Large or Giant Doberman (Warlock Doberman)

The Fad, The Legend, The Damage to the Breed

The Doberman Pinscher is a medium to large breed. Males are 26 to 28 inches (66-71 cm) tall and females are 24 to 26 (61-66 cm) tall both with a weight ranging from 65 to 95 pounds. At this size a Doberman is strong and agile. His strength allows him to easily pull a 200 pound man to the ground out of a car window, yet his compact size allows him to turn on a dime protecting every square inch of his body. He is a quick athlete, able to leap onto a car or rush to his family’s rescue.

To some people, who understand neither dog physics nor the intricacies of combat, bigger is always better. In the 1970's a boom in Doberman popularity began likely due to the increased crime within middle income suburbs. During this time the Doberman apparently seemed to be the quintessential guard dog. 

These factors caused a huge increase in demand for the Doberman. Such increases in demand are rarely filled by quality breeders. So along with the boom in Doberman popularity went a boom in irresponsible breeding, and thus irresponsible Doberman owners.

As with any trend or fad, people look for what seems to be better than their neighbor, and in many cases better meant bigger. To supply this demand many irresponsible breeders focused on larger Dobermans and even bred the Doberman to larger breeds such as the Great Dane and Rottweiler.

Before this boom in Doberman destruction, there was something of a legend called The Warlock Doberman. Likely propagated by poor quality breeders not knowing what they’re talking about, the legend was that the Warlock Doberman was a special Doberman identifiable only by the truly enlightened Warlock Doberman fancier.

Some described the Warlock Doberman as having certain build or body motion. Others claimed it could be revealed by the Warlock Doberman’s look of the eye. Some would point out a mark on the coat or certain pattern in color, perhaps whatever would dupe the unknowing puppy buyer into taking home a puppy for a handsome price.

Somehow, in the 70’s the Warlock term began to mean large Doberman. Historically, this has no logic. Historically, the Warlock myth likely grew out of the fame of Borong the Warlock, a Doberman bred and shone by Henry Frampton in the 1950’s who was very popular in the show ring.

Borong’s success was not only due to his favorable confirmation but also to Henry Frampton’s friendly nature. Borong’s temperament was cool and calm, a contrast to the normal Doberman of the time. This handler and dog did well in promoting the loving and friendly nature of the Doberman Pinscher.

Today, few if any Doberman breeders knowingly have Borog in their blood lines. When the “Warlock Doberman” term is used it is most certainly referring to an imaginary class of superior quality Dobermans and in even less informed cases used to refer to a grossly oversized Doberman.

Wise Doberman parents and breeders will avoid anyone interested in greatly oversized Dobermans. These Dobermans suffer from a variety of health issues due to their hastily increased body size and irresponsible breeding focus. Additionally, their increased size removes their agility making them less effective at what they were originally bred for and does further damage to the Doberman Pinscher breed.