Breed History

1890 Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann (1834-1894) of Apolda, Germany combines several breeds of dogs to create "Dobermann's Pinschers".



1908 The Doberman breed was first registered with the American Kennel Club.  It was not until 1922 that more than 100 were registered each year. In 1934, more than 1,000 were registered each year and in 1941 there were 1,637 Dobes registered and they were 15th in popularity amongst purebred dogs. Although there were not a great number of Dobes, they were the one breed that had been produced to be "police-soldier" dogs.  


1921 Doberman Pinscher Club of America founded by George Earle III.  You can learn much more about our founder by clicking here.

1928 Ch. Big Boy of White Gate (owner/breeder Howard K. Mohr) wins the 1st Best in Show for an American-bred Doberman at the Rhode Island Kennel Club show.
1939 Ch. Ferry v Raufelsen of Giralda (owner/breeder Mrs. M Hartley Dodge) is the first Doberman to win Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club show


1944 25 Marine War Dogs gave their lives liberating Guam.  They served as sentries, messengers, and scouts.



1945 Historic Newsreel recounts America's invasion of the island of Okinawa, which proved to be one of the bloodiest engagements of WWII. Archival footage provided by The Military Network.  This footage shows a brave Doberman.

1951 Enjoy Peggy Adamson with her "Tater', Ch. Dictator v Glenhugel CD. 

Also enjoy Ch. Emperor of Marienland:
Ch. Rancho Dobe's Storm (grandson of Ch. Ferry v Raufelsen of Giralda [see above]; owner Len Carey breeder Brint/Vivian Edwards) wins back to back Best in Shows at Westminster.  Shown here in 1952. For more Westminster winners, please click here.


1950's After Tess Henseler of vom Arthal Dobermans watched a performance by the Lippizaner horses of Vienna, she starts the Doberman Drill Team.  Their performances include Madison Square Gardens in New York City at the Westminster Kennel Club show.



Mrs. Alvarez's Doberman Drill Team toured the United States and Canada for nearly 30 years giving demonstrations at hospitals and public events.

1978 Am/Can Ch. OTCH Teraden's Sweet Gypsy Rose ROM (owner Irene Quesnoy breeder Denyse Lee) is the first Doberman to achieve an obedience trial championship (OTCH).
1989 Ch. Royal Tudor Wild as the Wind UDTX ROM (owner Arthur/Sue Korp Beth Wilhite breeder Beth Wilhite & Judy Bingham) wins Best in Show at Westminster.  In 1988, Indy was also #1 dog all breeds.  For more Westminster winners, please click here.


1992 Ch. Brunswig's Cryptonite (owner Sam/Marion Lawrence breeder Robert/Phyllis Farrer) achieves 124 Best in Show awards. He remains the top winning Doberman in breed history.


1994 "Always Faithful," a memorial statue commissioned by the United Doberman Club is installed in Guam. It serves as a permanent remembrance of the courageous Dobermans that gave their lives in service to America and the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. The statue was created by accomplished sculptor, Susan Bahary.


1995 Am./Can./Int. Ch. Wingate's Leading Edge, Am./Can. CD, CDX, UD, CGC, TDI, ROM "Ryan" (owner Kathy Rambo breeder Jody Pidino Jan Reed) becomes first Doberman Pinscher in history to achieve Top 20 Status in both Conformation and Obedience in the same year.  He wins the Top 20 Conformation Event in 1998.  The Ryan Award inaugurated in 1999 to honor any dog who achieves this feat.

  The Ryan Award

1998 Ch. Toledobes Serenghetti (owner Richard/Sandra Johnson Howard/Huston Hedinger; breeder Sue Brown Judy Doniere Barb Randall ) leads working group dogs with 81 Group Firsts and 23 Best in Shows. She remains the "winningest" Doberman Pinscher bitch of all time with 99 Best in Shows.

2000 MACH6 Ravenswood Sunnysky Careveil CDX "Sunny" (owner Claire D'Andrea; breeder Carole Hoeker, Betty Clark) is the first Doberman to achieve a Master Agility Championship (MACH).  She went onto complete this feat an amazing 6 times (MACH6).
2001 Search and Rescue Dobermans assist at the World Trade Center attack Ground Zero.  Shirley Hammond and her Dobe are captured in this photo.


2002 Ch. MACH Carosel Mexican Princess ROM (owner Rae A O'Leary; breeder Carol Petruzzo Janet Pomerantz Manolo Queljeiro) is the 1st Champion Doberman to earn a master agility championship (MACH). 


2005 Cara's Red Sasha, IPO 3 (owner/breeder Ray Carlisle), wins the IDC World Championship. She is the only Doberman bred on American soil to achieve this feat. During the same year Cara's Top Shelf, SchH3, IPO3, placed fourth in the same competition and won the Italian Doberman Pinscher National. He is also the only American-bred Doberman to accomplish this.


2006 Ch. OTCH MACH Jaro Steel Magnolia Alisaton UDX ROM "Smurf" (owner Mary Fitzgerald DVM Gwen DeMilta Grahm Swayze; breeder Jim/Roseanne Kelly) earns her third championship title, making her the only Doberman to have achieved the Triple Crown. She is a conformation (CH), obedience trial (OTCH) and master agility champion (MACH).


2008 The Doberman Pinscher Club of America celebrates the Doberman Pinscher, faithful Americans for 100 years. 

(Ch. Marienburg's Mary Hartman and Ch. Marienburg's Sun Hawk bred/owned by Mary Rodgers)

2010 MACH7 ADCH Thornwoods Flare CD MXF TQX TM WAC CGC TDI (owner Yvonne Mancino; breeder Sharon Stimpfle) is the first Doberman to earn her Master Agility Championship seven (7) times. By the fall of 2011, Flare was a MACH9!!!

2011 CT Wingate 'N Sherluck's Vanadium WAC TDX VST "Vada" (owner Jan Plagenz; breeder Jody Huston Faye/Gary Strauss) becomes the first Doberman to be awarded the Champion Tracker title.  To be a "champion tracker" a dog must hold 3 tracking titles - TD (tracking dog), TDX (tracking dog excellent), and VST (variable surface tracking). 

2011 Ch. Catawba's Take no Prisoners CD ROM SchHI (breeder/owner Susan Miller) is the first Best in Show CD ROM Doberman to obtain a Schutzhund I title.

2011 CH MACH D'Tales Vivala Ignition Redlaur NF ROM (owned by Connie Apling; breeder Laurie Gott and Stephanie Rudich) is the first Doberman to qualify for both the Top 20 conformation (2008) and Top 20 agility (2011)

2013 CH MACH Pajant's Silent Power Alisaton CDX RE MXS MJB XF T2B TDI TT CGC ROM (owned by Carol Witt and Barbara Hall) is the first Male Doberman to be a dual Champion.  He earned his conformation championship in 2009 and his Master Agility Championship (MACH) in 2013.


2014 Ch. OTCH Platinum's Black Again RN UDX6 OGM is the first Doberman to earn the Obedience Grand Master title.  Jessi is owned by Sue & Art Korp.

2016 CT Wingate 'N Sherluck's Vanadium GO UDX VST MX MXJ VCD4 WAC "Vada" (owner Jan Plagenz; breeder Jody Huston, Faye/Gary Strauss) becomes the first Doberman to be awarded the VCD4 title. To earn the VCD4 title, the dog must reach the 4th level in each the obedience (Utility Dog Excellent), tracking (Variable Surface Tracker), and agility (Master Agility Excellent, Master Agility Jumper) venues.