breed history


Centennial Committee

Mr. Jeffrey Paul Helsdon

Ms. Dale Maddox Geddis
Honorary Co-Chair

Ms. Marsha Sheppard
Finance Subcommittee Chair

Ms. Sharon Pflueger and Ms. Tammy Rabold
Merchandise Sales Subcommittee Co-Chairs

Ms. Shani St. John
Media and Publicity Subcommittee Chair

Ms. Michelle Kramer
Website Chair

Ms. Jann Selleck
Servicemark Subcommittee Chair

Dr. May Jacobson
Foreign Dignitaries Subcommittee Chair

Ms. Meghan Munter
Special Projects Subcommittee Chair

Mr. Ray Carlisle
World War II Subcommittee Chair

Ms. Maria Ciski
Service Dog Subcommittee Chair

Mr. Jeffrey Paul Helsdon
Homeland Security Subcommittee Chair

Ms. Sherry Beck
Event Subcommittee Chair

Peggy Boos
Lora Van Epp
Nicole Glasser

Executive Committee Members
Dr. Sam F. Burke, Jr.
Dr. Anthony DiNardo
Ms. Ellen Hanley
Ms. Robin Kelley
Dr. Carmen Battaglia

breed history

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



1908The 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.


1921Doberman Pinscher Club of America founded by George Earle III
1928Ch. Big Boy of White Gate wins the 1st Best in Show for an American-bred Doberman at the Rhode Island Kennel Club show.
1936This historically rich video shows Dobermans and German Shepherds competing in Schutzhund in Germany:

1939Ch. Ferry v Raufelsen of Giralda is the first Doberman to win Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club show


194425 Marine War Dogs gave their lives liberating Guam.  They served as sentries, messengers, and scouts.



1945Historic 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.

1951Enjoy 7 minutes of footage of Peggy Adamson with her "Tater', Ch. Dictator v Glenhugel CD.  Don't want to watch the full length video?  Watch a short excerpt on our video channel.

Ch. Rancho Dobe's Storm (grandson of Ch. Ferry v Raufelsen of Giralda [see above]) wins back to back Best in Shows at Westminster.  Shown here in 1952.


1950'sAfter 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.

1978Am/Can Ch. OTCH Teraden's Sweet Gypsy Rose ROM is the first Doberman to achieve an obedience trial championship (OTCH).
1989Ch. Royal Tudor Wild as the Wind UDTX wins Best in Show at Westminster


1992Ch. Brunswig's Cryptonite 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.


1995Am./Can./Int. Ch. Wingate's Leading Edge, Am./Can. CD, CDX, UD, CGC, TDI, ROM (Ryan) 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

1998Ch. Toledobes Serenghetti 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.


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


2002Ch. MACH Carosel Mexican Princess ROM is the 1st Champion Doberman to earn a master agility championship (MACH)

2005Cara's Red Sasha, IPO 3, 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.

2006Ch. OTCH MACH Jaro Steel Magnolia Alisaton UDX ROM "Smurf" 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).  


2008The 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)