While I have no personal interest at this time in conformation showing, it's hard not to have some degree of admiration for the work that goes into getting a dog to a championship. There's the training that the handler receives, the training the dog-handler team receives, not to mention the years devoted to breeding programs that create the dogs who set foot in the ring. Many of us are by now familiar with Pedigree Dogs Exposed, which is not what I'm going to talk about just here; for a dog in the working group, conformation is important. Form is function, for a Doberman, and a Doberman is bred to be an athletic, medium sized dog. Hopefully, that's what our champions will be.
(Summer flashback. It's been a mild winter, but remember summer?)
Based on the Wikipedia article, the first Doberman that took Best in Show at Westminster was in 1936 by the name of Ferry v. Rauhfelsen of Giralda.
(picture from Dobermann Review)
Ferry's temperament was not what most of us expect from Dobermans nowadays. According to an article on the American Doberman Pinscher Educational Foundation, when Ferry was at the show in the Garden at 1939, the judge was not able to touch him.
The next Doberman Best in Show at Westminster was actually Ferry's grandson, Rancho Dobe's Storm, and he took it two years in a row in 1952 and 1953.
(Picture from Dobermann Review article Beyond the Atlantic)
The third, and sadly last, Doberman to date to have gotten Best in Show at Westminster was in 1989: Royal Tudor's Wild As The Wind. A red bitch, she'd also won the Working Group the year prior. Alas, I can't find a picture of her, which is funny, since she's the most recent Doberman BIS for Westminster. When she took Best In Show, ''She is very elegant, very correct and very balanced,'' was the judge's terse comment. ''She was all the things she's supposed to be.'' (From Dog Show; Doberman Chosen as Best, February 15, 1989 New York Times). Edited to add: I'm told by the DPCA twitter account that the picture of the Doberman on the breed description of Westminster site is Royal Tudor's Wild As The Wind, call name Indy. It's unlabeled, but I think that's a source I'm willing to trust the info from!
(from the Doberman breed description on the Westminster dog show site)
I don't know any of the Dobermans at Westminster this year, not personally and not really "virtually", but I'm familiar with at least one of the names: Protocol's Veni Vedi Vici. She doesn't need me to say that she's a beautiful black and tan girl; her existing Grand Championship says that, loud and clear.
I'd really like to see the Dobermans win at Westminster this year, though. It would be pretty cool.