The Doberman Pinscher is thought to have originated in the early 1900s in Germany. He’s named after Louis Dobermann who was a tax collector and needed a guard dog and companion. His ancestors included the Rottweiler, the German Pinscher, the shorthaired shepherd and the Black and Tan terrier.

He’s a muscular, medium size, square dog with great speed and endurance. He has a good temperament and is highly intelligent. He’s easily trained and has been used as a war dog and police dog. He’s obedient, fearless, and watchful and not only can give a warning but will back it up when necessary. He needs regular exercise but his short coat only needs minimal grooming. His hard, short coat can be coloured fawn, blue, red or black. He’s 24 – 28 inches in height.