Dobermans After Karl Dobermann

Dobermann’s Successors

After Karl Dobermann, the two men responsible for establishing the Doberman breed were Otto Goeller (1852-1922) of Thueringin Kennel and Goswin Tischler (1859-1939) of Groenland Kennel.

Goeller, who was also initially interested in the naturally bobbed tail, wrote the first standard for the Doberman in 1899. Also in 1899, he officially named the Doberman breed and formed the German Doberman Pinscher Club. He was an authority on the breed and and wrote several informational pamphlets.

Osker Vorwerk, who developed a new breed of poultry, encouraged Goeller to initially get into breeding dogs. Eventually, Goeller’s residence would be crowded with dogs as he produced hundreds of them, many of which would become world renowned Dobermans.

In 1904, Goeller produced Hellegraf v Thueringin, a beautiful and powerful red male who gave the breed a new stature. His puppies were in great demand and two of them, a male Annagret II v Thueringen and female Claudius v Thueringen, shipped to the United States in 1908.

Tischer worked more in the background and produced the world famous Five Star Litter, Belling, Greif, Krone, Lottchen, and Tilly II; all v Groenland. The son of Grief v Groenlan, Bertel v Hohenstein born in 1905, in 1907 was the first well bred Doberman to be imported into the United States and became the foundation of quality Doberman breeding there.

Also a major early Doberman breeder was Gustav Krumbholz of the Ilm-Athen Kennel in Wickerstedt. He made the first Manchester Terrier cross. He also made one of the earliest entries into the German stud book with the breeding of Greif v Groenlan to his female Lady v Ilm-Athen, who was part Manchester Terrier. One of the products of this breeding was Prinz Modern v Ilm-Athen, who became an important stud in the United States before 1910.