European (German) Doberman (Dobermann) Pinscher

Focus on Workability

The Doberman Pinscher was originally produced in Germany as a personal protector for individuals and families, and for police and military work. Throughout Europe, this is still the case. Here the Doberman, or Dobermann as it's spelled, is viewed as a dog primarily for protection work (working dog) and is bred with the intention of maintaining the traits needed in a protection dog, usually termed ‘workability.’

In fact, before a Doberman’s offspring can be registered in Europe, one of its parents must hold a Schutzhund title. Schutzhund is German for ‘protection dog’ and refers to a system for testing dogs of working breeds for workability. It has also grown into a popular sport in Europe and somewhat throughout the United States, although the American Kennel Club (AKC) does not allow its affiliates to sanction Schutzhund trials because of the bite work involved.

Under the common European and German philosophy, the Doberman should be a compact dog untouchable by anyone but its owner, handler, or family. He must be strictly obedient under all circumstances and is expected to meet threats with all out aggression.

It is understood and accepted that the Doberman Pinscher is a real physical danger to anyone approaching the Doberman’s home or family in a threatening way. Understand, the European Doberman, like all healthy and properly socialized Dobermans, is not vicious. A mindless attack dog is not the goal of Schutzhund, just the opposite in fact. A mindless attacker is useless in protection work.

The ideal protection Doberman is calm and friendly until a threat is revealed. Then he will emit loud warning barks and keep himself between his handler and the threat, not pulling or leaving his handler. Only when the threat attacks, or when he is commanded, will the ideal protection Doberman attack. This is the goal of preserving the working traits and a priority in European and German Doberman Pinscher breeding.