The tall, sleek, muscular, athletic, and intimidating Doberman Pinscher is an iconic guard dog and a loving pet. If you were thinking of getting a guard dog, then the Doberman would be one of the first breeds that come to your mind and that’s for good reason. One of the most common impressions that the Doberman has on people is that it is a very aggressive dog, but that is merely scratching the surface of this beautiful and intelligent animal because there is so much more to learn about them that would surprise you. Here are 5 interesting facts that you probably did not know about this incredible animal.
1. They Played an Important Role in World War 2
Contrary to popular belief, Doberman Pinschers have played some of the most phenomenal roles throughout history, despite them being a relatively new breed, which is a truly astounding achievement. During World War 2, they were used extensively to support the Armed Forces on the battlefield by searching for the enemies, alerting the troops of an attack, and aiding their allies in various other ways through the war. A brave Doberman Pincher called Kurt was killed by a grenade as he barked and alerted his fellow soldiers of the impending blast. He saved the lives of many soldiers.
2. Dobermans are Less Aggressive than you think
Make no mistake that aggression towards strangers is something that comes naturally to Dobermans, but you would almost never hear of a case where a Doberman was aggressive toward his or her owners. In fact, they are the least aggressive to their owners as compared to all of the other dog breeds such as Great Danes, Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, etc. This gives them great potential for being a family pet. However, you must train them well regarding their behavior around children and in various other social situations.
3. They are Quite Sensitive to Cold Temperatures.
Despite them having a very tough and intimidating look, they are actually a lot more sensitive than you might think, both emotionally and physically. One such weakness is their ability to tolerate cold weather. This is because of their slender and muscular body structure since they do not have a lot of body fat it makes them very sensitive to cold.
4. They were Breed as a Protection Dog.
You would find a lot of Dobermans in security roles for the protection of their owners, business premises, and other privately owned properties. Intruders fear them terribly and when an intruder sees a Doberman guarding the property, it greatly reduces the risk of a crime taking place because nobody would want to mess with them.
5. Dobermans are a Mix of other Breeds.
The original Doberman is a cocktail mixture of various other breeds of dogs such as the German Pinscher, the Beauceron, the Weimaraner, and the Rottweiler. The breed was further developed by the Americal Kennel Club that stated the other breeds used were; the Black and Tan Terrier, and the Old Shorthaired Shepherd.