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The Doberman pinscher : brains and beauty
Humphries, Rod.
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New York : Howell Book House, [1999]

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xii, 242 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.
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The Doberman Pinscher: Brains and Beauty gives potential owners, new converts and veteran Doberman lovers all they need to know about this strong but sensitive companion. There are chapters on the Doberman's history, buying a dog, grooming, temperament, understanding the breed standard, breeding, health concerns and more. Dog shows, obedience competitions and all the activities Dobermans can participate in are discussed. Five appendices include useful resources and top dogs in the breed.
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Author Notes

Rod Humphries has written sports books and television documentaries in the United States and Australia. He wrote a popular column on purebred dogs in Australia, and has written countless articles on the Doberman in the United States. He has done important research on the evolution of the breed, and has presented national seminars on Doberman breeding. He is a long-time columnist for The Doberman Quarterly. While sports have been Rod's life, Dobermans have been his lifelong passion. His real love is breeding, which he views as a creative art form, and he has bred many Champions and obedience titleholders under the Bikila kennel name.

Joanna Walker was born and raised in England, and came to the United States in 1947 to marry Keith Walker, an American serviceman. Keith and Joanna bred and showed Dobermans for 45 years under the kennel name of Marks-Tey Dobermans, producing many Champions. Keith was an all-breed handler at the time. In 1982 Joanna's dream of providing Dobermans good enough to be guide dogs for the blind came true, as she saw the blind owner of her first Pilot Dog come up the Walkers' driveway. For the past 17 years Joanna has bred, recruited and trained Dobermans that she could donate to Pilot Dogs. All of Joanna's royalties for this book will be donated to Pilot Dogs for the care and training of Doberman Pinscher guide dogs for the blind. Joanna is also the author of The New Doberman Pinscher (Howell Book House) and writes the Pilot Dog column for The Doberman Quarterly.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Betty White
Is the Doberman Right For You?Herr Dobermann Builds a Breed
American Charts Its Own course
The Doberman Pinscher Breed Standard
How to Find the Right Doberman for You
Understanding and Training Your Doberman
Routine Care of Your Doberman
Keeping Your Doberman Healthy
Showing Your Doberman
Performance Sports for Your Doberman
The Headlines
What You Should Know About Breeding Dobermans
Special Care for the Older Doberman
The Doberman as a Service Dog
The National Breed Club
Appendix A Resources
Appendix B Doberman Pinscher Club of America Code of Ethics
Appendix C Titles a Doberman Pinscher Can Earn
Appendix D Doberman Pinscher Club of America National Specialty Winners
Appendix E The German Standards for the Doberman Pinscher