WELCOME.......We are Martin & Jay Horgan, we live in Staffordshire with our Dobermanns, Burmese cats and German Pinschers.

We breed, show internationally, train and work our dogs in the sport of Schutzhund.

At Aritaur, we do not breed commercially and have on average one or two litters a year. We know where all the dogs we have bred are, and remain in regular contact with their owners. We do not favour one 'type' - English, European or American over another; just a top quality, healthy, confident, sociable and good looking dog.


Advert for Annual 2014 by Georgie Kuhl


Aritaur were the first UK Dobermann breeders ever to publish total health results for all our dogs, including good and poor results which we know of. We don't just try and fob people off with just saying 'tested'. As of New Years Eve 2014, we now publish a record of health and death in every dog we have ever bred. The only UK breeders to do so.

We have bred both the top UK Schutzhund working dog and the UK bitch breed show record holder. We aim to breed Dobermanns as sound in mind as in conformation and health. A beautiful dog with a weak character and poor health is not for us.

Photo by Will Harris - Snap An Image
Jay is an Affiliate of the BIPDT (British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers), and the weekly breed note writer for Dog World. Martin is a qualified Schutzhund track layer. We both judge at Championship level.
Home is the old Headmasters House (bottom left) at a derelict monastery in the Staffordshire Moorlands. Heaven for us all especially the Dobes who enjoy meeting intruders!
At Aritaur we breed for show and work, but always for companionship.

We breed sparingly, selectively and conscientiously for strong, healthy, sound dogs capable of good physical and mental stamina whilst working or showing, with trainable and steady characters. We predominantly use the best European lines for our breeding because we prefer the strength of character, but are happy to use a good dog wherever it is from.

Having seen the devastating results of (Dilated Cardiomyopathy) DCM, we strongly believe in health testing BUT that does not guarantee us against health problems. Our dogs (whether bred from or not) are routinely tested for PHPV, VWd and Hips and we consider the value of the whole dog in a breeding programme rather than on a single health result. Removing a dog from the gene pool due to one poor but non damaging test when he/she may have outstanding character, otherwise superb health and excellent breed type, would result in catastrophe for the Dobermann breed.

Our promise to our puppies and our buyers is that we will never knowingly breed from dogs or bitches with serious genetic health problems. We will never compromise on character just to breed a good looking show dog,

Easter & Bailey Henriksen and friends in Denmark (photo by owner Katja Henrikssen)

Our Foundation bitch was the outstanding Crislea Centrefold of Aritaur (Juno) bred by Pat Newey. Juno was one of the most special bitches ever born. She was loved by everyone, gave us everything and had our eternal devotion in return!

Juno was a very tightly bred daughter of Ch Holtzburg Mayhem who was the UK's Top Stud Dog All Breeds in 1995 and Top Dobermann Stud Dog 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995. He was a son of Ch Perihelias Resolution who also sired Ch Sallate Ferris the previous UK Breed Record Holder who held 42 CC's in a time when there were hundreds of dogs in the showring

Juno's first litter was to Khaneve Rage n' Honour' a Ferris son, which established our success with Aritaur Flip Fantasia JW and Aritaur Midnight Rave. Juno's second litter was to Ch Miendy's Soba Up, a dog line bred on Jowendy's, Manzart and Mayhem. From that litter we had the Champion sisters - Ch Aritaur A Little More Soba and Ch Aritaur Surprisingly Soba and five stud book numbers.

Juno's tight breeding enabled us to outcross but keep her excellent type. Under the Pet Passport scheme we were only the second UK Dobermann breeders to travel to Europe for a stud dog, and for Juno's second litter we chose the excellent Belgian sire German VDH Ch Ramonburg's Valdo. Sired by US import Marienburg's Dark Daimler, his pedigree contained the cream of Belgian and American lines; Marienburgs, von Franckenhorst, Ramonburgs, van de Donken, , and v Neerlands Stam.


Martin & Jay with our exceptional and beloved Juno - Crislea Centrefold of Aritaur. Photo by Dean Sawyer

In May 2001, our D litter were born.The progeny from that litter became big winners against top competition in Europe such as the great success with Ned Ch, Europa Jugend Siegerin, Lux & Bel Winner Aritaur Dominatrix. Her first title at Paris Euro Dog Show 2002 was from Pierluigi Pezzano (del Citone), one of the top European Breed Specialists.

Following other major wins, we took Dominatrix ‘Asia’ to Finland at Christmas 2003 to breed her to the internationally acclaimed Russian male Int, Multi & Russ Ch Tamerlan iz Slavnoi Stai. The 10 puppies born in February '04, were the 'H' litter; which became the most titled Dobermann litter of all time in the UK: UK & Ir Ch Aritaur Hipnotique UK Bitch Breed Record Holder, Int, Lux Ch A. Histabraq ZTP V1A, SchH3, highest ever scoring Schutzhund Dobermann in the UK; Lux, Ir & UK Ch Aritaur Heracles at Brintala; Ch Aritaur Helina; SuCh Aritaur Hermione in Sweden.

In 2005 we took Asia to Paris for her second mating to Int, Multi & Fr Ch F'Hiram Abif Royal Bell, which gave us the 'N' litter producing CC/RBIS winner at The Dobermann Club '09 with A. Nominator BH. Aritaur Notorious has Sch3 with the second highest scores in the UK behind his uncle. Histabraq and Vincent Vega are the only two UK bred Dobermanns to gain their ZTP V1A, the highest possible rating.

Asia had her last litter in Feb 2007 to a son of Tamerlan, the Hungarian Ch. Tom Dober Hagi. The 'T' litter dogs are - Ch/Ir Ch Aritaur Tomahawk Marillium with both BIS & BISS wins, A. Tarantino with Asissi was Celtic Jnr Winner 2008. Aritaur Tarantella won 2 CCs, 3 RCC but retired before she could finish due to a broken toe from chasing rabbits.

Histabraq - by Dean Sawyer for Dog World breed supplement front cover

Dominatrix became Top Brood Bitch of the Working Group 2007 and as a result of the H litter success, Tamerlan became the first dog living overseas to become Top UK Stud Dog 2007. Dominatrix is the dam of 5 Champions and top winning grand-children such as Aritaur Vincent Vega who became Europa Jugend Sieger in 2009.

Ten years later Dominatrix remained the only UK bred Dobermann to gain a Jugend Siegerin title from Europe. On 28th July 2013, Asia held her 12th birthday party in June 2013 celebrating her many top winning and Champion progeny descendants. Asia left us to chase rabbits in heaven with her relatives, in October 2013 and her famous son Histabraq (Bracco) takes his place as our eldest Dobe aged 11 in February 2015.

Another great photo by Will Harris, Snap An Image from November 2012, of Asia at 11yrs, Jay, Bracco at nearly 9 yrs and Martin

This fine example of one of our males (right), is 'Moby' - Aritaur Full Monty

Our dogs stay with us for life and are not re-homed when they can no longer be shown, worked or bred from. Our sofas are full of our oldies. When you choose a breeder, you may find it interesting to ask where their old dogs are - if it matters to you?!

If you want just a dog just for show rather than companionship (get a life), a couch potato (get a cat), kennel or guard dog (get an alarm system) and don’t call us!


We are proud to have a reputation for breeding Dobermanns true to type and competing at the highest levels of Schutzhund, Obedience, Working Trials, films, Agility, Cani-x.

We adamantly oppose the backward mentality of some show breeders that show dogs should not receive at least basic obedience. It grossly insults the intelligence of this breed. Click for TRAINING.

Most of our dogs are owner/handled in various disciplines with great success, and gain their top awards on merit.

If you are considering owning a Dobermann but are unsure if you are right for the breed, we have an FAQ's page. Perhaps visit a local dog show to meet the breed in an environment other than its' home, and you are welcome to call us if you would like more information.

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