Apolda was an industrial and textile town of about 20,000 people. More important to the development of the Doberman, it was also the stage for an annual dog market where all types of dogs from all over the world would be gathered for showing and sale.

Throughout Karl Dobermann’s life he worked several different jobs including work as a skinner at a municipal slaughter house, a tax collector, dog catcher, and night policeman. Dobermann maintained the company of personal protection dogs during many of these duties and grew an awareness of the best attributes of a dog for such jobs.

Dobermann’s dogs were aggressive and fearless, usually of a medium compact size, just large enough to prove a mighty deterrent to a would be attacker. These dogs also needed to be with him all day and obey his commands. This requires an obedient and sound tempered animal.

In 1880, Dobermann bought a home in Apolda which made room for serious breeding activities. Along with two fellow police friends, Herr Rable and Herr Bottger, he began the breed we now know as the Doberman Pinscher.

Theodore F. Jager, one of the first significant importers of the Doberman Pinscher to the United States wrote in his 1910 book The Police Dog, “loved next to dogs, good health-giving beer, and the three to invest all their earnings in the ‘liquide bread’ as they considered it, was a rule of their lives which they never broke.” The three friends attended Apalda’s annual dog show where they sold and likely obtained some of their stock.