of Prinz Matzi von Grönland (1995, Bosco x Cäsi von Bosco) born
in the years 1893 and 1894, were the oldest Dobermanns to be entered in
one of the studbooks. Although it is uncertain who the breeder of Prinz
Matzi was, it is a fact that the male came from the kennel "von Ilm-Athen",
owner G. Krumpholz from Wikkerstedt near Apolda. When Prinz was show under
in Berlin he was purchased by O. Göller. He later gave him to his
friend O. Vorwerk in Hamburg.
Prinz Matzi was
not a perfect Dobermann even for those days. Although he was the first
Dobermann Sieger. He had a coarse and heavy body with long hair and undercoat.
His head was very strong, especially his skull. His eyes were too light
and his temperament was too wild. Characteristics he passed on to his descendants.
One of the stories about him tells us that on the day of his arrival in
Hamburg he attacked and killed a Great Dane who had just been bought by
O. Vorwerk for 1100 German Marks. The dog was immediately returned to O.
Göller in Apolda with the message "before you shoot him I want you
to use him for breeding", which O. Göller did. After a few years Matzi
was sold as a stud to Frankfurt where he sired some good local dogs, like
Siegwart v. Hochheim. Although he was of no real importance in the founding
of the breed.
DOBERMANN A Pictorial History by J. M. v.d. Zwan