A Synopsis of influential Dobermanns in the USA and the
importance of combinations between American and European
dogs. by D.K.
This article is just a short report,a synoptical resume
of some dobermans who had (have) determinative influence
for the development of the breed in the USA, and parallely
an effort to render comprehensible the importance and the
value of the mixing between American and European bloodlines,
in order to enlarg e the genetic “pool” and
produce also great individuals by using
different lines (or lines who have a common genetic base
and origin in reality ) as alternatives.
Of course under the normal restrictions of a brief article
there are omissions and certainly it is a subjective personal
point of view,not a complete report or a scientific statistic
It would be interesting to mention some great and also
very influential dobermanns for the USA from different spaces
of time, beginning from the decades of 20’s and 30’s
with the influence of German (Sigalsburg) and Dutch (Koningstad)
bloodlines.Some of this period’s great specimens are:
• Prinz Favorit v.Koningstad (wt:
(Dutch-Am.Ch.Prinz Carlo v.Koningstad-Dutch Ch.Angola
A red Dutch bred male who made the breed popular in the
USA.He was American champion
and Westminster 1925 winner.Prinz Favorit produced 15 champions.
•Illisa of Westphalia (wt: 1926)
(Claus v.d.Spree-Prinses Illisa v.d.Koningstad) the brown
female who was the only American bred dog who became German
siegerin(1929).Illisa was alsoAmerican
She had one litter for the Westphalia’s kennel sired
by the well known stud Helios v.Siegertor.
The very importand for the USA German bred stud Kurt
v.d.Rheinperle Rhinegold (Ch.Astor of Westphalia-DVsgrn
Anita Zur Immermannhoehe) was Illisa’s grandson.
The German bred male, DPCA 1934 Best of Breed-Champion and
Sieger Muck v.Brunia (wt: 1929)
(Lux v.Roedeltal-Hella v.Winterburg)who was grandson of
Alto v.Sigalsburg and top producer in
Germany and USA too. Between his most famous progeny in
Europe are the ‘A’ and ‘B’ v.d.Domstadt
litters and the great Troll v.Engelsburg
(German-American and Canadian champion-1935 world winner-95
Best of breed awards and 48 Best in Show.
Troll gave a large number of outstanding descendants
He was exported in USA but he was not used so often as stud.Inspite
this fact he sired 13 American champions).
Muck v.Brunia produced champion children also in
USA (like for example the 5 champions of the ‘F”
Lindenhof litter). Many of his grand-children became champions
too. Muck v.Brunia is one of the most important
males for the further development of the breed in Europe
and America too.
Another very influential dog during the 30’s was Jessy
v.d.Sonnenhoehe (Charloc v.Rauhfelsen-Alice v.d.Sonnenhoehe)
a German bred female who is one of the most important females
in history, having a large number of great descendants in
Europe and US. Her first mating to Troll v.Engelsburg
in Germany produced the sieger Ferry v.Rauhfelsen
(later exported to the USA where he became champion.
He also was the first dobermann who got the best in show
at Westminster in1939.
Ferry was the father of 37 American champions)
and the siegerin Freya v.Rauhfelsen.
Especially in the US, Jessy produced 13
champions from only 2 litters (the first sired by Kurt
v.Rheinperle and the second by Pericles
of Westphalia). About 45 of her grand children
became champions in America. Jessy was
German siegerin, 1937 DPCA best of breed and American champion.
The decade 1940-’50 is considered as a determinative
period in the American dobermann breeding history.It is
the so-called era of “the seven sires”. According
to Peggy Adamson’s article,”Illena and
the Seven Sires”(written in 1951):
“The Seven Sires were responsible for an era in American
Dobermans which was as exciting and colorful as the dogs
themselves. They towered over the Doberman world like mighty
titans and the competition among them was brisk, awesome
-- and sometimes fierce. The dog magazines fattened on their
advertising, the like of which the breed has not seen before
or since. Their names were familiar to the veriest novice,
and their offspring could be found in the remotest hinterlands.
Each had his loyal partisans, and the legends concerning
them were inexhaustible. With their passing, passes an era.
History will not soon see the time when seven males of such
stature live contemporarily again".
Those dogs were:
1)Ch.Westphalia’s Rameses (1938-1948)
(Ch.Kurt v.d.Rheinperle Rhinegold-Jessy v.d.Sonnenhoeve)
who was linebred to Helios v.Siegertor
(imported from Germany). Rameses sired
11 champions.His father Kurt v.d.Rheinperle was
not a succesful show dog but as a stud he produced 20 champions
and his influence to the American breeding was of great
importance.Rameses had 6 litter mates and all of them became
champions like him.
Illena of Marienland(whelped 1941)
(Ch.Westphalia’s Rameses-Ch.Dow’s Cora v.Kienlesberg).
Illena is the dam of 12 champions in 5 litters
by 3 different males.Her mother was daughter of
Kurt v.d.Rheinperle Rhinegold out of a half sister
of Jessy v.Sonnenhoeve,named Ch.Gretel
v.Kienlesberg. In the bloodline of Dow’s
Cora v.Kienlesberg there is strong influence of Helios
(Pericles of Westphalia-Jessy v.Sonnenhoeve).He was half
brother to Rameses.His father was son of
Kurt v.Rheinperle Rhinegold who was the
father of Rameses as well. Uranus
gave to the breed 14 champions.
4)Ch.Favoriet v.Franzhof (1941-51)
(Westphalia’s Uranus-Adele v.Meigel). His mother was
daughter of Westphalia’s Rajah(full
brother of Westphalia’s Rameses).The brown male Favoriet
v.Franzhof was the sire of 13 champions.
5)Ch.Domossi of Marienland(1939-46)
(Ch.Blank v.Domstadt-Ch.Ossi v.Stahlheim)who was full brother
of the great Dictator v.Glenhugel.The number
of champions sired by the brown Domossi of Marienland
(Domossi of Marienland-Westphalia’s Rembha)who produced
18 champions.Emperor’s mother was
sister of Westphalia’s Rameses.
(Ch.Westphalia’s Uranus-Ch.Maida v.Coldod)who was
1946 and 1948 DPCA Best of Breed and winner at the Westminster
show in !947.His mother’s line was based in Sigalsburg’s
blood in combination with the line of Muck v.Brunia.The
German bred father of Maida v.Coldod,named
Carlo v.Bassewitz, was American champion
and he sired 13 Am.champions as well. Alcor
was the father of 26 champions.
During the 40’s USA saw one of the best males ever
in this country, the great brown sire
(52 of his descendants became champions),
Dictator v.Glenhugel (1941-1952) (15 BOB-5
(Blank v.d.Domstadt-Ossi v.Stahlhelm).
Dictator was 1943 DPCA Best of Winners,1944
DPCA Best of Breed and 1945 Westminster Group Winner.
His German bred mother was daughter of the very important
German producer Troll v.Engelsburg and
grand daughter of Muck v.Brunia, while
his also German bred father (who was the sire of 15 champions)
was son of Muck v.Brunia.