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Founders of the Breed
Friederich Louis Dobermann was born in 1834, became a rent and tax collector and served during the evening hours as a police officer in the town of Apolda, in the state of Thuringia, in the south-central part of Germany. In 1889, while also keeper of the local dog pound, he decided to try his hand at breeding the perfect guard dog, the kind of dogs he felt would serve as a protector for him as he made his rounds. He is, quite rightly, credited with orginating the breed that is named after him, but he died in 1894.

F. L. Dobermann
The early promotion and stabilisation of the Dobermann was the work of mainly Göller (v Thüringen), Tischler (v Grönland) and Krumbholz (v Ilm-Athen). These three kennel names are found in the 'fountainheads' of the breed. The dogs bred and owned by F.L. Dobermann were working dogs useful, sharp and vicious. He was not interested in the conformation side of the dog as long the temperament answered his dream. So Dobermann did not keep any records of the crosses that he did. He just used any dog that was strong and of the desired character. He could select them from large numbers of dogs and used any he fancied for breeding.
Mr. Otto Göller, the owner of a liqueur factory in Apolda was born in 1852 and died in 1922. He had of course met F.L. Dobermann and his dogs and found them very attractive. He was the very great architect and sponsor of the breed and though his efforts the breed was oficially recognised by the German kennel Club in 1900. On 1899 on the 27th of August O. Göller founded The Dobermann Pinscher Club Apolda. (It later became the National Dobermamnn Pinscher Club of Germany). 
Otto Göller
Otto Göller
It was clear that by that time the breed needed a name. Dogs bred by Herr Dobermann had already been given various names for examble Thurigian pinschers, Bellings etc. At the time whenever Herr Dobermann saw a sharp black and tan mongrel he said "that's my dog". Which led people from outside Apolda to refer to Herr Dobermann's dogs as "Dobermanns". At the dog market in Apolda dog people spoke about the pinschers of Dobermann (Dobermann's Pinschers). Out of respect for all the work done by Herr Dobermann it was clear to O. Göller and his friends that the name of Dobermann should be connected with the breed forever. In Germany at that time there were only Hunting dogs, Sheperd dogs, Butcher dogs and Pinschers and therefore it was decided that the new breed schould called The Dobermann Pinscher.
Goswin Tischler who was born on 18.1.1859 in Apolda and died in 1939 was one of the patriarchs of the dobermann breed and was possibly the most important breeder of his time. Not only had he the advantage of seeing how the breed developed but also the opportunity to play a part in its evolution. Tischlers contribution to breed was of great value. He bred under the name "v. Grönland" after a street in his home town. He was close friend of O. Göller and they exchanged dogs.

Goswin Tischler
The very infulental sires Graf Belling and his brother Greif von Grönland were both bred in his kennel part of the well known five-star-litter.
It is, perhaps, difficult to say exactly when the first of the dogs from the early crosses was called a Dobermann, or Dobermannpinscher. Certainly, a few Dobermanns were to be found at the first German dog show at Erfurt in 1897, and in increasing numbers at subsequent shows. By 1900, there was some degree of uniformity in breed type, and the Dobermann soon became accepted as a new breed. Among the earliest Dobermanns was Alarich v Thüringen the maternal gransire of (Landgraf) Sighart v Thüringen (1900). Alarich was known his extreme sharpness, and was feared accordingly.  A descendant of Sighart was Hellegraf v Thüringen (1904), of whom Grüning wrote, 'Let the name be written in letters of fire', because of his
Otto Göller
Otto Göller
power to transmit breed quality; many lines radiate from him. Hellegraf was brown, and his sister Gunzelin (1906) was blue. It is clear, therefore, that the genes for all colours other than black were established by about 1900.

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