind you of the original breeds that were used to make the Doberman. This is not by chance. When you see a Doberman, we want you to see the whole cloth, not the threads that have been used to make the fabric.