The Doberman Pinscher originated in Apolda, in Thueringen, Germany through the efforts of Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann around 1890. He combined several breeds while perfecting the breed, including the Rottweiler, Weimernaner, German Pinscher and more. Mr. Dobermann was looking for a canine that would be proficient in guarding. He was successful in his quest; in fact, the breed went on in the future to work as brave sentries, scouts and messengers during times of war. Many dogs are buried on the island of Guam, at the war dogs cemetery. The Doberman was added to the American Kennel Club roster in 1908. In 1921, the Doberman Pinscher Club of America was formed. The first Doberman Pinscher to win the Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Show was in 1939. The roots of the German Shepherd can be traced as far back as the 7th century A.D. to a mountain sheepdog in Germany. Between the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, Captain Max von Stephanitz took local shepherd dogs of the long-haired, short-haired and wire-haired varieties to develop the modern-day German Shepherd, an all-purpose working dog. An organization called the Verein fur Deutsche Scharferhunde SV was created in 1899 to provide oversight into the breeding of the German Shepherd, with the goal of developing a herding dog with courage, athleticism and intelligence. The first German Shepherd was registered by von Stephanitz in 1899 as the German Sheepdog. Dogs of the breed worked as war sentries in World War I during which the name of the breed was changed from German Sheepdog to Shepherd Dog by the American Kennel Club. In 1931, the breed was renamed and called the German Shepherd.