The First Doberman Pinschers

Dobermann's Dog

A German dog magazine after Dobermann’s death reported that in 1860 he had purchased dogs from Christian Dietsch, a butcher from Schoeten and gravel pit owner in Apolda. Dietsch bred a blue-grey female Pinscher to a black butcher’s dog which produced offspring ideal for guard duties. Doberman crossed some of these to a black and tan German Pinscher.

Dobermann’s son, Louis said that in early 1870 his father owned a black male with red markings and a heavy grey undercoat called Schnupp. This dog may have been the product of Dobermann’s breeding of Dietsch’s dogs and the German Pinscher. Louis also said about Schnupp, “a dog of great intelligence as is seldom found. He was clever and fearless and knew how to bite. My father could not have chosen a better one.”

There is evidence however that Schnupp was neutered and did not father the impending lines of the Doberman.

Dobermann also owned a female with black and red markings named Bisart. She was of the early Doberman type. From Bisart Dobermann produced Pinko, a black female with a naturally bobbed tail. Dobermann kept her for breeding likely with the idea of producing dogs that would not require a tail doc. These efforts would later be forgone after the crosses with the English Greyhound and Manchester Terrier overriding the naturally bobbed tail.