Dobermans are not dogs, they are not cats or any other domesticated species. They belong to the same family as wolves, foxes and coyotes. However, unlike these animals they have developed their own unique set of characteristics which make them stand out from all others. These traits include their large size, powerful jaws, keen sense of smell and ability to hunt both day and night.
The most obvious characteristic of a dog is its long body; it makes up for its length with strength and agility. Dogs are capable of running at speeds exceeding 30 miles per hour (48 km/h). Their strong legs allow them to jump great heights without falling down.
They are able to run on all fours and can even swim.
Dogs’ eyesight is excellent, but not perfect. They see well in dim light conditions and in total darkness they can still detect movement at distances of up to 100 feet (30 m) away. A dog’s hearing is also very good, allowing it to hear sounds from 20 feet (6 meters) away.
The sense of smell is perhaps a canine’s most important asset; it can identify and distinguish between several different smells at a distance of five miles (8 kilometers).
The most distinctive feature of a dog is its rigid tail. It has evolved to communicate mood and intention. A dog can communicate being happy, playful, curious, excited, and more.
Likewise, several different shapes can be combined to express more complex emotions.
A dog’s teeth serve many purposes, and a Doberman’s are no exception. Not only are they used for hunting and fighting, but they are also capable of carrying and fetching objects. A common misconception is that dogs are constantly hungry and looking for food.
Though they eat more than most humans, they actually require much less sustenance to survive and are not interested in food all the time.
The history of the Doberman Pinscher is a long and interesting one. The story begins in the 1800s, when a man named Karl Friedrich Louis von Doberman served as the Chief of Staff for the Prussian Army. Von Doberman was a loyal and honorable man who loved his country with all his heart.
His job was to train soldiers to protect their land if war ever broke out.
Von Doberman was extremely skilled at his job; he trained the soldiers to defend themselves without hesitation and even fought along side them. One day, a gunsmith by the name of Friedrich Augustus Heinrich Gelzer presented him with a new invention: the revolver. The revolver was smaller, lighter and more efficient than any pistol that had come before it.
Gelzer asked von Doberman for his opinion on the gun. He told him that it needed improvement and took it back to his workshop. There, along with his assistant Nikolaus August Otto and other gunsmiths, he spent many hours working on the pistol.
They worked so hard and for so long that they began to fall ill. That is when von Doberman had an idea.
His wife’s grandfather was a veterinarian and had recently died. He had left behind a book explaining the medicinal uses of certain herbs. One particular herb, Ipecacuanha, when ingested in small amounts, would act as an emetic.
In other words, it could make a person vomit. This would prove most useful if someone had eaten a poison or eaten too much food.
Von Doberman decided to use this information to invent a new type of gun: one that could shoot out bullets and either injure or kill the enemy. He designed a rifle that could hold twelve bullets in a revolving chamber. The gun was later renamed in his honor and became known as the “Doberman-Gewehr”.
It would later become the standard rifle for the Prussian military.
Von Doberman was promoted to general for his efforts in improving the military’s efficiency, and he also became a national hero. Von Doberman retired shortly after and opened up a gun workshop. He lived the rest of his life happily with his family.
It was in 1903 that the Doberman Pinscher first came into being. Mr R. Goebel and Mr A.
Oliver, two men working for a German dog breeder named Louis Doberman, were given the task of finding a use for some dogs that had been abandoned by an army sergeant. At the time, Doberman was too busy to take care of them himself and so the dogs were put up for sale.
When Mr. Goebel and Mr. Oliver went to see the dogs they were impressed by their intelligence and strength.
A female dog caught their eye in particular – she seemed to be more attentive than the rest. They bought her for two German gold marks and later gave her the name “Heidi”.
The intelligent Heidi gave birth to several puppies. Mr. Goebel and Mr.
Oliver picked out two of them for their own (The rest were given to other people to be pets or to other soldiers as war dogs). One of these two was a male: named “Horand v Graudenzer Goldfuchs” or ” Bleuch” for short, which means “blaze”. The other was a female: named “Zette”.
In 1919, Mr. Goebel and Mr. Oliver decided to join the German kennel club.
They needed a name for their dogs, so they came up with “Doberman-pinscher”. The name comes from Louis Doberman, the man who had originally bred them and the city he lived in (Dobermans are common in that city even today). After winning several competitions, the Doberman became more and more popular and today is the most common guard dog in the world.
In the early part of the Second World War, Dobermans were used as “war dogs” in the same way that they had been during the first World War. There is a story that a platoon of Doberman’s led by a soldier named Hans, went through the city of Athens and ejected the enemy (Italy) from it. After this victory, the dogs (and their master) returned to their headquarters.
When they arrived, the commanding officer said: “Where’s Hans?”
. They thought he was in the back, so the driver got out to go and look. He came back to say that the dog had no attachment to a leash and ran off somewhere. They looked everywhere for him but he was gone. The story goes that he got lost and found his way back to his old home in Germany where he lived out the rest of his life on a farm with his original master, Hans.
The Doberman is a very independent dog and does not like to be treated as a pet, but more as a friend. It is the only dog that will bark when it meets an enemy or a stranger.
Its purpose is not just to guard you or your property, it will also attack if necessary. If you are planning to get a Doberman, it is important to remember: they are not “soft”, “cuddly” dogs! They will only attack if necessary and they need constant exercise or they will become destructive.
However, that is not to say that they are completely “bad”. Their loyalty is almost unsurpassed and they get along very well with children. If treated properly, you will have a friend and protector for many years.
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