Who could have ever thought that the dashing Doberman Pinscher and a horse would become best buds? The horse, Contino, and Boss, the Doberman, have defied all expectations, reached across the lines of species, and set an example for us all in that we don’t have to look, act, or think like each other in order for us to get along! If a dog and a horse can do it, so can we!
From Lima, Peru, Boss also known as the “Horse Whisperer,” has no complaints when it comes to caring for his much larger friend. They have been friends for more than two years now, and you can get an insight into the special (and funny!) bond these two goofballs have formed with each other.
Just look at them.
Let’s try to understand how on earth such an unlikely friendship unfolded between these two. In order to do that, we need to look at some facts about Doberman’s in general to grasp the the whole picture. First, the Doberman is a fairly new dog breed at less than 150 years old. Originating in Germany in the early 1880s, the Doberman was first bred by a tax collector by the name of Herr Karl Louis Doberman. Herr’s career took him to some rather shady parts of town and he felt he needed a travel companion to protect him.
Thus, we have the Doberman.
More than two dogs went into creating the Doberman. The German Shorthaired Pointer, Rottweiler, Weimaraner, Manchester Terrier, Great Dane, Beauceron, Black and Tan Terrier, and Greyhound are all part of this dog breed. Tail and ear docking once had a purpose. Bred to be guard dogs, the tail and ears were the Dobermans weak point. A threat could pull the dog to the ground by pull of the ears and tail. Dobermans can do any job. These dogs have been used for police work, coursing, scent tracking, diving, therapy, search and rescue, as well as guiding the blind.
And most recently, horse companion and best friend.
The Doberman is a war hero. A Doberman named Kurt was the first canine causality in the 1944 Battle of Guam during WWII. Kurt ran ahead of the troops to warm them of approaching enemy soldiers. The brave dog saved the soldiers, but was killed by an enemy grenade. Kurt became the first dog buried in the United States Marine Corps War Dog Cemetery.
Dobermans are VERY intelligent. In fact, Dobermans are ranked the 5th smartest of all dog breeds. Decades of breeding has made the Doberman gentler. The first Dobermans were bred to be fierce and only the toughest dogs were selected to carry out the breed. Today, however, breeders are selecting a more loving group of dogs to carry out this species. They were originally bred to be used as a guard dog. Doberman’s and horses share a similar historical purpose, relationship with humans in that regard. Perhaps that’s why these two feel so close to each other.