Although it is not known exactly when Dobermans started to appear in Puerto Rico, it is established that the breed began appearing in dog shows there in 1958. The first member of the breed appearing in the show ring there was Dobeking Allure, owned by Mrs. Aurora A. Lugo Lopez. The occasion was the first American Kennel Club Licensed point show which took place during that year.
The following year, in 1959, a Doberman bitch owned by William L. Artau was handled to Best of Breed and Group Fourth by Mrs. Artau at the second A.K.C. Puerto Rican Dog Show under judge Forest Hall.
In 1960, Wong Dai, owned by Laurian B. and Dr. Ralph J. Lum, Jr., became the first Doberman to win a Working Group in Puerto Rico. And in 1962, Thor Chiman of Green-briar, owned by Mrs. Charles W. Gable, won Best of Breed and Group Second there.
Early Doberman Pinschers in Puerto Rico included Marienburg Amaya de Granada, owned by Cristobel and Josefina del Pulgar, who finished her title but sad to report died of pneumonia; she did leave, however, a beautiful litter of puppies who were success-fully hand raised by Mrs. del Pulgar.
Mr. and Mrs. Alexis Rodriquez Pou were among the most diligent of breeders who helped develop the Puerto Rican Dobe, continuously striving for improvement through their breeding program. One of their first Dobermans, Champion Muscor Atilla, was sent to the Florida circuit to gain the title in good order. And it was in 1964 that these breeders purchased Champion Kay Hill's Witch Hunt from Mrs. Jane Kay, a significant event for the breed. Among Witch Hunt's important show successes were nine Bests of Breed, Best of Opposite Sex at the Chicago International Specialty, and some half-dozen Group placements including a first. In Puerto Rico, during 1964, she was awarded Best Local Dog and another Group Second at the Puerto Rico Kennel Club.
Champion Jem's Diamond von Warlock was imported to the island by Theodore and Rita Fajardo in 1964. This couple also owned Muscor D'Artagnan. He was usually handled in the show ring by Mrs. Alexis Rodriquez Pou, who in 1965 imported Ce-Ce Dobe's Allegro—handled by Jane Kay to her champion-ship. Her victories included Winners Bitch at the Chicago International, and she was the first Doberman to attain a Best in Show in Puerto Rico, handled on the latter occasion by Mr. Pou. She completed her title at Charleston, South Carolina when only twenty-two months of age.
The second Doberman to win Best in Show in Puerto Rico (owned by Mr. Pou) was Champion Arjean's Half Time under Mr. Kenneth Given in September 1970, handled by Arthur Conwell.
Mr. Pou now lives in Florida and has re-tired from the show dog world, or at least from active involvement with it.
Other major personalities responsible for the development and improvement of the Doberman in Puerto Rico include Mr. Cesar Sierra and Mr. and Mrs. Luis Puig Schumann. Mr. Sierra was the first President of the Doberman Pinscher Club of Puerto Rico, an organization which was founded in 1974 by him, Mr. and Mrs. Puig, and Mr. and Mrs. Jorge Casanova.Mr. Sierra at that time owned Puerto Rican and Dominican Champion Black Jack Ace O'Spades, a Thorval son, who was a multi-Group and Best in Show winner. Unfortunately this splendid dog only lived to be nine years old, 1974-1983. Mr. Sierra has always been recognized as a devoted fancier of the breed, and his influential personality assisted greatly in the understanding and breeding of quality Dobermans.
The Puigs became active with Kaiser von Schumann in 1964, making him the first homebred Puerto Rican Doberman champion. In 1967 he was on the Florida circuit with professional handler Ben Burwell, scoring good wins there, and in 1969 he completed his title.
When Kaiser died some years later of heart failure, his owners imported Marienburg Schroder von Shumann from Mary Rodgers's Marienburg Kennels in California. He finished title in short order and, like Kaiser, gained a local C.D. as well. Two of Schroder's offspring, a dog and a bitch, did  carrying on well for their owners. The male, Von Schumann Babalu, went Best in Show at only 16 months of age in 1979 under judge Mrs. Virginia Hampton at the Puerto Rico Federation Show. This dog had points towards his championship but was shown only on a limited basis due to the current work of Mr. Puig.
Mr. Puig had always been the trainer and handler of his Dobermans. No longer as active as formerly, he is nonetheless always interested in the breed and ready to be of help to anyone asking his advice or opinions. These people above are the "pillars" responsible for the development of the Doberman in Puerto Rico. The breed was then considered one of the most popular on this island—as a show dog, a family and personal protector, a companion dog, or simply as a "most important friend," they fit well into any kind of situation

 

Today's currently active Doberman breeders and owners are living up to the standards set for them by those who preceded them in these activities. The awareness of the importance of quality and its development are very evident, and many of the breeders habitually send their best bitches to the mainland United States to stud dogs carefully selected for their bloodlines and their excellence when the time for breeding them arrives. At the same time, outstanding new imports are constantly being brought to Puerto Rico for the purpose of strengthening the bloodlines al-ready represented there, which is beneficial to the breed as a whole. Breeders are placing tremendous emphasis on temperament. Protection of the Doberman's versatility is never overlooked, for it is of prime importance in protecting the future of this wonderful breed.
Most of the bloodlines being used in Puerto Rico had been brought there from the main-land United States. Some dogs who were distinguishing themselves in past breeding programs included
Glenayr Jamison, bred by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Duklis from Barto, Pennsylvania.

 

 He was a Champion Glenayr Dufferinand-Tedell Tara's Harp son, and he had been a Best in Show dog, a Specialty winner, and a Top Producer. He was owned by Ceci Martinez. He was known for the consistency with which he produced excellent temperament and type, and his dominance as a producer enabled him to pass on his fine qualities and temperament. He was Best of Breed under Richard Guevara in the Venezuela Inter-national 1972 and had some other good placements at American and International shows;
Taina Red Poison was bred by Mike and Melinda Guffey and was a daughter of Champion Warlock's Diablo Caballero out of Downey's Flaming Brook daughter. She was a Champion Henlon's Martial Music grand-daughter and great-granddaughter and had been used mostly for breeding, producing lovely conformation and temperament. The highly successful show and Schutzhund dog, Jay-Mee's Latin Dandy, owned by Nilda Morales was one of her most successful sons.

Then there was Rubicon's Anasazi, bred by Mrs. Billye Stephens of New Mexico, a daughter of Champion Marienburg's Sun Hawk ex Rubicon's Little Ginger (a Sun Hawk granddaughter). This was the only sire-to-granddaughter breeding so far at Jay-Mee's Dobbies kennel, and it proved quite successful, producing several champions plus a Best in Show winner. Anasazi was the only Hawk daughter in Puerto Rico and she was from his final litter.

 

There was Shadows of Lisitzas Sasche owned by Mrs. Annie Hauss and Ceci Martinez a Lisitza's Buccaneer granddaughter. Redenau Lucifer, bred by Mrs. Dianne Tharp, owned by Mrs. Ceci Martinez. Lucifer was out of a breeding by American and Canadian Champion Lindenau Arrowsmith ex Redlin's Countess Cleopatra, a Champion Gambol-wood's Cleopatra daughter. Used as a stud, he produced well, and was trained for Schutzhund work. Unfortunately, too short an ear crop proved detrimental to his show career; but expected that his will became a famous name due to the outstanding quality of his descendants.

 

Jay-Mee's Dobbies, (now Southernwind Kennels) the owners or co-owners of these last several dogs mentioned above, were Ceci Martinez Villamil. Ceci has always been a Doberman fancier who, as she says, "had a Doberman leg to grab onto" before she herself could even walk and who has always considered Dobermans to be an important part of her life. .

 (She had been raised with a Doberman bitch out of the first litter to ever been born in PR who was given as a gift to her mother who cared and nursed her through a Distemper illness with Ceci's antibiotics and 24 round the clock pampering and caring with such a dedication this bitch lived through this illness in 1957 when the Distemper was considered a deadly disease with no cure.  This bitch "Perla" lived to be 14 years of age and saved Ceci's life to be run over by a bull in her backyard while as a toddler I was in a Playpen in my house backyard when a Bull form a nearby farm got loose and was heading straight into our yard into my Playpen and Perla, jumped on the bull and attacked it deviating it from its original course!!!)

All of these before mentioned dogs were worked in all possible phases, as the belief of these fanciers is that the versatility of the breed, balanced temperament along with conformation, is a "must" in her breeding program. The breeding program is based on line breeding with an occasional judiciously selected outcross. Glenayr Jamison was her greatest pride and joy among her Dobes.
Other current Doberman breeders in Puerto Rico who should be included in this resume were Max Toro who owned Tormak Kennels (headed by Mamiya Negra de Mico y Tormak, a Jamison daughter who was currently being worked in Schutzhund training) and Tony and Nilda Morales, also strong believers in the "dual" Doberman and whose Jay-Mee's Latin Dandy was another undergoing Schutzhund training at that time.

 

The Schutzhund movement was introduced into Puerto Rico during June 1983 by a gentleman named Mr. Monsanto who became strongly attracted to the sport while traveling through Florida. Taking into consideration the large amount of good temperament among the Dobermans in Puerto Rico, he felt that this would be a marvelous area in which to found a Schutzhund club. He did so, becoming the first President of the Puerto Rican Schutzhund Club, which became recognized in the United States in November 1983 and in Germany one month later

 

Mr. Monsanto imported two Schutzhund bred Dobes from Florida, who have been used successfully for breeding purposes. Others active in the Schutzhund movement include the aforementioned Max Toro; Luis Solis, who was actual Vice-President and Training Director (formerly a professional handler in the conformation ring since 1973), who in 1977 switched his interest to Schutzhund work and titled his first Schutzhund dog during 1979, Baron Von Odin Second to None—Damasyn breeding—who obtained his C.D. and Schutzhund A); Mr. and Mrs. Sergio Casein and Mr. and Mrs. Nilda Morales, with Jayme's Latin Dandy. The Schutzhund Club had visits from Mr. Ken Howe, who came to give seminars and help for the development of the club; and Mr. and Mrs. Deer, who brought dogs and gave demonstrations with them.

 

 The Doberman fancy kept on developing and the main responsible for this successful development was due to many committed owners and breeders in PR. For many years the breed was kept as number one in entries at AKC and FCI shows, many shows were won Best in Shows by homebred and imported Dobermans and mainly these wins were made by bitches who were bred in PR!!! Bitches like CH Jaymees' Tropical Cherry, multiple Best in Shows from the puppy classes bred by Nilda Morales and Cecilia Martinez out of J-C's Penny Lane a homebred dog from J-C's Dobermans (now Southernwind) sired by Redenau Lucifer, Cherry's sire was Res. Winners at Westminster Mi Bars Snap Dragon owned by Cecilia Martinez and Alma Rivera, there was also the CH J-C's Tropical Cinnamon,  owned by Hilda Suarez, Humberto Escabi  and Ceci Martinez also a Penny Lane daughter out of Drago who won her Best in Show as a 9 month old puppy

 

 

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HISTORIA DEL DOBERMAN EN PUERTO RICO

DOBERMAN PINSCHER HISTORY IN PR

From Book written by Anne Katherine Nicholas Doberman Pinscher Book,
Puerto Rico Chapter written by
Cecilia Martinez Villamil

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