Dobermans in the Movies
Dobermans have been featured in lots of movies and tv shows. And some of these movies are really fun to watch whether you’re a Doberman fan or not.
Unfortunately, the Doberman Pinscher breed is still usually portrayed as the guard dog with an attitude. We know they can do this job well. But people also need to see their other side, the intelligent, goofy, and fun dog that we know they are.
Here are some movies with our favorite breed. Did we miss your favorite Doberman celebrity?
Rodney the Doberman from the 1946 movie “It Shouldn’t Happen To A Dog”. This might be the first Doberman movie star.
Moonraker, the 1979 James Bond movie has two Dobermans. Although, in the chase scene, the dogs look more like the Beauceron breed.
Zeus & Apollo or “the lads” owned by Higgins of Magnum PI (tv series 1980-1988)
Cerberus the zombie Doberman from Resident Evil (2002)
Tripoli from the movie, Eyes of an Angel with John Travolta (1991)
The Doberman Gang (1972)- 6 Dobermans named after famous bank robbers: Dillinger, Bonnie, Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd, Baby Face Nelson, and Ma Barker. And three sequels followed: The Daring Dobermans (1973), The Amazing Dobermans (1976) and Alex & the Doberman Gang (1980). Watch a preview of The Doberman Gang.
A bounty hunter lives in a van and fights crime with his Doberman partner, Munch in the 1990 movie, Street Hunter.
Embryo – 1976, starring Rock Hudson with super-intelligent Doberman, “Number One”
K-911 (1999 movie) with James Belushi and Zeus the police dog, who knows Dutch commands.
This is a short 12-minute (2002) film about a mentally unstable man with a talking Doberman who likes snotty hankies. Probably the strangest movie on this list but it’s worth watching.
Diablo (voice of Edward James Olmos) in ‘Beverly Hills Chihuahua’ (2008)
Alpha from the movie UP (2009)
Blackie from the movie Hugo (2011)
The Dobermans from Jackie Chan’s movie, Chinese Zodiac (2012). Watch a pack of Dobermans chase Jackie in a maze. Jackie enjoyed working with the dogs but he did get bitten. You can see the out-takes at the end.
The hounds from the Simpsons. These are Mr. Burns guard dogs. He has 5-20 dogs and one is named Crippler.
The Boys From Brazil is a 1978 movie. Actor John Dehner is a Doberman breeder. And some movie trivia for you, the dog commands for the Dobermans are all filming terms: “Cut” means “stop”, “Action” means “attack”, and “Print” means “kill”.
Americas Sweethearts 2001
See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) a comedy movie with Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder.
Ruthless People (1986). Danny Devito owns a Doberman named Adolph.
Assassin’s Code (2018) Klaus the Doberman, played by Elara’s Alfrido.
Gone In 60 Seconds (2000)
37 thoughts on “Have You Seen These Famous Dobermans?”
What about the two dobermans in the 80s tv show Benson? You know the ones Benson would run from and Gretchen Krause would feed! They were mostly seen in the opening credits but often referred to in the script. Given the time frame I wonder if they were the same two dogs that were used in the original
Don’t forget guard Dobes who chased Arnie in True Lies. Unfortunately, not a good ending for the dogs. Yes, great breed!
Did anyone mention Columbo, How to dial murder? Laurel and Hardy.
o.k. This is driving me crazy, I want to know who owned the dobermans that were in the Columbo episode. my mother said they were actually Peter Falk’s dogs but I do not think so and when I try to get info via Google all I get are things about the episode and about Columbo and the basset hound that played dog.. It is like Falk never existed and only Columbo is real.
Falk had a dobie
Did anybody mention the dobie from the movie Embryo ( Rock Hudson). A genetically enhanced super intelligent specimen!
Nice find! I’ll have to watch that one tonight.
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Bedazzled with Elizabeth Hurley in a bikini on the beach with two dobermans. Also movie trapped about a man trapped in a Dept store with guard dogs
don’t forget the dobies on The Simpsons that Mr. burns is always sending after his Assistant. And now Zues and Apollo are back on the new Magnum P.I. In this one, Higgins is a woman, and Magnum still has his rounds with them.
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The Boys from Brazil: 4 fierce dobs are the bodyguards of a boy, who’s a clon of Hitler. 1978, Gregory Peck (Mengele) and Sir Lawrence Olivier ( Nazi’s Hunter Ezra Liebermann).
I am Captain POOTY,the Doberman-man!! Look out for POOT-A-RAMA: The Doberman-Man Chronicles!
I practice POOTING (PETting with a musical rhythm.)
I had my own Doberman,”Fredrick”,nearly 60 years ago.
Check out the YouTube on ROMA THE DOBERMAN!!
The two Dobermans from Columbo’s ‘How to Dial a Murder’ Laurel and Hardy who killed their owner’s friend when he said Rosebud twice.
Best dog I ever had and our best FRIEND, very intelligent, and loving.
America’s Sweethearts starring Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta Jones and John Cusack.
The ‘70s movie Embryo is what got me interested in Dobes. They are so smart, loving and protective. We ended up having two Thor a Red lived to be 13 1/2. Miss them both.
I am pretty sure that Chase from the popular kid’s show “Paw Patrol” is really a red doberman with cropped ears and a full tail. I think . . .
Having had my own Dobermans at my side for 23 years, I can hardly forget the first notable Doberman film that I enjoyed. “They Only Kill Their Masters” (1972)
Directed by James Goldstone, written by Lane Slate, the movie starred
James Garner, Katherine Ross, Hal Holbrook. The story of a small California Police Chief who investigates a suspicious death involving the victim’s own dog that presumably killed its owner. Of course, by the end of the film the Doberman is innocent.
Need to add Fanta di Altobello from Flag of our Fathers to the list.
She is at 3:37 in this clip.
Can’t forget the Dobies in See No Evil, Hear No Evil with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor from 1989!
Add the episode of Walking Drad which featured Ricky Bobby and his daughter Fury, who both are also starring in the upcoming novie The Boss with Melissa McCarthy
My Doberman Kimber was also in the movie the Boss. In the scene when they are running down the hall that is RB and Kimber. The ones in the chairs are RB and Fury
What about the Monk weekly show that was filmed at the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco about a famous baseball…?
Let’s make more dobie movies sensei
Any movies with dobermans in is good great breed
Saved the lives of 250 US Marines 23 July 1944 on Guam. KIA during same battle from enemy fire. 1 of 25 Dobermanns noted at the WW2 war dog memorial.
I actually bought a miniature sculpture from the artist who did the full size version that is in Guam. Met her at the Doberman National in Cape Cod in 1995?
The best Dobe /salute
I know that this is a man not a dobermann but i think this list should include Carl louis fredrichs Doberman the man who bred the breed! Without him we would not have this wonderful dog breed we know today!
My brother had a greatdane, but these guys look fiercer!
Omlette From Satifaction ^^
Rancho Dobe’s Storm who won Best In Show at Westminster – not once, but twice!! In 1952 and 1953. http://www.westminsterkennelclub.org/history/biswinners.html
Vicki no one loves Dobermans more than I, but in all fairness. I could be wrong, but if memory serves, that dog was missing some teeth. but since the judge could not touch him to open his mouth no one was aware at the time. hail the Doberman “Dog of all dogs”.
It wasn’t only 1952 & 1953 that a Doberman won Best In Show at Westminster, but also 1939 & 1989.
1939 Ferry v Rauhfelsen of Giralda
1989 Ch. Royal Tudor’s Wild As The Wind
Don’t forget Adolph from Ruthless People with Danny Devito and Bette Midler!
We need to add Blackie from Hugo to this list!