DOBERMANS AS SHOW-OFFS

two black dobermans are laying on the grass

When you think with what relative ease Dobermans slip into their various roles during a typical country dog show, you might be forgiven for thinking that inherent in their personalities is the happy desire to show off. On a more objective level, you might also note that perhaps the Doberman species is more outgoing and daring, raring to go and full of bravado, in comparison to say, a Mastiff which is ironically quite a sociable beast. Not all Dobermans, it depends on their owners really, yelp for no good reason, but I can’t help wondering whether they do this sometimes just for the attention.

One thing I have learned is that, unlike Rottweilers, Dobermans don’t particularly like being left to its own devices. They are also highly interactive dogs and, as I soon discovered, would do everything in its power to make sure that its man is alright, never mind just ramble and romp with him. Yes, there were famous show dogs, going back in time, but, like other dog breeds, the Doberman species has had its fair share of heroes as well.

If you are American and you know your history better than others, then you would possibly know that Cappy is the most famous American Doberman of all. His heroic claim to fame was that he rescued over two hundred American soldiers from the Japanese during the Second World War. Invariably, he was also the first canine war casualty, prompting the US military and government to set up a war dog cemetery, much like that set up for the brave men and women who have served and died for their country.

There are a further twenty-four Dobermans buried in that famous cemetery. But Borong the Warlock may just be the most celebrated show dog of all from the Doberman line. Going all the way back to the early nineteen-sixties, specialist Doberman judges adjudged Borong to be number one in annual top ten competition events. He won well over three hundred championships across three different countries. Thirty of those were for bests in speciality shows.

He featured in over sixty so-called working groups. He featured in over two hundred best of breed shows and in six all-breed best of the show(s). Possibly the most illustrious accolade handed to Borong the Warlock was for the Doberman Pinscher Club of America National Speciality Show which he won no less than three times. History tells us that the first Doberman was bred in 1890 and named after its breeder. Further, the first Doberman, world-wide, was registered a few years later, and in 1908 the authoritative American Kennel Club registered its first Doberman.

Those who love their canine pets beyond all others to the degree that it becomes all-encompassing and a true passion for them might want to consider becoming part of a team, that is to say; master and dog participating in local dog shows. Keeping a Doberman for these events will be particularly rewarding in the sense that, well, as I suggested earlier, Dobermans are well and truly show-offs. They revel in being in the limelight.

Your earliest forays into this enriching hobby, allowing you to cement a loving relationship with your canine friend, can begin at a good and reputable grooming school. Here, you and your dog will be enrolled in classes together, meeting up with future competitors. But sport is recreational and competition should be enjoyed. There is nothing defeatist and utterly disappointing about losing a show every now and then, other than to always remind your mate what a good boy he is.

Those less inclined towards such proclivities should, however, always remember to take their Doberman to a grooming parlour at least once a month, because there is nothing a Doberman loves more than looking and feeling its best. Like I’ve said before, good-looking Dobermans are well and truly show-offs.

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