If you’ve considered buying a Doberman Pinscher, you may have done a little research and come across people who sell “Warlock” Dobermans. They are sometimes known as King Dobermans or Goliath Dobermans. The idea behind using the Warlock name is to imply a bigger and better Doberman. The Warlock Doberman became popular in the 1970s, at the height of the breed’s popularity. Amateur breeders used the Warlock name as a selling point.
People believed that bigger was better, so they wanted the biggest and fiercest Doberman Pinscher they could buy. Breeders who were interested in making money, rather than improving the breed, bred their dogs with Great Danes to get the largest dog. Some Dobermans were bred with Rottweilers for a more robust and powerful dog. They passed off these dogs as purebred Doberman Pinschers and charged more money for the special name.
Breeders in the for-profit business either did not know or forgot the true purpose of the Doberman. The breed was developed to a standard that conformed to the job for which it was intended. To be an effective protection dog, the Doberman needs speed, strength, and agility. The bigger and heavier the dog, the more it loses these traits. It is also unhealthy for a Doberman to be too big. It puts more pressure on the joints and the heart. A proper Doberman Pinscher should be no more than 28 inches at the shoulder for a male and 26 inches for a female.
Dobermans shouldn’t be big, mean, ferocious watchdogs. In reality, they are gentle, loving, loyal, and intelligent. In the 1970s, when Doberman Pinschers became popular, they were seen and portrayed as ferocious dogs that would tear people apart. For whatever reason, many people liked this image and wanted this type of dog. It has taken many years of careful breeding for Doberman Pinschers to regain their true nature and size.
So where did this name “Warlock” come from? In the 1950s in Florida, Theodosia and Henry Frampton raised a litter of Dobermans and one of the puppies became especially fond of Henry. Henry named the puppy Borong the Warlock. It was a standard size male Doberman, with a smooth and stable temperament. He liked people and had no problems with other dogs. Henry began to show Borong and trained him in obedience. He obtained his title of Champion. When Borong grew up, he became a popular stallion and sired many litters. His offspring established him as one of the best bulls of his time. Borong the Witcher died shortly after the death of Henry Frampton.
Borong’s name, the Warlock, and his reputation as a popular Champion, helped establish his legend. Some of their descendants were said to be in Texas and the legend is believed to have started there. However it started, the legend has grown, and to this day the Warlock name is used to sell oversized and poorly bred Doberman Pinschers. Dobermans raised over the years and with the “distinction” of being Dobermans Warlock, have no connection to the true Champion Borong the Warlock.