In the mid 19th century a German tax collector by the name of Louis Doberman was looking for a dog to help his passage through areas where bandits were rife. So, he crossed a number of breeds including Rottweiler, German Pinscher and Greyhounds to name a few. Since then, the breed has become synonymous with the guard dog image and one not to be messed with.
Studies done on aggression of dog breeds shows that the Doberman when properly trained is less aggressive than other common breeds including Cocker Spaniels!
Doberman's have a huge amount of strength and stamina and are both loyal and affectionate. Dobes, as they are also called, make excellent therapy dogs, easily dealing with any cables and equipment and still be protective to the patient.
The Doberman's health is something that can cause concern for any owners. Dilated Cardiomyopathy is a common disease especially in Doberman's and can prove to be fatal. The Doberman is more prone to other diseases as well such as prostatic disease and congestive heart failure.