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 30 December 2017
- Honestly, why does everyone think that if a puppy is older than 8 weeks and not sold something might be wrong with it?!

I'm a kennel where the goal is not to get rid of a dog but find it the right family no matter how long it takes.

I sell my dogs whenever I want to sell them, when I think they are ready to be sold... because I can... because they are my dogs... because i have space, time and a nice kennel to do so.
If a breeder drops the price due to age, you know the breeder wants to get rid of the dog. If the breeder prices the dog based on its qualities and value, such breeder appreciates the dog for characteristics more important than months and days.

Many call about an older puppy because they are easier to manage, and then prople start overthinking and scaring themselves that if the dog hasn't been sold - no one wanted it for some bad reason... Listen, don't call about older dogs and older puppies, get an 8-week old one.

As I see it, an older puppy has lots of benefits.
1. All shots are done.
2. Ears cropped, healed. And if standing, you don't need to spend meters of tape and pounds of tampons to do so. This should be an added value to the dog.
3. You can tell the dog's temperament better.
4. Crate training started. Learning to go outside for potty.
5. Not as fragile as a 8wk old once.
6. More time with siblings.

These are all benefits provided to the buyer by the breeder. Appreciate that.
And that's how it is.

 28 December 2017
- We lost a dog today.
Plans, hopes - lost as well.
Pain is deep. He was only 8 months old.
He died at the vet clinic.
He died of DCM.
He was diagnosed just 2 days ago - he had troubled breathing.
He was our German import we hand picked. We could have picked any other dog around the world but we picked him.
We had so many plans for him.
What I'm going to write here is the truth about DCM. Have no illusions or high expectations.
1. He didn't have a pedigree full of long-lived dogs but, based on many established criteria, it wasn't a high risk pedigree. Both parents are not young, with clear cardio tests that are recent, coefficient of inbreeding is low, questionable ancestors are pretty far in the pedigree and they are mixed with long-lived dogs well. NONE OF THIS WORKS.
2. Various cardio tests, DNA tests, blood tests - DO NOT PREVENT THE DISEASE.
3. Current DCM tests, these DCM1 and DCM2 are NOTHING. They don't test anything. Those who demand puppies to be DCM-negative, do not understand DCM.
4. Low coefficient of inbreeding is NOTHING. Dog can still die young.
5. Tested parents don't give you any guarantee at all.
6. I do not understand how a dog as young as 8 months can die of DCM but, as you see, it can.
7. Right now I'm in the shoes of a buyer. Because I bought this dog from some other breeder. What will the breeder do after this? Would you be angry with the breeder? The breed? What would you do?
8. What will your breeder do if their puppy sold to you died of DCM so early?
9. Will we ever find a mechanism to test and avoid DCM, the real one? Because what we have right now is not working...
10. When you go through such a loss, it really tests you as a breeder. I love big beautiful Dobermans. But are they worth breeding if their health is so fragile?
I'm crushed.

 09 December 2017
- New resident of Las Vegas.

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 26 November 2017
- Here is our new German import puppy. PUPPY. Which means he is still growing and developing. Here are his photos from yesterday's show where the judge took off points because... wait for it... Puppy is too big! Growing puppy... normal height... too big! Boooo to the judges, dog or human, who think they are gods.

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  01 November 2017
- Major ear posting techniques.

bracing method https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmrwCxJKb6I

"Posting" with a cup https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NV5typBZ7Vs

ZIP-TIE METHOD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5s5ps4c7nw

Backer rod method https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEOQuBa0fDc

Old-fashioned tampons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRlRhBaIIpY

 07 August 2017
- The longer I breed - the more information becomes available - the harder the choices - the more confusing it gets.

Why can't we, the breeders, fix the DCM problem in Dobermans?
Because it's a complex problem. And we don't have all the facts and factors.

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1. The amount of dogs affected is scary high - over 50%. Which leaves little gene pool to work with. Problem 1.
2. Problem 2 is that Problem 1 leaves us some dogs to work with but we DO NOT know which are those dogs.
3. Problem 3 is that we have no solid tests to identify which dogs are affected and which are not.
4. If you look at the above picture you will see how DCM is inherited. Problem is, even with the current two DNA tests, we cannot identify which dog has one mutation, or two, or none. That's where the problem lies.

"The complexity of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is reflected in the uncertainty of the results of genetic testing. Dogs that test negative might later develop the disease. Likewise, those that test positive might never develop signs or only experience a mild form of the disease. The erratic clinical manifestation of the disease is rooted in its mode of inheritance: autosomal dominant with variable penetrance."

5. There are more mutations than two identified.
6. The two identified were mostly based on the American bloodlines. We've tested our dogs for this new DCM 2 and not one tested positive. Taking into consideration the high percentage of the DCM rate, this really makes the test quite questionable.
7. By studying databases, Nature, or genetics always surprise you which makes breeding choices even harder. A long living dog out of short lived dogs, is it worth breeding? And vice versa. A short lived dog out of long lived dogs, is it safe?

There are more questions than any breeder can answer.
If a scientist cannot figure out this puzzle, no breeder can.

 25 July 2017
- Our bloodlines.
Time for some analysis.
Our breeding program is based on several different bloodlines. Most important females were:
- CH. Zara di Altobello (for show, size and type),
- CH. Sant Kreal Shaherezada (for show and longevity),
- Hismerh Katana Ko, IPO-3 (for work).
Early on we realized that it's highly risky to limit the breeding program to just one line. Because once you get some problems in your lines, often times it's easier to "kill" the line (=not pursue, i.e. spay and adopt out) than to try and fix it. And then you are back to square 1, and have to start all over. Which can be devastating to the breeder because it's time and emotion consuming. And we don't get younger.
So, most of our dogs are descendants of these 3 females. We have a few others but they are young and not established.
Unfortunately, the Doberman breed is affected by several health problems. Most serious ones are:
1. lack of genetic diversity,
2. cardio (DCM).
These two problems are different but somewhat interrelated.
I regularly check what's being bred out there and everything is the same with very few exceptions. We rarely look for a new dog but always keep this option open in case there is something new out there.
A new dog has to satisfy a few requirements, such as more or less healthy pedigree, new lines, etc.
To this day, I cannot put HEALTH, CONORMATION and WORKABILITY in the same equation. But carrying out several bloodlines helps in achieving certain (different) results which can be all joined in one down the road.
Most buyer want big, heavy, cute looking dogs. Such dogs DO NOT live long in general, because such dogs are either bred specifically for showing (workability and health stop being a priority) or by greeders. In this case, buyers should understand that they are part of the problem.
The amount of information is overwhelming, because more and more databases are created. So, the best solution is to establish your own bloodline where you know everything about the dogs you use.

Both cardio and genetic diversity (The reason Dobermans regularly die so young is because the gene pool is extremely depleted.) are extremely difficult problems to solve by just one breeder, this has to be a joint effort but that's not the case because every breeder thinks they are the real breed guru. They have their own way.

Another problem is that breeding results are retrospective. Which means you get results years later and you can analyze and adjust your breeding program only after at least half a decade has passed.
For example, at this time we are getting feedback regarding our breeding 7-10 years ago, who is alive and who is not. This makes breeding extremely tricky. And you cannot fix breed issues until you bred and got those issues. And you cannot fix your past breedings, they already happened, and they are what they are, but based on your past successes or failures, you can improve your future breedings, and then wait another 6+ year to see if your choices were the right ones.

So, to better our future, and because, due to our geographical location, we regularly experience "genetic hunger", we will introduce several new dogs. To see how they do health-wise.

Kalabria. Not the best dog conformation-wise. But her dad tested cardio-normal at 10yo, and her mom - at 8. Both alive. Mom's dad is alive as well. Dad's mom lived to be almost 13, had a normal cardio test right before she died, and we didn't have that lineage.

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Pasodoble. This is an interesting "case" for us. He is not a show dog. He looks like an average Doberman. He is not the mainstream type. Most won't consider him worthy, because he is quite an ordinary dog. But the reason we got him was his pedigree. No, it's not DCM-free, but there is a huge number of old dogs there, his parents had normal cardio checks, 3 out of 4 grandparents still alive (4th died at 10). But what's more important is his old Soviet Doberman breeding. Everything you read about Doberman history, how they were, behavior, size, type, police work, normal life expectancy - all that was in those lines.
I think that our Pasodoble is like the last mammoth, almost extinct. Getting those old dogs was great luck. But he is not the dog you'd breed to any other dog. So, we've got some little pups out of him right now - we will observe how they grown. The plan is to wait with breeding him until he is a lil older and test him and go off his parents' life expectancy.

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Darwin. Our new addition. He's got the looks we need. Keep in mind, quality breeding is not just about health, our just about shows or bitework. It's everything. So, Darwin has lovely parents. His dad is from a kennel - we don't have similar bloodlines, So, something new for us. His mom's dad is 10 right now. His pedigree has one of the dogs I've always wanted to have in my pedigrees, the long lived CH. Wanja Wandor.

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So, as you see, there is a LOT of work involved in establishing a good breeding program. But at least we've got something to improve genetic diversity here. And with the finish of our kennel construction, we'll be able to travel more which will give us more opportunities, something we've always wanted and needed.

 22 July 2017
- Some breeder feedback regarding current DCM tests:
"No value in Pdk4 other than possible research and that imo is questionable. I don't have faith in the muers genes. She was quick to make them commercial. The research was not peer reviewed and no one was able to replicate her results so far . Dogs homo both genes living long. Dogs neg both genes dying young of dcm. No value other than possible research."

"I have one I bred that's neg both and been diagnosed. There really isn't any value in those genes other than bad breeders insist on neg genes the advert litter dcm free. More harm than good".

 17 July 2017
- OLet's talk about the nasty: various dog discharges.
I realized a couple weeks ago that not all vets are equally knowledgeable and experienced as you'd expect them to be.

1. Smegma. Male dogs only.

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"Smegma is the yellow or greenish pus that sometimes oozes out of a dog's penis. Fortunately for your dog, and your embarrassment levels, this discharge is natural and is usually no cause for concern".
This is not an infection and does not need to be treated. Usually happens in intact males.
Advice: don't worry.

2. Vaginitis. Females only.

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Young female dogs less than one year of age may develop 'juvenile vaginitis'. The cause of this condition is unknown, but generally resolves with age.
Adult vaginitis is a different story.
It is a fairly common disorder in dogs of all ages. Most cases seen in dogs are caused by the caustic and irritating effects of urine on the vaginal mucosa or lining. Infections from bacteria, yeasts, and viruses are known to occur within the vagina.
Non-infectious inflammations of the vagina also occur due to the effects of shampoos, detergents, cleaning agents, and other solutions.
Advice: in a young dog, don't worry unless it's significant, then go see a vet.

3. Pyometra is a serious infection that occurs in the uterus. Adult intact females.
Pyometra is an important disease to be aware of for any dog owner because of the sudden nature of the disease and the deadly consequences if left untreated
Symptoms: fever, abdominal swelling, lethargy, discharge, rear leg weakness.

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Advice: see a vet immediately. Spay.

4. Papilloma virus.
Uncommon in the US, common is Europe. As any virus, it dies out once it has run its course. Papilloma grows and then falls off on its own.
Advice: don't worry.

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5. Cherry eye.
Eye gland comes out. Uncommon in Dobermans.
Advice: see a vet.

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6. Nasal discharge.

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With any nasal discharge, unless it's clear like water. See a vet. Your dog will definitely need antibiotics.

Distemper symptoms:

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7. Eye discharge.
Don't confuse with sleep boogers. Eye discharge is white/yellow/greenish.
Advice: see a doctor.

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If it's minor, there are ways you can deal with it. Wash. See if it's dust/dirt/allergy related. And see a vet.

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Eye trauma will also lead to eye discharge.

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8. Ear infections. Most common are ear mites and yeast.

Ear mites:

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Advice: see a vet. And keep in mind, this is the case that's easier to prevent than to treat. Check your dog's ears!

9. Acne.
Yes, dogs get them too.
Most dog owner agree acne happens due to hormones: growing dogs, nursing females.

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Advice: observe.

10. Skin issues.

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Advice: see a vet.

 30 June 2017
- Why does DCM have to be so tricky?!
Here is a pedigree: http://doberbase.ru/index.php?a...
With half a dozen DCM deaths and a lot of inbreeding in just 3 generations, this dog is 12 and very well alive! Tricky Nature!

 24 June 2017
- What the hell is wrong with people?!
My morning started with stumbling on yet another "warlock" site selling my pups from 4-5 years ago, followed by someone texting me about it, saying the person (=crook) wants buyers to wire the money for a puppy!
The site is only a week old. But all the sweet honey written all over it makes them look so good. Problem is no quality puppy costs $800 in the US.

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 22 June 2017
- And again I come across a website offering my pups (5 or 6 listed) from our past breedings as their own. What's wrong with people? Www.warlockdoberman.com

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 30 May 2017
- Problems of European Doberman breeding in the US. As I see it.
Americans import a lot of dogs from Europe. And one might think that this should benefit breeding on this continent, but unfortunately this is not the case.
1) Most dogs end up in pet families, or families that might breed or stud out on a small scale.
2) There is no centralized database where you can look up a dog.
3) The European show world is underdeveloped on this continent, which means owners don't go, don't show, breeders don't see and have no information of what dogs/bloodlines are available in the States.
4) Because of 3), owners rarely health screen their dogs, and breeders cannot use untested dogs in breeding. Unless it's a "my nieghbor/friend has a dog and I have a dog, so let's breed them" situation.
5) Because the European dogs are limited, lack of diversity affects quality of Doberman population in the States. It's easier to breed a cute face, than an overall top quality dog.
6) Breeders who try to establish a bloodline are the ones suffering the most from lack of diversity and their geographical location because it's very problematic to have to go to Europe for every breeding.
7) Quality will always decrease without the import of new lines that need to work well with the breeder's stock which is hard to gage when you import a tiny puppy that might develop into a good dog or might not, it's a test of time.
8) Good stud owners aren't always easy to approach here than in Europe.
9) The US - very widely spread out doberman imports, that aren't always easy to find.

 25 May 2017
- How well is your Doberman exercised...

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The more exercise your muscles get, the more obvious they become. If you've ever had to wear a cast on a leg, you'd know how fast the muscle mass recedes and how long it takes to build it up again. Now, I've got an eye for that. And you can't lie about it because I will know if your dog gets enough exercise - can't hide the muscles!

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If your dog develops bad habits, and you are not willing to work on that, and return the dog to the breeder, and the breeder sees flat muscles, well, whose fault is that the dog is bored, under exercised and is just trying to entertain itself? So, here we go:

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Bullky, well defined in the first photo, and flat, smooth, round in the second. Which dog runs more?

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Conclusion: If you get a Doberman, make sure EVERY day they are able to do this:

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 15 May 2017
- Beautiful photography.

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 11 May 2017
- More on corrective surgeries.
I know one of our past buyers used the button method to get the ears to stand.
And here is how the vertical stitches inside the lenth of the ear look like - especially goid for the ears that fold over.

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 10 May 2017
- Some more feedback about size and weight. What Dobe owners have to say:

"First let me start off by saying that I love Lexie no matter how big she is. I am curious though about how big the standard is for a 10 month old female European Dobermann as I've seen many posts and pictures of other Dobermanns at her age and they are way bigger than her. She is currently 10-month-old and about 26 1/2 inches and only weighs 54 pounds. Her mom weighed 67-70 pounds and her dad weighed 85 pounds."

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1) My Lexi is 1 1/2 and weighs 82lbs. Dr says no more than 80 lbs.

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2) BabyJane was petite but with perfect lines. A beautiful little lady. Regardless of her size just be thankful you are a Doberman parent.
3) Our girl stopped growing in height at that age, she was and is as big as Lexie. She was also very slim/athletic and about the same weight. By now (she now is 17 mo) she weighs 69 pounds. So imho Lexie is right on schedule.
4) She is gorgeous....All though there are some size standards for Dobbies I personally feel that as long as they eat well, pooch well, ' guard well, play well....they are a Happy and healthy member of the family..small is always better less health problems & longer life. So enjoy the special moments they offer...
5) Hijack at 11 mouths 80lbs

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6) Our girl was small at 1 1/2 and all of a sudden grew.She is now 3 and 77 lbs.
7) The 26 inch height is good. It is more important to have a square build; height equal length. I think she is fine at that weight. Females in the 65 to 75 range is about right confirmation wise. That is much better than too heavy. Anyone promoting a Doberman over 90 pounds or so even for a male doesn't know what they are talking about.
8) The word Superior means better. Bigger dobes are not better. Is a gimmick for back yard breeders to sell to unsuspecting people.
9) She looks great to me and she is still very young don't get hung up on weight lean muscle is ideal and she is still maturing.
10) I don't get the size obsession either it's saddens me how everyone seems to want obese larger than standard Doberman especially when they haven't even reached full maturity
11) Perfect... my female Zeva is about 80 pounds

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12) My 3 year old euro bitch is 24.5" and around 60 lbs. Intact and raw fed.

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13) A little over two 75 lbs

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I don't understand the weight obsession either. Just recently a person was looking for a puppy to resemble their departed 160lb Doberman. Now that's beyond insane.
The weight and size depend on many factors.
1. Breeding. Smaller dogs vs larger dogs. But larger dogs can still produce smaller dogs.
2. Lack of proper nutrition, illness the first months of a dog's life can affect the size.
3. Show breeders produce more standard and predictable sizes than breeders who just produce without proper selection principles.
4. Purpose. Example: If I have a smaller dog, I will breed it to a larger dog, of course. Because I would want an average size. Average size is big enough. There is no need to want more than that. A 90-lb male is a lot of a male. Why want more?
If I just want to get puppies, I will breed whatever I have to whatever else I have, and I will get whatever I get. There is no breeding planning, no selection, and no substantial reason for this breeding to take place. But it takes place. And usually oversized or weird sized dogs come from such breedings.
And It is up to you what to support.

 30 April 2017
- About the ears...

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Not all ears stand up after cropping and posting. And there are many reasons to that:

1. High set or low set
2. Strength and thickness of the cartilage
3. Broken cartilage
4. Cropped length
5. Shape
6. Ear thickness
7. Calcium deficiency
8. Human factor
9. Poorly cropped.

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What to do:
1. Contact the vet who cropped.
2. Leave it be.
3. Call local great dane/boxer breeders (they all crop their dogs) and inquire about where they get the ears done, ask other vets.

Here are the ears after one plastic surgery:

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And after second surgery:

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Fix-up plastic surgery:
1. Vertical cuts on the inside, stitched
2. Cuts at the base of the ear, at the base of the head, to adjust cartilage or remove extra skin and pull the ears up
3. Implants, mesh or wire
4. Silicone injections
5. Length shortening

The younger the dog the faster everything heals. If with a regular ear crop, you are looking at 2-3 weeks of healing, plastic surgery (especially at the base) will take longer. Some vets will only do plastic surgery on very young dogs.
At the same time, don't expect perfect ears until the change of all baby teeth (7-ish months).

Often times, the ears can be easily fixed by taking off some length. Show breeders love leaving the whole length - have some head with your ears... We've had such experience when one of our imports arrived with nice but super long ears that wouldn't stand. Another vet took a few inches off and they stood up very fast and didn't need any more posting or fixing. That's why I prefer medium cuts.

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For example, these ears can be fixed either by vertical incisions on the inside or by removing the length:

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Not all vets are competent enough to crop Doberman ears. These are not bully ears.
Here is a re-crop example:

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Wrinkling up:
When ear start healing, scabs start drying up shrinking the skin. So, it's important to tape the ears during this process. even just for 10 hours, untaping for the night.

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Important to know that the ear posting and the results are the responsibility of the owner. The breeder has no power to predict how well and soon they get to stand, the breeder usually is not the one who crops the ears. When cropping ears, like with any cosmetic surgery, you have to realize that there are no guarantees.

 20 April 2017
- Veterinarian incompetence we've had to deal with!

Case 1
"Everything is going good. Took Baron to vet everything checked out but his legs. Vet said his legs were unusually big for 8 weeks compared to the rest of his body."

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Case 2
A puppy bumped his head and got a swelling on top of the head. Owners take him to the vet, the vet tells them the puppy has a whole in the brain and liquid is leaking, the puppy has hydrocephalus. To my question how she determined that, she responded they palpated it. No xrays were taken. Needless to say, that was rubbish, the bump went away in 2 weeks. Similar photo.

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Case 3
A healthy puppy was placed in a family. A little later we got the following email:
"I hope all is well. Second visit went ok. He's 22lbs. The vet x-rayed his front legs; primarily concerned with his left front leg. It appears to be abnormal and not growing the same as the right (knuckle is larger and bone slightly shorter than the right) . She stated she thinks it may be from a previous injury (fracture) or congenital. She's talking about possible amputation, etc ... Craziness! Personally, I don't think she knows exactly what she is talking about, and I will be finding another vet. On a positive note, it doesn't seem to impede his movements or bother him. To me, he appears to be slightly bow legged. Research reveals that it may be caused from too much protein, and by switching from puppy food to adult food (higher calcium), it usually corrects it within a few months. Thoughts?"

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The leg issue has been discussed in our Blog twice. This is something that goes away within days/weeks. Amputation! Talk about costly vet school programs creating such doctors!

Case 4
"Irina, We took our pup to the vet yesterday. () We had quite a day at the vet - we went to two different vets yesterday, both ended up being STAUNCHLY against ear cropping and were not afraid to let us know what they thought of us or how cruel and painful what we had done was, even with our children in the room!! I could not believe how we were treated and what was said to us. We are in the process of finding a vet around here with a different mind frame, but so far we are having a difficult time. () We really feel as if we couldn't believe anything of the first two vets. They both said that his infection was horrible, but we were wondering if they were more disturbed by the cropping - having not seen it before. We are not really sure what to do at this point. We are thinking of waiting until Thursday to go to the third vet. () I appreciate your help! We are just looking for some advice with someone with experience on this because neither vet was willing to help us at all.

You have an ok doctor and an experienced nurse, who will you rather listen to? The Doctor. That's why you 1) should find a breeder who has very broad experience of the dogs and the breed, 2) should consult with the breeder if the vet diagnosis sounds too unreal/ridiculous/insane, 3) shouldn't blindly trust the vets.

 14 April 2017
- Our old gal Dimetra, here at almost 8.

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 2 April 2017
- Ear crop. What to expect:

1st week after surgery, the ear might look like this. A lil rough. The edges look so thick when an older pup is cropped. Best age is 7-9 weeks, from the point of healing fast.

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This is a slighty infected ear crop. Use Neosporin or antibiotics. Overall, dealing with the crop is quite a pain, especially the first two weeks.

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Ncely healing ear:

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One the best methods to care for the ears while they heal. Don't know how to do this, need to learn.

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My vet's technique:

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So poorly stitched, doesn't look professional:

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Interesting. Looks interesting and effective:

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Ear looking perfect. Ideal.

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 30 March 2017
- Recent Facebook post:

"On the day of yesterday, I passed away the bitch Alexandra the great happy fly, I get to the farm and found the bitch lying on the grass, and even hot, got into the car and urgent for the vet, they couldn't do anything, And I told them to look that could have been killed, since he had no bite, no nothing,
Today I was told that I was from the heart as he has a side bigger than the other, (dilated cardiomyopathy), that's a bummer, my head is spinning and I wonder, if the parents passed all tests of the heart, as I pass that to me Bitch,
We sadness
R.I.P Aleksandra"

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When a dog dies of DCM at 1.5yo - this is very-very sad and a reason for the breeder to rethink the breeding preferences.
Could this have been prevented? Let's look at the pedigree:

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We have close inbreeding on Infinity Fly, then 3 times Paola Penelopa. No real long lived dogs, not much genetic diversity to thin out bad genes. And apparently the dad's sister died young of DCM.
So, while we can't tell for sure how long the dogs are going to live, there are things we can choose to avoid, like pedigrees with no long lived dogs. Laws of nature are not ours to play with, and yes, there have been long-lived dogs out of not long-lived dogs, but just by looking at this pedigree there is nothing for the longevity to come out of.

Here is an interesting question for all:
"Those of you that have lost a Dobie to DCM or even multiple dobies would you always have a doberman even though you know the risk of losing them at such young ages? I have 3 doberman and I can't imagine owning another breed but if they were to pass at a young age I don't know If I could take that chance again."

- Had 3 dobies. 2 died of DCM. 21 month old. 10 years old. Number 3 is now just turned 7 years old, still alive but on DCM meds.
Never ever again will I own a Dobermann!!! I love the breed, but I can't do this anymore. It's to hard and not worth it.
From now on I will own only street dogs!!!
- Not until the breed gets healthier... love them, totally broke my heart...not taking the risk until testing and breeding gets better.
- I haven't lost mine to DCM, he'll be 9 this year. But I've had too many friends lose theirs. Purpose bred crossbreeds for me from now on, or purebreds utilizing diversity testing in pairings.
- you better make sure they are health testing those crossbreed parents because 'mutts' are no longer healthier than purebreds - they never really were - hybrid vigor was a wrong analysis.
- I have my 11th adopted/rescued Doberman. Out of the 11 only 2 had DCM. I'll be getting the my newest adoptee (11/5/2016) tested soon. I lost my last one to DCM on 11/1/2016. I just cannot be without a Doberman. So many looking for forever homes.
- Yes I have and yes, with no hesitation, I will have a Dobie again. There is nothing compared to how they love you. They put their whole heart, soul and everything into loving their family.
- I will always have a dobie. I have owned them for 22 years. I have had 6 all together. I have lost 2 of them to Dcm. I lost one 18 years ago and second one in September of 2016. I also own great Danes they are also heartbreaking to own some times but I will also always have a Dane.
- Jade is my First Doberlilly.. Regardless of there health issues I would always have one.. The only thing that would stop me would be old age only Beaucse Dobies need a lot of exercise..
- I've had 8 over the last 23 years. Lost 3 to sudden death DCM. Still can't see myself without them.
- Yes - I would love to have a Dobermann again although our family lost our beloved Nova - aged 8 years to DCM. It was the worst thing I?d gone through in my whole life when she passed away, but I have never experienced such a personality
- The love and devotion of a Doberman is unmatched to any, since I was 14, now 60+ nothing but Doberman. Lost 1 last November, at 7yo, still have my adopted Albion female 11 years old, and new puppy European doberman at 10 weeks old.
- I lost the love of my life, Phoenix, this past April at 3 1/2 yrs, within 6 weeks of diagnosis. Totally heartbroken, and his best buddy Willow, my 5 year old dobie, has never been the same since.
The pain was and still is so great, sometimes I feel I just can't breath. So, that's when I started looking for a male dobie, and we now have Baci! It was the best thing I did. He will never replace Phoenix, but having him just makes everything complete again. Willow, is coming around slowly, but I do see her spirit alive again. So, YES, I would run and buy another dobie, there is no breed like them. The love they give, is worth the heartache.
- I have had 10 Dobermans in the past 40 years. I lost my first and 6th to DCM and now my 51/2 year old Ch. has been diagnosed with it. I will never be without a Doberman.
- Yes, nothing but a Doberman. But something really needs to be done on our doberman breed and the DCM. It's so heartbreaking enough to lose them, let alone having to worry. They are the best breed in the world.
- I have lost 3 to DCM /CHF our first male was 6 & 1/2 yrs old and our other two were older and lived wonderful lives .I could never be without a Dobermann they have my heart
- My sweet boy died suddenly of DCM. I tried to get another Dobie, but I just couldn't. Every time I thought about it, I just fell apart. I now have a Rottweiler puppy.
- No other dog could replace my Heidi. Dobies are special. But I cannot have another. I adopted a rescue mutt.
- I will NEVER own another breed of dog, having owned a Dobermann
- On my 4th dobie 2 died young one was 2 the other was 5 but my first Dob was 10 best breed ever will always have a Dob in my life
- I'll tell you what, despite the risk, I will jump on the chance to give the best life possible to ANY Doberman! Whether it's only a couple of years or a decade +. The love they give is truly special.
- Lost my first Dobermann at 2 years 10 months old to DCM. I got her the day she turned 2 so I only had her for 10 months and I'm still really devastated about it but my little girl is helping get through it. So yes I will always want Dobermanns
- We lost our last two boys DCM and said never again
- lost DCM and cancer and stomack torsion.... But not imagine other breed...
- Yes I've lost a Doberman to DCM. Will always have a Doberman in my house.
- I have had 5 Dobermanns who all died of different reasons, one of DCM at 7,5 years old. Wasn't worse to loose one in DCM than the others. Always a heart break . Now I have 4 Dobis from 1 year to 7,5 years old , all healthy and DCM scanned so far . I 'am a breeder and do my very best to breed to provoke DCM but as it is so spread in the breed I will not always succeed. But I will try and hopefully we'll get a better chance to win over DCM if we work and breed in the long term of DCM scanned dogs.
- I will not support a breed with fewer as 50:50 chance that the dog will get old
If a dobermann than from animal shelter!
I look everyday at puppy anouncements and i can cry because of nearly every of one!
- Yep until I'm too old to handle them we will have a dobie period.
- Yes, lost my last boy to dcm at 4 yrs & 8 mths in 2007 and the boy I have now is 9 yrs, the way I look at it I'm giving them a good home for maybe the short time they are with us and just couldn't see myself with another breed plus there isn't another breed like them
- I lost my first dobermann when she was 2 yo to DCM. I got my second dobermann from a completely different bloodline, with both parents over 9 yo and grandparents that lived at least up to 10/11. He turned out to have wobbler and subaortic stenosis (heart problem) at 1 yo. His brother died of DCM soon after his second birthday. I love dobermanns I thought I found my forever breed and I intended to always have them. But the pain is just too much. Getting up every day hoping they did not die in their sleep or hoping they won't drop dead during a walk is just too much. I won't be getting another dobermann. As long as there are people who think it's okay to have a dog that will very very likely die of DCM just because you love the breed too much, the current problem will not change because breeders will just keep doing what they are doing now, causing pain to dogs and families.
- Lost my dobe with dcm at 3 .5 years old to young lost my other dobe 6 with liver another biggest killer with dobes no I won't b having another one again even vet said they r high risk x I still have one dobe I keep my fingers crossed with him can't keep going through this heartache
- I lost my girl at age 3.5 and it completely broke me and still does, losing her ripped my heart and soul out, I have a Rhodesian ridgeback of 5 months and my little Heinz 57 rescue from Spain now, while it hurts like hell to not have a dobe in my life I can't go through the fear of having one and them having DCM so no I will probably never have another unless things change drastically
- Yes, just lost my boy to DCM on 20 January, had to have him pts because of the distress he was in. New dobie pup arriving 25/3/17. Can't be without one. My boy was 11.5 yrs
- I've had Dobermanns for over 20 years and now is my last one, a big rescue boy of 9yrs. It will be very strange to be without a Dobermann after him. I've Always had 4 to 5 dogs and I have standard poodles now. I Always loved this breed very much and after the death of several Dobermanns due to DCM I switched. And I love them so much!! My Dobes died at the age of 2 years, at 4 years, and already several sisters and brothers of my last girl that died also of DCM have deceased too. I can't have one again. It broke my heart to see them die so young and due to such an terrible genetic disease. I hope in the future I'll ever have a brown boy again in my life, like my beloved Dracul. He lived till the age of 13.5 years and was as healthy as could be. But I can't go through this again so no Dobermanns in my life no more...
- I have lost 6 of my precious Dobermanns to this evil disease. I have had my heart broken time after time but losing my beautiful soulmate Raven who I lost just over 2 years ago has destroyed me , I am still suicidal over her loss . My heart is broken beyond any hope of repair and my soul is shattered , I'll never ever get over losing her , I am lost and broken and if I'm honest just want to go wherever she is to be with her . She had brain damage from birth and was special beyond words and so vulnerable , she shouldn't be without her Muma , it's not right , we should never have been separated. I hate this disease , I hate those 3 letters , I live in absolute terror of them every day. However even though I have been heartbroken and crucified by the loss of my precious kids because of this disease I cannot have any other breed . I have tried to have a golden retriever and a Rottweiler and I had to return both to the breeders as it felt so wrong . If you've had a Doberman you'll know there's no other breed than can compare or even come close , therefore I have to live with the utter heartache and pain of my loss and pray that this disease doesn't take my beloved kids from me. It's all I can do - hope and pray . The way I have to see it is i'd rather have 5 years with the love of a Dobermann than 10 years with another breed . " The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long " Something needs to be done about this disease, what is being done , what is needed to help find a cure ? Money I suppose? Maybe every Dobermann owner can donate so that more research can be done . I pray everyday for a cure . So many beautiful Dobermanns losing their lives and each one leaving an owner behind broken-hearted
- I have 3.girls and they lives 10.5;11;11.5.. 4. girl suddenly gone in one hour, in age of 7.year!!I was broken,but after two days I bought another girl pupy..I think I can't live without doby girl
- I've had Dobermans since 2004. I don't think I could live without at least one. I've have several other breeds & Dobes are extra special & unique.
- Hubby and I are on our 4th Dobe since 1978. First Dobe had sudden death at 4.5 years old; second was 14 (cancer); third was 11.5 (cancer); and Baron is now almost 10.5 and was diagnosed with DCM at 4.5. Has been on meds since that time and is doing well. Honestly, would not have any other breed and will absolutely get another one.
- Yes, I will. I am trying to hedge my bets for the next one in a few years' time by going to a breeder that does all the tests I want and breeds for health
- I will always have a Dobe the pleasure they give me throughout their lives always surpasses the grief when they go - at the time of losing them it is a physical pain - such heartache but in time the memories they leave will always bring a smile - I lost a male just over two in the early nineties- I had a post-mortem done and it turned out he had Addisons Disease and although I had attended the vet regularly as I felt he was not right his symptoms where so vague it was missed - had I lost him now I know the torches and pitchforks would be out - fingers pointing and rumours of DCM - unfortunately there are no guarantees with living breathing creatures including humans - most good breeders are trying their utmost to minimise this condition - but going back to the original question - always - my belongs to my chosen breed and always will
- I will always have a Doberman no matter what
- I love the Dobermann breed and can not see myself with another breed. The love they give is unmatched which makes it even harder when they pass. I have lost them to sudden death, injury, cancer, old age, everywhere from a year old to fourteen years old. I lost one 7 mos. ago and still cry every single day from missing him...but I would do it again, and will do it again and again...
- No I won't have another Dobermann as long as the breed is in the state that it is. I have lost 3 to DCM and my heart is well and truly broken. It's nearly 4 years since I lost my last Dobe and it's as painful as if it were yesterday.
- It is painful to lose them. But will always have at least 2 Dobes
- You cannot deny yourself ownership of the best dogs in world because of this disease. Whether you have them for years or just a day. Know that they gave you joy however long they're here for and thank god that there are always another to give you more happiness because at one point not so long ago it was touch and go whether this breed would survive. I have a year old one and if he goes I'd be devasted but it wouldn't stop me getting another. It wouldn't be a replacement just another friend
- I try to tell myself that it means I will get to own more. I will always own dobermans have owned them for over half my life now and until today have never had one live past age 9. (Its my current boys 9th birthday today)
- I'm 48 and have had a doberman in my life since the age of 10 period I currently have 3. I cannot imagine my life without a doberman however I did lose one at the age of one years old and she was diagnosed at six months old. I know that it can be hard to avoid DCM but I cannot stress enough on doing your research when looking for a breeder period Health testing and proof of longevity in the lines is a non-negotiable. Please do not support backyard breeders or unethical breeding Kennels. I believe part of the reason this disease has gotten so out of control is from these greedy establishments mass-producing these dogs. I also have two adopted girls. I never had adopted before but after the death of my little baby I decided to adopt.

 26 March 2017
"I have one question. This is not my first puppy, and I know I got a Velcro dog. But Bentley cries a lot in his crate if you leave him.
As soon as he came home, my two main priorities over the weekend were crate training and housetraining (of course). Housetraining has gone very smoothly, I'm honestly surprised, and he loves his crate and will go in willingly to play or sleep, so that worked too. But if he isn't sleeping ...or about to fall asleep, he screams in the crate. Especially at night.:( I have tried to close the door, open, and treat. Close the door, step away, and treat. And overnight I tried to just ignore it. It didn't stop so I covered the crate with a blanket, moved it closer to the bed, put my hand in. Nothing. And he was SCREAMING.
I also can't step 5ft away from him without him crying, even if my mom is still present. Although, I went upstairs and left him for ~30 seconds today and he whined a bit but did pretty good. I'm worried because my mom is the one who is going to be letting him out and watching him while I'm at work starting tomorrow and he is a crier. I'm also worried about separation anxiety. Is this normal for 8 weeks, does it just go away with time? Is it too soon to say it's a larger issues, and any similar experiences with your puppies?"

- I brought my baby home at eight weeksЕ She's currently 19 weeks old. She screamed bloody murder in her crate until she was about 15 weeks old. I had to warn my neighbors in case they heard the screams that I was crate training a puppy - not murdering her. Stick it out, it will get betterЕ I have crate trained every dog I've owed but my Doberman has been the hardest.
- I took a lil blanket and rub it on me so my scent would be on it for mine to sleep with.
- I have always used a manual clock for the ticking noise of another heartbeat and a hot water bottle. NOT a heating pad. He has just left his mom and siblings. This is his first experience alone in his world.
- It can depend on the dog too. I have 2 dobermans from the same parents and one is fine in the crate while the other screams and cries the entire time she's in there. She also has separation anxiety.
- We made the unfortunate mistake of giving in to Reno crying in his crate by letting him out into our bed!! End of story.
- You have to leave him ALONE! it can take up to 3 hours for them to stop crying... and once they stop if they start in the middle of the night usually means they need to go potty... you have to leave them alone. its hard I know both to hear them and then sleep also but you have to ignore it!
- I also leave a radio on.
- I bought two crates and nite time was the bedroom crate. I also would on occasion throw a shoe at the crate and say shut up.
- We have had many dogs over the years!!!! The dobie was the worst at crate training......He cryed......we caved.....into our bed he came....he is a year and a half now.......we crate him when we aren't here.
- be persistent, they are smart dogs and know exactly what they are doing by crying for you, just make sure he doesn't need to pee/poo, max time at that age is 2-3 hours in the crate without some play and personal time.
- Try putting an old fashioned wind up alarm clock in the crate. Sometimes the ticking will calm them enough so they'll sleep. Make sure you wear him out before putting him into the crate for the night. You can also put some type of a large stuffed animal for him to cuddle with. Remember he's only 8 weeks old and he had his litter mates to snuggle with. Dogs are pack animals & need to be touching something soothing when they sleep. Your guy is just lonely.

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 13 March 2017
- All you need to know about Doberman DCM. Interestingly enough, a lot of things said in the article have been discussed by me in this Blog.
An update on the genetic status of the Doberman Pinscher

By Carol Beuchat PhD
The Doberman Pinscher is in serious trouble. About 60% of the breed is afflicted with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), with 13% affected by the time they are 6 years old and more than 40% by the age of 8. The disorder has an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance, but the causative genes are unknown.

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DCM is fatal. The heart fails, sometimes in the absence of any symptoms of a problem, and the dog simply drops dead - in the middle of a game of fetch, during a run on an agility course, or while the family is away during the day at work and school. Most dogs die in their prime and even younger.
(In the first graph below, the data are divided into age cohorts and no animal appears in more than one age group.)

How long do they live?

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Where did this horrible problem come from?

We have good data about the history of DCM in the breed. In 1990, the incidence was already quite high, with more than 25% of dogs affected. Since then, DCM has increased essentially linearly by about 1.5% per year. At this rate, by 2040, 100% of the Doberman breed will be afflicted with DCM.

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Clearly, the efforts made by breeders over the last three decades to decrease the incidence DCM have had no effect at all on the prevalence of the disorder. Not even a little.
I wrote last summer about the tragedy of watching this noble breed go extinct before our very eyes (see Are We Watching the Extinction of a Breed?).

What are we doing to deal with this problem? Breeders are routinely monitoring their dogs for the electrical abnormalities that are signs of DCM. They are trying to select from lines that appear to be less afflicted with the problem.

However, the question nobody seems to be asking is whether it is even possible to rid the breed of this problem through selective breeding. Can better monitoring and ever more selective breeding reduce the incidence of this horrible problem in Dobermans? Is there enough genetic diversity in the breed to "breed away" from DCM?

What is the genetic status of the Doberman?
In my earlier post, I presented a summary of data for genetic diversity in various dog breeds, including the Doberman. There are now additional data that give us a broader picture of the genetic status of the Doberman.

First, this graph is the up-to-date summary of the genetic diversity in Dobermans that have been examined by MyDogDNA. The color scale at the bottom indicates the ranges of high and low diversity. The data include dogs from the US, Austria, Russia, the United Kingdom, Finland, Australia, and Ukraine. The median heterozygosity for this group is 26.6% (blue), which is less than the median for other pinscher and schnauzer-type breeds (34.2%; green) and for all dogs (34.6%; orange).

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Below I have graphed the data for genetic diversity of all dog breeds analyzed by MyDogDNA on their website. In the top panel, the Doberman, with a median heterozygosity of 26.6%, is indicated by the arrow. Below that is a graph that includes all of the breeds they have measured. (These graphs are taken from my earlier post.) For reference, the green line is the average heterozygosity for mixed breed dogs (43%), and the red line is the median heterozygosity for all dogs in the MyDogDNA database. Higher heterozygosity is better; if a dog was heterozygous at all loci the value would be 50% using this method.

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We now have new data from a separate study (Dreger et al 2017) on a different cohort of dogs (see Inbreeding of Purebred Dogs Determined from DNA). They used a different method for estimating the proportion of the genome that is homozygous called "runs of homozygosity" (ROH). This method identifies blocks of consecutive homozygous loci, then adds the total length of these blocks and divides by the total length of chromosomes covered by markers to produce the inbreeding coefficient. Lower values of inbreeding are better.

The hand thing about this estimate of inbreeding is that the value indicates two things: 1) the probability that an animal will inherit two copies of the same allele from an ancestor (i.e., homozygous for that allele), and 2) the fraction of all loci that are homozygous.

From this study, the average inbreeding coefficient of the Doberman is 43% (red arrow on the enlarged graph on the left, blue on the graph for all breeds on the left). This means that
on average, nearly half the genome of a dog is homozogyous, with two copies of the same allele;
the risk of any particular locus being homozygous for the same allele - whether good or bad - is 43%;
on average, 43% of the genomes of any two dogs are the same.

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In addition to the data on inbreeding and heterozygosity of the whole genome in Dobermans, we now also have information specifically about the genes of the immune system.
The immune system protects an animal from all manner of outside invaders, from bacteria and viruses to fungi and parasites. It must be able to recognize a bewildering diversity of pathogens as foreign, then marshall the specific cellular defense mechanisms necessary to destroy them. At the same time, it must be able to distinguish "self" from "non-self"; failure to do this is the cause of autoimmune disorders, in which the immune system attacks one of the body's own tissues.

The genes for the immune system in the dog are called the "dog leukocyte antigens" (DLA). They tend to be inherited as blocks of genes called haplotypes. There are two types of DLA haplotypes called DLA Class I and DLA Class II. Like single alleles, an animal can inherit two copies of the same haplotype or they can be different (i.e., homozygous or heterozygous).

In most animals, the genes of the immune system are the most diverse in the entire genome, and in wild animals there is strong selection to keep them that way. In purebred dogs, however, inbreeding, strong selection, bottlenecks, and genetic drift have reduced the genetic diversity across the genome, including the Class I and Class II DLA.

Take for example these data for DLA diversity from UC Davis in nine breeds of dogs (see Inbreeding and the Immune System: Unintended Consequences). The graph shows the number of haplotypes found in a survey of each breed, separated into Class I and Class II DLA.

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You can see that the breed with the highest number of haplotypes, the Standard Poodle, has about 45 Class I haplotypes and 28 of Class II. The Poodle suffers from many autoimmune disorders, including Addison's disease, sebaceous adenitis, immune mediated hemolytic anemia, immune mediated thrombocytopenia, chronic hepatitis, temporalmandibular myositis, Evan's syndrome, immune pancytopenia, and chronic thyroiditis (Pedersen et al 2015). Even as it has the highest DLA diversity of the particular breeds in this study, it suffers from a compromised immune system as a consequence of strong selective breeding and genetic bottlenecks (Pedersen et al 2015).

Unfortunately, among the other breeds that were tested, the Doberman fared the worst, with less than 10 DLA haplotypes for either Class I and Class II. Even if DCM could be eliminated from the breed, the Doberman would still suffer from issues realated to the poor health of the immune system.
This is the assessment of Dr Niels Pedersen, who is conducting a study of genetic diversity in Dobermans at UC Davis.
1) "This study of 71 Doberman establishes a desperate need for breeders to search the world for pockets of genetic diversity that does not exist in the present population, just as was done by Standard Poodle and Italian Greyhound breeders. Eastern Europe and more isolated areas of Western Europe would be ideal places to search for such diversity. Genetic introgressions with similar dogs may be required, but such outcrossing must be based on sound genetic knowledge and careful monitoring of new diversity to see that it is not lost by backcrossing or contained to only a fraction of the breed."

2) "In the case of diseases such as DCM, the genetic traits responsible for the disease may already be fixed in certain varieties of the breed, reminiscent of hyperuricosuria in the Dalmatian. A lack of genetic diversity greatly limits the ability to find reasonably unrelated mates, but when this lack is combined with the need to select against a large number of heritable traits, the ability to identify genetically suitable mates becomes even more difficult."

The bottom line

The Doberman has the lowest diversity in the DLA genes of the immune system of any of the breeds studied to date by Pedersen's lab at UC Davis. This, together with the high level of inbreeding documented from multiple studes and the overall relatedness of the dogs in the population, leaves breeders with little ability to circumvent the multiple genetic diseases in the breed. Furthermore, some deleterious genes could be fixed in the breed - that is, the normal, non-mutated version of the gene is no longer present in the gene pool and therefore are not available for selection.
It is highly unlikely that the desperate genetic situation of the Doberman can be improved by selective breeding within the closed gene pool of the breed. It should be made very clear to breeders that they will not restore health to this breed by selecting against health problems. Furthermore, trying to select less related parents in an effort to improve diversity in the offspring is a bit like pushing your peas around on your plate; you might look like you're accomplishing something, but with little effect.

The only hope for this breed is the initiation of a sound, comprehensive cross-breeding program, under the guidance of population geneticists, that will introduce new genetic diversity into the breed. The longer it takes to begin genetic rescue, the more difficult it will be and the less likely it is to be successful.

A final word

We have a moral obligation to restore the noble Doberman breed back to health, and this effort needs to begin immediately.


Pedersen NC, L Brucker, NG Tessier, H Liu, M Cecilia, T Penedo, S Hughes, A Oberbauer, & B Sacks. The effect of genetic bottlenecks and inbreeding on the incidence of two major autoimmune diseases in Standard Poodles, sebaceous adenitis and Addison's disease. Canine Genetics and Epidemiology 2:13. DOI 10.1186/s40575-015-0026-5.

 9 March 2017
- Thumbs up to this poster:

"One thing that I see frequently that both amazes and frustrates me is people's inability/unwillingness to admit when their dog is overweight. Imagine how you would feel and the potential health risks of carrying 10, 20, even 30% extra weight, and yet I see it on here every day. I see people who mention their dogs weight when describing them(i.e...I have a 96lb male), or are so proud of how big their dog is they list weight with decimals(i.e..my dog is 104.2 lbs). Why be so proud of how much they weigh?! Why get so defensive when people try to tell you that your dog is overweight? Why not be willing to learn and correct? You can look at Show dogs any day of the week to see Dobes in correct weight yet I've heard people say those dogs don't count. What?! Your dog doesn't have to be a show dog to be in good condition.

Here's a dog that isn't overweight. Notice how you can just barely make out his last ribs. Notice his body isn't solid and smooth, like a tootsie roll, you can see definition in the shoulder. Notice how he doesn't have a rounded butt of fat. Notice how you can see a waist. Some dogs have a more defined tuck than others, but they should have one. This is my 7.5y male.

If your 100lb dog is actually supposed to be 85lbs, is being able to boast that your dog is 100lbs really more important than their health?! I just don't get it."

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 3 March 2017
- Got this today.
"Hey Canis Maximus,
On behalf of Vetary.com, I want to congratulate you on the Best Doberman Pinscher Breeder Award.
Vetary has analyzed top doberman pinscher breeders and cross referenced positive social mention data with top analytics platforms. Your site was a clear winner with U.S. pet owners over the last 12 months. For context, Vetary awards breeders with best-in-class online buzz, content, visuals, and most importantly, a strong cause and devotion toward their breed of dogs."
That's nice. Just hope this hasn't been sent to a few dozen other Doberman breeders heh heh

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 27 February 2017
- Last fundraiser update and donation. Thank you all who participated!

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 22 February 2017
- A couple weeks ago there was a heated discussion on Facebook regarding one dog.

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It started by the dog's owner posting a rather biased and angry comment about this dog dying of DCM at the age of 9 and accusing the dog's breeder of selling her into a "puppymill" Doberman kennel in FL where she was bred and bred, and then dumped after her use came to an end. Familiar story, we've all heard this before.
The breeder counter-argued by stating that the dog was originally sold to CA and then the first owners were mislead and resold her to a commercial breeding facility. Her last years she spent with a different person who, I guess, rescued her.
Anyway, all the details and gossiping and slandering and guilt shaming are not really important.
What's important is that this is exactly the situation I avoid but not selling my dogs for breeding, or with breeding rights.
#1. Chances of my dogs ending up in such situations are pretty slim because they come with papers not allowing breeding - limited registrations.
#2. If the dog needs to be resold, it will be resold as a pet because - see above.
#3. I can trace where the dogs end up if something doesn't work out with the original owners because they practically always inform me because their dog means more to them than its reproductive organs (usually fixed by then).
#4. I will not end up in a situation where my name is smeared because someone by means of lying obtained my dog and bred the beep out of it because - see #1.
#5. Dealing with breeders is the worst there is in breeding. Starting in 2010-2011 I stopped doing full registrations because of my negative experience. And you know what? I never regretted it. Maybe I lose business but I know for sure my dogs won't be sold and bred and sold and bred over and over again thus using my work to support someone else's lifestyle, and I know the situation this very well known breeder ended up in will not happen to me.

 14 February 2017
- Our dogs in Florida:

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Our dogs in Colorado:

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 13 February 2017
- Knuckling over/feet bowing in puppies.
Very common issue in large breed puppies. Some examples (although some puppies have it worse):

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www.greatdanelady.com/articles/knucking... - more info.
A recent Facebook discussion prompted me to write a post on this because this happens often and owners, as well as vets, aren't always well informed. Based on the Facebook responses, this issue deserves some more discussion (I already had a post on this in my Blog).

Here are the responses you will most likely get:
1. "Go to a vet".
2. "They look to be bowing out. Rickets maybe?"
3. "This is called knuckling over... or some might call it buckling.
It is developmental orthopedic disease. At this age is most likely caused from lack of calcium... but there can be other causes."
4. "Knucking over is not due to a calcium deficiency... it is more likely to be the result of too high of a mineral content in the food, or an improper ratio of some mineral(s) to other(s). I would switch to a lower nutrient adult food, but only until it corrects (which will probably happen quickly)... then, back to a better, high nutrient food than you are using now."
5. "Definitely ask a vet but it looks like poor legs are bowing, my vet said my pup was starting to bow and i had to change her food, a bit more expensive but it has changed everything in her including her skin and coat."
6. "Watch the calcium/phosphorus ratios in kibble. Nature never gets it wrong either - RAW feed your pup. MEAT, MEAT, 10% BONE, 10% ORGAN WITH 5% BEING LIVER and rest 5% being any other organs, then more meat. Remember, meat is the biggest chunk then bone and organ. 80% meat - 10% bone - 10% organ."
7. "Cod liver oil pill once a day for a week will help also."
8. "Don't necessarily think it's serious. My pup did that for a bit. She's normal now."
9. "Mine did that off & on for probably her first 9 months. I asked a few vets a few different times & they said it's from growing & her muscles being used alot. I noticed it being worse after playing outside. I've never seen it since."
10. "My pup had this when he was little - basically it's because his diet was causing him to grow too quickly, but more specifically the bones were growing faster than the tendons which causes the problem.
We switched to a "large breed puppy" food which regulates growth and that really helped with the problem."
11. "Don't ask on Facebook. Take her to a vet."
Our response: Nothing to worry. Will go away in a week or two on its own. This is due to the difference in growth and weight of different body areas at this age. At 3mo the weight of the body, especially if your pup is chunky, is more than the legs can handle. As soon as there is extra growth height-wise, this will go away. No need for vets or extra care. More time in the sun, play time and puppy multi vitamins. Raw eggs will be good too. One of our puppy's vet suggested amputation scaring the beep out of the owners, all was back to normal in days.

 2 February 2017
- This is how valuable lines are built - only with a focus on the future. When you are looking at a puppy and you know what bloodlines you want to cross it with and what you are going to get out of it. Champions come out of champions. I can't stress enough that to get a good dog you need to get it out of good parents. And good parents is not how sweet and loving they are or how good they are as house dogs, there is much more to what makes a dog suitable AND worthy of breeding.

Father and sons:
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CH.Pathos delle Querce Nere
CH.Sant Kreal Zeus\r\n\r\n

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 1 February 2017
- We've been alerted on several occasions that our dogs' photos are used to scam people out of money, often times on craigslist. Don't be fooled. Here is one of the crooks selling our 7-yo Shaherezada as a 2.5 yo Roxy, and a 4-mo puppy from half a decade ago as a 1.5yo Rusa. Outrageous!

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 30 January 2017

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 29 January 2016
- Our Fundraiser update 2.
Thank you for all your feedback. Second batch of photos from Canis Maximus buyers. Plus another donation to the rescue that is desperately trying to survive and feed their animals.
This will cover a lot of medication or pay for a couple spays/surgeries....
Thank you all.

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 28 January 2017
- Some more info on head bobbing in Dobermans from their owners.
"Here is a good video of head bobbing. I got my male when he was 10 months old and he had the first one shortly thereafter.
He was fed immediately after shooting this video. Feeding stops the bobbing. He still has an occasional episode. He is 8 years old now."
"My male started with head bobbing when he was a year old. Did research on it and someone said they had used B50 so I tried it. It worked. He hasn't had any since and he's seven now. Lots about it on Utube too."

 22 January 2016
- How much is the puppy?
I came across an interesting discussion on Facebook. Below are pictures with prices - from the owners.
One more thing. What you see might be better than what it really is.
Example: cookbook recipes. They are always accompanied by beautiful appetite enticing pictures. But in reality the food might be disgusting or not palatable. Like ginger orange beef. Looks good but I would never eat sweet beef.

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Same with the pictures. A good ear crop, like recipe photos, will enhance the looks of any doberman, but won't change its quality. And of course, there are exceptions to any rule.
Here we go (prices under the pictures):

1. $0-$500 - gift, give-up, or rescue dogs.

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2. ~$300-1400 - back-yard bred dogs (some owners are fully aware where they got their dog, and for some it was an eye opening experience about quality breeding)

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3. ~$1500-$3000up - show/work bred dogs. While most Dobermans are beautiful by nature, when you got to category 1 (rescue and give-ups) and then to category 3 (show dogs) - anyone will see the difference in type and quality of breeding.

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Most of these pictures are head-shots, and most of them look quite cute and you won't think there is anything bad, the dog looks like a normal doberman, but behind any head there is a body, and behind all this, there is a pedigree, and the dog's parents, and on top of that, there are ethical requirements, such as titling, dog selection, and health testing.

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compare to:

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And then there are questionable cases. For a regular person, the dogs look good. For a show person, there are a number of conformation flaws making these dogs not desirable breeding candidates. But if we are not considering these dogs for breeding, they are very nice pet quality dogs. Usually this happens when the breeder gets his/her hands on some show stock, or dogs that weren't selected for the show rings but are still quite close to that in quality. In this case, what comes out of such breeding can hardly be attributed to the accomplishments of the breeder, as the original stock came from some one else's show breeding program. Another thing, not all show litters produce all show potentials, pet quality pups will be priced lower but are a better option than back-yard bred pups for the same price. As I have pointed out before, back-yard - is commercial. Meaning, you are not supporting someone's breeding program, which is usually a lifetime investment in the development of the breed, but rather someone's lifestyle and living expenses which has little to do with the improvement of the breed.

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And then there are rip-off cases:
Poorly bred based on poor conformation

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Solid black is a conformation flaw yet this very cute mutant puppy is sold at a show dog price:

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Conclusion: know what you are buying. You get what you pay for.

 19 January 2017
- The Scoop on Poop: What You Can Tell about a Dog by his Doodie:

 17 January 2016
- The development of the breed. Quality is quality. And you can see this in the dogs bred 50 years ago even if they look different from the modern type Dobermans. Here is 1959 Gobi. Phenomenally strong, deep with lots of substance.

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And here is 1970 Lord. Very nice specimen compared to nowadays dogs. Strong yet elegant.

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Here are some more show dogs of the 70's.

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As you see, quality is quality. That's why it's important to support breeders who breed quality. You cannot adhere to the breed standard and systematically breed quality without having breed specialists (judges) evaluate your work (attend dog shows).

How has the Doberman changed?
Here are the dogs of the 90's:

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Compare to the 2010's:

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It's clear that the overall look has become more smooth and polished, lines more appealing. Backs are stronger. Biggest changes are in:
- croups (=butts), better structured, better tail sets
- angulations, especially rear.
- chests, deeper and wider, with more pronounced front chests
- heads, more balanced, with significantly stronger underjaws

And again, we see improvement and changes thanks to the breeders dedicated to the postive development of the breed. Because evolution is always postive development. Now lets take those who breed without any care for the improvement, conformation, temperament and health (you will hear various excuses, like we don't show, we don't need to prove the quality of our dogs, shows are for snobs, blah-blah, all our dogs are healthy, we've never had xxx or yyy in our dogs, our dogs have great temperaments, they are sweet and friendly and blah-blah). Do you think any of them could produce any of the above pictured dogs? No! But what they do is they use some one else's work to their own benefit.

 14 January 2017
- The true damage caused by Animal Rights radicals:
Ringling Bros to end in May! No more circus.
They pushed to stop the use of elephants, now the circus is closing down after 150 years. As with everything there are two sides to every story, theirs is just missing common sense and logic. They got to ban orcas at Seaworld, is Seaworld the next one out? And then it will be you, regular animal owners. Do you want to be told you are not good enough to own an animal? shouldn't eat what you eat? shouldn't crop/dock? Should spay/neuter as soon as possible? Do you want your choice of action and your decision making taken away from you by some uneducated family-less loser because that's what most of them are. But by believing all their "stories' you legitimize their actions. So, question them, always, demand proof, always, and fight for your choice to live your life and love your animals the way YOU want.

 05 January 2017
- Have watched a great video on DCM - conference by leading Russian cardiologist Kamolov:
It answered a few important questions.
1. Different breeds - same disease but different mutations.
2. All large breeds affected, and wolfhounds, spaniels, labs, mastiffs.
3. Up to 55% affected Dobermans.
4. Starting age - 6mo as the youngest but it's very rare. 10y - is also rare because its an inherited disease so most likely it's a secondary disease at this age, not genetically linked.
5. Genetically linked DCM hits before 9, very small chance after that. DCM as a secondary disease can be caused by viruses and infections.
6. Most common symptoms: shortness of breath, loss of appetite.
7. Blood test can show DCM as well: Troponin I - above 0.11.


 31 December 2016
- Rottweiler study links ovaries with exceptional longevity.
New research on the biology of aging in dogs suggests a link between shortened life expectancy and ovary removal (spay).
The study, published in the December 2009 issue of the journal Aging Cell, found that Rottweilers that were spayed after they were 6 years old were 4.6 times as likely to reach 13 years of age as were Rottweilers that were spayed at a younger age.
The finding is important because the average life expectancy of Rottweiler dogs is 9.4 years, observed research team leader Dr. David J. Waters. "Our results support the notion that how long females keep their ovaries influences how long they live," he said.
Researchers found that female Rottweilers have a distinct survival advantage over malesЧa trend also documented in humans. That advantage appears to be determined by whether the female dog is sexually intact, however. "Taking away ovaries during the first four years of life completely erased the female survival advantage," Dr. Waters said.
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 30 December 2016
- Delighted to see our Delux lives - through his offspring.

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 30 December 2016
- A new study on pet food found that dogs consuming a canned food lined with BPA Ц for just two weeks Ц absorbed the hormone altering drug into their system at alarming levels. One of the two foods tested, lied to the researchers and to truthaboutpetfood.com

A recently published pet food BPA study from multiple researchers at the University of Missouri found BPA Ц a commonly used chemical in the plastic lining of canned foods (human and pet) Ц in the blood and fecal samples of dogs after consuming one of two canned pet foods for only two weeks. УTwo-week feeding of either canned dog food brand increased BPA levels in dogs.Ф

BPA is an Уendocrine disruptor chemicalФ. From the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, an Сendocrine disruptor chemicalТ is: УEndocrine disruptors are chemicals that may interfere with the bodyТs endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects.Ф

 29 December 2016
- Why breeders cannot solve the DCM problem: Current DCM tests are diagnostic (holter, echo) and breeders need DCM tests that are preventable. Diagnostic tests are used to identify the presence of the disease at the time of testing. Preventable tests identify the presence of the diease in general. Preventable tests are mostly DNA tests. Current available tests do not prevent/identify all the DCM mutations and are still quite new.

 27 December 2016
- Healthy breeding and genetic diversity.
Here is an example of how an ideal genetically diverse pedigree should look like in the first few generations. 30 dogs, all different:

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And then I stumbled upon a new litter born in a well-known kennel, out of an IDC-champion, a gorgeous dog. The amount of close relation between the paternal and maternal side was shocking. Basically, it was a variety of the same dogs just mixed together in various combinations making the paternal side almost identical to the maternal side. And what kind of health can we hope for if the number of relatives went from the ideal 30 to just meager 17!
This is what you get when you have not enough knowledge of what you are doing.

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 25 December 2016
- Our fundraiser update. First pics and first donation (which will cover a lot of medication or a couple spays). Thank you all for the feedback.

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 23 December 2016
- A little belated but important nonetheless. The largest Doberman show took place this past fall. And here are the winners, dogs that will dictate breeding preferences for a few years.

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And again, as I described in one of my previous posts, the lack of genetic diversity is troubling. Even though dogs are gorgeous (most of them).
Eutay del Nasi: Fedor - T-litter - A-litter -Gino - Pimms - more T.
POR Luchezhar: Punsh - A - Fedor - T - Pimms.
Tijara del Nasi: Gino - Nitro - A - T.
Giulia del Borboni: Urbano - Fedor - T - Nitro - Pathos.

Although the dogs are quite stunning, dogs are all so interrelated, that I always have to ask myself: who to breed to?
For example, Luchezar: heavily inbred on brothers Pimms-Punsh, Fedor, A- and T-litters. So, what can such a pedigree offer to the genetics of the breed?

 21 December 2016
- Is temperament affected by spaying/neutering? Does neutering reduce aggression in dogs? Not so per this study. saveourdogs.net.... Some very interesting info here.

 20 December 2016

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 15 December 2016
- Dear Canis Maximus Buyers and Owners,
In the spirit of Christmas let's help those less fortunate. Since I'm a Russian and I know how homeless dogs are treated over there, let's have a fundraising contest to help some of them, where they live does not matter.
Send a photo of your Canis Maximus pup in a X-mas costume (xmas-y bow or hat is OK) by 7 January (Russian/Orthodox Christmas) and for each photo $10 will be sent to the shelter ran by a woman who can't stop amazing me by all her devotion, dedication and sacrifice to save the most unfortunate. The amount of dog abuse she sees should not exist in this world.
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 22 November 2016
- Our trip to the airport for socialization.

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 10 November 2016
- Scary statistics 2016:
Life expectancy - 8.1y.
Cancer - 8.3y.
DCM - 6.5y.

If you look at the charts 1970-2016, not much has changed since 1970. Which means all the health testing available and done has had little effect on the overall breed health. I think that, while cancer testing is out of our reach, once the researchers crack all the DCM mutations, we'll be able to improve life expectancy.

Statistics is a scary thing, it's cold and it's true. Your dog can live to 13. And the other - to just 3. Which will make it average 8.

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 19 October 2016
- Breeding a champion is every normal breeder's dream. It can be a conformation champion or a working champion. Bottom line, it's what drives your breeding program. Breeding a litter with several champions is a great achievement, let alone if this litter becomes a crucial part in the breed's history and development.
I've already mentioned A-litter, T-litter, but what stands behind the letters? Doberman pros know, but for the others, here it is:

The A-litter.
The litter was born in the del Citone kennel and forever influenced the breed. It was a combination of Norden Stamm, Citone and Roveline lines.

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All 3 dogs were spectacular, very successful at shows, and left great offsprings. Unfortunately, Alfa and Astor died of DCM, Arielle supposedly bloated at 5.
And with this beauty along with the deadly cardio disease spread far and wide.

The G-litter.
Also, extremely important litter for the development of the breed was this litter. Born at the same kennel del Citone. It was a cross between brother and sister, Astor and Arielle. And as a result we got a stunning, super successful produce, but with limited genetic diversity, Gino Gomez. His offpsrings were numerous, and of better quality. Gino had a great temperament which allowed him to pass Koerung, and great looks which allowed him to win major show titles.

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What remains a mistery is when he died. He left numerous progeny, his dad died of DCM, many of Gino's pups eventually died of it too. On some sites I've seen people say Gino was retired but alive at 10..12... We will never know for sure.

The T-litter.
Born in Russia. Had a tremendous impact on the breed too.
Back then I met with the breeder, and I had an opportunity to get one of the pups, but I was young, a novice in the breed, didn't know what was worth buying, didn't have a stable income to afford such a dog. The litter was a gem! Pactically all pups ended up with successful show and working careers. So many champions in just one litter is hard to come along.
Dad was Italian, mom German, pups born in Russia.
All but one died well before 10. Tigr had a great impact on the breed although he died suddenly very early. Tamerlan had a very successful breeding career. He was a massive male, and he was an improver. Trefovaya dama was the longest lived and she had successful progeny in Russia. Taissya was a successful brood bitch in a Latvian kennel. Offsprings of these dogs are numerous.
Both parents of this litter died young, so did most of the litter. Many pups, for example, sired by Tigr died suddenly.

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As you see, it's of vital importance to know what goes in the bloodline. While all these dogs shaped up the modern Doberman, which is gorgeous, they also limited the gene pool by how much they were bred. It is hard to find a pedigree without all these dogs in it.

 15 October 2016
- WhatТs the Point in Showing?
Posted By Sheila Atter
Why do we show dogs? Yes I know the arguments Ц that it is a means of ensuring that standards are maintained; that breeders have an opportunity to compare the results of their breeding program with that of others; that the progeny of a particular stud dog can be evaluatedЕ. But let us be honest. How many of us enter a show with any of these worthy aims in mind?
Realistically, we show our dogs because we enjoy the competition, or because we enjoy meeting with friends Ц and if we come home with a prize card that is a bonus. We may want to exhibit our dogs because we are proud of them, and like to show them off to a wider audience. In fact, dog showing is all about us Ц the dogs are merely the tools with which we achieve our aims. It could be argued that those very worthy objectives that could once only really be achieved by meeting up at a dog show can easily be fulfilled in other ways in todayТs modern world. The ready availability of photographs and pedigrees on the internet means that anyone can have a pretty good idea of the direction in which a particular breeder is going. Photographs can lie but they do give an indication of whether it is worth making further enquiries Ц and with the ready availability of online translation programmes, it isnТt even necessary to speak the same language.

False claims
If we try to promote the idea that dog shows are the only means of ensuring that breeders produce stock that conforms to the breed Standard, then we do have to be perhaps a little careful in our claims. In theory that is the case. In practise, as we have seen all too often recently, the show ring can lead to unnecessary and unhealthy exaggerations, which once accepted can be very difficult to eradicate.
No, the truth is that we show our dogs for our own satisfaction. While admitting that there are many dogs that enjoy the experience greatly and most of the big winners know exactly when to turn on a performance and obviously look forward to their moment in the spotlight the simple truth is that if they didnТt go to shows it wouldnТt worry them at all. Yes, most of us have dogs that react with obvious pleasure to the sight of the show bag; we have oldies that sulk when they see the youngsters being prepared for a day out and realise that they will be left behind. But be honest and admit that if preparations werenТt being made for a show, the dogs wouldnТt be pining for their missed opportunities. In truth, dog shows are run for the benefit of owners, not for dogs and indeed some find the environment quite stressful.
ItТs not all negative. There is great pleasure to be had in watching any beautiful dog, conditioned, groomed and handled to perfection gaiting round the ring Ц and even more pleasure gained from being part of that team. Showing does bring many benefits to both owner and dog. It forges a bond between them, the most successful show dogs being very much part of a team with their handler. Showing encourages owners to keep their dogs in tip-top condition, fit not flabby, well-groomed and exercised. But is that enough? Do we really consider the welfare of our dogs as much as we should?
IТm sure you are horrified by that question. Of course we do! We spend vast sums of money on providing safe, comfortable travelling conditions so that they will reach the show in a stress-free state of mind. Then what do we do? All too often show dogs are allowed a few moments to relieve themselves after the journey, then are put back in a crate or onto a grooming table until their class is called. How many exhibitors even give their dogs a chance to stretch their legs, let alone actually warm up cramped muscles properly before going in the ring?
I do wonder how much of the unsoundness we see at shows is simply down to a lack of appropriate exercise before the class? Go to a horse show and you will see riders warming up their mounts, while athletes take their pre-race preparations very seriously. But what do we do with our show dogs? If they are small dogs of coated breeds we in many cases lift them from the table and carry them into the ring, for fear of unsettling the coat. The dog may only have taken half a dozen steps since leaving home several hours earlier. Is this really showing concern for the welfare of the dog?

Extreme grooming
Ah yes, that coatЕ. We all like to see our dogs looking their best, but when does grooming to keep a dog in a clean, healthy condition become totally over the top? Many owners say that their dog loves to be groomed. Of course he does, he enjoys the one to one attention. But nobody is going to convince me that any dog would choose to be bathed each day, to run around with his coat put up in crackers or soaked in oil, in preference to galloping along the beach or across a field, rooting around in woodland or following a scent along a hidden path. The best owners allow their dogs to do these things, and put in the extra amount of effort in order to achieve show ring success with dogs that are physically and mentally sound. But what about those who donТt? Those whose dogs are condemned to a life of living in crates, in extreme cases transported from country to country, stuffed into large vans with strange dogs and handlers that they donТt really know. As recent tragedies in both Europe and the United States have shown, in these cases, the welfare of the dogs comes very low down on the list of priorities for both owners and handlers. Sadly, it isnТt just conformational exaggerations that are encouraged by the show ring. Thankfully we havenТt, as far as I am aware, gone down the route of such excesses as artificial topknots on Shih Tzus and Poodles as are seen in some countries, but we only have to look at the СimprovementsТ in presentation compared with even 20 or 30 years ago, to appreciate how important hairdressing has become in the dog show world.

 08 October 2016
- One of the major reasons the breed problems prevail is the power fight. It's amazing how power can corrupt people's souls and best intentions, even in the small world of show dogs.
I'm subscribed to a couple American Doberman chat boards, and what is happening in the breed club, DPCA, is pitiful.
Presidential fights, back stabbing, gossiping, shaming, name calling, lying, ohhh, it's sad to watch. Now their Treasurer, apparently, misappropriated the club funds.
But this is not just an American Doberman club problem. As long as there are breeders, breeder hate, jealousy and scheming will keep occuring. Being a Russian, I've read a fair share of that amoung the Russian breeders. The amount of dirt dumped on even the big name breeders was shocking. I think all 'big players' had to live through that, Sant Kreal, Irinland, iz Zoosfery, Gratsiano, etc. It's sad to see when this happens, and this ruins the Doberman world for those who are built differently: without jealousy but with integrity.
Just recently I came across some information regarding the Romanian Doberman club. Apparently it was excluded from the IDC because the members questioned the IDC politics. What a shame that personal interests and intrigues are put above the primary reason why people are in this - the breed itself. Letter by the Romanian Doberman Club:
"Hello Mr Beunekens
I was really surprised of the decision taken in IDC Congress . I'd really want to have the official statement of IDC leadership regarding ...our exclusion from IDC . Also officially I'd like to know as a member of IDC : where is registered officialy IDC as club, why you as treasurer was given your personal account to which us as member of the IDC paid the annual membership taxes, what is the official tax number of the registered IDC . Can I have the official point o view of Mr. Wiblishauser regarding this ? I really hope , that we as former member of IDC , can have IDC official point of view . Csaba Majoros "

 08 September 2016
- Test yourself. Would you rather buy a puppy out of

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Answer: none available.
First dog - alive at 13, second dog - dead at 8.
Most of you would pick the second dog thus making you part of the breeding dilemma for the breeders: breed what sells or breed what lasts.

 07 September 2016
- As I have described before, there are a number of important dog shows in each particular breed. In Dobermans, one of them is the Italian specialty - AIAD. A very large show.
While I was looking at the winners and top 4 placers in each class, I was also checking the pedigrees. Anyone breeding seriously has to keep track of everything going on with the breed: top studs, winning dogs, dog show results, etc.
So, as I was looking at what was behind sometimes unfamiliar names, I kept catching myself thinking: "Not interesting".

Here is my brief analysis. I only took the males exhibited and checked what studs they came out. After a couple dozen, I got tired and bored. It looks like we are breeding the same dog over and over again. And that dog is a Gino-Nitro-Urbano-A-litter-T-litter-Fedor combination with some variations, in just the first 3-5 generations:
Dante delle Querce Nere - 9 sons (Urbano-Nitro-T-litter-A-litter)
Ianez dei Due Intenti - 8 sons (Urbano-Nitro-T-litter-A-litter-Gino)
Toscano del Diamante Nero - 8 sons (Urbano-Nitro-T-litter)

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Tahi-Reme Dali - 2 sons (Pathos-Urbano-Nitro-A-litter-T-litter-Gino)
Axel Ais del Bosco delle Piane - 1son (Pathos-Urbano-A-litter-T-litter-Gino)
Pride of Russia Sidor - 3 son (Fedor-T-litter-A-litter-Pimms)
Thiago di Casa Fox - 1 son (Urbano, Nitro, A-litter, T-litter, Fedor)
Thor del Nasi - 1 son (Jork del Nasi - Otrada for del Nasi de Grande Vinko) (Gino-Nitro-A-litter-T-litter)
Brasil v. Hohenzollern - 1 son (Nitro-A-litter)
Oz di Casa Giardino - 8 sons (Fedor-T-litter-Nitro-Gino-Urbano)
Tahi-Reme Legolas - 1 son (Ron-Gino-Nitro-A-litter)
Dragon Donner v. Hohenzollern - 2 sons (Fedor-A-litter-Pimms)
Tahi-Reme Max - 5 sons (Urbano-Nitro-Pimms-A-litter-Gino)
Rellaps Siro - 1 son (Gino-T-litter-A-litter)
Oliver del Cesenate - 1 son (Ron-Fedor-Gino-A-litter-Nitro-T-litter)
Oscar z Padoku - 3 sons (Nitro-A-litter-T-litter)

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Gengis Kan del Coinor - 2 sons (Ron-Ianez-Gino-A-litter-Pathos-Nitro-Urbano-A-litter-T-litter)
Sant Kreal Idol - 1 son (Zeus-Urbano-T-litter-A-litter)
Valdo from Lipar Land - 2 sons (Tahi-Reme Max - Dream del Nasi) (Urbano-Pimms-A-litter-Ginoz-T-litter)
Oksamit de Grande Vinko - 2 sons (Nitro-T-litter)

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Ilane della Piancarda - 1 son (Nitro-Urbano-T-litter-A-litter)
Domenicus v. Markischen Leo - 1 son (Artur v. Markischen Leo - Fiene Hellfire) (Gino-Nitro-A-litter)
Ideal Capax Infiniti - 1 son (Fedor-T-litter-Pimms-Nitro-Gino)
Ethos Steinhage Grad - 1 son (Pathos-Urbano-A-litter-T-litter-Gino)
Mc Madness Peak Performance - 3 sons (Pathos-Gino-Nitro-Urbano-T-litter-A-litter)

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Pride of Russia Taymir - 1 son (Sidor-Fedor-T-litter-Pimms-Gino-A-litter-T-litter)
Pocho di Prisconte - 4 sons (T-litter,-Gino, A-litter)

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Pride of Russia Urano - 3 sons (Urbano, Nitro-pimms-T-litter-Fedor-A-litter)
Ulisse del Tibur - 4 sons (Gino-A-litter-Nitro-T-litter)
Ale'Alamos del Citone - 1 son (Pathos-Urbano-Gino;T-litter-A-litter)
Yanez del Bosco delle Piane - 1 son (Gino-Nitro-A-litter-Mc Madness-Fedor)
Da Vinci el Greco Nero - 1 son (Maxim-Gino-A-litter)
Ale'Alamos del Citone - 5 sons (Pathos-Urbano-Gino-A-litter-T-litter)
Maxim di Altobello - 1 (Gino - A-litter)

And here I got tired. Everything is the same. Very few had 2 names. Most had 3+ same names in the first 3-4 generations.
And this is scary.

Around the same time I was working on this, I stumbled upon an article on English Bulldogs. Different breed, but their problem is not too far away from Dobermans if we keep breeding like this.
I am ok with light line-breeding, I am not OK with having same pedigrees with the same dogs in them. I have only checked studs. I haven't even looked at the females. I doubt the situation is much different. And the shocking thing is that these females will be breeding to these males.

Here is the article.

The English Bulldog is one of the most popular dog breeds in the world, but itТs also one of the unhealthiest. An upsetting new analysis now shows that these stocky, wrinkly-faced dogs lack the genetic diversity required to improve the breed, and that their current level of health is as good as itТs ever going to get.
In a new study published in Canine Genetics and Epidemiology, researchers from the University of CaliforniaТs Center for Companion Animal Health have shown that the English bulldogТs highly constrained genetic diversity will make it difficultЧif not impossibleЧfor breeders to create new-and-improved versions of the canine from existing genetic stock. -This startling lack of genetic plasticity is the result of the breedТs small genetic base (which was derived from 68 individuals back in 1835), intensive inbreeding, and breedersТ selection of specificВ and often extreme, physical traits.
-We found that little genetic Уwiggle roomФ still exists in the breed to make additional genetic changes.
-This isnТt good news for a breed thatТs already beset with serious health problems.
-УImproving health through genetic manipulations presumes that enough diversity still exists to improve the breed from within,Ф Pedersen said, Уand if not, to add diversity by [mixing it with] other breeds. We found that little genetic Сwiggle roomТ still exists in the breed to make additional genetic changes.Ф
-Breeders are doing the best they can to manage the little diversity thatТs left, but many bulldogs are still sired from highly inbred parents.
-Eliminating all the problematic mutations wonТt solve the problem because it will only serve to further reduce genetic diversity.

Scary, right? Now let's go back to my analysis of AIAD studs. We aren't too far from the critical situation bulldogs ended up in.
We do have a couple back-up options: working vs show lines usually are bred separately and are quite unrelated. Also, American vs Euro will come in handy.

Everybody is complaining about cardio, but very few talk about genetic diversity. Although, the two issues are different, they are interrelated.

A couple months ago, I stumbled upon a post on Facebook talking about two 6-month old puppies dying of DCM, all bred by the same breeder, same litter, and guess what, same story: We have the best European bloodlines, blah-blah, and we have Altobello, this-bello and that-bello - as if breeding someone else's bloodlines will make your breeding better? safer? healthier?
Well, as sad as it is, it is not the case. And while DCM, like cancer, are currently unpreventable in Dobermans, having your puppies die of DCM at 6 months is shameful for any breeder, no matter how much health testing you've done.

That's why I always track down who lives, how long, who dies and when (of course, if that's reported), who breeds and what, what comes out of that.

I used to be the same many years ago: oh, I have this champion and that champion in my lines. Now, I am actually looking for no-name dogs or not well-known kennels. I don't care if my next stud is from this-bello or that-bello, I want diversity.

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 05 September 2016
- Thought 3.
Everything we do here with the dogs is done FOR THE DOGS.

 10 August 2016
- Amazing how this:

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becomes this:

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 9 August 2016
- How they show here, in the US:

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And how they show over there in Europe:

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 8 August 2016
- How our own animals are used against us and how we are punished for owning them. Since I have lived through all of this myself, I can relate to this issue personally:
Opinion: "I witnessed something that disturbed me very much and to this date I am trying to find a way to defend against it. One morning, a landlord who wanted to make a case against an old couple for owning pet cats (5) was harassing them by photographing their apartment. Since it was clean, the lady asked 'what are you photographing ? The guy said 'ODORS'.
Of course stupidity is very hard to counteract in Court but by the time Animal Control admit the media on a case and tells them the house was stinking and they write it, a reputation is gone and the readers do believe everything they see in a paper. Pictures, photoshopped or not become evidence in the mind of readers. In another case here, a senior was raided and her assistance dog taken away. In another reportage, the paper used the picture of her dog and wrote 'Another puppy mill closed in the area'. And mentioned the name of the village. She jumped and complained to the paper but too late.
In the last few cases my friend and I attended in Court, we noticed that inspectors insist on odors since it is very subjective in the mind of a judge. They always cite 'no ventilation' even though the air conditioner is on or windows open. They feel they don't have to prove it or that the mere mention in their testimony is sufficient as evidence. I think not. Catherine"

 1 August 2016
- Each breed has several very important dog shows that influence the future of the breed.
For Dobermans that's usually 1. IDC Sieger show, 2. World Championship, 3. ..., 4. National specialty shows. I left 3 blank for a reason because this show changes depending on some factors. German Sieger show in Dortmund used to be a big deal for Doberman fanciers until ban on cropping and docking was introduced. French Specialty show used to attract hundreds of breeders and show participants... until ban on cropping and docking was introduced. Water flows where there is less obstruction. So, breeders and show fanciers moved to where their cropped/docked dogs were not banned at the time - Italy, and its biggest specialty show AIAD.
The larger the show, the more dogs participating, the more value the titles hold.
Here are some AIAD Siegers of the 21st century - this will give you an idea where European breeding is heading.
see table (word)

 31 July 2016
- Opinion on early spay/neuter:
"There is a wealth of information available on the repercussions of early s/n. It's basic biology, really. Sex hormones play a very important role in muscle & bone development. Interrupt that natural growth cycle & things will go awry. Early spay & neuter has been linked to an increase in the risk of osteosarcoma, hemangiosarcoma, decreased cognitive function & hypothyroidism, to name a few. I would never spay or neuter before 3."

 31 July 2016
- Thought 1.
Purpose defines the process.
If I'm interested in showing, I will be breeding dogs able to compete in the show ring.
If I'm interested in Schutzhund or agility or other sports, I will be breeding dogs able to perform.
If I'm interested in just pet breeding, I will not care about any of the above.
That's why a) show dogs are beautiful but fall behind in workability and longevity, b) working dogs usually have mediocre conformation, c) pet breeding is breeding without rules, anything will do, dogs that do look like Dobermans are bred without any thought of what this is going to do for the breed.

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Read on one site yet another excuse of a breeder who just breeds: dogs don't have to prove themselves. A good excuse to not have to do any serious and dedicated work with the dogs.Working dogs have to prove they are working. Show dogs have to prove they are showable. And breeders have to prove their quality and professionalism by all of the above: working dogs for work and show dogs for show. That's how most important characteristics of any breed are preserved.

- Thought 2.
(In primitive words) Is a good dog - an accomplishment of a bad breeder or Mother Nature's work?
Is a bad dog - a good breeder's failure or Mother Nature's glitch?

 30 July 2016
- Crate training your puppy is very important. Some, although, might call this inhumane, etc etc. Proper crate training will benefit the puppy as well as the owner in so many ways, including avoiding separation anxiety, faster house breaking, puppy safety.
Have a crate ready BEFORE bringing a dog in your home.
Here is the cheapest wire crate I have found so far: Frisco Fold & Carry Single Door Dog Crate, 18-inch - Chewy.com

 29 July 2016
- "You can make a bag of sand pass AAFCO standards if you add the right vitamins and minerals to it." ThatТs a pretty popular saying in the pet food industry. And itТs true.
Pretty much anything (like sand, feathers, old shoes) could pass as a nutritionally-balanced pet food as long as powdered vitamins and minerals are added.
Why are dogs so sick? Why are they suffering from the same diseases humans suffer, including diabetes, cancer, allergies, liver disease, leaky gut and more?
The answer? We feed them the same processed foods that we eat. More: Dogs Naturally Magazine

 13 July 2016
- Recently in the U.K., the Kennel Club released a report called the Pedigree Breed Health Survey, which provides a bit of insight for curious owners of purebred dogs.
The 2014 Pedigree Breed Health Survey is the largest of its kind to date, sent to 385,000 owners of 215 different breeds.
Survey Reveals Shocking Decline in Lifespan of Many Breeds
According to the 2014 survey results
The most common causes of death were "old age," unspecified types of cancer, unknown conditions, heart failure, and kidney failure
The 2014 survey also found that tragically, the average lifespan of a pedigree dog in the U.K. is just 10 years. In a 2004 Kennel Club report, the average was 11 years, 3 months.
This means the median longevity of Britain's purebred dogs has dropped by 11 percent in just a decade. The breeds with the most shocking lifespan decreases:

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 12 July 2016
- abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/police-dog...

Police Dog Left in Hot Car During Training Exercise Dies. Corrections spokeswoman Amy Worden says the dog's handler didn't realize the dog was locked in the car. Dog handlers and other staff tried to cool Totti with a water hose and ice and took him to a nearby veterinary clinic, but he died that night. The department said Totti's death "has been very devastating for everyone involved."

Now imagine if this happened to the breeder. The breeder or show handler forgot a dog in the car and it died. What mass hysteria would follow! And no excuse would excuse the owner in the public's opinion. Do you know that several dozen high valued police dogs have died of heat while locked in police cars by their police handler in the past several years? #doublestandards #unfairtreatmentofbreeders #breederpejudice

 6 July 2016
- And the first results of the new DCM test are here. Some reviews:
"Just got Stella's DCM 1 and DCM 2 results back. She was negative for both. I guess they have more research to do. She was diagnosed with chf dcm in November and is only 4."
"I just found out today about yet another dog with both forms of DCM and neg for both genes today. This is the 4th dog I know of."

The first DCM test has been around for 6 years, no progress with cardio in the breed. Now we have a new test and first results are already controversial.
I want to know the percentage of the dogs with the mutations and not dying of dcm vs those dying. Percentage of those tested positive and having the disease vs tested and healthy vs overall population.
I want to see other scientific research proving that the tests we are doing are valid. Because I see no improvement after the first test and now this one isn't solid proof either. Ughh.

 15 June 2016
- One of the best modern Dobermans, fantastic WW.Grand Mollis Armani, passed away at the age of 8+ due to prostate cancer. We used his bloodlines through his son, Jankee.

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 25 June 2016
- American vs Euro

 10 June 2016
- Anxiety in dogs:

 5 June 2016
- Haven been victimized by AR (animal rights radicals) crazies, this article resonates with my past experiences. All I can say: people, open your eyes. Without us, breeders, there will be no purebred dogs you love so much and utilize in many aspects of human life, search and rescue, patrol, bomb detection.

Two years ago, while taking photographs, I met a 30-year- old horse named Arthur who belonged to an 88-year-old widower named James who was diagnosed with dementia and had to go live in a nursing home. James adored Arthur while he could, he gave him a wonderful life, and lived with the sweet old horse for 25 years. James always planned, when the time came, to euthanize Arthur or, if that proved impossible, to send him to a nearby slaughterhouse. The local slaughterhouse was close by, and was well-known for being humane. Slaughter was quick and painless, the horse and animal owners were always invited to come and watch if they wished, for their own peace of mind and to accompany their animals on their final passage.

In James world, this was considered the ethical way for animals to die.

JamesТs mind failed before he resolved ArthurТs fate. He had to leave his farm and could not bury Arthur there, as he hoped. The horse was too old to give away. James was not aware that the people who claim to speak for the rights of animals had lobbied Congress and state legislators to make the slaughterhouses of America illegal. Many functioned in rural communities close to the people in their communities. The animal rights groups were successful, there are no longer any horse slaughterhouses left in the United States.

But the number of horses without homes increased. The horses had to go somewhere. As often happens with issues relating to animals, no one had considered that the results of these good intentions would make the lives of the horses much, much worse.

When James left his farm, Arthur was seized by local authorities, given to a rescue farm that could not afford to care for him and did not have room for him. In a story now familiar to horse rescuers, Arthur was brought to an auction house and bought by a horse kill buyer (who worked for a slaughterhouse in Canada and Mexico, where horses are now sent to be killed.) Arthur, an old draft horse, was purchased for $200, taken to a feedlot where he was given little to eat, according to a relative of James who tracked his journey and tried to save him, put on a trailer and driven for 11 days through summer heat without ever once being allowed to move around or walk outside.

It is common knowledge in the horse world that these horses are treated harshly, the Mexican slaughterhouses in particular are not inclined to spend much money on fresh hay or water for horses that are about to be killed and sold as pet food, or even human food in some countries.

Arthur was jammed into a trailer with a dozen other horses, given little food or water, and transported in a way that evoked World War II concentration camps much more than the good life he had led. The relative still has nightmares thinking of what ArthurТs last days were like, how terrified he must have been, and how lonely. When Arthur got to Mexico, he was released into a crowded corral, given little to eat, and stood out in the heat for days. He was finally killed by having a three-inch nail driven into his head.

Arthur deserved a better fate than this, especially at the hands of human beings who claim to love animals so much that we owe them perfect lives but must be taken far away to die harshly. We need a better and wiser understanding of animal ethics than making emotional decisions without considering their consequences:

And horses will have to die for some time, there are far too many to care for and far too few resources. There are hundreds of thousands of unwanted horses in the United States with no one to care for them Ц 150,000 will go to slaughter this year; there are millions of dogs and cats leading cruel and unnatural lives languishing in crates in no-kill shelters all over the county. Yet we are constantly rescuing more, there is no natural limit to the number of animals in need.

In America, we are hobbled by an animal rights movement and political lobby that has lost any sense of empathy or common sense when it comes to even discussing the welfare of animals.

Good breeders who promote the best traits in animals being harassed and persecuted and driven from business; people are made to feel guilty for choosing their pets wisely and well. Dog lovers are afraid to ride with their pets in their cars. Farmers fear to have livestock visible from the road. Ponies are going to slaughter because it is now considered abuse for children to ride them; hundreds of elephants are being sentenced to almost certain death, driven from the circuses by people who claim to love them and insist they are being horribly mistreated, and people are so drawn to rescuing things that they scour the country, even other countries, looking for dogs and other animals for people to rescue.

This notion of animal ethics is not sustainable nor humane, nor ethical. We need a better understanding of animal ethics:

__ We need to understand that is not cruel for working animals to work, but essential to their health and future survival. Working animals ought never to be put in danger by being forcibly driven from caring and responsible homes with no clear sense of where they might go.

__ It is ethical to know fate of the animals we УsaveФ from abuse when we take their work and security away from them. Too often, we simply pat ourselves on the back for being virtuous while the animals we supposedly have helped go off to slaughter. We need to require the advocates of horse and animal and pony and other bans to know Ц and document Ц precisely where banished animals like horses and elephants and ponies will go, who will care for them and how their care will be funded.

__It is unethical to dislocate and endanger safe and healthy animals while more than 9 billion animals suffer daily in sometimes horrendous conditions in giant industrial animal farms set up by corporations who never seem to get harassed or raided, ticketed, shut down , or have their animals seized and re-homed. Meanwhile, farmers, animal lovers and private citizens are subjected to the raids and intrusions of the growing cadres of secret animal informers who patrol the countryТs farms, and the cities and suburbs and parking lots where people ride with their dogs.

An ethical animal rights or welfare system would target the people who truly abuse animals, and the animals who are truly abused, not those who do not. The New York carriage drivers, for example, are not the people who abuse animals, and the carriage horses are not the animals who are abused.

__We need a system of rescue that keeps animals in the lives and consciousness of everyday people and does not consistently send them off to isolation, lives of idleness at great costs, and almost certain extinction. Animals have the right to survive in our everyday lives, our people and children have the right to see them and know them. Domesticated animals with no work or connection with people vanish from the earth, that is their story and their history.

__ An ethical animal welfare movement must understand that there is no nature, no wild, for animals to return to any longer. There is no greater abuse of animals than the destruction of animal habitats all over the world, and we are all responsible for it. We need to acknowledge our own individual role in destroying the natural world rather than simply hating and harassing the people we blame for it, the people who work with animals, live with them, and yes, are the ones who kill them and take them to slaughter.

There is no place for domesticated animals to go when we drive them away and claim work with humans is cruel and abusive. Climate change challenges us to re-think our animals about where and how animals can remain in our world, there is mythical space out there for the carriage horses, the ponies, or the elephants to go when they are driven from their work, increasingly condemned as УabuseФ or Уstupid tricks.Ф Such tricks have uplifted and entertained human beings for thousands of years, a debt that can never be repaid.

We are condemning these animals Ц the ponies, the carriage horses, the elephants Ц to a death much like ArthurТs. That is not an ethical solution to their dilemma.

__We need to make good and hard decisions about which animals can be saved, and which cannot. Asian elephants and draft horses are not killer whales, who have never been domesticated or worked for long periods with people. Animals are different, they require different solutions and support. It is humane and ethical to free killer whales and return them to the ocean, it is merciful and possible. It is the cruelest kind of abuse to take carriage horses away from their human beings and force them onto rescue farms, where they will have no human contact, no work and nothing to do but eat hay and drop manure.

__Adoptable, healthy dogs with good temperaments are vanishing from many public shelters while rescue groups guickly take in adoptable dogs, often for people who can afford them, and leave others to pick from dogs that are often unhealthy, traumatized or troubled. Is this really humane or ethical? Our system of animal rescue, shelter and adoption routinely separate the poor the elderly and working people from animals, even though millions desperately need homes.

(A Cleveland man was denied the right to adopt a dog because he said he wanted to walk it off leash in the country sometimes, an elderly woman denied a cat because she wanted it to spend time in her garden, a carpenter denied a dog because worked six or seven days a week, a New York carriage driver and his family were denied a dog because the shelter thought it was abuse for a horse to pull carriages.)

__It is unethical to force countless or damaged dogs into society that hurt people, especially children. According to the CDC, dog bites are now epidemic, increasing at the rate of 47 per cent a year. Most of these bites are on the faces and necks of small children, who are low to the ground. Many require treatment for trauma and extensive and expensive facial surgery reconstruction. Some dogs cry out for rescue, some do not. Dogs do not make moral decisions, it is never their fault when they harm someone. That does not mean they have to flood our crowded society while carriage horses Ц who never harm anyone Ц are sent away.

__It is unethical to manipulate people by claiming the only way to get a dog is to rescue one. There are many good ways to get a dog or cat, including rescuing one. It is ethical to acquire a dog in a careful and thoughtful way. It is ethical to get an animal in a way that is a wise and rational Ц and safe Ц choice for people and their families. It is ethical to get a dog or cat that will be content and make his or her new family happy.

__We need an ethical understanding of the fact that good breeders Ц like good rescue organizations Ц promote the best traits in dogs: good temperament, healthy bodies and immune systems, loyalty and affection to people. It is not ethical to promote the adoption or purchase of dogs that hurt people or other animals. Try to remember where those photogenic and appealing herding dogs actually come from.

ЧIt is unethical to fail to regulate breeders or rescue organizations. They breed and sell and place living beings. They should be supervised and overseen in the same way that the New York Carriage Horses are regulated, subject to inspections and the adoption of healthy breeding and living conditions. The best gift that many dogs and cats can be given Ц millions are abandoned, returned, imprisoned in shelters for years, or lifetimes Ц may be to not come into the world at all. If there are millions in shelters, then there are too many animals.

__The goal of any animal rights movement ought to be the promotion of health and safety for animals in our every day world, not their removal from society. It is unethical to make it ever more difficult for ordinary people Ц the poor, the working, the elderly Ц to adopt, purchase, or keep animals. It is unethical to seek to remove animals that are healthy and well cared for.

__It is unethical to use the love of animals as a pretext for hating and harming people. The people who live and live with animals are entitled to the same dignity and respect as dogs and cats and horses.

Ethics are important, they are the moral principles that govern a personТs or groupТs or a societyТs behavior.

The animal rescue impulse is noble, and has saved the lives of many animals. But like all social movements, it requires balance, thoughtfulness and nuance and perspective.

Our deep love for animals makes rational argument about the right and wrong way to treat them difficult.

And as of now, there is little rational argument about animal ethics, the current ethos argues that the lives of all animals are precious, animals have equal, even superior rights than human beings, and animals must be given perfect lives and kept alive at all costs by any means. This widespread and fiercely defended ideology is not, to me, ethical or merciful, it is actually causing much suffering to people and to animals, and greatly accelerating the disappearance of animals from their habitats and from ours, and thus from the world.

For me, the ethical standard for caring for animals is simple: We must do the best we can for each animal for as long as we can. And then, we must recognize our own limits and the limits of society, and act accordingly, according to individual circumstance and conscience. There is no single ethical standard for animal life. We cannot say every horse in the world needs to work or every horse in the world does not, this is part of an almost sacred contract between society and the animal world, and the individual and his animal.

Arthur the horse was a victim of our muddled notion of animal ethics. Our notions of animal rights and welfare failed him in the cruelest possible way. He was ultimately doomed and abandoned by a system of animal care that often exists to make people feel better, but that leaves animals to an awful fate.

 3 June 2016
- Killing dogs with blogs.
I recently was approached by a known blogger with a question asking me what a given list of breeder slanderous terms meant to me as a breeder. I was seeing her post on social media outlets and found her to be consistent with hate filled AR slanted words yet she brags of how she Уsupports responsible breedingФ. I advised her of her choice in words with each post hoping to educate a person whose heart I felt was in the right place. When she posed the question to me I chose to seek the advice of much wiser mentors to include their response with mine.

I took much time and put much thought into her question of what these terms mean to me and the world of purebred dogs. I thought for sure my own writings could remove the blinders from her eyes and she would see how much her public words hurt all breeders whether she thought they were good or bad.

I was wrong yet againЕ

The blogger sent a short message of УWe'll have to agree to disagree on this issue. I tend to continue to share information about (AR breeder slander term used), finding reputable breeders, and working to remove puppies from pet stores, so I removed our friendship connection to avoid future offense. I wish you the best in raising awareness for breeders.Ф

The blogger is also urging others to buy from Уresponsible breedersФ however when I asked what УresponsibleФ meant to her this was the response.

УI haven't delved into the world of breeders and what they deal with; I just know what a reputable breeder looks like, because I asked local breeders about their practices and was blown away.Ф
Who would have thought? So close but still an Уepic failФ

Here is the thingЕI do not have to agree to anything not even the fact we disagree. I know we disagree I can see that. There is no need to come to an agreement on the fact we do.

This woman and her blogs are a dime a dozen, it seems nowadays all you have to do is once own a childhood pet just to be a dog expert in health, diet, breeding and ownership. There is no certificate, no classes, diplomas or seminars needed; you simply pay for a domain and voila you are now a professional expert in all things dogs.

What happens next? People read your rhetoric and take it as fact. They post it everywhere making claims that it must be true because their web browser has found it. It then falls into the mouths of more uneducated and travels through our dog world like a plague. Plagues that will kill our purebred dog with the use of their own words against us Еnow remember they Уsupport responsibleФ.

"I really do not want this type of support and I can say from listening to others in the dog world no one wants it when it comes as a double edged sword.

It is actually a scary thought the advice one will offer in a blog. Where do they find out this info? The same place their readers have found theirsЕmedia and the internet. It is a simple regurgitation of the PeTA, ASPCA and HSUS websites. I have seen bloggers speak on how to raise a puppy, yet when asked not one even experienced the birth of a puppy. Some never even owned a dog as a puppy and if they did they were at grade school age. How many here have a grade school age child actually have full responsibility of a puppy? AnyoneЕ?

We need to stop supporting these fly by night dog experts and we need to do it now. Pet owners read this and believe it to be true then the next thing you know they are no longer pet owners they are Уdog moms with fur babiesФ
We would not listen when HSUS told us to do it but this new blogger is cute and witty so she must be right. Chalk one more win up to losing your rights as a pet owner. Bye, bye doggies.

Do not only choose your own words wisely to keep your rights as an owner and or breeder; refuse to support anyone who throws them into the face of the public as sheer fact for you to have to defend later.

I will leave you with how I responded to her and with my mentorsТ who have raised, loved, owned and worked with dogs for more than 200 years combined educated and experienced advice on the subject".

 31 May 2016
- Some useful info on the new DCM testing.
% of dogs that develop the disease with DCM1 only (PDK4) 37%
% of dogs that develop the disease with DCM2 only 50%
% of dogs that develop the disease with both 60%.
The DCM2 mutation is in a gene associated with heart contractions. Every dog that Dr. Meurs has studied, that has the disease, had either DCM1, DCM2, or both.

 30 May 2016
- 4-year old Tasha came for a visit. Massive lady. #ourbreeding

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 29 May 2016
- Scary but that's how they smile:

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 28 May 2016
- PetSmart trip.

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 28 May 2016
- PetSmart escape...

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 20 May 2016
- RIP black Jetta.

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 19 May 2016
- Just moments before they were going to have their paralyzed dog put down, someone discovered a tick in the dogТs neck. Hours later, the dog was back on its paws.
Vet intern spots tick just before paralyzed dog was to be euthanized

  18 May 2016
- Victoria finished puppy kindergarten with her pup.

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  15 May 2016
- 2 cropped are our breeding. Owner's FB photos.

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 1 May 2016
- Breaking news:

Doberman owners should be aware that a second gene involved with Doberman cardiomyopathy has been identified. See below.
From Dr. Meurs:
"We now know that two mutations can each independently lead to the disease, PDK4 and NCSU DCM2. Although the penetrance (what % of dogs develop the disease if they have only that mutation) is only about 50% for each, we now know that it is the COMBINATION of BOTH the PDK4 mutation AND the second mutation, NCSU DCM2 that lead to the highest risk. In the next few days we will send out the results of the people who have sent us the swabs as part of our research this spring but we now have the new test on the web site."

Good news. However, Doberman owners shouldn't put all their faith into the new test until the researchers have more solid data on the % of cases this mutation is responsible for.

 26 April 2016
- Budget alternatives. Some of the most common meds needed for puppies and adults are dewormers and flea/tick treatments. Here is what you can get at Walmart for a fraction of well promoted, sold at vet clinics, expensive brands. And the dewormer "Safeguard" is a broad-spectrum one, compared to a more expensive Panacur.

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 22 April 2016
- Catherine with Canis Maximus Lukki learning show handling.

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 21 April 2016
- Think About the Breed's Future - the final Gazette Article by Faye StraussЈ

Doberman Pinschers THINK ABOUT THE BREED'S FUTURE As this is my last article as your Doberman correspondent, I will be touching on a few subjects. To begin with, I have an update. How to Judge the Doberman Pinscher, the YouTube video by the Doberman Pinscher Club of America's Judges' Education Committee, has over 50,000 views in five months! Very encouraging. (Watch the YouTube video.) Second, our puppy owners need to be educated. Not only should they be informed about how to properly care for and train their dogs, but also they need to familiarize themselves with the standard so they can view our breed intelligently. They need to understand what a Doberman is all about, inside and outside the ring. This is why mentoring is so important. If you are an experienced breeder or exhibitor, please reach out and share your knowledge with newbies. New people are the future of our sport. What happens at ringside determines who will stay. Please encourage and not discourage. Good ringside etiquette is essential. Third, every time I walk my dog people say, "We never see these dogs anymore." When I started in the breed, show entries of 150 Dobermans were very common. Dobes were one of the five most popular breeds. Today we are almost a rare breed. The entries keep decreasing. It takes only 11 dogs for a 4-point major in my area-this is pitiful. The reason for the low entries is that very few people are breeding. As I said in a recent column, we have subconsciously adopted the animal-rights agenda of "Don't breed your dog," for myriad reasons. Recently, someone made a blog post denigrating a breeder for breeding a bitch whose littermate had missing teeth. Really? As a breeder who has bred for over 40 years, I can tell you, breed long enough, and you will get everything. If we don't breed our healthy dogs, who will? Disparaging someone for breeding a healthy dog does the breed a disservice. Remember, ignorance is bliss. Talk to a new breeder, and their dogs are always healthy and they never have any problems. Go to Europe, and all the dogs live forever. Maybe we should stop breeding in America; that is just what the animal-rights promoters want. We need to encourage breeders. They are the key to our breed's viability and longevity. Do all the sports you want, but if you don't have a Doberman breeder, you won't have Dobermans in the competition. Unfortunately, many new owners who have champions or top working dogs don't want to breed their dogs. Animal-rights attitudes have made us think that breeders are doing too much breeding. Maybe it is time we rethink our position. Today, I don't know who to recommend when people call about purchasing a dog. It is sad that breeders I know have a long waiting list for their puppies. I fear these new people will go to the backyard breeder in the newspaper because the reputable breeders don't have pups.
Finally, one of the most profound influences in today's society is the Internet. It is truly a double-edged sword. It can be an excellent tool for educating and promoting useful information. However, there are those who have misused and abused this form of communication to hurt and defame people. The cyber-bashing has caused many people to leave this breed. Cyberbullying is a leading cause of malcontent among Doberman fanciers. It's a sad state of affairs when people purposely feel the need to cause havoc and mistrust within the fancy. We love our breed; let's work together to promote our intelligent and beautiful dogs. Show camaraderie for the other brilliant people who own our wonderful dogs. Congratulate them on their accomplishments. Encourage owners of quality specimens, and applaud their success.
-Faye Strauss, sherluckmm@msn.com
Doberman Pinscher Club of America, http://www.dpca.org

 19 April 2016
- RIP Ruger. Condolences to his family. #tears
"Hi Irina, I wanted to update you. Ruger passed away this last Sunday. He hadn't eaten in over 4 days except for food we would force feed him so that he could take his medication. Even with his medications it became increasingly obvious that the pain was getting worse. () By Sunday he could not get comfortable at all - he was pacing all over the house. When he did lay down he would get up shortly after - he just could not rest. He was obviously in a lot of pain. () Over the years we have had several Dogs, most of which have been Dobermans. My husband has had even more experience with them; he grew up with them throughout his life. Ruger was absolutely the best doberman we have ever had a chance to know. He was beyond beautiful and had an outstanding temperament. He just all around was a fantastic pup. We all loved him immensely and he is very very missed. One of Frank's coworkers said that in her religion they believe in reincarnation, and that the dog is the last animal a soul inhabits until they become a person. If there is any truth in that then he definitely had a short life because he was such an outstanding soul. Robyn"

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 15 April 2016
- Opinion:
Norbert Schmidt
September 18, 2015 Ј

Today is a black day for us.
Our Pride of Russia Uriel (Urbano del Diamante Nero x Barselona Brava iz Doma Domeni) died today 18th of September 2015 at the age of not even 5 years and 2 months.
She just dropped dead at playing with the ball.
Our beloved Dita was never ill before, never had any signs of heartproblems. She used to be completly healthy until she just dropped dead today.
After over 2...0 years of dobermann addiction i announce that we will not have a dobermann any more. The breed is simply too ill and we don't want to live through this pain again and again and again. To all breeders and lovers of this breed who still don't see the urge to change something in breeding techniques and who don't understand that this breed is so sick that it needs more than heartchecks to change anything we wish all the best. My rayers are with you that you don't have to go through the same pain as i go through now.
The dobermann is in the middle of an inbreeding depression and the only salvage is creating new genetics by crossbreeding with other breeds.
Until the great politicians, breeders, judges and other experts don't understand that there is nothing wrong with breeding the dobermann with the next smaller sized dogs of the same group like for example the german pinschers who live 12 + years to create new genetics this whole breed will remain ill. you can heartcheck your dogs every year but if it is meant for them to drop dead at 5 they still will and if you find out at 5 years of age that your female or male has DCM you still were spreading the bad genetics.
The only salvage is creating new genetics through a FCI supervised breeding program.
I am willing to be the first to keep a F1 Generation dog out of a Dobermann x German Pincher combination in order to creat a neg genetical base for the Dobermann breed.
It is high time for all of us to stop lying and open up the eyes.

 11 April 2016
- Why predicting DCM in your dog is so tricky? Take a look at this pedigree:
Ingmar iz Zoosfery. DCM at 5yo. But both parents are alive. Dad is 8 and mom is turning 9 this year, and yet their progeny died at 5 of DCM. Yes, it is enough for just one parent to be a carrier to pass the bad gene mutation to the progeny, and it can be floating through bloodlines, from just one ancestor, through generations to this particular dog. And no matter how many long lived dogs you used, it can still pop up. Isn't this crazy? That's why it is so hard to eradicate the disease in Dobermans.

 10 March 2016
- "That's why we need breeders of purebred dogs today. People who breed to preserve dog breeds are usually hobbyists. They may participate in dog shows or companion/performance events with their dogs. The dogs that they can't keep are usually placed in pet homes. Yet cities and state legislatures are passing laws that can make it virtually impossible for smaller breeders to continue this important work..." Why We Need Purebred Dog Breeders

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  9 March 2016
- Adorable...

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  8 March 2016
- S 8 Marta!

  8 March 2016
- How males mature.
Doberman active growth stops around 9 months, after that they stay elegant and lanky for quite a while (the "ugly" phase, in my opinion, is from 7 to 18 months), at 1.5-2.5 yo they start maturing and bulking up. Here is multi-champion Midgard - puppyhood to the age of 7. See the difference.

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  7 March 2016
- I am a breeder.

"How I live"

what my friends think    what my family thinks    what my neighbors think
what others think           how my vet lives           my life in reality

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  7 March 2016
- Our breeding. Eragon's gorgeous baby.

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  7 March 2016
- Ears or no ears?
I personally think that this should be the owner's choice.

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  6 March 2016
- Ear crops: long vs short.

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  4 March 2016
- Kids finished puppy kindergarten.

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  4 March 2016
- How AR (animal rights radicals) infiltrate the government:
Situation: One senator sponsors a bill restricting animal ownership. Of course, it is presented as something that will be better for the animals and their owners. A concerned citizen with some logic analyzes the bill and contacts the senator voicing concerns and pointing out discrepancies:
(Bill SF 2289 will be put forth today for floor debate. Frankly, I have grave concerns about this bill.

1. Specifically how does increasing classifications and punishment stop someone from committing one of these acts? Has increasing punishment, even the death penalty prevented anyone from doing so if they are intent to do so? There is NOT one single crime that has been stopped, is there? Ever?

2. What specifically does physically present entail ? Proximity, actually witnessing/participating, present on property?

3. What about an act committed unwittingly, unknowingly? Or, what about an act that someone perceived as cruelty, but really was a circumstance of normal care? Think about the recent incidences in S.D. and N.H. In both instances a dog of northern breed, those breed to withstand and even thrive in frigid temperatures were outside for a period of a few hours or fairly frequently were turned in for abuse. A mother arrested in front of her children. all because a neighbor THOUGHT the animal was being mistreated in their OPINION. Lives turned upside down based on OPINION, not fact.

4. Mandatory reporting by vets. What if the circumstance a customer described is really the truth, but the vet has a different opinion? The vet was not there, just a guess.

5. Mandatory reporting to DHS. True there is the citation of studies ALLEGEDLY showing a connection of animal abuse to child abuse. How many of you/us could be considered animal abusers at some point in time in our lives? Kill a mouse, swat a fly, spank a dog, pull the legs off a spider? In some people's eyes that is abuse. Did you become a child abuser?

6. Immunity from civil/criminal penalty for a report in good faith. One time is understandable, but, when does good faith end an harassment begin???? What rights does a person have to protect themselves from harassment from a grumpy neighbor or a person that doesn't believe someone should keep an animal other than the way their OPINION thinks it should be kept?

7. Now, think long and hard about how this very bill that you are considering could possibly come back and bite you, your family, friend, neighbor? Could you possibly be one of the two above examples?

8. How will this affect/farmers/ranchers? Is this a portal that the Humane Society of the U.S. would like to use to further dictate the treatment of livestock? Read very carefully the verbage. Pg. 17, Lines 21-26: "....amends Code chapter 717B prohibiting the mistreatment of certain animals, including dogs and cats but excluding other animals such as livestock (Code chapter 717): fur-bearing animals, fish, reptiles, or amphibians(Code chapter481A) , UNLESS such an animal is OWNED, CONFINED, OR CONTROLLED BY A PERSON..." I have been told that two persons with legal experience, one a lawyer, ex JAG officer, both independently interpreted this as livestock included.

Just how necessary is this bill to begin with???

One final thought. We know this is an election year and there are people out there that have no problem with the "whispers in the ear." I do NOT advocate that type of action. I have seen it in successful operation two yrs. ago. I sincerely hope each one of you has the integrity to cast your vote based on the merits of the bill and of Iowa citizens' opinions and reasons.
Thank you for you consideration and have a nice day!)

And here is the response from the SENATOR:
" Wow- You always pop up whenever anyone wants to protect animals. It seems you are uncomfortable with any legislation that works to protect domestic animals in our state. I wonder what darkness lives in your soul. I hope you donТt have any animals that rely on you for direct care.
Matthew McCoy
State Senator District 21"

Do you think he is going to win his re-election with such attitude? And one might wonder why he sponsored that bill...

  3 March 2016
- All-natural feeding.
Yes, it is time consuming. And not all dogs transition well but it is natural. It improves your dog's health and quality of life.
Protein source: beef, horse meat, lean pork, turkey, chicken (whole chicken), animal hearts, gizzards, fish.
10-15% of meat intake: liver, entrails.
2-3 times a week - animal meat, the rest - fish, poultry.
Wild animal meat is usually infected with a whole lot of nasty stuff like worms.
Best all-natural diet has to be diverse.
Plus ground veggies (carrots, greens, pumpkin), oats, eggs and cottage cheese.
And multi-vitamins.
Here is a week of gourmet dishes:

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  2 March 2016
- No comment:

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  1 March 2016
- I am PRO-animal welfare. I am PRO-breeder. I am ANTI-animal rights radicalism.

  29 February 2016
- Don't buy a Doberman:
1. If you are lazy.
2. If you are impatient.
3. If you are aggressive, or have sadistic tendencies.
4. If you can crate the dog for the whole day and be OK with that.
5. If you can lose your temper if your favorite things get chewed up.
6. If you don't have extra money saved up for extra care or emergency situations.
7. with your last money.
8. If you are pregnant.
9. If you are about to get married.
10. If you plan to move.
11. If you have no back-up plan in case of a divorce/break-up/job loss/house loss.
12. If you have no space for a large dog.
13. If you have nowhere to walk the dog safely.
14. If you can't properly exercise the dog DAILY.
15. If you work long hours.
16. If you are not willing to do training.
17. If you are too young/small/not strong enough to handle a large dog.
18. If you have very small kids.
19. If you are the only one in your household wanting one.
20. If you are afraid of large dogs.
21. If your family is allergic to dogs.
22. If your landlord/HOA doesn't allow dogs.
23. for prestige.
24. to boost self-confidence.
25. for fighting.
26. for vanity.
27. If you cannot care for one properly.
28. If your life focus cannot switch from yourself onto the dog.
29. If you cannot imagine yourself walking and playing with the dog when you are sick, or when it's pouring or snowing outside.
30. If your children do not know how to treat and handle a large dog.
31. If a dog can become an annoying burden.
32. If animals annoy you.
33. If you are not sure the breed fits your temperament and lifestyle.
34. If you know nothing about the breed.
35. as a gift if you are not completely sure the gift will be timely and appreciated.

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  28 February 2016
- ...Continued... Breeder classification.

I've posted a few classifications in my blog. They are all designed for the purpose of helping the buyer, but in most cases they are incorrect, biased, and only confuse the buyer plus misrepresent the breeder.

I've put a LOT of thought into this and here is what I've come up with.

Main point: don't let anybody else classify breeders for you, go visit, meet the breeder, and see for yourself what category they fall into.

By size - number of dogs. I think it is incorrect to categorize breeders by the number of animals they have. Most states and counties have codes that specify commercial breeders by the number, and this differs drastically from state to state. This is a very subjective, not objective, factor. For example, hunting kennels traditionally maintain a larger number of dogs due to the nature of hunting breeds/breeding/activities. It is also often misunderstood by the public what is behind these numbers. Let's say, I have 3 old (retired) mastiffs, 2 stud mastiffs, 5 brood females, and 3 young puppy mastiffs for future work/showing. That's a total of 13 mastiffs! To a regular person one, max two, mastiff is more than enough, and 13 will put that person in a state of shock. And the typical question is: "Why do you need 13 mastiffs???!!!" A regular person also is fast to assume that all these 13 mastiffs are being actively bred, and in reality it's only 5.
You have to keep your old. Without the past you won't know the future. You have to keep active brood females to keep your program going. And you have to keep the young, because this is your business card, the face of your kennel, the result of your work and the future of what you plan to accomplish.
The number of dogs depends on the breeder's lifestyle and goals. Nothing more. And selection is what keeps these numbers manageable for the owner.

By purpose (objective classification):
I. Hobby (breeders who breed for show, work, sports - these are all hobbies) or
Commercial (breeders who breed just to sell)

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- In order to be a hobby breeder, as long as you continuously breed, you have to continuously prove you fall into this category, so participating in dog activities (competitive activities!) is the key. As soon as you stop showing/titling/trialing your dogs, you transition to the commercial breeder category.
- Commercial breeders are not the ones who have a certain number of dogs as set by various local governments. It's the ones who breed for the sole purpose of selling. That's where the so-called puppymills and other 'nice names' will be.
Technically, there is no such thing as a puppymill or a backyard breeder. Why? Well, what is a puppymill? Or a backyard breeder? Somebody who breeds in the back? Most dogs are bred outside. Puppies raised in the back? Meaning they are kept in the back, in the open air? Then that's animal neglect. What does this really mean?
None of these words mean anything because there are no real criteria supporting these labels. Is it 3 dogs and you are a good breeder and 4 - a puppymill? Is it 20 puppies and you are a reputable breeder and 21 will make you a puppymill, and then next year you are back to 20 and back to being a reputable breeder again?
Ask a hundred people what a puppymill or a backyard breeder is, and what they are going to have as the answer will be images, images carefully and meticulously planted into the people's minds through Animal Cops on TV, various exposes, and regular raids presented as good deeds. All this is real-life propaganda and most people have been so brainwashed that all they need to hear is the key word (puppymill, neglect, odor, feces, abuse) and any logic quickly disappears.
Puppymills don't exist just like there are no such creatures as assholes or dumbasses (continue the list).
So-called puppymills are simply commercial breeders, some with poor level of animal care, but calling them commercial breeders will defeat the purpose, and the purpose is to:
a. find the breeder.
b. vilify the breeder.
c. take possession of the animals.
This is how modern Animal Rights Activism operates. It's no longer the fight for the animals. It's the fight for their ideology, and animals are just tools.
A breeder is a person who breeds animals. A kennel is where the owner breeds/trains/boards/adopts animals. All this is very clear. And what is a puppymill or a backyard breeder? A puppymill is.... All you get is an image of stacked cages, sad looking dogs, poop. Image - TV - propaganda. A backyard breeder is a person who... Really, who? What's the criteria for becoming one?
I've been called all kinds of names. I don't follow the propaganda rules. But I do have good dogs.
So, as you see, name-calling, being it 'puppymill' or 'jerk' or 'a-hole', is only used by people to:
1. express their PERSONAL opinion,
2. show negativity,
3. hurt the other person.
What is a good teacher? Ask your child: the one who is kind, doesn't yell, gives good grades and candy, doesn't ask too much. Ask an education professional: the one who is effective and follows teaching guidelines, ethics and standards.

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II. Amateur
Amateur - new breeders, breeders breeding 'for pet', breeders breeding just to breed.
Professional - adhering to the standard, proving dogs' quality, maintaining breeders' ethics, constantly improving their bloodlines.

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By quality (subjective classification):
Can be: * satisfactory
* needs improvement
* poor.

1. By puppy quality.
2. By quality of animal care.
3. By breeding program quality.

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As you see, only the buyer or the industry professionals (judges) can objectively and/or subjectively classify the breeder.

Protect your breeders.

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...to be continued...

 3 February 2016
- Stress related dandruff in your Doberman.
Many vets don't know about this. Last summer my puppy buyer and I went to his vet for a puppy check-up. And the boy got this salt looking dandruff around his neck. Vet said he never heard of dandruff coming and going in stressful or new situations. And send the buyer home with medicated shampoos.
First time I had to deal with this was when we started showing or first Dobermans. This dandruff would cover the neck and top of the back as soon as we walked inside the expo center. And it would miraculously disappear by the time we got home.
Now if dandruff looks flaky and is persistent, and the coat is dull and dry, then there are other underlying causes than stress.

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 2 February 2016
- Kids first experience with puppy training. @kennelclub.

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  1 February 2016
- Piece of my life story.
I was born in the USSR. "Made in USSR". heh heh. I was blessed with a unique historic chance to have lived during socialism-communism, through its collapse and the chaos that ensued, and then through new democracy. The post-USSR capitalism was pretty much a dollar rush: to have more money, more, MORE. Everybody tried to survive.
At that time I thought that the main goal in life was to have a lot of money so you had nothing to worry about. Such a stark difference with the Soviet ideology where everybody had just enough to get what people needed and everybody had the same (according to their job positions and occupations).
Breeding world in the Soviet Union was centralized, planned by the club, no individual kennels. Which wasn't that bad for the breeds. Dogs were bred professionally. With the collapse of the Soviet Union that changed as well, everybody tried to register their own kennel and be independent. Sometime around then I got my first Doberman. He cost a few hundred dollars - lots of money at that time! When he died, we got another one. I was tutoring to pay for dog shows and travel. Having a kennel never really crossed my mind. I was studying, traveling, going to dog shows, going out with friends. Youth... Then came marriage and time to move. Our doberman came along, of course. We showed all over Europe. Our male had one problem - separation anxiety. I'd come home from work, and find German neighbors standing in front of my windows discussing how our dog was howling and disrupting German peace all day long. We got him a girlfriend. Howling stopped.
Eventually we got to the States. Dogs came with us.
Life was different. While in Germany, dog shows and training clubs were everywhere. And here you have to drive for at least an hour to get to a club, which is not a good option when you have kids and dogs and pups. And not every club is open to new members. So, the dream to have our own club or a trainer started cooking in my brain. Having an appropriate location with a kennel was the first step. We looked and looked, and finally found a great property, 5ac, with an almost 1000sqf barn and a big fenced walking area. It was perfect. The place was beautiful, serene, spacious. Oh, how I loved it. So much space for the dogs.
Numerous times my husband questioned my choice of being a breeder. "You have two Masters degrees, and clean dog poop! Why can't you find a cleaner job?!" For many years he couldn't understand why I was doing what I was doing. The thing is, you cannot put your ideas into the other person's head and expect that person to live like you do. What's good for you may not be good for that person. Quite often parents push their kids into something THEY think will be a good occupation stripping their offspring of their free choice. I have worked at school, at a bank, and a few other businesses, DOD included. I'd get bored within 2-3 months - as soon as I figure out what needs to be done and how things operate. But I've never been bored working with dogs even though it's a lot of routine work. I love working with dogs. I can't imagine not having a Doberman in my life. That started well before the kennel. That was my choice. I never regretted it. I've learnt my life lessons through my 'dog work'. I've changed through it. I may change my mind and do something else in the future, but it will be MY choice.
We are born with a set of talents - gifts given to us at birth. Through our first years these talents are developed into skills which we utilize during the rest of our life and with the help of which we solve our life tasks. These gifts have to be given back. Can you imagine Celine Dion working as a bank teller wasting her God-given gift? When passion and talent come together, this makes the person the happiest.
I've always loved dogs, Dobermans in particular, and I am creative. Where would these two things unite? Right, kennel. So, here are I am.
While in my teens, as a result of the communist collapse, our way of thinking was: get lots of money - you'll be happy. Everything was so materialistic. Through my 'dog work' that has changed, I've changed. I am very indifferent to material things nowadays. I'm indifferent to the type of phone I have as long as it is functional. Cars have value to me based on how much can be put inside. I don't care about jewelry. And almost everything I want I can get (and there isn't much that I want), I am modest about Birthday gifts. For Valentine's day I only ask for cards. I'm indifferent to the size of the engagement ring. Money has only value - it's a tool which helps you accomplish your goals. What I make is spent back on the dogs.
Eventually it became clear that living together with the dogs, while operating a kennel, working with the public, was not living at all. I was too absorbed in my dogs: clean-feed-walk-repeat. That left too little for the life itself. You are given life not to self-absorb in one particular thing so that you stop seeing what is happening around you, and especially within you. So, I threw in the idea of having a separate location for the dogs, which was not supported by my 'men', and I embarked on a journey of getting a new kennel permit at the location we were living in.
And then 2013 happened. And my life turned.
To be continued...

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 31 January 2016
- Male or female?
This is a matter of personal preference. But if you have no experience raising a Doberman, a medium to low drive female as a 'starter Dobe' is recommended. Genetics, environment and the amount of time dedicated to the new dog will determine how good of an experience you are going to have with your dog.
- Look more attractive due to size.
- Simple. Predictable.
- Stubborn.
- You have to prove them you are the boss regularly.

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- More flexible, adaptable, maternal.
- Cunning. Smart.
- Great for kids.
- Mature faster.
All rules have exceptions! Follow your heart. And to have the dog happy exercise it as much as you can: long walks, active playtime, training.

 30 January 2016
- Treats for training. Here are the best options. Softened dry food, chopped cheese or all beef dog kilbasa. Don't use dry dog food as a reward (our puppy class trainer does), dog food is for eating, puppies need something new and tastier to have more motivation in training.

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 27 January 2016
- Snowzilla

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 27 January 2016
- 10 Things You Should Know About HSUS
HumaneWatch | 10 Things You Should Know About HSUS

1. HSUS raises millions of dollars from American animal lovers through manipulative advertising. An analysis of HSUS's TV fundraising determined that more than 85 percent of the animals shown were cats and dogs. However, HSUS doesn't run a single pet shelter and only gives 1 percent of the money it raises to pet shelters while sucking money out of local communities.

2. HSUS's own donors and local shelters feel wronged. A poll of self-identified HSUS donors found 80 percent thought HSUS "misleads people" about their connections to pet shelters and 75 percent were less likely to support the group when they found out the truth. And according to a poll of animal shelters most agree that "HSUS misleads people into thinking it is associated with local animal shelters."

3. HSUS puts more into its pension plan and Caribbean hedge funds than it gives to pet shelters. Between 2012 and 2014, HSUS put over $100 million in Caribbean investments while also putting nearly $10 million into its pension plan.

4. While it raises money with pictures of cats and dogs, HSUS has an anti-meat vegan agenda. Speaking to an animal rights conference in 2006, HSUS's then-vice president for farm animal issues stated that HSUS's goal is to "get rid of the entire [animal agriculture] industry" and that "we don't want any of these animals to be raised and killed."

5. In May 2014, HSUS was part of a $15.75 million settlement of a federal racketeering lawsuit. Feld Entertainment sued HSUS, two of its in-house lawyers, and others under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act for bribery, obstruction of justice, fraud, and other torts. Court documents indicate that HSUS sent several checks as part of an alleged witness-payment scheme.

6. HSUS's senior management includes others who have voiced support for terroristic acts. HSUS chief policy officer Mike Markarian has written that "A perfect example of effective rebellion is an Animal Liberation Front raid on a laboratory." HSUS food policy director Matt Prescott, meanwhile, has written that "I also believe in the actions of the ALF and other such groups." (Prescott is a former PETA activist.)

7. HSUS's senior management includes a former spokesman for the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), a criminal group designated as "terrorists" by the FBI. HSUS president Wayne Pacelle hired John "J.P." Goodwin in 1997, the same year Goodwin described himself as "spokesperson for the ALF" while he fielded media calls in the wake of an ALF arson attack at a California meat processing plant. In 1997, when asked by reporters for a reaction to an ALF arson fire at a farmer's feed co-op in Utah (which nearly killed a family sleeping on the premises), Goodwin replied, "We're ecstatic."

8. HSUS receives poor charity-evaluation marks. CharityWatch (formerly the American Institute of Philanthropy) has issued several "D" ratings for HSUS in recent years over the group's wasteful spending practices. Additionally, the 2013 Animal People News Watchdog Report discovered that HSUS spends 55 percent of its budget on overhead costs.

9. HSUS's CEO endorsed convicted dogfighting kingpin Michael Vick getting another pet. After Vick got out of prison, HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle told the press that he thought Vick "would do a good job as a pet owner." This startling comment came after Vick's new employer, the Philadelphia Eagle, made a $50,000 "grant" to HSUS.

10. Given the massive size of its budget, HSUS does relatively little hands-on care for animals. While HSUS claims it "saves" more animals than any other animal protection group in the US, much of the "care" HSUS provides is in the form of spay-neuter assistance. In fact, local groups that operate on considerably slimmer budgets, such as the Houston SPCA, provide direct care to more animals than HSUS does.

 10 January 2016
- Samples needed from Dobermans ten years and older for DCM research. Possibly a new gene mutation identified that is also responsible for DCM.

 1 January 2016
- My most favorite holidays: New Year and Victory Day in Russia. Happy New Year! It's the time when you sort of sum up all you did in the past year and dream of what you want to do next year. And this made me thinking: it's been almost 10 years since we moved to the States with our dogs, what have I accomplished? My biggest accomplishment in the past 2 years is, of course, the new kennel+house. I couldn't be more proud. But my biggest gift to the breed and accomplishment for the breed is... this website. With thousands of visitors every week, this website has become more of a Doberman encyclopedia of practical knowledge. Hope you all enjoy it in the coming years!


 30 December 2015
- Hidden Life of a Breeder - what the Buyer won't see.

Kennels can be broken into several groups based on the type of housing arrangements for the dogs: 1. kennel, 2. house, 3. house/kennel. There is no better or worse option, it all depends on the breeder's lifestyle and quality of housing for the dogs.
Normally the day of the Breeder begins with the dogs or pups waking up. If this is a house living, you wake up with barking and whining, while a regular person wakes up to a cup of tea/coffee, shower, newspaper, TV news, etc. If it is a kennel living, the sooner you get to the kennel, the less clean-up will be waiting for you.
Instead of taking a shower and quietly having your breakfast, you cook puppy food with all the nutritious ingredients. The breeder has no weekends and rarely has vacations. And if you go on vacation, your mind is occupied with the dogs and their health and safety. Everything in your life revolves around your animals.
Imagine how a regular person's weekend starts. You sleep late, you can stay in bed longer, do whatever you want. Now imagine you are a breeder. Do you think your animals care that it is a weekend? No. I have one old dog that likes howling at 6ish in the morning when it's the best sleep. She will stop soon but your best sleep is gone.
Caring for the animals is routine work when several functions have to be repeated over and over again throughout the day: living areas have to be cleaned several times a day, adult dogs have to be fed twice a day, puppies much more often, plus several outside walks a day, exercise, training. Not many people can handle this kind of routine.
An adult dog poops 2-3 times a day. And small puppies - 4+. If you skip just one cleaning/walking routine, you will have a big mess. House or kennel dogs know what and what time is supposed to happen, and if it doesn't happen, their revenge will await you.
Small puppies make terrible messes out of food or their bedding. The older they get, the messier it becomes. On average, a good breeder spends at least 200 hours on raising a litter. Have you ever been peed or pooped on by puppies? Morning clean up is the most time consuming. Your sweet cute puppies are capable of horrible messes when you will have to clean everything from walls to puppies included. Small litters are easier to manage so they are optimal.
Some radically inclined people think that the dog does all the work and the breeder just pockets the money. This is a very primitive way of thinking that only suits the radical agenda.
1. The Dog. First, you need a dog you can breed in the future. This is a lengthy investment. It will take two years of raising, training, showing, health testing before you can actually breed this dog. It always starts with A dog. Everything I mentioned is a considerable investment and the owner has to come up with the money somehow. A good quality dog, suitable for breeding in 2 years, is a huge investment as well.

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2. Budgeting. Once you are an established breeder, you will have to plan out your year and your breedings so that you have funds for feeding, veterinary expenses, stud fees, travel, and all other related expenses. While one might think that a 5 puppy litter at $2000/pup is 10 grand, oh, huge money "made on the back of the dog" as some might think, - it is what will feed the dogs for several months and cover all immediate DOG-related expenses, including health testing and breeding (stud fees are $1500+). Based on the profit from this litter, the breeder will be able to plan out the next few months of various dog related expenses, who to show, what tests to do, etc. If the Breeder dedicates most of the time to the dogs, it is normal to expect the Breeder's monthly bills to be covered as well. Kennel maintenance, toys, beds, treats, various accessories - you can't avoid these expenses either.

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3. Dog problems. And there are many of these. What if the puppy doesn't grow to be what was expected. Has a missing molar and cannot show? Or develops a congenital disease like kidney problems? Or gets into an accident and dies. Or has bad hips and cannot breed? Or cannot breed physically? All this after time and money put into the dog... Now, this post is written from the perspective of breeding and breeders, not I-love-you-and-keep-you-no-matter-what pet owner. Some breeders have space/time/resources to keep any dog they want and like, even if the dog is not fit for breeding, others have no such luxury - depends on living arrangements and the breeder's lifestyle. I once had a dog imported from Europe, for almost $3000, she went through training, showed to the national championship, did some health testing, was sent to Europe to breed to a nice champion male, and... She never got pregnant. Ever. Obviously, if this were the breeder's only dog he/she wanted to start a line with, he/she would be out of half a decade of waiting and thousands of $ spent. This is why budgeting and preparing for potential problems is an important part of breeding. The breeder has to be prepared for unexpected situations, such as C-sections, illnesses, health issues in puppies (congenital defects). One pile of bad poop can cause the breeder a real panic attack. And if a virus or infection gets into the kennel, it's a real life tragedy. Making sure the dogs are healthy is a daily task. Not all puppies place fast and easy. When the goal is to find the right family, the breeder can have the puppy for many more months, and has to prepare for this as well.

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4. Breeding. Not a very pleasant process. And can be time and money consuming. Some people think that the dog breeds, carries puppies, gives birth, raises the puppies all on her own, this is wrong. It is common for a breeder to be a sleep-deprived zombie for the first two weeks. Mom turns, sometimes pups get behind her. She can move and squeeze one. They love digging/nesting the first few days, and the breeder has to be around to make sure puppies are safe and not under or behind the mom. This means you cannot leave the house. Some mothers are calm and easy, others can be a nightmare - when the breeder has to be the mom, from massaging the belly, wiping pee to bottle feeding, - this is a very hard job. When you have a large litter, usually puppies will be smaller than those from a smaller litter. And they will need an extra month to catch up. I prefer placing pups closer to 3-4 months - best age, they are strong, vaccinated, not in any danger, eating well, confident and independent. But what if there is a puppy with a birth defect, what will an inexperienced breeder do? Panic? Sometimes puppies are born with birth defects they can live with or die of. This is a very hard situation for any breeder. Having a trusted vet is paramount.

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5. Buyers. Not all buyers are pleasant to deal with. Usually this becomes an issue if the puppy has already been placed or if you turn down such a buyer. Not all people are capable of managing extraordinary situations in a civilized way, and any breeder sooner or later has to come across such people. One nasty situation can easily turn away a new breeder.
6. Selection. One of the hardest things in breeding. Breeding and selecting a young generation is a crucial part of the kennel life cycle. But what if the puppy doesn't turn out to be a good working prospect due to conformation or health issues? Selection is not just picking out a puppy to keep, it's evaluating grown up dogs and placing the ones that are not suitable for your program. Emotionally, it's as hard as 7.
7. Losing them. When your dog dies of a disease like cancer, at least you get some time to prepare for that. But when your dog dies unexpectedly, it's hard to handle. Anybody knows this. But what buyers don't know is how hard it is to lose a puppy.

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A non-breeder will never fully understand the life of a breeder, the sacrifices and compromises a breeder has to make, his/her lifestyle. That's why most new breeders give it up after a couple litters. Statistically, the average lifespan of a kennel is about 6-7 years - enough to breed one dog and her progeny, enough for the mounting problems and stresses to make you give it all up.

 25 December 2015
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 23 December 2015

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 22 December 2015
- #gottalovedogs

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 20 December 2015
- Nature's principle of life: survival of the fittest. Or in other words, only the best deserves a future. And if you look at this from the perspective of our history, if this were not true, we would not have microwaves and washers, cell phones and computers, online shopping and GPS. Nature is about progress and development. Breeding is part of nature's processes. Breeding pet quality or substandard dogs contradicts everything that Nature is about. So, when a person decides to become a breeder, the one most important thing he/she needs is a bloodline. First step is using other breeders' bloodlines. Second step is by using other breeders' bloodlines to establish your own. What is a bloodline? It's a set amount of dogs, selectively bred, that are united by the breeder's goal and vision based on the Nature's principles of selection: only best deserves to be reproduced. Good article on establishing a bloodline: http://www.adbadog.com

 19 December 2015
- And it is done. How to ruin the breed: change the standard. http://www.fci.be/en/Dobermann-143 As of 1 August 2016 the breed officially becomes all natural. The shape, size of the ears and tails cannot ruin the breed but can negatively affect the popularity of the breed which will shrink the gene pool, which, in addition to the cardio problems, will damage the breed. Most of you support animal rights movement, right? Why wouldn't you? All they do is care about the well being of the animals... well, here is one of the side effects of their actions.

 14 December 2015
- Head tremors in Dobermans:
1. Vet opinion: A syndrome called Уidiopathic head tremorФ, for lack of a better name, has been recognized in dogs. Dobermans are most commonly affected, with English bulldogs being also common. Other breeds can also be affected.
Signs consist of an intermittent tremor of the head. This can be an up-and-down movement or a side-to-side movement. The tremor starts and stops spontaneously. The dogs are alert and responsive during the tremor and are able to walk normally. In some cases, distracting the dog, for example with food, can stop the tremor.
Diagnostic testing are typically normal. Affected dogs do not develop other neurologic signs. There is no treatment but the episodes sometimes eventually stop. This has been discussed among neurologists and nobody really agrees on the nature of these episodes. They may be focal seizures, but they rarely respond to anti-seizure drugs. Another theory is that this is a movement disorder. A behavior disorder, such as stereotypy has also been postulated. I have seen related Dobermans affected, suggesting there may be a genetic component.
WB Thomas DVM,MS
Dipl.ACVIM(Neurology), University of Tennessee
2. Dog owner opinion: Idiopathic head tremors certainly aren't a secret in the Doberman world. I've seen them discussed many times on various boards over the years. The general consensus is that they don't seem to lead to anything, and the dogs can easily be distracted out of them by offering a treat.
Two of my girls have them from time to time. They are infrequent. As mentioned, they don't only happen to Dobermans. I've seen some clips on youtube of other breeds experiencing them.
3. Dog owner opinion: I read, on a different Doberman forum, that this has actually been around a very long time (think 1960's). The dogs with this issue are not increasing or decreasing and it doesn't seem to be genetic. I'm just glad it doesn't seem to be a serious issue!
4. Dog owner opinion: I have learned this is a painless and non life threatening disorder that unfortunately some Dobermans along with bull dogs, boxers, pit bulls and labs are also showing signs of. Our sweet dobie turns two in a couple weeks and she recently had her first "episode" of a head bobble for about three minutes. She was completely in tune with me as I tried to stay calm for her and instantly tried to distract her from the situation. Which helped! I contacted her breeder and she was completely open with me as I discovered with prior research on the Internet this was a common unexplained disorder in our breed. Even with vet examination it is still a mystery and the testing has shown no real reason for concern other then the alarming movements that take over your sweet pup. Our breeder confirmed our dobie has a grandma that showed the same "episode" as our after her second litter. Also one of our pups litter mates has also recently showed the same symptoms. We were told some tips that may or may not eliminate or reduce occurring "episodes" but a cure is not yet available sadly. Once a "episode" starts try to stay calm and ensure your pet has space. Immediately try to distract them with a favorite treat like peanut butter, coconut oil, honey or whatever your dog loves best. Something that takes time and concentration is best. A prized toy or ball can also be useful...distraction is key just like hiccups just don't scare your dog! We also changes up the diet slightly with a higher protein with salmon and added a B6-B12 vitamin supplement. Marley the boxer dog head tremor and cure video july 2012

 11 December 2015
- Just got some dreadful news. One of our pups from older litters was diagnosed with DCM.
You might think that with a 7yo mom and an almost 10 yo dad the progeny would at least outlive one of the parents, but no... I hate Doberman DCM. Because it is unpredictable. And you can't avoid it. It's like walking through a mine field.
The situation with the Doberman cardio health is quite pitiful. And I don't see it getting better any time soon.
1. After talking to a few cardiologists, ECHO-ing my dogs is pretty much all I can do. But tell this to the owners whose dogs die early...
2. Again, after talking to the cardiologists, one of the problems with the Doberman DCM is that it is a late-onset disease making it extremely hard to catch and prevent before breeding because most young dogs are healthy when bred, and become unhealthy after having produced progeny.
3. We do not know if there are any healthy bloodlines. I am not talking about individual long-lived dogs. These are isolated cases and you can't put much faith into this. For example, Teraline A-litter. Teraline Aurora - lived to almost 12! But all other siblings passed much younger. And this is not a DCM-free line. Would she be considered DCM-free? Or carrier? Will the genes skip a generation and pop up in the next one?
4. There is no reliable genetic testing to prevent DCM.
5. Diagnostic testing is just that - diagnostic. Some dogs can be removed from the gene pool if they show signs early on, which is not as common as at the age of 6-8 when it is too late.
6. With half of the Doberman population suffering from DCM, identifying and removing all affected dogs as well as carriers will kill the breed.
7. DCM is a 'convenient' disease. It usually kills fast, and normally past the breeding age.
8. Owners who lost their dogs to DCM put blame on an individual breeder usually, and then when getting another dog put all their faith in another breeder. While this breeder or another breeder, the statistics remains the same.
9. One breeder cannot cure the whole breed. But can work on establishing ONE line as healthy as possible. And this can't happen after breeding a litter or two. It takes at least a decade to see the results of the fist litter, and add years for each future litter.
10. Without the breed club involvement restricting certain breedings or mandating certain health testing, no progress can be made.
11. ALL genes responsible for this disease have to be identified and tested for.
12. Males reaching a certain age (8+) have to be collected and their semen frozen and available to all with a careful breeding program.
13. Breeders should be open about who dies of what in their bloodlines.
14. Buyers are partially responsible for the breed health: what sells betters is being bred more. And big heads, huge paws don't usually go hand in hand with longevity.
15. Only breeding for longevity will hurt the breed, that's why the breed will benefit from more centralized oversight in breeding combinations. This will also weed out bad breeders.

 11 December 2015
- It gets more and more interesting:
HumaneWatch | HSUS CEO Has a $1.1 Million MansionЧWhich HeТs Hiding From Donors
When we tell people that only 1% of the money raised by the so-called УHumane SocietyФ of the United States goes to pet shelters, predictably people want to know where the rest of the money goes. A lot of it is spent on overhead, pension plans, and staff salariesЧincluding a hefty pay package for CEO Wayne Pacelle. Pacelle has taken in about $4 million through HSUS, and the payout appears to have afforded him an elegant $1.1 million Tudor-style home in the uber-wealthy community of Chevy Chase, Md., just outside our nationТs capital. According to records, the house was purchased last fall, apparently with all cash. More intriguingly, it was purchased through a legal scheme that intentionally hides the name of the buyer. ItТs a system used by the rich and famous to hide the purchasers in a real-estate transaction. PacelleТs new digs is owned by a legal entity without his name attached. The transaction was handled by David A. Deckelbaum, a Washington lawyer who specializes in this concealment system for wealthy clients. And this $1.1 million property is on top of the $800,000 apartment Pacelle owns in Washington, D.C. For all of the complaints about pork farming that Pacelle makes, he sure knows how to live high on the hog. To be clear: We donТt begrudge anyone who is financially successfulЦprovided that the money isnТt generated through scams or other unethical activity. And we cant be sure that HSUS donors may not have totally funded the PacelleТs million-dollar mansion. ItТs quite possible that his wife, who works for Al Jazeera America, could have chipped in. And whoТs bankrolling her paycheck? Al Jazeera is funded by the government of QatarЧa country that funds or accommodates terrorist groups including Hamas and al Qaeda. To get an idea of what Al Jazeera thinks of America, look no further than its nasty Fourth of July video mocking Americans. And we wonТt even get into HSUSТs development officer who once offered to conceal money from shady Middle Eastern interests including the Muslim Brotherhood, which is at the center of much terrorism in the world.
Wayne PacelleТs mansion may have been funded by little old ladies who thought they were helping pets. Or maybe the upstream source of the cash is Middle Eastern terrorism backers. Hard to say. One way or the other, the head of HSUS doesnТt want you to know.

 1 December 2015
- The Doberman. Part VI.
The breed temperament, just like the looks (the Type), has evolved significantly. The breed was created for a specific purpose, and thus the dogs used were selected according to that purpose. The initial results were aggressive, fearless dogs. For many years Dobermans were used by the police as working dogs. They were fast, agile, intimidating, smart and with good noses.
But the breed has evolved not only in conformation but temperament as well. Nowadays they make wonderful companions. The side effect of this breeding focus is washed out original Doberman characteristics. They are not used by the police any more. And most of the dogs participating in working trials are shepherds or malinois. Practically all working Dobermans nowadays are of European descent.
Is this situation good or bad? Bad - for the breed, because it is losing its integral part. Good - for the people, because they get a great companion dog, strong, smart, beautiful and relatively easy to maintain, with proper training.
However, there should be balance. If no working dog is bred, there will be no working dogs. If only conformation dogs are bred for their looks, working traits will be lost forever. Example: a working breed, Great Dane, that can do no work, and its selection only revolves around the looks.
Still, Dobermans are for serious dog owners only. It is a very serious breed. Many breeders, having bred untrained and untested dogs, produced a large number of Dobermans with poor temperaments, as a result the public impression of the Doberman has changed. Many think of the breed as neurotic, unreliable, hyper and biters.
This is an aggressive breed, it was designed to be so, but through selection and temperament testing, the Doberman has become a much more trainable and controllable dog. Socialization is of utmost importance. Once the vaccination period is over, the puppy has to be exposed to as many new smells, sounds and experiences as possible.
Breeders cannot do all the work themselves, Doberman owners need to participate in training and work trials, thus carrying out the breed legacy.

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 22 November 2015
- Interesting potty training method. Not sure what I think about having a dog poop in the crate and then sleep next to it but it's worth watching: Puppy Apartment...

 20 November 2015
- Stumbled upon German Shepherd vs Doberman www.youtube.com/watch... 4:22 somehow one of my puppies ended up in this video.

 18 November 2015
- Sad dog diary:

 28 October 2015
- Best two front pictures to compare types, European vs American:

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 27 October 2015
- The Doberman. Part V.
Back to Type. How does Type affect what you buy?
Simple. What you see is what you get. A big boned puppy will grow into a big boned adult. A scrawny puppy will grow into a small thin bone dog. A small head will be small. Massive jaws will stay massive
Here are pictures of different breed type (poor vs excellent) puppies:

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What type dogs will come out of these pups?

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Which of these adults are of the correct/excellent type?

Can a dog like this

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come out of a puppy like this?

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Answer is no. That's why selecting a puppy of the correct type guarantees you will get a dog that is close to the standard.

 15 October 2015
- Devotion 2:

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 15 October 2015
- Talk about devotion :)

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 9 October 2015
- Conformation (what I like/don't like):
Every breed is easily recognized by the head and expression. That's why correctness and type are so important. It's much harder to 'fix' the head than any other part of the Doberman body.
1. Eyes. The darker the better. Black dogs need to have dark eyes. And I love that. Brown dogs can have lighter eyes, but the tint still has to at least match the color of the markings. My first Dobermans had medium dark eyes and that cost us a few titles at the dog shows. What I don't like is light colored eyes.

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Usually you can tell what color eyes the pup will have.
This one will have dark eyes:

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And this one - light:

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Eyes too light in color are a disqualifying characteristic.
What do you like more:

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Yes, they still look cute but this is not what is desirable:

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Perfect eye color on a brown Doberman:

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Shape is also important. I don't like round or protruding eyes.
Nice color, nice shape:

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2. Underjaw.
Practically non-existent in American breeding, and specifically bred for in European breeding.

Huge jaw:

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No underjaw:

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I love massive underjaws.

3. Tan.
Big difference between American Dobermans and Europeans here.
Europeans like red/mahogany tan. The darker the better. And there is a lot of variety in this in Europe. American breeders achieved one standard tan color - light yellowish, but all dogs have the same. Only Nitro del Rio Bianco produced something closer to the American color.
Also, if you look at the shape, American Dobermans have larger tan areas, thinner main coat color on the top of the nose. American Dobermans look very uniformed.

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Shape and size of Doberman markings, just as the eye color) affect the breed's image and breeding quality.


 15 September 2015
- Our vet's ears. Meet Kronos. Future star.

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  18 August 2015
- Our vet's ears.

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  15 August 2015
- Traded "Lost" for this video I stumbled upon: youtube.com/watch... Such a positive video! I challenge my awesome puppy owners to make something similar. Maybe not 365 days. Maybe just a few days. Or weeks. Memories forever!

 12 August 2015
- We went to Petsmart with a puppy whose ears were taped up. While looking at various products, one woman walked by and asked why the pup's ears were taped up. After hearing the answer, she said we were gross and disgusting...

  5 August 2015
- A dog and a pear tree.

 3 August 2015
- Our breeding. Rona 1yo.
1. www.youtube.com/watch... - 2. www.youtube.com/watch...

 27 July 2015
- Hope you are having a great summer!

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 26 July 2015
- DCM Genetic Test Raises Questions About Variable Penetrance Disease
(Published December 2011)
The discovery last year of the gene mutation for dilated cardiomyopathy in Doberman Pinschers and the development of a genetic test were welcome breakthroughs. Breeders had hope that using the genetic test as a tool and practicing selective breeding would help reduce the incidence of this devastating disease. In the long term, fewer dogs would die from the complex heart disease that affects nearly 40 percent of Dobermans, more than any breed.
The complexity of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is reflected in the uncertainty of the results of genetic testing. Dogs that test negative might later develop the disease. Likewise, those that test positive might never develop signs or only experience a mild form of the disease. The erratic clinical manifestation of the disease is rooted in its mode of inheritance: autosomal dominant with variable penetrance.
"Our laboratory identified a mutation onchromosome 14 that is responsible for the gene in some Dobermans," explainsKathyrn Meurs, D.V.M., Ph.D., associate dean of research and graduate studies at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. "It is likely that at least two mutations are responsible for DCM in this breed. DCM is different in every breed. In Dobermans, we are not sure if DCM is two diseases or the same disease with two forms: the enlarged heart form that causes congestive heart failure and the ventricular arrhythmia form that causes sudden death."
The May 2011 issue of PLoS ONE published the findings of European researchers indicating that half of DCM-affected Dobermans carry the risk allele onchromosome 5. Studying Dobermans from Germany, they conducted a genome-wide association scan comparing the DNA of 71 DCM-affected dogs with 70 normal dogs. The results were validated in an independent study of Dobermans from the United Kingdom.
"We don't yet know which gene is the DCM gene on chromosome 5," says Tosso Leeb, a molecular genetics in Switzerland. "Our findings that about half of Dobermans with DCM carry the risk allele on chromosome 5 are major, but this is not the only genetic risk factor for DCM in this breed. The unexplained 50 percent of DCM cases could be due toseveral genetic risk factors."
The autosomal dominant inheritance pattern in Doberman Pinschers is similar to most forms of dilated cardiomyopathy in humans. DCM is the most common cause of heart failure in people. An enlarged and weakened heart muscle occurs due to conditions such as coronary heart disease, viral infections and genetic predisposition. 24 genetic mutations have been found in humans, but in most cases, the causative mutation is a mystery.
Meurs, who has studied DCM in dogs for 13 years, discovered the mutation in Dobermans on chromosome 14 while working at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her research involved looking at the 24 gene mutations in humans and comparing them to dogs.
"We looked at the chromosomes of 48 affected and normal dogs from three generations of unrelated dog families," Meurs says."The missing DNA should encode for a mitochondrial protein responsible for moving energy into the heart and helping it work efficiently. Dobermans with DCM do not produce enough mitochondrial protein, which affects the structure and energy of cardiac cells and results in a dilated dysfunctional heart muscle."
50% of Doberman Pinschers with DCM die from sudden death due to ventricular arrhythmia (erratic heartbeats). 33% percent of these dogs have no prior sign of disease until their sudden deaths. Ventricular arrhythmia and sudden death are common in dogs 3 to 4 years of age.
An inherited, irreversible heartmuscle disorder, DCM is most commonly diagnosed in dogs around 7 1/2 years of age. Males and females are affected equally, and dogs may have been bred when the disease is discovered. Affected dogs generally appear normal until they are 5 to 7 years of age, and their heart muscles are no longer able to mask the disease.
Congestive heart failure occurs when the diseased heart can no longer pump blood adequately to the body. The heart dilates to compensate for the weakened heart muscle, which causes it to hold a greater volume while the thinned walls continue to weaken. Fluid may back up in the dog's abdomen or lungs. Signs of pulmonary edema include coughing, rapid breathing and lethargy.

Since last November when the DCM genetic test first was offered, more than 2,000 Doberman Pinschers have been tested. 40% tested positive for the disease. 95% of these dogs were heterozygous, and 5% were homozygous. Fifteen percent of dogs that tested negative had early signs of DCM.
"The mutant gene is probably not the only thing that could cause negative dogs to develop DCM," Meurs says. "Environmental and lifestyle factors could play a role as well. Not all dogs that test positive for the mutation will show the same severity of the disease. Those testing positive homozygous are more likely to develop a severe condition and manifest signs of the disease early, yet some dogs may live long, unaffected lives."

Testing for DCM results in one of three outcomes:
- Negative indicates a dog does not have the gene mutation.
- Positive heterozygous defines a dog with one copy of the gene mutation.
- Positive homozygous describes a dog with two copies of the gene mutation.

Due to the varied penetrance of the disease, the test results can be promising yet frustrating. A negative test does not mean a dog will never develop the disease. Rather, it means the dog does not have the only mutation known at this time to cause the disease.

"Breeders should avoid drastic decisions when using genetic screening in regard to their breeding programs," says Meurs. "Removing all dogs that test positive could create a bottleneck effect and proliferate other disease traits. In fact, removing as little as 20 percent of the gene pool would change the profile of the Doberman breed. Using the genetic screening test, breeders should be able to reduce DCM in five to 10 years."
While the genetic test for DCM does not provide definite answers whether a dog will have the disease or the potential severity of disease, it raises awareness about the incomplete penetrance of dilated cardiomyopathy.
"DNA testing is an important tool for breeders," Brooks says. "It is another piece of the puzzle to help them make informed decisions. A positive test doesn't mean that a dog shouldn't be bred. It means that guidelines should be followed."

 24 July 2015
- Hong Kong update. "Dear Irina, Hope you are well. Here is recent of Louie."

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 17 July 2015
- Hong Kong update.

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 12 July 2015
- Hong Kong! Here I come!

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 29 June 2015
- Compulsive disorders in Dobermans. Up to 30 percent of Doberman Pinschers have compulsive tendencies, such as blanket and flank sucking. The behaviors, which are unique to Dobermans, are considered inherited disorders that are likely encoded in the primitive areas of the brain. More (link)
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 23 June 2015
- www.humanewatch.org/hsus-employee-charged-over-criminal...
HSUS Employee Charged over Criminal Caribbean Caper
Last night, news broke that HSUS employee Atiya Pope has been charged with embezzling over $30,000 from the animal rights group. Obviously this should be concerning for those who have supported the animal rights organization with their donations. Ironically, the charges that Pope ran up on the company credit card allegedly include a fancy vacation to Aruba.
Perhaps this didnТt immediately raise red flags with the organization, since they have so many other dealings in the Caribbean. Incredibly, HSUS has stashed $50 million of donor money into Caribbean-based hedge funds. ItТs telling when a Уhumane societyФ favors tax shelters over pet shelters.
The fraud went on for two years and was uncovered when her new supervisor did a Уlight audit.
ABC 7 News reported that staff at the Humane Society of the United States were УstunnedФ by the allegations, but we believe the public and HSUS donors would really be stunned if they realized not just how much money HSUS sends to the Caymans and Bermuda, but what a tiny percentage of HSUSТs money goes towards local pet shelters. Our polling shows that 87% of HSUS donors are unaware that HSUS gives just 1% of its budget to local shelters.

 21 June 2015
- The Labradoodle Racket (Helaine Olen) Last week, a gorgeous black standard poodle named Flame came close to taking the УBest in ShowФ title at the annual Westminster Dog Show, but lost out at the last minute to the stunning beagle Miss P. Purebred dogs like these, not surprisingly, are costly companions. But УdesignerФ cross breeds often cost even more, despite the fact that they are just as likely to be plagued with illness as their single-breed ancestors. Why? A beagle that can be registered with the American Kennel Club, but isnТt quite up to the show dog perfection of Miss P, costs between $500 to $1,500. Poodles and labs are most often about $1,000 to $2,000. But a labradoodle, a cross between a poodle and a lab, somehow costs about $2,500 to $3,000. How could a dog that isnТt even recognized as a breed by the AKC cost more than the sum of its parts, which in this case are the two dogs it is descended from? Australian Wally Conron pioneered the labradoodle in the late 1980s. A breeder with the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia, Conron was attempting to fulfill a request for a hypoallergenic seeing eye dog. It took thirty-four tries until mating a Labrador retriever and a standard poodle gave him what he needed. There was only one problem: people seeking seeing-eye dogs wanted pure-breed dogs, not mutts. Conron had a litter to move. Desperate, he came up with Уa gimmick.Ф He dubbed the mutts Уlabradoodles,Ф and they sold immediately....
More: www.thebaffler.com/blog/labradoodle-racket/...

 20 June 2015
- Undercover Investigator Speaks Out Against HSUS
Yesterday, we released a second video of our interview with a former HSUS undercover investigator. The investigator-turned whistleblower disputes the message put forth by HSUS, PETA, and other animal rights activists by saying that most farms treat their animals humanely.
The whistleblower was willing to be interviewed by HumaneWatch provided that we keep his identity anonymous, as he fears retaliation from HSUS. The interview provides great insight into how the Humane Society of the United States peddles false information on animal welfare in order to promote its anti-farm agenda.
Some of the topics covered in the segment include how HSUS plants individuals on farms throughout the country in order to collect and edit misleading footage and how HSUS believes that every single farm is doing something illegal. УThe way that HSUS looks at it is, the only way they can make agriculture better would be to get rid of it,Ф the whistleblower claims.

 20 June 2015
- The Doberman. Part IV.
I personally see 3 groups of sub-types. Knowing them helps direct breeding in the right direction.
American vs European Type:

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Old vs Modern Type:

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Poor vs Excellent/Correct Type:

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Which breeding type is desirable? Answer: Correct modern. This can only be achieved through breeding dogs of a similar type, read quality. Who determines the dog is of the right type? Answer: Judge at a conformation show or breed survey. So, can a breeder maintain high standard of correct type breeding without showing/working their dogs? Answer: no. If you hear a breeder talk about how they are not interested in shows, or how they only breed pets, or how dog shows are so political, etc. etc., re-read this post.

 18 June 2015
- In case you were wondering about colors...

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 8 June 2015
- We are sad to announce that a mini bus with 6 handlers and 16 dogs on their way to the World Dog Show in Milan had a car crash in Belarus. All of them died. The FCI General Assembly meeting, on learning about the terrible news, immediately observed one minute of silence. Our condolences to their families and friends.
The dog world is mourning. RIP dogs and handlers.

 29 May 2015
- On breed type and the harm of current shows. www.facebook.com/DogsInReview...
" .....The Negative Cycle
Everybody wants to win. I have yet to meet a single person who said they go to all the trouble of showing their dogs because losing is so much fun. So when the off-type dogs win, too many people who are not truly invested in their breed buy into the changes and exacerbate the problem by creating more and more dogs that are not what the standard requires. And the judges start to see these dogs in the ring so often that they begin to accept them as correct. And then when a real one appears in the midst of all the wrong ones, only the people who are truly invested in that breed, those who are so passionate about keeping it what it was meant to be, recognize, appreciate and reward it. The rest lose it in the jumble of 10 others that look alike. Incorrect, but alike.
And then we look at the owners and the handlers. If someone wants a dog to show but really doesnТt understand the history and the standard of the breed they are preparing to buy, they are most often going to go where the winning is big regardless of the actual real quality of the dogs. This is because they donТt understand anyway. And then we move to the professional handler who is hired to show the dog. If the dog is showy, generically sound and flashy, many handlers are eager to take it on. When a very invested breeder reaches out to a handler and tries to discuss a dog that the breeder feels is lacking in breed type, the handler vigorously defends the dog because it is his job to do so. It is also the handlerТs job to convince the judges that the dog is outstanding. So now we have to look at the judges, who are probably honestly confused a great deal of the time because they are being told by handlers that some dogs are great ones but being told by invested breeders that the dogs lack the intrinsic type characteristics that would make them great ones.
And so the dominoes fall, from breeder to owner to handler to judge. And in a few short years, if the truly invested do not step up and try to stop these radical changes, a breed can be lost forever."
This is why the TYPE is so important in purebreds.

 29 May 2015
- Interesting online post. Main conclusion, IMO - what YOU breed affects ALL of the breed. That's why no matter what your breeding goals are, if you don't show/train and follow the standard - you are not in breeding for the right reasons, and what you produce will harm the breed.
"People look to the show ring to see who is winning, and who is producing those winners. The breed standard should describe a dog at maturity who is built to do the work for which it was bred. Ideally.
A Doberman should be a short backed agile medium sized galloper. All the pieces described in the standard, the angles should ideally build a short backed galloper. If all the structure is correct, then that dog will be sound in body, at whichever gait is observed.
In the show ring, the gait used in evaluation is the trot. Here is where we can begin to have a problem. Longer dogs will have a more dramatic trot than a square dog with the same angles. It's called, tongue in cheek "TRAD" for "Tremendous Reach and Drive". A generic show dog may show TRAD and get very far in a Group ring and Best in Show ring because, well, the trot is dramatic. And extreme. He probably should not have made it out of the breed ring, if there were a dog with less length of loin with comparable attibutes there.
That dog is not necessarily the best example of a Doberman. If we fill the show rings with longer dogs with TRAD, it's all the judges will see. It's all the newer or more green exhibitors will see- the square dog who then walks into the ring looks like he doesn't belong - and he does not win.
Presenting a stylized version of our standard to judges - slightly longer in that line drawing - can in the long run, change the breed. What the JEC has done by updating their instructions, is they *have* changed the way the standard is *applied*, or changed the way the dogs are seen.
Again, the more that longer dogs win, the more that people will breed to them. Eventually the breed standard WILL have to be changed to reflect the dogs that are in the rings. It's happened in other breeds - I think - I don't know for certain - but a Dane friend has been spitting about the change in that standard to fit the dogs that are in the ring rather than what the ideal should. be. The same is in danger of happening with the FCI standard. AND the rumor that Hans Wilbishauser has decreed that "natural" tails should be sickle tails and not curl above the back - to attain that across the board, the Germans - or whomever is following Hans - will have to selectively breed lower croups. And thus change the breed by the choices made in breeding and in the whelping box before they ever get into the show ring. A lower croup will certainly reduce TRAD but for the wrong reasons.
It will reduce balance and soundness and drive (the movement drive, not the temperament drive). It will be detrimental to the breed in that way. M. DeGregorio"

 21 May 2015
- Interesting. "Breeder Comparison Matrix". One of the views.

... I fall into the hobby breeder category...

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 18 May 2015
- Must love government...
The contemporary Уanimal rightsФ movement and its various factions are
not what they seem. For every legitimate concern, there are dozens of front groups operated and funded by extremists with radical agendas. For instance, over the past several years, the ASPCA, PETA, and HSUS have been waging a war against so-called Уpuppy mills.Ф
They lead Americans to believe that their focus is on rogue, unscrupulous dog breeders, but in a recent interview, the ASPCA admitted that they consider even law-abiding dog breeders to be Уpuppy mills.Ф
Animal rights activists hold the belief that bringing new, pure-bred dogs into existence is unethical so long as there are dogs in shelters.
Thus, they seek to put every law-abiding dog breeder permanently out of business by any means necessary. Their public relations war against dog breeding has raked in countless millions from unsuspecting donors who are unaware of the fact that almost none of this money actually goes to the care of dogs. The numbers of abused animals are inflated and exaggerated to the point where you would think that puppy mills were an epidemic. In reality, almost all dog breeders are hard-working, rural Americans, who take very good care of their animals.
Recently, the activists have turned to a disturbing, new tactic of singling out individual breeders and publishing their names, their addresses, and photographs of their breeding establishments. Where do
they obtain such information, one might ask? The answer: None other than our own government, courtesy of the United States Department of Agriculture....

 17 May 2015
- The Doberman. Part III.
So, what is this Breed Type?
From Wikipedia: Breed type in the parlance of dog fanciers refers to the qualities that define a dog breed and separate it from all other dog breeds. Breed type is outlined in the written standard for each breed, and breed type is the basis of judging in conformation dog shows.

Here is more in the description to the book "SOLVING THE MYSTERIES OF BREED TYPE, 2ND EDITION": Breed type is a concept every person who plans to breed or judge must fully understand for any breed he or she intends to pursue.

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Part of breed type is an ideal of appearance.

Qualities that define a breed: Breed type encompasses appearance, character, condition, bone structure, temperament, and movement; "breed type is all these things." Breed type also includes a character specific to each breed, a combination of behaviour, temperament and carriage that demonstrate an essence of the breed. "He exuded breed type," writes Anne Marie Rasmussen of a particular King Charles Spaniel. The exact definition of breed type for any given breed can be very subjective and elusive.

 7 May 2015
- The Doberman. Part II.
Question: What unites these Dobermans?

Answer: The breed - Doberman.

Question: What makes these Dobermans different?

Answer: Their Type.

 27 April 2015
- Baby is greying.

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 5 April 2015
- Our ears.

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 30 March 2015
- Our ears.

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 29 March 2015
- Our breeding.

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 25 March 2015
- I regularly receive inquiries about a "working puppy". Most of potential "working puppy" owners don't realize what it takes to raise a working dog. It takes a LOT of:
a) time,
b) patience,
c) dedication.
Take a look at this video. Can you handle a puppy like this EVERY day for weeks, months and years?

 17 March 2014
- A series of posts to describe the Doberman. Part I.

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New image - more elegant, more refined and harmonious:

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Beginning of the 20th century Dobermans are exported to the USA, and so the two clearly distinctive types (American vs European) start developing, so different and yet the same.



Typical Result:

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 16 March 2015
- 16 March 2015
- Not too long ago got a very disturbing email:
We took our pup to the vet yesterday. ()
We had quite a day at the vet - we went to two different vets yesterday, both ended up being STAUNCHLY against ear cropping and were not afraid to let us know what they thought of us or how cruel and painful what we had done was, even with our children in the room!! I could not believe how we were treated and what was said to us. We are in the process of finding a vet around here with a different mind frame, but so far we are having a difficult time. ()
We really feel as if we couldn't believe anything of the first two vets. They both said that his infection was horrible, but we were wondering if they were more disturbed by the cropping - having not seen it before. We are not really sure what to do at this point.
We are thinking of waiting until Thursday to go to the third vet. ()
I appreciate your help! We are just looking for some advice with someone with experience on this because neither vet was willing to help us at all.
Thanks! Robyn"

Anyone who prefers a doberman with cropped ears should be prepared for this. It's getting harder and harder to find a breeder-friendly, ear-crop-friendly veterinarian. Always try to find one before getting a puppy. Find local breeders, they will tell you who they go to.
Try finding a private vet clinic. They usually tend to offer more personalized care then corporate chain clinics.
Have you ever wondered what caused such a reaction? Don't have to think hard. AR folks. Those ones who fight for the animal rights. Which, in general, is a very respected thing. However, when common sense is forgotten and one agenda becomes prevalent, activists become extremists. And that is d-a-n-g-e-r-o-u-s.
Do you want people telling you it's cruel to get your daughter's ears pierced? Or son circumcised? Or hair cut too short? Or grown too long? F
reedom of choice is slowly dwindling away...

 6 March 2015
- Controversial. http://tinyurl.com/mle68gv

"Generally unafraid of leading with my chin, even I tread carefully and with trepidation toward a certain issue capable of igniting great indignation and, for some, unquenchable rage.
The topic: dog rescue.
First, some ground rules: Dogs are wonderful and not to be abused. But they are animals, not humans.
There are many good, generous, smart and kind people involved in matching abandoned or neglected dogs with responsible owners who will care for them, and many in the rescue movement are a valued complement to animal shelters like the SPCA or Humane Society.
And rescue groups are often helped by caring professional veterinarians and others who ensure that animals are spayed/neutered, immunized and computer chipped before being bought by responsible owners. But the passion, enthusiasm and, frankly, obsessive over-the-top behaviour of some in the rescue community has been firing up the spidey senses lately. It's everywhere. Just Googling the words "dog, rescue, Saskatchewan" generates 130,000 hits.
So the other night on Border Security, the engaging Canadian reality show, an importer of "rescue dogs bound for Saskatoon" was stopped at the U.S.-Canadian border because her trailer and SUV were too small for the dozens of pit bulls and other dogs she was importing into Saskatchewan from the States.
Foreign dogs in local dog rescues - what gives?
Many of the dozens - and there are dozens of "rescues" in Saskatchewan - take in only local dogs or many irresponsibly bred and abused dogs from Northern Saskatchewan (a despicable story on its own).
But others do import dogs. One boasts on its website - in addition to cutesy biographies like the pup "rescued from death in the nick of time" - that it ships dogs into Saskatchewan from "high-kill shelters throughout California."
At this point you may wonder why America's most populous state needs to have dogs shipped to a Canadian province one-fortieth its size. Another local rescuer confided that when she "rescued" a chihuahua from California "a lot of people asked for them," so now she ships in "rescue dogs" from there to satisfy demand here.
At this juncture, a vocabulary break might be helpful. Unless you rush into a burning building to get that dog or pluck it from a raging river, you haven't rescued it. You've been given that dog or you bought it.
The Saskatchewan "rescuer" importing chihuahuas from California is not a rescuer. She's a dog broker - a saleswoman satisfying consumer demand. Even the word "adopt" is emotionally deceptive. You adopt children. You buy or are given animals.
"Rescue," observes one purebred dog owner friend, is the new social status symbol, conferring moral superiority upon the buyer - it feels better to have rescued than to have bought.
To be polite, some in the dog rescue crowd are rather invested in dogs. To be less polite, they are absolutely dog-obsessed and prefer the company of canines to humans.
This is where importing "rescue" dogs becomes more about the dog rescuer than anyone else and it's designed to play into the popular myth that we have a problem with "pet overpopulation."
Leaving cats out of this - there are huge feral cat population problems - dog over-population is not an insurmountable issue inside many cities which have effectively promoted spayneuter programs.
While socially dysfunctional and poor communities often have unwanted dogs - Saskatchewan's north certainly does - many reputable small breeders have been squeezed by animal rights activist campaigns that target commercial dog breeding and create the perception that only sales from animal shelters and rescue groups are acceptable.
This can lead, according to lawyer Nancy Halpern, also a veterinarian and New Jersey's former director of animal health, to "retail rescue," where the demand for dogs through rescue channels can result in animals being imported, sometimes from uncertain, unethical and commercial "puppy mills." There is one more nagging concern in all this talk of "pet rescue."
What if just a tiny fraction of the time, effort, money and heart that went into dog rescue was put into "rescuing" young kids in the inner city? Imagine the possibilities. The sad part is that for some people - bananas for all things dog rescue - a dog will not phone at three in the morning when a family member beats them up or takes their stuff.
All a dog will do is love, unconditionally.
And this makes the dog rescuers feel better. About themselves. The SPCA and Humane Society, which do challenging work, openly admit that one day they would love to put themselves out of business. Can the same be said for some of the pet rescuers?"

 1 March 2015
- A Navy SEAL's 5 Tips to Train Your Dog
A Navy SEAL's 5 Tips to Train Your Dog

 13 February 2015
If you've never heard of "dog flipping," you're not alone - but the act of stealing dogs, purchasing them from backyard breeders, or getting them "for free" online and then selling them for a profit has seen a frightening rise in recent years. ...Pet theft - and pet flipping - is big business. And with the ease of rehoming animals online, incidents only look to increase. According to Katie Pemberton of the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County, some dog breeds can be re-sold for $1,000 to $2,000. According to Lisa Peterson from the American Kennel Club, reports of stolen dogs between 2012 to 2013 increased by a whopping 33 percent nationwide. Peterson stated: This year, the trend that weТre seeing is dog flipping. People are finding dogs for sale or lost dogs and are taking those dogs, claiming to be their owners and turning around and selling them over the internet as their own for quick profit. Clearly the criminals have found yet another way to get dogs without actually having to steal them directly from the owners.Ф...
Keep your dogs safe and watched at all times when outside.

 4 February 2015
- My writing mojo is almost back...


 1 October 2014
- Beautiful either way.

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 15 September 2014
- Black pack.

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- Always ready!

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 15 September 2014
- Dobie butts - what can be better...

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 5 September 2014
- A "yoga" way to sleep...

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 29 August 2014
- Sweet dreams.

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 20 August 2014
- Where are your donations going? "State Rep. Sheila But, RЦColumbia, announced this week she has called on TennesseeТs Attorney General to launch an investigation into the fundraising practices of the Humane Society of the United States following reports of deceptive fundraising tactics by the organization over the last several years. The call by Representative Butt follows a subpoena issued to HSUS by OklahomaТs attorney general for the same reason. ButtТs letter also asks the attorney general to immediately issue a Уconsumer alertФ to raise public awareness about the groupТs potential fundraising abuses. УThe Humane Society of the United States is using deceitful advertising to attract donors to contribute to a worthy cause, and then using those donations to pay their inflated salaries and promote a liberal, anti-agriculture agenda,Ф Butt said in an emailed press release. УI cannot sit and watch the deceptive attempts of HSUS to kill Tennessee jobs and traditions through subversive anti-agriculture campaigns paid for by Tennesseans who believe they are helping cats and dogs.Ф..... NAIA News

 6 July 2014
- If your first question is how long before the puppy is house trained, you are not ready for a puppy.

 1 July 2014
- Attached is a new report that states the Meurs DCM test might not be relevant to the European dobermann. This would suggest that in addition to appearance the American and European dobermanns have 'drifted apart' in many other ways.
Animal Genetics

 1 June 2014
- A genetic bottleneck is an evolutionary event in which a significant percentage of a population or species is killed or otherwise prevented from reproducing, and the population is reduced by 50% or more.
I love reviewing show results. It's very important to keep track of new breedings and what they produce.
Below are results of one dog show in Germany. I'm only leaving the parents' names as that's what is important.
Youth class:
(Ale'Alamos del Citone - Stella v. Klingbach)
(Pride of Russia Odin - Armani v. Hohenzollern)
Intermediate class:
(Wizard of Oz de Grande Vinko - Quirina de Grande Vinko)
Open class:
(Orson v. Nemesis - Roxanne dei Nobili Nati)
(Pride of Russia Odin - Anja v. Zarowmoor)
(Hilo v. Nemesis - Jacira v. Nemesis)
(Arrow v.h. Wantij - Dakota v. Residenzschloss)
(A'Condor v. Residenzschloss - Thiatacara v. Residenzschloss)
Working class:
(Grand Mollis Armani - Eska v.d. Donauhoeve)
(Rondovaldez v. Residenzschloss - Eria Pro Fioreture)
Youth class:
(Ale'Alamos del Citone - Stella v. Klingbach)
Intermediate class:
(Pride of Russia Odin - Armani v. Hohenzollern)
(Mitto del Nasi - Zemic's Arwen)
(A'Condor v. Residenzschloss - Ambrosia Halit Pasa)
Champion class:
(Hilo v. Nemesis - Senta v.d. Ritterburg)
Youth class:
(Ale'Alamos del Citone - Stella v. Klingbach)
(A'Condor v. Residenzschloss - Safira from Lipar Land)
(Ale'Alamos del Citone - Ophelia v. Nemesis)
Intermediate class:
(Sanramiro v. Residenzschloss - Rina v. Residenzschloss)
(Orson v. Nemesis - Vilja v. Klingbach)
Open class:
(A'Condor v. Residenzschloss - Fenya v.d. Donauhoeve)
Youth class:
(Ale'Alamos del Citone - Stella v. Klingbach)
(Orson v. Nemesis - Novalis v. Nemesis)
(Ale'Alamos del Citone - Ophelia v. Nemesis)
Intermediate class:
(Pride of Russia Odin - Armani v. Hohenzollern)
Open class:
(Pride of Russia Kaspij - Armani v. Hohenzollern)
Working class:
(Ale'Alamos del Citone - Irinland Oympia)
(Orson v. Nemesis - Stella v. Klingbach)
(Fedor del Nasi - Zemic's Arwen)
29 dogs. Studded by:
* Ale'Alamos del Citone - 7 dogs
* Pride of Russia Odin - 4 dogs
* Orson v. Nemesis - 4 dogs
* A'Condor v. Residenzschloss - 4 dogs.

This just looks like very limited breeding. With thousands of males in Europe, just 4 sires =19 out of 29 dogs at one show.
Okay, maybe these studs are outstanding breed specimens. That's definitely a good reason to spread their genes but eventually there will be just too many of their offspring and not enough genetic diversity for their progeny to carry on.

Now, let's dig a lil deeper.

Pride of Russia Odin - Fedor del Nasi III generation.

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Orson von Nemesis - Fedor del Nasi II generation.

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A'Condor vom Residenzschloss - Fedor del Nasi II generation.

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Mitto del Nasi - Fedor del Nasi III generation.

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Pride of Russia Kaspij - Fedor del Nasi II generation.

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Ale Alamos del Citone - Gino Gomez III generation. A-litter del Citone IV generation

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Hilo v. Nemesis - Gino Gomez IV generation x2.

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Arrow v.h. Wantij - Gino Gomez IV generation.

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Grand Mollis Armani - Gino Gomez IV generation.
Rondovaldez v. Residenzschloss - Gino Gomez IV generation. A-litter del Citone IV generation.

As we see, most studs fall into two groups, either Gino Gomez del Citone or Fedor del Nasi, two of the most popular European studs in the 90's and 00's. Of course, they had a great impact on the development of the breed. But at some point, the breeder needs to stop and maybe instead of going straight to the next championship title, take a turn and try something new and fresh.
I personally find it troubling that most of the dogs presented were either Gino Gomez or Fedor offspring. There is no interest in such breeding for me as a breeder. We need more diversity!

So, going back to my first paragraph: "A genetic bottleneck is an event in which a significant percentage of a population or species is killed or otherwise prevented from reproducing".
I think this what we are doing: by breeding the same bloodlines from within we are killing the breed.

 26 May 2014
- PETA/HSUS et al. propaganda... (www.ncraoa.com)

One cat and its offspring can produce 420,000 cats in seven years (source: PETA and multiple humane society websites)
After a six-year study and daily observation of a feral cat colony, it has been documented that stray female cats start cycling when they are 4 - 6.9 months old, (2) or as soon as the days are long enough. January and February are the start of the kitten season, with the litters born in March and April. These cats have an average of 2.1 litters per year of 4.25 kittens.(3) Forty-two percent of the kittens will die by the age of two months of natural causes.(4) Many more will end up at the shelter. Those who escape early death and the shelter go on to be prolific bearers of kittens over their short life span of approximately three years.(5)
Taking the mortality into account, along with birth and death rates, the average stray female will have 5.25 litters in her lifetime, encompassing 22.3 kittens. At age two months there should be 12.9 survivors, roughly six females and seven males (at maturity, roughly 2/3 of the stray cat population is male,(6) due to the high mortality of females during first pregnancy and birth), which will decrease to four females over time. These six females will go on to have their 22 surviving kittens each.
Realistically, over 12 years one unspayed female with all her unspayed female offspring can reasonably be expected to be responsible for over 3200 kittens if there is no human intervention. cfa.org/articles/trap-alter-release.html

One female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 dogs in six years. (source: PETA and multiple humane organization websites)
This projection for production of dog offspring is just as absurd as the projection for a cat and its offspring listed above. The 67,000 projection is dependent on the presumption that every animal concerned becomes pregnant and reproduces each cycle through its life, that each of its progeny lives, and also reproduces each and every cycle through its life, and that all progeny are female.

The public health epidemic of dog bites is due in part to uncontrolled breeding of pets. (Source: HSUS website)
---The incidence and frequency of dog attacks has remained relatively consistent over the last century, regardless of the popularity or involvement of certain breeds of dogs. National Canine Research Council
---Dogs bite kids. Why? Most often it is because children unknowingly demonstrate inappropriate behavior toward dogs that frightens or upsets them, and the dogs instinctively react to protect themselves. Many children have never been taught that there is a polite and safe way to approach and pet a dog. Many parents have never considered that children must be taught that correct behavior around pets matters. NCRAOA
---The supposed epidemic numbers of dog bites splashed across the media are absurdly inflated by dubious research and by counting bites that don't actually hurt anyone. Even when dogs do injure people, the vast majority of injuries are at the Band-Aid level. Dogs Bite: But Balloons and Slippers Are More Dangerous by Janis Bradley

Mixed-breed dogs are healthier. They aren't as likely to have inherited problems.
Dog breeds were created, selected and bred to perform specific functions. Selecting desirable traits and eliminating others, breeders created their ideal appearance and behavior. IsnТt it therefore logical that mixed-breeds resulting from purebred crosses carry the same faults and virtues, and to some degree the same inherited disorders?
All animals carry genetic defects, and all genetic departures from health are not equal. All are not life threatening; some genetic faults can be corrected with minor surgery or controlled by good management and medication.
G.Padgett, DVM, a leading canine geneticist, lists genetic diseases in his book, Control of Canine Genetic Diseases published by Howell Book House, 1998, ISBN: 0-87605-004-6. Appendix 1 of the book "Genetic Disease Predisposition by Breed, (page 189)" provides some interesting information regarding mixed breeds vs. purebreds.

1. There are 532 genetic diseases listed in the book, which are spread out among fifteen diagnostic categories
2. There is however some difficulty in differentiating diseases with more than one mode of inheritance.
3. The number of diseases per breed varies strikingly

Quoting from the text regarding instances of genetic diseases:
"The largest number of dogs in the United States consists of those of mixed breeding (mutts, curs, crossbreeds and so on), and as would be expected since they contain mixtures of most, if not all, breeds, they have far and away the most diseases. These dogs are reported to have 220 diseases."
"The breed with the most diseases reported is the Poodle (all three sizes), with 145, and as you will see, there are many breeds with over 100." (Breeds and their diseases are listed in the appendix.)

Every puppy or kitten born costs a shelter animal its life. (Multiple Sources including Best Friends Forum and Pet Finders Forums)
This statement has many variations, such as Уbreeders kill shelter animalsФ and УdonТt breed donТt buy while shelter animals dieФ.

The purpose of the statement is to vilify breeders and to instill guilt in anyone who prefers to buy from a breeder rather than adopt from a shelter. While purchasing a surrendered dog or cat from a shelter is worthy, it might not be the best route for everyone. Plenty of shelter animals are happy and trainable, but there are also some that come with СbaggageТ and need either an experienced or a determined owner. Purebred dogs and cats have specific and predictable traits. Knowing these and selecting the right match can be a better fit.

According to Gary Patronek VMD, PhD - Center for Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine - the reluctance to shift from an emphasis on alleged overpopulation to a multi-faceted strategy to prevent shelter euthanasia is based on several factors, including:
* Regional imbalances in puppy numbers Ч although some areas of the country import puppies to meet the demand, others do have a surplus;
* An inability to abandon the idea that the breeding of a puppy that was wanted is somehow linked with the death of that dog in a shelter when it became unwanted;
* A lack of recognition that dog and cat problems are different, and a tendency to equate the huge number of unwanted kittens with a dwindling number of unwanted puppies;
* Deeply held beliefs that breeding is wrong.

 24 May 2014

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 14 May 2014
- CM Atlas, new pictures: CANIS MAXIMUS Atlas - European Doberman

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 13 May 2014
- New pictures of Eragon. Maturing:
CANIS MAXIMUS - European Doberman Remijaguare ERAGON

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 15 April 2014
- What is rickets and why do you need to know about it?

Rickets is an ailment that occurs in dogs when they are not receiving the correct allocation of nutrients, such as vitamins A, D, E or calcium. Left untreated, rickets can result in skeletal abnormalities, such as bowed legs, pelvic deformities and spinal curvature.

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Vitamin D is stored in your dog's liver but it can also be produced in your dog by sunlight and is often referred to as the sunshine vitamin. When your dog is exposed to sunlight the ultra violet rays convert the vitamin D precursors into the active form of the vitamin, and conversion process starts in your dogs outer layers of their skin. The conversion process from nutrients occurs when your pets system pulls the small amounts of Vitamin D it gets from their diet from their liver, and than transfers it into the kidney. If everything is functioning properly it than acts as a hormone in that it will regulate the levels of calcium and phosphate that goes to your dogs bone and skeletal structure.

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If there are conditions existing in your pets body that reduce the digestion or absorption process, it will decrease the ability of your pet to pull and absorb it from the intestines. That is why sunlight is so critical to this process; your pet must get enough sunshine to prevent rickets in dogs.

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This vitamins major role in your pet is to regulate the levels of calcium and phosphorus in their body. Most all dogs love to lay in the sunshine even on very hot days as it is a natural instinct for them. If they lack enough sunshine several things start to happen. If the blood levels of calcium and phosphate becomes low in your dog, other hormones in their body react and release the minerals from the bones into the bloodstream, and the result of this is rickets. However, there may be one other cause. The parathyroid glands may increase its functioning process to try to make up for the minerals that are leaving the bone and going to the bloodstream, and the result is that even more of the mineral content is lost as the bones try to reabsorb them. The parathyroid glands are four small glands and your dog has two on each side of their neck. Their main function is to regulate the balance of calcium and phosphorus in your pet's body. Rickets in dogs may also be caused by a deficiency of calcium and phosphorus, but that is extremely rare.

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Rickets is common in puppy mill dogs due to lack of necessary nutrients.

Here is a picture of a puppy with a curved paw.

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I wouldn't necessarily classify this as rickets because this usually goes away within a week or so. I'd say this is due to uneven growth and increased activity level as the puppy grows. I sometimes see this in puppies that start adding mass in their overall body but the length of their legs hasn't caught up yet, so there is just too much weight on the front legs.

Rickets can be treated and prevented easily. You just need to be able to recognize the symptoms!

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 10 April 2014
- By Dr. Becker
Why Feeding Raw Meat Alone Causes Problems

Unfortunately, a growing number of well-meaning pet owners are confusing balanced, species-appropriate nutrition with feeding hunks of raw muscle meat to their dog or cat. Although fresh meat is a good source of protein and some minerals, it doesn't represent a balanced diet.
In my practice, I'm seeing an increasing number of pets with skeletal problems, organ failure and endocrine abnormalities caused by dietary deficiencies of essential nutrients.

Wild canines and felines eat nearly all the parts of their prey, including small bones, internal organs, blood, brain, eyes, tongue and other tasty treats. Many of these parts of prey animals provide important nutrients for dogs and cats. This is how carnivores in the wild nutritionally balance their diets.
An exclusive diet of raw chicken muscle meat is lacking the minimum requirements for a number of vital nutrients as established by AAFCO. These include potassium, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, iodine, and vitamins A, D, E, B-12 and choline, the essential fatty acid ratio (omega 6s to omega 3s) is unbalanced, and there's a complete lack of phytonutrients, antioxidants and enzymes.

When your dog or cat is fed only muscle meat, he's missing out on a variety of essential nutrients and sooner or later, he'll develop serious health problems as a result. Some conditions brought on by nutritional deficiencies can be corrected through diet, others cannot.
And don't make the mistake of thinking all you need to do is throw a few fresh veggies in the bowl to make up the difference. Balancing your pet's food to provide optimal nutrition is a bit more complex.

How to Make Sure You're Feeding Balanced Nutrition to Your Cat or Dog

There should be four primary components in a nutritional program for your dog or cat, including:

* Meat, including organs
* Veggie and fruit puree
* Homemade vitamin and mineral mix
* Beneficial additions like probiotics, digestive enzymes, and super green foods (these aren't required to balance the diet, but can be beneficial for vitality)
A healthy dog's diet should contain about 75 percent meat/organs/bones and 25 percent veggies/fruit (this mimics the GI contents of prey, providing fiber and antioxidants as well). For healthy kitties, the mix should be about 88 percent meat/organs/bones and 12 percent veggies.

Fresh, whole food provides the majority of nutrients pets need, and a micronutrient vitamin/mineral mix takes care of the deficiencies that do exist, namely iron, copper, manganese, zinc, iodine, vitamin D, folic acid, taurine and Biotin (for cats).

Keep in mind that just because nutritional deficiencies aren't obvious in your pet doesn't mean they don't exist. A considerable amount of research has gone into determining what nutrients dogs and cats need to survive. At a minimum, you do a disservice to your pet by taking a casual approach to insuring he receives all the nutrients he requires for good health. The kitten who is the subject of this article is a good example of a pet whose breeder meant well and didn't see any immediate damage to the animal, yet the kitten became acutely ill on the raw chicken-only diet.

If you're preparing homemade food for your pet, I can't emphasize enough the importance of insuring the diet you feed is nutritionally balanced. It doesn't matter whose recipe you follow, but it does matter that it's balanced. You can accomplish this by using balanced pet food recipes you prepare at home, or by feeding commercially available pet food that meets the minimum standards set forth by NRC, AAFCO and/or the ancestral diet analysis.

A Word about AAFCO

Although I don't agree with many of the positions AAFCO takes on nutrition-related topics, and I feel there is room for significant improvement within this organization, at least they have identified the minimum level of critical nutrients needed to sustain life in dogs and cats. Sadly, some pet owners are unaware of these basic requirements, and pets suffer because of it.

It would be excellent if AAFCO continued to work on their recommendations, including digestibility and bioavailability of the ingredients in pet food, as well as optimal levels of nutrients and ceilings for recommended supplementation.

So while AAFCO leaves much to be desired in terms of establishing the ideal nutrient levels required for pets to thrive, I am thankful that in the U.S. there is an agency tasked with identifying the basic nutrients required for animals to survive. Many countries have no such advisory board, and too many animals succumb to unnecessary nutritional deficiencies.

 2 April 2014
- Signs of cancer. The earlier cancer is caught the better.

#10 Lumps and Bumps
#9 Abnormal Odors
#8 Abnormal Discharges
#7 Non-Healing Wounds
#6 Weight Loss
#5 Change in Appetite
#4 Coughing or Difficulty Breathing
#3 Lethargy or Depression
#2 Changes in Bathroom Habits
#1 Evidence of Pain

 25 March 2014
- Winter just won't go away.

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 20 March 2014
- I am usually black... But not today.

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 1 March 2014
- How to trim nails.

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 25 February 2014
- Good and bad foods for the dog.

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 15 February 2014
- Ready for travel.

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 10 February 2014
- Loading up on food, kids come as a bonus.

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 8 February 2014
- Borrowing this pictures from the POR website. This photo is a perfect illustration of a) why people own dogs (loyalty, adoration, love, affection, attachment and connection between a k9 and a human), and b)why people own Dobermans (beauty, intelligence, elegance, obedience).

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 29 January 2014
- SPAY/NEUTER video! Everybody needs to watch!!!! Juvenile spay leads to irreversible health problems!

Info: Veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker (holistic vet) formerly worked as a euthanasia technician in an animal shelter before she began her private practice. Dr. Becker was adamant about spaying and neutering all pets, preferably before their first heat cycle. Until she saw first-hand the damage that was causing to the health and welfare of her patients. This is a video that you MUST watch. Grab a cuppa, silence your phone and settle in for a presentation filled with compelling facts and figures.

 26 January 2014
- New Doberman sub-type.

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 25 January 2014
- Great article that explains genetics behind hereditary diseases. Good info for everyone.
It pretty much proves what I've intuitively tried to explain. So, breeding principles should include:
1. More diversity. Careful inbreeding.
2. Breed to studs that have reached at least 9, or have parents both of which are 9 and older.
3. Improve, improve, improve. And not just the looks.
But as long as the buyers prefer everything big: big head, big chest, big bone - over the genetic health, not much is going to change.
The article also makes a good point about the role of breed clubs and registries in enforcing breeding principles and rules. None of which is done by any dog organizations in the US unlike FCI countries (Europe, etc).

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 18 January 2014
- Good stuff! Yummy treats. Ingredients: chicken fillet, vegetable glycerin. That's it.

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 17 January 2014
- Puppy or adult?
Puppies are cute, cuddly and full of antics. Hopefully, that helps carry you both through the period when puppies pee in the house, surf kitchen counters, dig holes, jump up on people, chew your favorite possessions, run away and other annoying puppy habits! Puppies need a substantial investment of time and training for their first two years to become happy, well-adjusted adults you'll enjoy having underfoot. If you have the time to devote to raising a puppy, this can be a joyful and bonding experience.
On the other hand, adult dogs have received housebreaking and household manners training. Their temperament and habits are formed and thus predictable. They are fully vaccinated, and usually have some obedience and leash training.

 16 January 2014
- What responsible breeders really do:

 15 January 2014
- Socializing @Petsmart.

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 12 January 2014
- Truth about dogs, breeding, breeders, animal rights 'terrorists', shelters and more. Everything you need to know. Don't donate to HSUS or APSCA after their tear-jerking mailers or ads. Donate to your government sponsored, your county shelter. Or to a breed specific rescue group. Money better spent.
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 4 January 2014
- What determines the dog's temperament? Is personality determined by nature or by nurture? There are 2 factors: genetics AND environment. The breed determines some of the genetics a dog will inherit, still you can have a litter of puppies with all different personalities. Specific dog breeds have certain genetic temperament traits that are passed from generation to generation, just as they have certain physical traits. How a dog is treated, especially in the first few months of life, is also a big determining factor. For example, regardless of breed temperament, a dog who is raised by his mother, properly weaned and socialized will be much more easy-going, trusting and stable than a dog whoТs been kept in a cage from a very young age.
Genetics: Dog breeds are created -- as they have been throughout history -- by selecting for certain physical and temperament traits. Subsequent generations are bred for these same traits until undesirable traits are bred out, genetic variability is reduced and the dogs Уbreed trueФ -- that is, puppies from any male or female of the same breed will possess the desirable traits.
Environment: The period of socialization is critical in terms of its crucial importance in producing a friendly companion dog. After the eyes and ears have opened, the pup is literally bombarded with new and intriguing stimuli and experiences, which exert a maximal and long-lasting effect on shaping the dog's future personality and temperament. However, the socialization period is not critically restricted. In any young animal, the earlier the experience, the more crucial its role in the development of the adult's future temperament. And so is the case with dogs.

 3 January 2014
- Why cold is good for your dog:
1. First of all, cold kills off disease-mongering insects and microorganisms. Fleas don't live long in the cold. Neither do some intestinal parasites. For instance, freezing temperature destroys coccidia within an hour or less. Heartworm-carrying mosquitoes don't live in the cold either. And it takes roughly a month of consistent warmth for the heartworms to start reproducing.
2. Second, cold fine-tunes the response of your dog's body to diseases. Lower (not extreme) temperatures and the sun will do your pup a lot of good. Now, the dog should be kept active when it's cold and not allowed to stay outside long. Despite their thick fur, extreme low temperatures can cause a dog's body temperature to fall, leading to hypothermia. If sustained, low body temperature may lead to several complications and even become fatal. At a rectal temperature of less than
28∞C (82∞F), the ability to regain normal temperature is lost, but the animal will continue to survive if external heat is applied and the temperature returns to normal. Hypothermia can be prevented by avoiding prolonged exposure to cold temperatures.

 1 December 2013
- Too tired to take the toy out of the mouth.

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 28 November 2013
- 100 years of breed improvement... or destruction?
"100 years of breed"

 26 November 2013
- Very interesting thoughts on breeding, breed clubs, selling and advertising.
"The scandal of marketing purebred dogs"

 25 November 2013
- How much does a puppy cost.... Article (link).
"How much does a puppy cost"

 23 November 2013
- Baron the Watchdog.

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 22 November 2013
- JFK and Doberman.

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 17 November 2013
- Tired of waiting @health clinic. Price tag for half of required health testing for 2 dobes =$550.

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 7 November 2013
- Chicken treats = Happy dogs.

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 3 November 2013
- I'm cool like that :)

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 2 November 2013
- Yummy stuff.

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 27 October 2013
- Dog food reviews:

 25 October 2013
- Before and after :)

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 3 October 2013
- "Gotta love dogs"

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 24 September 2013
- "Who doesn't?!" Was the answer to my "Do you plan on breeding?" And then me not giving breeding rights was called a monopoly.

 23 September 2013
- An online post: "This is a post we all hate to make, I have lost my wonderful (...) he would have been 13 in December. (...) He was

diagnosed with DCM four and half years ago but he did not die from it..."

I'm no scientist but there must be a longevity gene or something, otherwise how would DCM affected dobermans, dobermans from at least one DCM parents (which is enough to get it as well) last that long? And would you or should you breed a dog in this case? Many of the breeders consider dogs that crossed the 10-year mark "clear" but are they really "clear" if there is evidence that one of the parents was affected or died suddently or suspiciously early? And if we know that there is such a parent but the dog still pulled to the old age, there must be something in the genotype that allowed this to happen, and won't we want to keep that as a counter-measure to early deaths, eventhough the DCM gene or genes are present in both cases?

* CH. Santa Julf Viva-la-Vita (10y.o.-)

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* CH. S'Lichobor Tigris (13)

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* CH. Teraline Aurora (11.5)

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* CH. BMW Bavaria iz Zoosfery (13)

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* CH. Punsh iz Doma Domeni (11y.o.-)

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* CH. Smart Wood Hills Elisir (almost 12)

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 21 September 2013
- Dobes 4ever!

 19 September 2013
- Stumbled upon these pics from 2-3 years ago.

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 18 September 2013
- Rough remarks on the latest in the European Doberman World:

 15 September 2013
- If this is not the embodiment of Doberman beauty, I don't know what is. CM Marvellous...

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 11 September 2013
- And IDC 2013 is oficially over. Here are the big-time winners.

IDC Sieger 2013 black - Orson v. Nemesis
(Fedor del Nasi - Helena v. Nemesis)

IDC Sieger 2013 brown - Grand Mollis Armani
(Teraline Indigo - Sant Kreal Monna Liza)

IDC Siegerin 2013 black - Wita del Monte Aspro
(Vaydee Jungle Beat - Hellectra)

IDC Siegerin 2013 brown - Havana dei Due Intenti
(Red Rascal del Fiorsilva - Hophelia dei Due Intenti)

Youth IDC Sieger 2013 - Toscano del Diamante Nero
(Urbano del Diamante Nero - Clara del Diamante Nero)

Youth IDC Sieger 2013 - Aguirre v. Westwall
(Orson v. Nemesis - Stella v. Klingbach)

Youth IDC Siegerin 2013 - J'Adore Gucci v. Nobel Line
(Purgaj's Porsche di Altobello - Beckers Mystique v. Nobel Line)

Youth IDC Siegerin 2013 - Dorothea v. Nibulengenring
(Orson v. Nemesis - Vilija v. Klingbach)

In my humble opinion, the well deserved victory belongs to Armani.

 10 September 2013
- Really bad news for the Doberman breed. From facebook:
"On 6 September 2013 at the IDC 2012 congress it has been decided that the breed standard is due to change... for worst. Take a deep breath and sit down: Starting from 1.1.2015 dobermann will become and all-natural breed - no more cropping and docking! Even if you're from a county that allows it. In fact, if you're from a county that allows it you can still do it but you can't compete at FCI dog shows (which basically means you can't compete at any show). Just like many things that are considered flaws according to dobermann standard (and if present they will decrease the score), there are some things that will totally prevent a dog from being judged, called disqualifying faults (like missing testicles in males, yellow eye, missing teeth, white spots on coat)...and now cropped ears and docked tail will also be considered a disqualifying fault. There's no need to guess what will become of dobermann breed, one should only look at what happened to the countries, that once ruled the dobermann world, since they introduced docking/cropping ban. Yes, maybe looks aren't everything and people that already have a dobermann know how to appreciate a magnificent character that they have but it's hard to imaging that the new generations seeking a canine companion will settle for something that hardly resembles an image of a dobermann that they have in their mind. In our collective mind there's just room for one image of this dog and I bet it's not the variant with natural ears and tails."

That's very sad. What I think is going to happen:
1. Decrease in popularity.
2. Decrease in breeding quality.
3. Fewer showing dogs.
4. Possibly a high demand on cropped dogs from where they can be cropped.

 9 September 2013
- 10 most dangerous breeds (based on a 20-year long study by the AVMA). www.puppytoob.com... Doberman Pinscher Ц Known to be one of the most aggressive breeds of dogs ever, the Doberman Pinscher was one of the most recognizable dog breeds as they were used extensively as guard dogs. Dobermans accounted for 9 fatalities in the study but most deaths were caused in defense of their owners. In this study the Pit Bull stood far ahead of all the other breeds with 66 fatalities attributed to it." Rottweilers - 39. Shepherds - 17.

 7 September 2013
- I recommend.

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 6 September 2013
- Perfection...

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 5 September 2013
- Atlas - my future star.

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 3 September 2013
- Doberman of 1920's.

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 30 August 2013
- Daily walk.

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 28 August 2013
- Very funny set of photos I received today. "Baron waking up!"

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 21 August 2013
- Now I lay me down to sleep,
The king-size bed is soft and deep.
I sleep right in the center groove
My human being can hardly move!
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No one disturbs me or dares intrude
Till morning comes and "I want food!"
I sneak up slowlyto begin
my nibbles on my human`s chin.
She wakes quicky,
I have sharp teeth -
I`m a puppy, don`t you see?
For the morning`s here
and it`s time to play
I always seem to get my way.
So thank you Lord for giving me
This human person that I see.
The one who hugs and holds me tight
And shares her bed with me at night! -Unknown-

 19 August 2013
- Aru came for a visit:

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 18 August 2013
- CM Marvellous...

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 17 August 2013
- The doberman is winning.

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 15 August 2013
- 15 August 2013
- While researching doberman pedigrees, I stumbled upon this one:
Jivago v.h. Wantij - Pedigree. Jivago was a very important dog, and died of cancer at almost 11.
If you look at his pedigree, you'd wonder how he could make it to such an old age while being inbred on a popular stud who died of DCM at 5 - Arrow von Harro's Berg . www.dobermannpedigrees.nl...
Every dog that dies of DCM is at least a DCM carrier, and its progeny will carry it no matter what, but they may not die of it.
Here is Arrow and his DCM legacy: several hundreds of progeny, including such other influential males and females that carried his DCM genes as Lara, Lord Lobo v.h. Wantij (Wantij kennel), Dea Dolores v. Neerlands Stamm (Neerlands Stamm kennel). Arrow was used by many well-known at that time kennels in Europe, including Royal Bell, Neerlands Stamm, Norden Stamm, Franchenhorst, Judifax, Hot ter Eeeckhout - kennels that shaped up the Doberman of today.
And when you start unfolding the pedigree lines, it's amazing what you can learn.
Arrow's progeny:
1. Son Lord Lobo v.h. Wantij - numerous progeny.
- through his son Sirius Royal Bell - kennels Aurachgrund, Utgard, Tafelrunde (working lines).
- through his son Sikko Royal Bell - Russian breeding in mid-90s'.
- through daughter Ria Royal Bell - great influence on Residenzschloss breeding program. She produced 4 very important for this kennel litters. However, the kennel crossed this line with another DCM-affected line of del Citone. But that's another story.
- through son Rambo Royal Bell - kennels Royal Bell, Flashived, di Matario, Gebrannten Walde. Rambo produced Dallas Royal Bell who had a decent life span and had great influence on French breeding. Dallas produced Skay Dallas de Lea Modena who was inbred on Rambo (grandsire on both sides) and who was used in French breeding quite often and who died at 5. Why did he die at 5?
- through daughter S'Lichobor Svesdochka - she produced stunning S'Lichobor Fantom, widely used in Russia. He died young.
2. Son Lorenzo Macho v.h. Wantij - a hundred pups produced for sure.
3. Daughter Latoya v.h. Wantij - 5 litters in Hof ter Eeckhout kennel. Interesting thing, Latoya's son, Scandal v. Hof ter Eeckhout (father Machico, who was son of Arrow's sister - Arabella, thus having Arrow-Arabella on both sides of the pedigree) lived to be 13.
How is this possible with such background?
4. This one will be personal. Daughter Judifax Beau Kantjil - her daughter Judifax Gadis Gigi - her son Graaf Onno v. Neerlands Stam was imported to Russia, he was the sire of my first doberman and he died in the air while trying to catch a ball. RIP. And that's how DCM slowly creeped into Eastern bloodlines. Even though Eastern European lines weren't as fancy looking as Western European dobermans, their life span was considerably longer. Irreversible damage right there.
5. Daughter Hischja Les Deux Peupliers - 5 litters, Les Deux Peupliers kennel. Why was this dog important? She produced Rafale Les Deux Peupliers www.dobermannpedigrees.nl... . A gorgeous male whose most famous litter was bred in Russian "Smart Wood Hills" - the Yu-Litter, marking the beginning of a successful breeding program. One of the females, Yuola, was bred to Jivago, making it Arrow x3 in the pedigree, producing a champion dog named Taiger. A beautiful dog, almost made it to 10. Another surprising fact, with all the DCM in the line, Yuola was bred to famous Tigr (sudden death at 4 or 5). One of the pups, Marusja , lived to be 12. How is this possible? Yuksi was bred to Shogun v. Roveline and produced stunning Raviol z Zoosfery (not very long lived). Raviol was bred to short-lived, DCM carrier Alfa Adelante del Citone. This breeding resulted in Elisir , Esmir, Ebony. Esmir was widely used in Russia, and Elisir made it to almost 12 and shaped up Doberman population in Finland (Kriegerhof kennel).
6. Daughter Lara v.h. Wantij - important female in Wantij kennel. Died at
7. Produced 4 litters, including legendary Jivago v.h. Wantij (11) , who sired hundreds of puppies.
Now, Arrow's mother was Vitesse v. Franckenhorst, died at 9. Vitess produced Arrow (DCM) and another important multi-CH male, Baron Bryan v. Harro's Berg (11 years) . How is possible that one female with a relatively short life and DCM in the background produced a DCM dog and a long lived dog? Different sires? But Baron Bryan's grandsire, Alva v Franchenhorst , died of DCM at 8, his sire Chico v. Forell died of DCM at 10, and his sire Odin v. Forell died of DCM at 5! And now we are going back to the 1960's, and DCM was there too. Chico and Odin being very important and widely used studs, having produced hundreds of progeny, which were also used further in breeding...
And Vitess' sister was Vivre Vivien v. Franckenhorst , died at 7. Vivre Vivien produced several very important dogs:
- Dexter - imported and successfully used in the USA.
- Golda - widely used at the kennel.
- Graf Guido , another legendary dog, World Champion, hundreds of breedings, sire of numerous champions.
- Ilane v. Franckenhorst (DCM).
- Dea Dolores, mother of legendary Quirinus.
Here is the story of the most influential stud of the 20th century -
Graaf Quirinius v. Neerlands Stamm . Died of old age, although DCM is traceable throughout his pedigree. He lived long, he produced long lived progeny and was widely used. www.dobermann-review.com... . Quirinus sired an incredible amount of puppies. It's hard to find a bloodline without Quirinus in it. And he is considered long-lived. And guess what? He is the grandson of above-mentioned Arrow v. Harro's berg (DCM). And not only that. His paternal grandsire, Don Dayan v. Franchenhorst, supposedly died of DCM - back to those v. Forell dogs.
Bottom line is, you can't take away DCM from the Doberman breed. It was bred into the breed. Some people say if you want a DCM-clear puppy, look for a pedigree of 3 generations that are DCM-free. Well, if you find one, let me know...
I think the goal should be to accumule long-lived dogs as many as possible but if there is someone with DCM out there in the background, it doesn't mean you should run away from such a dog/puppy. The bloodline might be so diluted that chances of not getting DCM are higher than average or in most other pedigrees. And that's the solution - dilution. History shows that you can get a long-lived dog out of a DCM parent, or get rid of it in just 2 generations. So, if we only use studs that are closer to 10 or come out of parents that crossed the 10-year mark, that'd get us to the problem solution faster than waiting for a scientific gene test... IMHO

 26 July 2013
- One flea can become 1000 on your dog within just three weeks!

 24 July 2013
- This thing fell off the sky. Right into the middle of the field.

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 13 July 2013
- Why Do People Breed Dogs?
By Chester Duke
Mar 28, 2006.
You see them on TV all of the time; people showing dogs in shows. But who are those people? Are they lunatics or fanatics? The dog people have a favorite joke about themselves. They say you don't have to be crazy to enjoy shows, but it certainly helps! This is because they actually go through many hardships and disappointments but still enjoy it and call it fun. It is one of the fascinating peculiarities of the dog game that the people who are thrown together in the pursuit of this sport are from so many different walks of life: dentists, carpenters, teachers, bankers, housewives, farmers, musicians, engineers, artists, industrialists, young and old, rich and poor, etc. All have the same desireЧto take home a blue ribbon.
Perhaps you wonder why they show dogs. You may even be interested in showing your dog as well. However, the the day may come when you will wonder why you ever decided to go in for something involving so much hard work and heartaches but so much sheer enjoyment! Well, why do they show dogs? There are many reasons, and here are a few:
First, we have the serious dog breeder. He makes a promise to himself to improve the breed in which he is interested, and he is anxious to compare his dogs with good competition, for it lets him know if he is on the right track in his breeding program. This is important. Many dogs look very good at home and only when they are compared with other good dogs can you see if they are better. Comparison is the material of which dog shows are made. Every dog looks good in the back yard, but how does he look in the ring? To the serious breeder, showing is important for another reason. It gives him a chance to let other breeders and fanciers see what he has accomplished. He may own an excellent specimen of the breed, one which would be very valuable particularly for his ability to sire exceptional puppies, but no one would know about him if he were not shown.
Then we have a group of people who look at the dog shows as a competitive and active sport. The dog game affords plenty of action but is not so strenuous as, let us say, skiing or tennis. As a matter of fact, there are a great many physically handicapped persons who show dogs successfully.
We have another group. A man buys as a pet or receives as a gift a puppy which turns out exceptionally well, and he is advised to show it. He does so, makes some nice wins, and the dog becomes a Champion. Very frequently this man is "bitten by the bug," he succumbs, he dreams about breeding his own Champion, he stays around and often becomes an important member of the first group, the serious breeder.

 6 July 2013
- Catch me if you can!

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 5 July 2013
- Quick brace technique. http://www.hoytt.com/ears/

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 3 July 2013
- My heart dog, Marvellous.

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 30 June 2013
- Our ears.

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 29 June 2013
- Doggie paradise! You can get these for less than $3 a bag with 4-5 pieces in each bag at a grocery store. Keeps teeth clean, dogs satisfied and occupied, and provides a good amount of nutrients. Read more about feeding raw bones here: allthebestpetcare.com/raw...

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 29 June 2013
- Bone broth. I use big beef bones for soup or just broth for the dogs.
Bone broth can be made from any animal with bones and the most popular soup bones include those of fish, chicken, turkey, beef, lamb and venison. The bones house a variety of powerful nutrients that become released when they are slowly simmered in water for a few hours. These nutrients include bone marrow which helps provide the raw materials for healthy blood cells and immune development.
Other valuable nutrients include collagen, gelatin, hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulfate, glycosamino glycans, proline, glycine, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. These all help with the development of healthy joints, bones, ligaments and tendons as well as hair and skin. These nutrients are considered beauty foods because they help the body with proper structural alignment and beautiful skin and hair.

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 27 June 2013
- Kuranda beds - the only beds that lasted longer than 2 weeks.

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 25 June 2013
- Health screenings for breeding.

Health screenings for breeding. WORD

 22 June 2013
- Baby going to Great Britain!

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 21 June 2013
- Congrats to the owners of Armani on becoming a World Winner! He is the grandsire of some of our past litters and the sire of a few past imports.
A perfect dog!

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 20 June 2013
- Longevity watch:

- Bojan vom Havelland, sire of our Precious, 8 years old
- Urbano del Diamante Nero, sire of our Eragon, grandsire of Shaherezada, 10 years old
- Pako Daker, sire of our Kadir, almost 8
- Sharon z Padoku, dam of our Kadir, almost 9
- Livonijas Baron Hitch Cock, sire of our Delberta, 9 years old
- Leo v. Marckischen Land, grandsire of Apollo and Janka, 9 years old
- Mustang iz Zoosfery, sire of two of our litters, 7.5 years old
- Draiv iz Zoosfery, sire of our N-Litter, 8 years old
http://www.dobermann-review.com/... , his dam BMW Bavaria iz Zoosfery - 12 years old.
- Amor Extra Moravak, great-grandsire of our A-Litter, 11 years old
Not bad at all!

 18 June 2013
- Fantastic video any working dog owner needs to watch:

First, it starts with a Sch-3 trial of a GSD. Beautiful work! And second, it gives a great tutorial on how to play with a young puppy to prepare it for future work.

 17 June 2013
- A great series of training videos:
"Schutzhund with Gottfried Dildei":
1.Correction: http://www.youtube.com/...
2.Advanced Obedience http://www.youtube.com/...
3.Agitation: http://www.youtube.com/...
4.Basic Obedience: http://www.youtube.com/...
5.Problem Solving in Tracking: http://www.youtube.com/...
6.Tracking: http://www.youtube.com/...
7.Protection: http://www.youtube.com/...

 30 May 2013
- Awesome video on DCM in Dobermans. In German (with subtitles). All you need to know about the Doberman plague. http://www.youtube.com/...

 29 May 2013
- Wobblers and Dobermans.
4. I cried:http://www.youtube.com/...

 25 May 2013
- Meet the breed. Brief but very true. Great video for a novice dog owner or somebody considering this breed: http://www.youtube.com/...

 3 May 2013
- Escapees :)

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 26 April 2013
- Still hungry.

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 23 April 2013
- Apollo's sire and brothers in Germany. Daddy looking great!

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 20 April 2013
- Eragon...

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 19 April 2013
- Our breeding: Tavrida. Monumental girl.

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 12 April 2013
- friends??

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 18 March 2013
- I am copying an online post which I, personally, found very interesting and useful: "I don't give my dogs typical heartworm preventative and I do have them tested frequently. Standard heartworm medicine prescribed to prevent heartworm works by stopping already established baby heartworms (microfilaria) from becoming adults. The heartworm medicine kills the microfilaria that is already circulating in the dog's system (previously injected by mosquitoes). These heartworm prevention drugs contain chemical insecticides which have toxic side-effects and over time can cause serious health risks. The toxins weaken the dog's immune system because it recognizes the chemicals as poison. A dog's body works hard to eliminate the toxins and as a result the major organs (liver and kidneys) are taxed. Many experts believe that the long-term use of heartworm prevention drugs is a link in the chain of diseases such as arthritis, liver and kidney diseases, skin allergies, cancer, and many types of degenerative problems. Instead I use holistic supplements and herbs that have anti-parasitic properties that discourage mosquitoes, fleas and ticks. During heavy bug season I use a squirt bottle and mist my dogs with a blend of oils which repels fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. I also try to keep my dogs' blood in a healthy enough condition that the mosquitoes don't want it.
There is a holistic heartworm nosode (homeopathic vaccine) available which you can read about at holisticvetclinic.net...
Another interesting article on heartworm prevention can be read at homeovet.net...

 15 March 2013
- So, you want to breed? (Found this great compilation of issues for a new breeder to think about before starting)

QUALITY: Dog registration is NOT an indication of quality. Most dogs, even purebred, should not be used for breeding. Many dogs, though wonderful pets, have defects in their conformation, temperament or health that should not be perpetuated. Breeding animals should be proven free of these defects BEFORE starting on a reproductive career. Breeding should only be done with the goal of IMPROVEMENT - an honest attempt to create puppies better than their parents.

COST: Dog breeding is NOT a means of making a bit of extra money, if it is done correctly. Health care of the parents before breeding as well as care and vaccination etc. of the puppies, diagnosis of problems and proof of quality, extra food, facilities, stud fees, advertising, etc. are all costly and must be paid BEFORE any puppies can be sold. An unexpected Cesarean or emergency intensive care for a sick pup can make a 'break even' litter a big liability.

SALES: First-time breeders have no reputation and no referrals to help them find buyers. Previous promises of "I want a dog just like yours" evaporate. Consider the time and expense of caring for pups that may not sell until they are four months old, eight months old or more! What WOULD you do if your pups did not sell?

JOY OF BIRTH: If you're doing it for the children's education, remember the whelping may be at 3 a.m. or at the vet's on the surgery table. Even if the kiddies are present, they may get a chance to see the birth of a monster or a mummy, or watch the bitch scream and bite you as you attempt to deliver a pup that is half out and too large. Some bitches are not natural mothers and will either ignore or savage their puppies. Bitches can have severe delivery problems or even die in whelp - pups can be born dead or with gross deformities that require euthanasia. Of course there can be joy, but if you can't deal with the possibility of tragedy, don't start.

TIME: Veteran breeders of quality dogs state they spend well over 130 hours of labor in raising an average litter. That is over two hours per day, every day! The bitch CANNOT be left alone while whelping and only for short periods for the first few days after. Be prepared for days off work and sleepless nights. Even after delivery, mom needs care and feeding, puppies need daily checking, weighing and socialisation. Later, grooming and training, and the whelping box needs lots of cleaning. More hours are spent doing paperwork, pedigrees and interviewing the buyers. If you have any abnormal conditions, such as sick puppies or a bitch who can't or won't care for her babes, count on double the time. If you can't provide the time, you will either have dead pups or poor ones that are bad tempered, antisocial, dirty and/or sickly - hardly a buyers' delight.

HUMANE RESPONSIBILITIES: It's midnight -- do you know where your puppies are? There are millions of unwanted dogs put to death in pounds in this country each year, with millions more dying homeless and unwanted through starvation, disease, automobile accidents, abuse, etc. Many of the victims of these unspeakable tragedies are purebred dogs "with papers." The breeder who creates a life is responsible for that life. Will you carefully screen potential buyers? Or will you just take the money and not worry if the puppy is chained in a junkyard all of its life or runs in the street to be killed? Will you turn down a sale to irresponsible owners? Or will you say "yes" and not think about the puppy you held and loved now having a litter of mongrels every time she comes in heat, which fills the pounds with more statistics - your grand-pups? Would you be prepared to take a grown dog if the owners can no longer care for it?

PEDIGREES: Check and compare pedigrees. Are they compatible? Have you done some research or know what compatible means, and how to raise the odds of producing healthy dogs with sound temperaments? You should understand a bit about Сline breedingТ and Сout crossingТ. It is a good idea to talk to a few knowledgeable people with Dobes to get help and input. Check our breeders register and go to shows or contact your local Dobermann club. It may also be a good idea to talk to an expert or two with other breeds too.

 4 March 2013
- Our ears!

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 1 March 2013
- His gorgeousness waiting for some food.

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 28 January 2013
- Importance of dental care: Dental care

 27 January 2013
- Awesome article! "How do you keep your pet healthy the easy way?": thepetwhisperer.com...

 6 January 2013
- There was a thread about sudden death on one of the chatboards. I've wanted to write down my thoughts about DCM and breeding for some time, and finally I got such a chance. So, I am going to copy part of the conversation over here.

A famous champion dies in his sleep at the age of 7. The owner (living in a different country) tried to explain the cause and circumstances, saying that he recently had had a cardio exam but his death came as a surprise.
His photo. Gorgeous dog!

Me: "Sorry for your loss. The best way to stop the rumors and do good to the breed since he was widely used is to autopsy the heart. RIP"

- Not Me: "if the progeny was never used for breeding purposes of every dog that showed cardio from autopsy what do you suppose would happen to the breed"

Me: "He was a dog that was bred, and not once. If he left any progeny that is showing the owner has a moral obligation to do autopsy if the cause is unknown.
If the progeny is not bred but he was a show dog whose lines are used all over the world, same thing."

- Not Me: "so say it comes back positive, do you really think that by not breeding his offspring or anything from his lines, will help to solve the problem? And not have a profound affect on the gene pool?"

Me: "The only ways the problem is going to be solved are:

A) centralized breeding: the breed club will take responsibility for monitoring who is bred to who, thus creating a database of what problems come up with each breeding, and avoiding them each breeding at a time.
- Not going to happen... Too unconstitutional :D
B) a scientific test is developed for all possible genetic markers. Might or might not happen. But if it happens, then it's couple decades away.
C) only 10+ year old studs are used.- Not going to happen. Everybody wants to use the new champion or TOP 20 dog. How many TOP 20 dogs are actually long lived? Any statistics on that? Maybe DD should introduce a new list every year: new top 20 veterans or something.
D) people like you stop asking questions like this thus excusing themselves for making breeding decisions based off of the looks and not the health of the breed. Breeding decisions should cover EVERYTHING: the looks, the brain AND the health. If I knew Alex died of DCM, hell no, I wouldn't be using his sons or brothers or parents who would all at least be DCM carriers. And that's my personal contribution to the breed - avoiding the unquestionable. I may be using lines that have DCM, but I never do this intentionally. Dr Ruiz (sp), the cardiologist at your nationals last year, told me, when he echo'ed one of my dogs with a just discovered PVC, that ridding the breed of this plague starts with good intentions. And based off of your questions, you are a far cry from solving the problem, even if it is just for your own breeding program."

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 6 January 2013
- How to get what you want... in photos:

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 4 January 2013
- Marvelous. Love this guy!

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 3 January 2013
- Just looked through our Feedback page. Over 320 posts from our buyers! Wow! And my heart filled with happiness and gratitude.

 20 December 2012
- Wait till after the holidays to adopt a pet :)

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 16 December 2012
- How to tape ears. Video: http://www.youtube.com...

 15 December 2012
- Breeding of convenience: I have a female and a male, why not breed them. Or, I have a male and I think he needs to be bred - because he is a male and that pleases my pride of a male owner to see him bred. Or, I have a female and my friend has a male, so why not? Or, I am not a breeder but I'd like to breed my dog maybe once, why? I don't really know, but that's what I want. Or, I have a lot of friends and family who want a puppy, so I want to breed my dog so that I give them all a puppy. Or, I want to make $500 a pup, 8 pups x $500 is $4000, and that will pay for my ... (Fill in the blanks). Or, maybe I think I am a good breeder because I love my dogs, but in reality I have no clue what health problems run in the line or that dogs need to be health tested and selected based on conformation. Or, I am paying $2000 for a dog, I am going to do whatever I want to do with it for this much money, breeding included.

 11 December 2012
- Great article "Fear of Thunder and Lightning": http://www.paw-rescue.org...

 10 December 2012
- Cuteness. Now living in warm TX.

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 9 December 2012
- Ear crop @Pender Vet.

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 2 December 2012
- Congratulations to Panzer, from our M-litter, on his BH!

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 29 November 2012
- "Super Dogs are Made Not Born": http://www.dpca.org...

 28 November 2012
- I get a lot of calls about our dogs and puppies. From time to time, I get asked a number of questions that leave me at a loss for words. Even after years and years of talking to potential buyers, all I can produce is 'Uhmmmm". So, here are the "Uhmmmm" questions:
1. How big are your dogs?
First of all, anybody who asks this question makes the size the primary goal in puppy searching, which is wrong. Second, my dogs are standard European size. Males - around 100 lbs. Plus or minus couple pounds. Trust me, a 100-pound male doberman is a lot of a dog. And I cannot understand why you would want more... Kadir z Padoku is 43 kg. Adonikons Iskander is 45 kg. Those are 2 really strong, good-size males. I periodically hear people bragging of how their male was 120-lbs. So what? The body, the skeleton of the Doberman was not designed for this much weight. As a result, such dogs have a higher chance of developing hip problems, arthritis. And when they do, buyers blame their breeders. And breeders only give buyers what those buyers are willing to pay for.
2. What do you breed for?
Why do I have to breed for anything in particular? If I breed for conformation, what about workability? If I breed working dogs, what about health and conformation? If I breed for just one aspect of the breed, all others are going to suffer. Why do working lines have very mediocre looks?!
3. What can you tell me about your dogs?
Uhmmmm, they have 4 legs, a bunch of claws and whiskers, and a docked tail.... If you don't know what to ask, I don't know how to answer it.

 25 November 2012
- Grandson and grandfather... quite alike.

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 6 November 2012
- Humans love fruit and we know bananas and strawberries are good for us, but did you know they are good for your dogs too? Not only will your dog love that he is getting Уhuman food,Ф but you will love that the same benefits fruits provide us Ц aids in digestion, antioxidants, immunity boosts, better eye sight, healthier skin and hair Ц they also provide for your dog.
*Check out this list of 13 fruits (and melons) for dogs and their benefits to get you started.
1. Apples: Source for potassium, fiber, phytonutrients, flavonoids, vitamin C. (Half of an apple slice is a good size treat.)
2. Bananas: Source of potassium and carbohydrates. (1 inch is a good size treat.)
3. Blackberries. High in vitamins C, K, A and E. (2 or 3 blackberries is a good size treat.)
4. Blueberries: Source of antioxidants, selenium, zinc and iron. High in vitamins C, E, A and B complex. (2 or 3 blueberries is a good size treat.)
5. Cantaloupe: Source for vitamins A, B complex, C, plus fiber, beta-carotene, potassium, magnesium, thiamine, niacin, pantothenic acid and folic acid. (1 inch of cantaloupe wedge is a good size treat.)
6. Cranberries: Source for vitamin C, fiber and manganese. Helps fight against urinary tract infections, plus balances acid-base in dogТs body. (2 tablespoons of stewed cranberries added to dogТs food is good size portion. Note: To stew cranberries, put them in a saucepan with water, cover and cook until tender. Put them through a sieve and add to dog food.)
7. Kiwis: Source of fiber, potassium and high in vitamin C. (A half a slice or one slice of kiwi is a good size treat.)
8. Oranges: Source for fiber, potassium, calcium, folic acid, iron, flavonoids, phytonutrients, vitamins A, C, B1 and B6. (Half of a segment is a good size treat. Remove any seeds.)
9. Pears: Source for fiber, folic acid, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, copper, pectin and vitamins A, C, E, B1 and B2. (1 or 2 pear cubes is a good size treat.)
10. Pumpkin: Source for fiber, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, zinc, iron, potassium and Vitamin A. Note: Although you can feed your dog pumpkin seeds, most recommend feeding them to dogs unsalted, roasted and then grounded. Do not feed your dog any other part of the pumpkin due to the small, sharp hairs on the pumpkin stem and leaves. (1 to 3 tablespoons of pureed pumpkin [not pumpkin pie mix] is a good size treat.)
11. Raspberries: Source of dietary fiber, antioxidants, potassium, manganese, copper, iron, magnesium. Rich in vitamin C, K and B-complex. (2 or 3 raspberries is a good size treat.)
12. Strawberries: Source for fiber, potassium, magnesium, iodine, folic acid, omega-3 fats, vitamins C, K, B1 and B6. (A half or 1 strawberry is a good size treat.)
13. Watermelon: Source of vitamins C and A, potassium, magnesium and water. Do not feed your dog the seeds or rind. (1 to 3 pieces of 1-inch watermelon wedge is a good size treat.)
*Fruit Bad for Dogs
Although some fruits in small portions can be good for your dog (unless your dog is allergic), never offer your dog the following. If your dog accidently eats the below fruit, contact your veterinarian immediately.
1. Grapes or Raisins: They have caused many cases of poisoning when ingested by dogs.
2. Avocados: They could cause gastrointestinal irritation.
3. Figs: Figs have caused allergic reactions in some dogs. Also, the fig is grown on the Ficus tree (Ficus benjamina), which causes skin inflammation if your dog comes into contact with it. Ficus plants or trees also cause diarrhea and vomiting if your dog ingests them.

 25 October 2012
- Cropped or natural?

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 24 September 2012
- This puppy is unreal!

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 20 September 2012
- Interesting article on linebreeding in dogs: http://www.vonroth.com.au...

 September 2012
- AVMA issued a statement that they do not support raw meat feeding. Are you kidding me?! It is like all human doctors mandating that the parents feed their children hamburgers, cheeseburgers every day! And if they recommend homemade food, they'll lose their license! What kind of BS is that?! http://truthaboutpetfood.com/

 6 September 2012
- Smile!

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 5 September 2012
- The King

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 4 September 2012
- Happy Birthday, Dear Me :)

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 3 September 2012
- We are back on!

 20 June 2012
- A face of horror!!

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 14 June 2012
- Finally, Marvellous' ears looking perfect!

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 4 June 2012
- Dug up pictures of Murphy, sire of our German import Janka, presumably from a DCM-free line. Murphy: (Chester v.d. T?pferstadt - Sally the Best Line).

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 2 June 2012
- Mustang iz Zoosfery, sire of our M-Litter and our Marvellous, is almost 7 in these new pictures.

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 30 May 2012
- Huge congratulations to the owners and breeder of Zolotaya Dinastiya Neugauz, son of our Delux. He became Best male at the specialty show in Moscow last weekend. Most successful son of Delux!

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 29 May 2012
- Lots of professional equipment for dog training: http://www.hallmarkk9.com/

 27 May 2012
- Ears done by our vets:

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 21 May 2012
- Kaiser at the vet. Suspecting foreign body in his stomach.

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 16 May 2012
- Good-bye little sunshine.

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 15 May 2012
- Putting together a Word file with very useful and scientific information on DCM and breeding, posted on a Doberman forum by "Sonia" from Spain. Sometimes it is hard to digest the terms but overal makes a lot of things clear about "the Doberman plague" - Sonia on DCM

 14 May 2012
- I am not really sure what to think about such a closely inbred combination... dobermann-review.com

 13 May 2012
- Mother's day. Got a call. Somebody from Arizona asking about an older female that we have. His first question was if the dog had full AKC registration. I respond with my usual "I don't sell breeding rights". And guess what I get in response?! "I guess you guys can keep your dogs." Googling that person's phone number 623-936-1436, I get Arizona Working Dog Academy Inc in Tolleson, AZ. First of all, ALL my ads specify: No breeders. My main webpage says: "We do not sell to breeders or kennels." So, how does a person who has no idea what I am, never saw me in person, get offended by my breeding principles? Am I the only breeder in the US? No, so go buy from somebody who is going to give you full breeding rights. There are plenty of those. They won't even ask you a question. As long as you pay. If you fail to read my main page and learn that I don't provide full registration, that is your problem, not mine. And if a professional who represents a dog-oriented company responds so rudely to what is important to a breeder he is contacting, well, I can only say that I will never use any service offered by such a professional.

 7 May 2012
- A pup from our G-Litter. Impressive bite work.

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 8 May 2012
- Where should I start... My first doberman was a combination of Western European and Eastern European breeding. His dam was a Soviet-bred female - everything you read about dobermans of those days. Highly aggressive, highly protective, highly motivated, etc etc. Basically, what a doberman was bred to be. His sire was an import from van Neerlands Stamm kennel (http://www.dobermannpedigrees.nl/...), the leading kennel at that time. A very nice looking dog compared to the Soviet lines. He dropped dead while trying to catch a ball. Right in front of his owner. He was about 5 years old. At that time nobody even thought anything about sudden deaths. They were not common. Nobody saw any genetic inheritance pattern in that. East and West bred their own. Going back to the dam, she died well after 10. My pup died young but his death wasn't cardio-related. However, that was my first experience with a sudden death syndrome in Dobermans. Now, looking through the pedigrees, where, which part of the pedigree, which line was responsible for the premature death of Graaf Onno? I will never know. Only his breeder does. But that will most likely die along with him.
Eastern European Dobermans were known for their longevity. Nowadays, they are pretty much non-existent. Stunning western European dobermans were way more attractive so they ousted something more valuable in the long run - a healthy heart. But nobody knew much about this problem at that time. Dying of a heart attack was considered a natural cause. Then Irinus de Ferignis happened. A French import to Russia. He was mainstream good looking so breeders from all over the country and even Europe brought their females to Irinus... Irinus died at the age of 5. (http://www.dobermann-review.com/...) If you look at his pedigree, his sire lived past 10 and is not known to have spread DCM. And then his dam: her sire, Baron Bryan, died at 11, his sire at 12, his dam at 9. But the maternal line is a bit more questionable. A stunning dog, winner of all major titles, superb working dog, Kalina v. Norden Stamm, she died at 9.

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Kalina was a daughter of Ebo v.d. Groote Maat, who died at 6, possibly from DCM. Where that came from - we probably won't know for sure. Both of his parents died at 12 (http://www.dobermannpedigrees.nl/...) After that there is little information about who died when and of what. So, we have to go off what we have now based on the past 2-3 decades.
Dobermans had DCM all along, we just didn't pay attention. One breeder cannot solve this problem. Only proven DNA tests can help but they are not here yet.

2-3 decades ago there were fewer dobermans dropping dead so early. Why is that. The answer is - popular sires.
There were long lived dogs like Gamon and Quirinus and Jivago that were widely used and nobody was talking about DCM. Then came Irinus, Escobar. But we had dogs like Wanja Wandor to counter-act. Then three litters that changed the health of the modern Doberman came to life: A- del Ctione, G- del Citone and T- iz Slavnoj Stai. There were other champions that died prematurely that were bred but they weren't used so extensively so they didn't influence much.

A-litter is a breeder's dream come true. Marvellous dogs. All major wins and titles. Their mother was a major show success, IDC Sieger, stunning Tequila Mali del Ctione.

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She died when she was 6. For a long time it was considered a DCM death. Just now I discovered a new explanation: brain aneurysm. (http://www.dobermannpedigrees.nl/...)
Alright, that just makes everything even more complicated. See, it is impossible to dig out the truth when it is hidden by the past owners and breeders as well. Her sire, Lucifer, died at 5, while his sire - at 11, and dam - at 12. This doesn't really line up, doesn't look like a typical DCM line. But neither does that of Ebo and he was suspected to have died of DCM. And records don't show the time of death of Tequila's mother, Haina, whose father was Ebo.

Anyway, Tequila produced a super successful A- litter. Astor, Alfa Adelante, Arielle. The sire was long lived Prinz v. Norden Stamm. The litter was inbred on Ebo.
Alfa - a very influential stud.

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Two things need to happen to place a stud into mass breeding:
1. He needs to win, win a lot and win loud. Shows like IDC, World Championship, European championship.
2. He needs to produce progeny of stable quality, most importantly, he needs to be an improver.
And Alfa was all that. He also died at 6.
His sister, Arielle, was just as beautiful.

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She died at 5. Supposedly, of bloat. But before that she was bred to her full brother, Astor. A very closely inbred combination.
Astor died at 7. Supposedly of DCM.

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This pair produced undoubtedly one of the most widely used and bred studs, magnificient Gino Gomez.

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Gino had it all. He had the looks, he had the titles. He also had German Koerung which is the hardest temperament test to pass. In addition to that, his progeny was winning all major shows. So, no wonder breeders flocked around Gino. Not thinking what such a closely inbred dog can bring into the gene pool. He improved the temperament, the conformation.
But there were more and more dogs dying young. One of them was Bombastic, sire of my second doberman, he died at 4. My second doberman, when he was 8.5yo, went outside, while I was on my way home, and died within a few seconds in the arms of my husband.

It is very hard to find a pedigree without the A-litter or Gino in it. Having one of these dogs in the pedigree doesn't necessarily mean your dog is going to die young but the chances are higher. It all depends what is against those dogs. My observation is that your dog will have a longer life if at least one side of the pedigree is DCM clear or long lived. The reason my second dobe pulled to 8.5 was because of his relatively safe maternal line.
There have been dogs that lived well past 10 and yet had a short lived sire. Danko di Campovalano, S'Lichobor Tigris among them. That's why you have to look at the whole picture.
Yes, we had Gino and Alfa and X and N and ... but those dogs were used because they brought a lot of valuable characteristics to the breed. Unfortunately, those dogs were overbred, that is why the DCM cases skyrocketed in the past decade.

Then came the T-litter.
The dam of the litter was imported to Russia. She wasn't as successful at showing as the A-litter but she was a splendid producer.

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And she was inbred on Kalina-Kastra, both out of Ebo. Indira died young. There were lots of stories about how she died. The pedigree database shows DCM as the cause.

Her first litter was with Ugor di Villa Conte. One of my favorite dogs.

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Supposedly he died of DCM in 1998 but then there are registered pups out of him in 1999. If he did die of DCM, then where that came from? Not the paternal side, as Gamon was a long lived dog out of long lived parents. And there is no information about the maternal side. No wonder.

This combination produced fantastic dogs.
Tamerlan - top producer. Died of cancer at 7.
Trefovaya dama - IDC Siegerin. Died of cancer at 7.
Taifun. Died at 5.
Taisija. Died at 9.
Tigr. Died at 4. Cause: sudden death.
Trefovaya Dama had a litter with Gino Gomez.
Taisija had a bit more successful breeding career at Livonija kennel.
Tamerlan and Tigr sired top quality progeny, and through that progeny whatever they had was passed on to the next generations.

Tigr sired such studs that were bred and didn't make it far in life. Adamant - 5 years. Akuna Matata - 8. Atreyo - 6. Butcher by Free Half. Quillam Quasim del Citone is alive. Sergius Aleksandrija Rerikh -?. These dogs will live forever through the progeny they sired.
A very important dog out of Tigr was Akuna Matata. Akuna produced legendary Fedor del Nasi. He was as popular as Gino probably, with numerous-numerous offsprings. Fedor's sire, Baron Nike, lived to be 12. Fedor died at 9. He will live in his offsprings with whatever he died of.

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It is hard to not use a dog like Fedor. But the problem is that nowadays everybody knows about most common DCM-affected lines and they still neglect the knowledge. Beauty is winning over temperament and health.
It is extremely hard to breed away from DCM lines.
1. You don't always know what those DCM affected dogs are.
2. You also want champion quality, good looking puppies.
3. A successful breeder is usually judged by how well his dogs do at the shows.
4. !!! Clear lines have been mixed with affected lines so much that they are almost non-existent while they should have been preserved better.
5. When you buy a puppy you don't necessarily think about what it is going to die of and when.
6. Working lines also have DCM, you just don't know where it is. While in show lines that's on every forum and chatboard.
7. It is very hard to just concentrate on one aspect of the breed. And if you don't, then dogs that have the temperament, the titles and the longevity are hard to find and not always available for breeding.

Bottom line, we've created a beautiful doberman. Strong, powerful, with a large chest and strong head. I like what I see. But we also let health concerns go out of hand. Breeders have to try better. Buyers have to test and report. Causes of death have to be public. And we need science to help us out.

Nature periodically throws a few studs that seem to be healthy enough to counter-act the damage done by overbreeding popular studs.
We had Quirinus, Gamon, Nitro, Mufasa. We have Leo now.
But without scientific help there is no way of knowing 100% which dog has it and which dog doesn't.

All of this is my personal opinion based on my observation and experience.

 6 May 2012
- Raymond Oppenheimer (Ormandy Bull Terriers) was an ingenious breeder who have created the most influencial bloodline in his breed. Here is how, in his own words:

20 Principles of Breeding Better Dogs
by Raymond H. Oppenheimer

1. Remember that the animals you select for breeding today will have an impact on the breed for many years to come. Keep that thought firmly in mind when you choose breeding stock.

2. You can choose only two individuals per generation. Choose only the best, because you will have to wait for another generation to improve what you start with. Breed only if you expect the progeny to be better than both parents.

3. You cannot expect statistical predictions to hold true in a small number of animals (as in one litter of puppies). Statistics only apply to large populations.

4. A pedigree is a tool to help you learn the good and bad attributes that your dog is likely to exhibit or reproduce. A pedigree is only as good as the dog it represents.

5. Breed for a total dog, not just one or two characteristics. Don't follow fads in your breed, because they are usually meant to emphasize one or two features of the dog at the expense of the soundness and function of the whole.

6. Quality does not mean quantity. Quality is produced by careful study, having a good mental picture of what you are trying to achieve, having patience to wait until the right breeding stock is available and to evaluate what you have already produced, and above all, having a breeding plan that is at least three generations ahead of the breeding you do today.

7. Remember that skeletal defects are the most difficult to change.

8. Don't bother with a good dog that cannot produce well. Enjoy him (or her) for the beauty that he represents but don't use him in a breeding program.

9. Use out-crosses very sparingly. For each desirable characteristic you acquire, you will get many bad traits that you will have to eliminate in succeeding generations.

10. Inbreeding is a valuable tool, being the fastest method to set good characteristics and type. It brings to light hidden traits that need to be eliminated from the breed.

11. Breeding does not "create" anything. What you get is what was there to begin with. It may have been hidden for many generations, but it was there.

12. Discard the old cliche' about the littermate of that great producer being just as good to breed to. Littermates seldom have the same genetic make-up.

13. Be honest with yourself. There are no perfect dogs (or bitches) nor are there perfect producers. You cannot do a competent job of breeding if you cannot recognize the faults and virtues of the dogs you plan to breed.

14. Hereditary traits are inherited equally from both parents. Do not expect to solve all of your problems in one generation.

15. If the worst puppy in your last litter is no better than the worst puppy in your first litter, you are not making progress. Your last litter should be your last litter.

16. If the best puppy in your last litter is no better than the best puppy in your first litter, you are not making progress. Your last litter should be your last litter.

17. Do not choose a breeding animal by either the best or the worst that he (or she) has produced. Evaluate the total get by the attributes of the majority.

18. Keep in mind that quality is a combination of soundness and function. It is not merely the lack of faults, but the positive presence of virtues. It is the whole dog that counts.

19. Don't allow personal feelings to influence your choice of breeding stock. The right dog for your breeding program is the right dog, whoever owns it. Don't ever decry a good dog; they are too rare and wonderful to be demeaned by pettiness.

20. Don't be satisfied with anything but the best. The second best is never good enough.

 5 May 2012
- A wide range of dry food brands being recalled: truthaboutpetfood.com

 4 May 2012
- The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports numerous varieties of pet foods manufactured at the Gaston, SC Diamond Pet Food facility have been linked to fourteen human Salmonella infections in nine states. Five people were hospitalized. IMPORTANT! READ: truthaboutpetfood.com

 25 April 2012
- I just love it when I see on some no-name kennel website: We have the best dobermans in the World... Best from Europe... Top... best... - But according to who? The owner of the kennel? Based on what? His/her words only? Supported by what? His or her vanity and desire to sell? Ridiculous really.

 24 April 2012
- Longevity study: CH. Kadir z Padoku

Let's look at his maternal line. Dam: INT.CH. Sharon z Padoku

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Sharon is alive at the age of 7.5. Both her parents passed away in January 2012.
Her sire: INT CH Carlos z Padoku died at 10+ (2001-2012).

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Her dam: CH. Sant Kreal Riorita died at 9.5 (2002-2012)

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 17 April 2012
- Our Deli's mom, Yacheero's Kendi Kendra, passed away. And the owners created an incredibly touching tribute to their beloved dog. I couldn't help but shed a few tears. RIP Kendra.

 11 April 2012
- Recent trip to DC with Gordelia and Victorious!

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 5 April 2012
- Gorgeous Marvellous. His crop is a show crop. Really haard to post.

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 5 March 2012
- Our Vet marvelled at how well-behaved this litter was!

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 4 March 2012
- Ear crops done by our vets.

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 3 March 2012
- Life of a dog: human blankets are much better than doggie blankets, even if they are about to get washed.

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 28 February 2012
Doberman доберман - Aleksandr Burykin, a very well-know breeder and a wonderful judge, passed away unexpectedly. Back in September 2011, CM Marvellous and I were lucky to be at a dog show judged by A. Burykin. His quick, clear and very correct description and his manner of judging impressed me greatly. He was a very talented chow-chow breeder known all over the world. Talent - is something many breeders lack. Talent is what you cannot get unless you were born with it. He once said: "I never breed a female unless I plan on keeping a puppy out of her, or two, or maybe the whole litter". And this is how breeding works. You have to move forward with every litter and not stand still just trying to get your bills paid by means of selling mediocre puppies born out of mediocre parents just because they happen to live under the same roof or not too far away. Every litter has to produce something better. And then the dog will be better than the predecessor. And that's how we see it...

 21 February 2012
- Great photos of one of our pups now living in Brazil!

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 19 February 2012
- Filimamont Grommit (our past import), new pictures (Oct'11).

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 18 February 2012
- Courtney having fun with the sleeve for the first time (Oct'11)!

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 17 February 2012
- Doberman paradise (Oct'11): Filimamont Grommit, CM Lakomka and CM Raina.

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 17 February 2012
- Received this from one of our puppy buyers. So sweet!!!
"Irina, this little story was written by my 9 year old daughter Amy as part of a school project. She did it all by herself. I thought I would share, very cute :)"

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 16 February 2012
- Love the look! Canis Maximus Lakomka (big) came for a visit. CM Raina (small).

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 16 February 2012
- New technique on taping:

"I use a product called Skin Bond but they come in other names also.
The foam is just pipe insulation, cut in half then I cut it to fit the ear. You place this glue inside the ear and also on out side of foam pipe that will be placed in ear. The glue bonds together and then it is stuck in ear. I also sometimes take the same tape you make with normal ears( I use Zonas) and tape bottom and tip of ear just to make sure it holds tight. I find this way is great for when ears are standing a little, Also is great to allow ears to breath better."

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 15 February 2012
- I love surprises... As long as they don't look like this... Thank you, doggies, whoever made that...

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 2 February 2012
- The concept "cherish lives" need to be implanted to children's mind by setting good examples by their parents!
A few years ago one gentleman from Florida bought a dog from me. He seemed to be happy, sent pictures here and there. About a year later I get a call from a local rescue person describing how that 'gentleman' was keeping the dog in the garage all the time. That peson had kids. Luckily, the dog was removed from such living conditions. But tell me, what kind of a lesson that person taught to his children???

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 18 January 2012
- Useful information regarding vaccinations:

"The American Animal Hospital Association, (AAHA) and Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine revised their recommendations for all pet vaccinations. Annual vaccinations for diseases like Rabies, Distemper and Parvovirus are no longer recommended. The duration of immunity for these vaccines has been scientifically proven to be over 7 years, and probably the life of the pet. More importantly, it has been proven that re-administration of these vaccines does not make the patient more immune. The immunity induced by the first vaccine blocks the next vaccine. The client is paying for something with no effect; except that the pet is being exposed to the unnecessary risk of an adverse reaction..." references JAVMA, Aug '95.

Appears most holistic veterinarians believe that after initial vaccination protocols, a dog obtains immunity for life. Some believe single vaccines are safer (less reactions) than "combination" vaccines. Some recommend establishing a 3yr cycle so dogs get 1 different vaccine each year - so the dog isn't getting all 3 in same year. The 2011 AAHA canine vaccination guidelines calls for administering "core" vaccines every 3 years. The guideline that ALL veterinarians are supposed to be following, is located at the bottom of the page from this link:

In 2002 a Texas vet attempted to stop deceptive vaccination practices, also mentions the practice of "titer" - I found this very informative:

 17 January 2012
- Everybody must see this video:
And the point for sharing this is that when you get a dog it comes with its own kinks, and only patience can resolve any issue there might be.

 29 December 2011
- Scandalous! http://inside-dobermann.blogspot.com/2011/12/idc-2011-hungary-worst-yet.html
A dog with NO working qualification... passed his ZTP after 2 attempts... is scared of his own leash and collar... and has pink gums... And years ago, Wiblihauser and Pezzano were throwing out dogs with pink lips... So how did this male dog win the title of Dobermann IDC Sieger??? Remember that the Dobermann is still considered [ at least to most people] as a working dog breed..."
We do not need to say anything. This must be the ugliest Sieger ever, more than Hilo maybe...! The breeder, owner is well known as the best friend of Mr Pezzano... The judge for the class was Hans Wiblihauser.. And we know very well too the antics and corruption of Mr Aldo..."

 12 December 2011
- Very Serious Guy! Just cropped.

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 11 December 2011
- Get off my ears!

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 10 December 2011
- Browsing through older pedigrees, which I like doing, I stumbled upon this male: Hertog Django v. Manensheide. Who happened to be a 1983 IDC Sieger. What a gorgeous dog! Great type, beautiful lines, back, head. He could easily win today, almost 30 years later. Wish we had more dogs like him in the show ring.

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 08 December 2011
- Lots of nice German-made dog stuff: hund-sport-shop.de

 27 November 2011
- Shows in Europe: Moscow Specialty. Watch carefully: 1. double handling, how it works. 2. how dobermans are stacked. 3. how handlers are dressed

 23 November 2011
Doberman доберман - Important supplements to ensure better cardio health of your Doberman:
* B-50 - 1 per day
* Magnesium - MG ASPARTATE - 1 twice a day
* CoQ10 200mg - 1 per day
* Taurine 1000 mg - 1 twice per day
* L-Carnitine fumarate 500 mg - 2 capsules twice a day
* Carlson the very finest fish oil Omega 3's DHA & EPA - one teaspoon twice a day.
* 1350-1800 mg per day of EPA and 900-1125 mg per day of DHA.

 22 November 2011
- Comments on forbidden foods for dogs:
* avocados - have beneficial nutrients. Okay in infrequent and small amounts. Has properties that may build to a harmful level if taken frequently or in large amounts. Don't panic if your dog just licked the bowl.
* onions, garlic - have VERY beneficial nutrients - antibacterial, anticancer.
* milk - When I asked the vet who understood the raw diet about it, he said if the milk I gave my dogs didn't create diarrhea, it wasn't going to.
* uncooked bones - fully digestable and will not cause an obstruction.
* persimmons, peaches, plums - cut the flesh off the pits for them, if they swallow the pits they're small enough to pass through.
* raw eggs - It's not a health issue with dogs.
* raw meat - my dogs on the raw food diet outlive their littermates by 3 - 4 years. All the nutrients are fully accessible and salmonella is not an issue.
* white rice, pasta - dogs cannot get any nutritional value from grain products because their digestive system is not set up to process grains. It's empty filler. Our dogs absorb the same nutritional properties from grain as they would an Oreo or Reese's peanut butter cup.

 20 November 2011
- Husband having fun with the camera. I look gigantic:

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 18 November 2011
- Katana The Monster Dog!

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 5 November 2011
- Visit to DC with Vika (human), Mavr (k9) and Janki (k9).

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 27 October 2011
- 2 weeks on super-duper high quality "Wilderness" and pups got skin allergies. Switched back to "Authority". Looking better. Don't know why I am trying to invent a new bicycle if the old one runs and runs well.

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 26 October 2011
- Mani-pedi. Shampoo, conditioner, facial, massage - you name it! Beautification in progress! And new ribbons to crown it all.

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 16 October 2011
- Rossiiskij Kolorit Janki (son of Vice-World CH. Grand Mollis Armani)

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 22 September 2011
- Marvellous hadn't been feeling well for 3 days. Day 1 he threw up. But ate later. Day 2 he refused to eat at all. Day 3 - same, took him to the vet. The xray revealed a foreign object in his small intestine. My very first dog died because of a foreign object and intoxication following that. I knew the symptoms way too well. Had I not taken him to the vet that early, he would have died a painful, agonizing death. Had I taken him to the vet days later, his intestines could have been affected to the point when they could no longer function. Total cost: $420. But I was lucky. Knowing which vet to go to pays well. But the average cost for such a procedure is usually $1000-2000. So, be attentive to your dog's condition and well-being.
Top 10 items ingested by pets:
1. Socks
2. Underwear
3. Pantyhose
4. Rocks
5. Balls
6. Chew toys
7. Corn cobs
8. Bones
9. Hair ties
10. Sticks
Here is a picture of Marvellous post-surgery. Minus 15lbs.

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 22 September 2011
- Kadir outside.

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 22 September 2011
- Paola Penelopa Piligrimas. Isn't she a beauty? This is what breeders working with European lines in the US should aim at and not extra inches or pounds.

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 21 September 2011
How to socialize a puppy:
Since you cannot take your new pup anywhere until it is fully vaccinated (usually around 16 weeks), the precious time to socialize properly is very limited. DO NOT take your puppy to Petsmart, even in your arms. Parvo is deadly and treatment is costly. Once your pup is done with all rounds of puppy vaccines, wait 3-5 days and embark on a quest: the more places the better. I usually try to take my pups to a busy airport - very effective. First trips they look totally shocked and refuse to walk. It helps a lot of you are not alone, you have a child with you or another dog. If the pup refuses to walk, I wait, then put my hand under its chin and walk backwards pulling slightly by the chin making the dog walk towards me. Eventually it will walk! The second trip is usually better. The more often you take the puppy to a public place, the more noticeable your pup's progress. Allow people to pet your pup. Puppies do not like chain collars. I don't think you need to worry about treats, etc. Let the dog learn, absorb and get intellectually challenged by the new environment.

 20 September 2011
Today I received my fecal test kit! Yey, I thought, now I can run fecals on my own whenever I want. Well, the directions for the test itself were a bit complicated, so I need to got talk to my vet to see if they can show me how they do a fecal. Husband has a really fancy microscope that needs to be put to use. Two major things missing: slides and experience. So, my first try didn't really work. I figured out how to get the microscope to work, saw lots of things but what those things are or are not - I don't know.
Talking about fecals, we do routine fecals on every litter, at least once before puppies are placed and yet we periodically miss various 'things'.
Many think that if their puppy, god forbid, has any kind of parasite, that's the end of the world and the breeder has to be labeled bad. Is that so? 90-95% of ALL puppies no matter how clean the environment is are born with worm cysts or eggs that are passed on from mothers. I doubt that 90-95 percent of breeding dogs in the world live in poor conditions.
There are five intestinal worms Ц or parasites - that can affect your dog. They are roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, whipworms and heartworms.
Most common parasites in puppies are roundworms and wormers are widely available in various stores. Pyrantel is the most effective but it doesn't treat other types. So, what happens with the breeder that is not aware of that? Right, lots of rotten tomatoes in his/her face.
We start deworming at 3-4 weeks and very few litters are roundworm-free. Next, at 1.5 mo, we usually run a fecal, it can be negative then and puppies can still pick something up later on. Once the puppies start going outside, they get exposed to anything there is in the outside world. Other most common parasites are giardia and coccidia. Both are not visible which makes it hard to figure out what it is until you do a lab test.
Let me quote something. "Coccidia infection is especially common in young animals housed in groups (in shelters, rescue areas, kennels, etc.) This is a common parasite and is not necessarily a sign of poor husbandry." AND "Giardia is the most common intestinal parasite affecting humans in North America". So, if mother nature throws rotten tomatoes at us, why should we do the same with the breeders if all of this is just part of nature?
Something to keep in mind. There is a big difference between a skinny puppy with a bloated stomach or dull coat or ribs showing badly and a happy puppy with a shiny coat. Both can still have parasites. Difference is the level of care. Any good breeder keeps an eye on nutrition, stool consistency, weight gain and overall appearance. And if for whatever reason, something is missed and the puppy still has a parasite, Panacur will treat everything but coccidia + Albon for coccidia.

 19 September 2011
"In summary, we found female Rottweilers who kept their ovaries for at least 6 years were 4.6 times more likely to reach exceptional longevity (i.e. live >30 % longer than average) than females with the shortest ovary exposure. Our results support the notion that how long females keep their ovaries determines how long they live. gpmcf.org/respectovaries "

 18 September 2011
- It is 1.40 am, I'm lying in my bed, dogs going crazy, there are at least 6-7 police cars lined up along the road in front of our and our neighbor's houses. High speed chase. Manhunt. Two bad guys caught in our neighbor's backyard, one more on the loose. Do I feel scared? No. I've got my dobermans. Even the police dog didn't want to walk anywhere near our doors and windows - so frightening the doberman's bark is!

 16 September 2011
- Proud mama (=me) is happy to share this video. Both dobermans in the video are from me, one - an import, the other - own bred.

 10 September 2011
- 6-mo Jankee.

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 30 August 2011
- Doberman history! Great video! Best illustration of the development of the breed

 28 August 2011
- IDC 2011 is over. A huge event, the most important event for European Doberman breeders, which gathers 600-700 participants each year. No other dog show can compare to the size and importance of this annual Doberman-only show. Only 4 dogs can become IDC champions, black male, brown male, black female, brown female - and only once a year.
Here is a video of black male finals.
The judge with a red ribbon - Dr. Pezzano. A very influential figure in the Doberman world. President of the Italian Doberman club, owner of "Del Cittone" kennel.
First male is probably one of the Residenzschloss dogs. Second is Dobergaraten Forever Athos, then probably Dante DQN, then Maxim di Altobello and then Sant Kreal Zeus. It is quite an illustration of a real doberman dog show in Europe. A huge difference from what you are going to see in the US.

 27 August 2011
- Meet Canis Maximus Quinnie! She's got this devilish look in her eyes. Love this pup! Ears doing better than her parents' - one already up after two postings.

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 26 August 2011
- This is Marvellous. He is really one marvellous dog.
Although that one ear is not marvellous at all!

 24 August 2011
- In the past few months our dogs have been quite successful in training and showing. No doubt about that. Sant Kreal Shaherezada is a champion of 8 countries. A'donikons Iskander is a champion of 7 countries. Delberta Delorean is a champion of 2 countries. The first two dogs are currently in training. Delberta got her Schutzhund 1. In the past two years CH. Delux got Schutzhund 3, CH. Kadir got Schutzhund 3 (although still waiting on the paperwork), Katana is Schutzhund 3. In addition to that, CH. Gortenzia, CH. Zara, CH. Zaphira - all got Schutzhund 1. Canis Maximus Marvellous won two junior titles. Canis Maximus Mephisto got CGC, Canis Maximus Grand Grian got his BH. Now, tell me, is there any other breeder in the US who has dogs, bought/bred/imported from puppyhood and titled to the same heights? Right... So, beyond any reasonable doubt, from now on Canis Maximus dogs can be considered some of the most titled dogs in the US.
And here is the message I got today from a breeder I've never even heard about before...ughhhh...but who thinks she knows it all better than any veteran of the breed. "Immortal Dobermans".
Immortaldobes: "which doberman do you consider to be the most titled??? Do you have working titles?"
CM: I list titles for 3 of our dogs...
Immortaldobes: "the way you have it written it looks like the first one only has conformation ch and delux is the one who works? I think the claim most titled should include a VARIETY, not just conformation???? A little disappointing when I am looking for a stud and the ad appears that misleading. Have you checked what other European dogs have multiple titles?? No need to answer, I got the answer I was looking for and I win. I will look elsewhere for a stud for my next litter. Thank you for your response, have a great night."

This is such childish talk and lack of any sensible counter-argument that I can't be angry or irritated. I am smiling while typing this. I am sorry, Immortaldobes, that my studs are not good enough for you, eventhough nobody asked me if your females were good enough for my studs. I am sorry, Immortaldobes, that you can't read the website carefully. If you could, you would see that my dogs, unlike yours, actually work AND show quite successfully. I doubt any of your dobes would do as well in the European show ring. I am really really sorry, Immortaldobes, that you got the answers you wanted to get and not the ones that are really there. All the best, Immortaldobes, enjoy your win, although I am not sure where or what you won...

 22 August 2011
- Educate yourself. Bloat.

 21 August 2011
- Getting two new dog books. Lots of good buzz on-line about these two: "Always Faithful" and "A Dog's Purpose".

 12 August 2011
- In case your dog has nails the length of the Amazon River: Buy a battery operated dremel and do those nails every two to three days, once they get short - about every five days.

 4 August 2011
- A short trip to DC with Pretty and Palu - their first!

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 25 July 2011
- Gorgeous Zolotaya Dinastija Nobel, 2yo, son of our CH. Delux DGV.

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 15 July 2011
- It is amazing how 5-week old puppies hold it until I let them out in the morning and adults leave their surprises for me on a regular basis :)

 7 July 2011
- World Championship in Paris. Russian-bred Grand Mollis Armani: Exc.1, CACS, res.CACIB, vice WORLD WINNER 2011! Huge congratulations. All puppies from Armani bred in Rossiiskij Kolorit kennel have found homes. One stayed with us and he is as gorgeous as his sire but of course different. Looking forward to showing the pup.

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 27 June 2011
- "Q" pups' first walk outside with the kids. They all fell asleep within half an hour.

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 25 June 2011
- There is a law suit pending against Merial, manufacturer of Heartguard. Apparently, the company has been aware of Heartguard's inefficiency and numerous cases of Heartworm positive dogs while on this monthly preventative medicine. Switch to Interceptor.

 22 June 2011
- I must confess. I am in love. And here is the object of my tender feelings, a picture of perfection:

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 19 June 2011
- Here is an excellent illustration of the differences in European and American showing/handling styles.

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 14 June 2011
- How to raise a working doberman:

 5 June 2011
- DOG FOOD selection:
Note: IAMS, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Pedigree - all widely publicized brands didn't even score, find out why:

 4 June 2011
- What do you think?

 2 June 2011
- "Janson" BTT 179, import from Russia, looking awesome while playing outside with us.

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 01 June 2011
- One lady emailed about an available puppy: "Thanks for the pics!!!!! I like her very much!would like to talk to you about her-margaret". So, we talked. Then she called again and I asked her to call back within 10min. She didn't. She called back the next day, somebody else already put a deposit on that dog. Somebody else I felt good about. In the next day I received about 10 emails like this: "Gods people do not act like you do- I guarantee-you are a liar and a bitch! Karma will get you!" The only thing I can say is that I am extremely happy I listened to my intuition and made the right decision with the help of fate.

 25 May 2011
- Heartworm prevention. A great, eye-opening article: http://www.dogaware.com/articles/wdjheartwormprevention.html#frequency
Briefly: it is not necessary to give heartworm preventatives year-round in most parts of the country. It has to be over 57F (day and night, for at least one to two weeks) for the larvae to start growing.
- Heartworm drugs target the larvae, not adult worms.
- Give the season's first dose of preventative four to six weeks after that to destroy any larvae that infected your dog during that time.
- Normally heartworm meds also treat regular intestinal parasites. That requires a higher dosage. If you opt for a low-cost treatment, let's say, by Hartz which you can purchase at Walmart for about $5, then the amount of heartworm medication decreases drastically. "Heartworm can be prevented at a much lower dose than that needed to control intestinal parasites".
- Despite great awareness regarding heartworm prevention, the number of infected dogs hasn't changed in years.
- The FDA approvals cite studies showing that Heartgard, Interceptor and Revolution provide protection beyond 30 days.
- The original FDA approval for Heartgard states, "The target dose of 6 mcg per kilogram of bodyweight was selected from titration study 10855 as the lowest dose providing 100 percent protection when the dosing interval was extended to 60 days to simulate a missed-dose circumstance."
- The original FDA approval for Interceptor states, "Complete (100%) protection was achieved in dogs treated at 30 days post infection, with 95% protection at 60 and 90 days."
- The original FDA approval for Revolution states, "Selamectin applied topically as a single dose of 3 or 6 mg/kg was 100% effective in preventing the maturation of heartworms in dogs following inoculation with infective D. immitis larvae 30 or 45 days prior to treatment, and 6 mg/kg [the recommended dosage amount] was 100% effective in preventing maturation of heartworms following inoculation of infective larvae 60 days prior to treatment."
- The most common current method of heartworm testing is called antigen testing. This type of test can identify only adult female heartworms, and therefore will not show a positive result until approximately five to seven months after the dog has been infected, the time needed for the larvae to develop into adult worms in the body. For this reason, it is no use doing a heartworm test on any dog younger than five months. Heartworm tests are very sensitive, but they are not 100 percent reliable. They are highly specific, with very few false positives, but they are not always able to detect very low heartworm burdens, or infections with only male heartworms.
- If you give preventatives year round, it is still recommended to test for heartworm infection every two to three years.

 24 May 2011
- Watch and appreciate what was given to you, and then go and hug your doberman.

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 23 May 2011
- How to feed your dog:

 22 May 2011
- Kennel "von Norden Stamm" is a legend in the Modern Doberman World. It is hard to find a dog that hasn't been influenced by this kennel.

 19 May 2011
- CM Marvellous in the rain. Isn't he stunning?!

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 16 May 2011
- Just back from Europe where we showed 2 dogs over the weekend.

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 15 May 2011
- Special Club Show in St.Petersburg
CW, Best Black Male MUSTANG BANDEGRAS IZ ZOOSFERY - Father of our "M" and "J" litters. Congrats! Mustang's son, our Marvellous, won his second J.CAC the same day at a different show.
CW, CCC, Club Winner, BOB in colour A'DONIKONS ILLERTA
Intriga, Illerta and Ivan are littermates of our Iskander. Illerta is a stunner! Congrats to the breeder.
And huge congratulations to CW, Best in colour, Best in show GRAND MOLLIS ARMANI. We still have a couple males from this unbelievable dog available.

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 14 May 2011
- My all time favorite photo "Trio":

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 13 May 2011
- Snooping through my parents' computer, discovered a bunch of our old pics from when we were living in Germany and traveling Europe in
2003-2005. So much fun back then! - Gallery =>

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 07 May 2011
- A wonderful trip to DC with our Marvellous, Nadette and Ralph Zani, a devoted dad of our Canis Maximus Lakomka.

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 06 May 2011
- Tampons don't go in the ears!!!

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 25 April 2011
- Her cuteness, Zaria.

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 24 April 2011
- Bloat: Preventing a deadly dog illness

 22 April 2011
- Height/weight questions. They drive me up the wall. Nothing irritates me more than when people ask me about the size of the parents. Or the 'estimated' size of the puppy. Can you 'estimate' how tall and heavy your child is going to be at 18 or 25 or 45? No, you can't. You can only say that that boy is taller than average, that girl is petite, etc... Now, the parents. The only time I check the weight is when the dog goes to the vet. And that information escapes my mind shortly there after as long as the dog is healthy. People, we are not selling cows here. More money = more pounds. This is so wrong. Nowhere in Europe do they ask such questions. Why is that? Because people care about the quality more than anything else. It is pretty clear from the pictures of our dogs, puppies that those are good quality dobermans. Height standard is set by AKC and FCI. There is also a weight guideline. Go off that! If the dog is a champion, that means the height/weight and conformation were evaluated by several judges and the dog was awarded a champion title because it conforms to the standard. That is all that should matter. There are kennels that bragg about 120+ pound dogs. Alright, let them do that. If that's what you want, buy from them. We are not trying to cultivate a new meat breed here rather to preserve what we already have. Every puppy gets a description. Those that are larger than average, will be described as very strong boned, heavy, etc. That is all you need to know. Pictures and a visit are usually they best friends in selecting a puppy not how much mom or dad or uncle or niece or greatgreatgreatgreatgreatgrandfather used to weigh. Good luck.

 21 April 2011
- Delux looking gorgeous and not so gorgeous outside.

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 21 April 2011
- New pics of Adonikons Iskander.

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 21 April 2011
- New pic of El'Dofroshe Dimetra

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 21 April 2011
- P-Litter outside

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 20 April 2011
- Doberman sites I love to visit:
* http://www.the-dobermann.com/
* www.dobermann-review.com
* mine heh-heh
* www.dobis.net
* www.ukdobermannassociation.com
* www.dobermannplanet.com
* www.dobermann.pl
* http://www.dobermann.com/
* www.dobermann.de
* www.dobermannpedigrees.nl

 19 April 2011
- F-O-O-D!

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 19 April 2011
- Wazzzzup!

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 19 April 2011
- I want my milk right here! right now!

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 19 April 2011
- Smile!

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 18 April 2011
- Picture from training yesterday. In the picture: Canis Maximus Zorro (Canis Maximus Dominus Deus - Klassik Allert Liga).

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 10 April 2011
- Canis Maximus Grand Grian training

BH NEXT month and sch the following getting close working on his jumps and retrieves now...

 6 April 2011
- When can puppies leave the breeder's home: Code of Virginia 3.1-796.70, dogs and cats are at least seven weeks of age.

 4 April 2011
- Wishing the L-litter a wonderful B-day!

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 2 April 2011
- Congratulations to Canis Maximus Mephisto on joining the Asheville Schutzund Club! Way to go! Here is what his owner writes:
"Hey Irina, Hope you are doing well! Panzer and I were invited to become members of our local Schutzund club today. We attended the club back in November when Panzer was younger and I decided to wait until he was a little older to bring him back to have him assessed to see if he would be right for Schutzhund training. We attended our first training session last Saturday and the trainers are very impressed with him (size, color, drive, eagerness to grab the tug toy, etc). We attended our 2nd session today and worked on obedience and agitation work. He is doing really well with the obedience part (I think I need more training than Panzer does..LOL), especially for his age and the distractions around him. Panzer is now barking during the agitation part of the training and it looks like he is having alot of fun and really getting the hang of it. I plan on taking him to train with the club two times per week. I know we have a long way to go, but I think once we are both trained (me especially), he will excel at this sport."

 24 March 2011
- A nice pic of Kadir z Padoku.

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 22 March 2011
- AKC Inspection passed! Yey! Woot!

 20 March 2011
- Impressive research done by a very caring dad of one of our puppies. Very useful info!

"Irina, Some pictures from Zorro on his 10-month birthday. He is a big dog now and has made very fast progress in his obedience and protection training. I have researched his pedigree 36 generations all the way back to the ur-doberman Bosco (born 1893). His pedigree contains now more than 100,000 dogs. As an example below is the lineage father-grand father-great grandfather and so on. I thought this might interest you. Tomas"

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2010 Zorro of Sierra Canis Maximus
2006 Dominus Deus Canis Maximus
2000 Jugin Grand Iz Zoosfery
1999 Bombastic V. Hanseaten
1997 Gino Gomez Del Citone
1994 Astor Del Citone
1988 Prinz V. Norden Stamm
1984 Quinn Dei Nobili Nati
1982 Runo Dei Nobilli Nati
1979 Elisir Di Campovalano
1977 Cito Di Villa Castelli
1974 Aldo V. Ferrolheim
1971 Jurgen V. Hagenstern
1968 Bonni V. Forell
1966 Vello V. Furstenfeld
1956 Bordo V. Furstenfeld
1954 Lump V. Hagenstolz
1948 Alf V. Hagenfreund
1946 Alex V. Kleinwaldheim
1941 Ajax V. Simbach
1937 Ajax V. Illerblick
1935 Moritz V. Rodeltal
1933 Blank V. Domstadt
1929 Muck V. Brunia
1926 Luz V. Rodeltal
1923 Alto V. Sigalsburg
1918 Lux V. D. Blankenburg
1915 Burschel V. Simmenau

 14 March 2011
- Wonderful pictures of Delkon's Best Bayard (AMOR EXTRA MORAVAK x Korona Astralis EZMIR), grandfather of our future hope, Canis Maximus Andromeda, who is DCM-negative. The reason his pedigree attracted us was a miriad of wonderful dogs who were famous for their impressive conformation and working titles as well as great longevity.

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2 WANJA WANDOR V. STEVINHAGE - No words can describe how thrilled I was when Herr Koehler, Wanja's owner, opened his car and let Wanja out for us to see him when we were all training together while living in Germany. What a wonderful dog! His show victories were impressive: IDC-Sieger, World Champion, DV and VDH Sieger. He had Koerung - so hard to obtain. And he lived well past 12! He sired a number of excellent dogs.

Doberman доберман 3. Multi-CH, INT CH. Jivago v.h. Wantij. It is hard to come across a dog that not only wins in the show ring but also achieves highest working results like Koerung with a score of ZVA-IA. But it is even harder to find a dog that has all that plus is a stable producer of highest quality. Jivago was one of those rare dogs. Certainly, we have to thank his outstanding parents for such a wonderful creation. But a lot of thanks should go to his breeder. Jivago lived to be 11. During his lifetime he produced a great number of wonderful dogs. He passed on to his progeny his very masculine head, with an extremely strong underjaw, his compact body, his strong head, and beautiful chest.

4. Multi-CH. Graaf Quirinus v. Neerlands Stamm. It is hard to imagine a modern Doberman without Graaf Quirinus. His influence was immense. Here is an article beautifully written by Mr. Zwan.
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 12 March 2011
- Not sure who is cuter.

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 7 March 2011
- Interesting article on HSUS, PETA and everything related...
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 24 February 2011
- Dr. Carolyn Edwards: "In its purest form, dog breeding involves our attempt to control a genotype in order to preserve a breed standard; exhibiting embodies the subsequent evaluation of the resulting phenotype... To many breeders and exhibitors, showing represents an overwhelming investment in time and effort, and is truly a labor of love. The goal? Of course its knowing that your dog honors its heritage..."

 22 February 2011
- Video mail (son of our Delux and his young master)! Dobes and the kids- who said they can't get along?!

 16 February 2011
- Scottish Deerhound Foxcliffe Hickory Wind taking Best In Show at the 2011 Westminster Dog Show! This dog belongs to and was bred by MY VET!!!!!! Yey!

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 5 February 2011
- Judging by the DCM (DNA) results, our L, I, J and G litters are DCM-negative by parentage and N and U litters have at least one negative parent. Woot Woot! More testing coming.

 2 February 2011
- Black Stranger Bianca (daughter of our CH. Delux)

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 1 February 2011
- Our recent trip to DC with the puppies.

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 31 January 2011
- 31 January 2011
Emaciated Doberman survives, generates world-wide following
Doberman доберман Miracle the Doberman looks like a completely different dog compared to when he was found near death in an alley three weeks ago.

Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus (IDR+) is amazed at the outpouring of support from all over the world for an emaciated stray that came into the rescue three weeks ago.
"I've got over 20 years in this line of work, and have seen my fair share of emaciated cases. His original condition, recovery, and the publicТs reaction to him is just beyond words," said IDR+ volunteer Andy Ivanicky.
Word spread about the emaciated stray, and thousands of people wanted updates. The IDR+ Facebook fan page was inundated with comments and posts of support for him. The main IDR+ website overflowed with donor acknowledgements. People could not get enough photos and videos of his progress. Emails, letters, packages and Facebook comments from dog lovers came as far as Alaska, Hawaii, England, Spain and Australia. УAs rescue volunteers, we are familiar with people rallying around a particular animal in need, but the outpouring of support for Miracle is a reminder of why all rescuers do this,Ф said Lara Trapp, IDR+ treasurer. УWe are so grateful to those who have provided for his initial care and allowed us to do what we do best and hope those people know how much their donations and well wishes have helped.Ф
On January 11, IDR+ received an urgent call about an emaciated Doberman who was found in an alley. Animal control did not think he would make it, but IDR+ offered to give him a chance, so he was rushed to Animal Medical Clinic of Joliet. УWe honestly did not know if he would survive the car ride to vet. All we could do was hope,Ф said transporter Nikki Koth. УThe whole car ride I just kept petting him and trying to keep him warm. I kept saying, Сplease just make it there.ТФ
When he first arrived at the animal hospital, his temperature was so low it did not even register on the thermometer. Some people wondered if euthanizing him would be the kindest course of action. He could not lift his head, and his eyes were sunken in. He weighed 33 pounds; nearly 60 pounds underweight for a healthy Doberman of his size.
УI estimated he had less than two hours to live,Ф said veterinarian J.A. Etsinger, DVM. УHe was hypothermic, semi-comatose, hypoglycemic, and extremely dehydrated.Ф
Dr. Etsinger and vet tech Kathy Harding put him on a heating pad and gave him warm IV fluids and antibiotics even though his veins were collapsed. Within a few hours of veterinary care, his temperature registered at 98 degrees (it should be 102), and he started showing signs of life.
Miraculously, the dog survived through the night, so he was named Miracle. He continued to make enormous strides toward recovery. Miracle started drinking water and eating food; he lifted his head. УI think everyone involved, including myself, was hopeful, but I don't think that anyone was optimistic considering the grave condition he was in,Ф said animal rescue volunteer Dawn Sutherland. УI was elated with the progress he made.Ф
Over the next week, Miracle gained strength and reached some milestones. He ate 12 cups of food a day, and he showed a strong will to live. Dr. Etsinger and Harding stood him up with support and slowly increased weight on his legs. Miracle was soon able to stand, walk, and bark. It was a few more days before he wagged his tail.
"I never thought I'd be so happy just to see a video of dog eating," said IDR+ adopter and volunteer Tasha Huebner, who followed his progress on the IDR+ Facebook fan page.
Usually, when dogs endure this amount of trauma, their internal organs begin to shut down, and that was a concern for Miracle. However, his bloodwork indicated no major red flags, and the only issue the x-rays showed is that he had apparently eaten some wire. Miracle had a serious puncture wound on his front leg that is still healing. He also had other deep skin sores from lying on concrete.
УMiracle already has several adoption inquiries, but he will not be ready for adoption for a while yet,Ф said IDR+ President Pam Abare-Newton, who is now fostering Miracle in her home. УHe still has several months of recovery including three surgeries to fix his entropian eye, remove the wire, and neuter him.Ф
Everyone is pulling for MiracleТs full recovery. One Facebook poster requested a t-shirt for people to show their support for Miracle, so IDR+ designed one and made it available at www.cafepress.com/MiracleDoberman. Several people offered to donate percentages of their business sales to IDR+ in honor of Miracle. Doberman groups all over the country were abuzz with his progress and organized donations of their own.
"Miracle makes you realize that there is hope and there are good people out there. He is an inspiration and watching his progress touches my heart every day," said IDR+ Board Member Kristen Carey.
To view photos and videos of Miracle, as well as receive more information on his story, please go to the Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus page on Facebook or www.ildoberescue.com.

 25 January 2011
- United Doberman Club Nationals will be held end of April in Raleigh, NC. http://www.workingdobermansofthecarolinas.com/News.html
- IABCA show 19 & 20 - Richmond, VA http://www.iabca.com/calendar.html

 24 January 2011
- Cryptorchidism: Undescended Testicles in the Dog Doberman доберман
At birth, the testicles of a puppy are still within his abdomen. As the animal develops, the testicles slowly 'descend' into the scrotum. In mammals, sperm development does not occur correctly at the high temperatures found within the body. The testicles are therefore held outside of the abdomen and within the scrotum to provide a cooler environment. The production of testosterone is usually not influenced by temperature. Frequently, owners notice that the puppy they just purchased only has one or possibly no testicles within the scrotum. Although different dates are listed in some of the veterinary literature, both testicles are usually within the scrotum by the time the animal is six weeks of age and they should definitely be there by the time the puppy is eight to ten weeks of age. If one or both testicles are not present at that location by twelve weeks of age, they probably never will be and the animal is said to be suffering from cryptorchidism or 'retained testicles.' This is a disorder that may be passed from generation to generation.
What are the symptoms?
These animals rarely show any abnormalities because of this condition (occurs in approximately 0.8 to 10% of dogs depending on the breed). They have normal activity levels, growth, and behavior. Although fertility may be affected, they will usually show normal breeding behavior and frequently impregnate females, especially when one of the testicles has descended into the scrotum.
What are the risks?
Some researchers believe that dogs with cryptorchidism may have a higher incidence of other testicular diseases. Specifically, these would be cancer and torsion.
What is the management?
Cryptorchid dogs should never be allowed to breed. This is a well-documented genetic trait, passed on to future generations. In addition, because of the potential for an increased incidence of torsion or cancer within the retained testicle, it is strongly recommended that all of these individuals be neutered. The surgery to remove a retained testicle is more involved than a routine neuter. The veterinarian must literally hunt for the testicle, which may be located anywhere from the area around the kidney in the abdomen to the muscle near the groin.

 23 January 2011
- Head bobbing is a common occurrence in certain breeds such as Boxers, Dobermans, Cavalier King Charles and Bulldogs. Some cases can be also be observed in mixed breeds. The condition is better known as "Idiopathic Head Bobbing Syndrome". In simple words, head bobbing which cannot be linked to any medical conditions and is in most cases harmless. While the syndrome may appear very annoying, it is generally not harmful and most dogs live well with it. It appears in most cases to bother much more the humans observing the behavior, than the dogs. However, your dog should see the vet should there be changes in the level of consciuosness. If he seems unresponsive and will not raise his head when you call his name it could signal an uncontrollable seizure.
Most dogs will suffer from episodic attacks. They may be symptom free for weeks or hours and then the head bobbing returns. The head bobbing also seems to subside when the dog is busy in an activity such as eating or playing. In some cases, head bobbing may be associated with low glucose levels in the blood. Puppies have on occasion shown head bobbing episodes as well as their calcium levels are low as well during their development. In some cases episodes of head bobbing have been linked to the administration of heartworm medication. While annoying, most Idiopathic head bobbing cases do better if left alone. Most dogs live just fine with the syndrome and adjust accordingly, leading still a good quality of life.
VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nucc0rajrPI&feature=related

 22 January 2011
- Would like to share a very interesting article. Eventhough it is regarding two American-bred champions, they are still dobermans no matter what type.
"Comparison of Dictator and Storm

Doberman доберман As Dobermans, Dictator and Storm were in a class by themselves. No others were shown so few times and made such an impact on the public. They were not famous as Dobermans, they were famous as great dogs. In a breed never favored by enthusiasm from the publicity media, they were ambassadors of good will, each outstanding in his own era, first the red then the black.
Dictator dominated the 40Тs as Storm dominated the 50Тs.
They were retired from competition in their third year, and died in their tenth. Both were royally bred, each acquired as puppies for very little; Dictator for $150, Storm for the cost of his transportation. Storm was a Sagittarius and born lucky, the only male to survive in his litter and to have number 13 bring him luck for the rest of his life. Dictator was a Leo and really not lucky, not even to the end of his life.

Storm was bred by Rancho Dobe in California, and died in the East. Dictator was bred by Glenhugel in the East and died in California. They were never shown in California, although their owners were really Westerners. StormТs owner was a breeder and judge before he was shown, but did little Doberman breeding thereafter; DictatorТs owner became a breeder and judge after his show career, and has continued in both capacities ever since.
Ridiculous stories were invented about both of them regarding the vast quantity of puppies they had sired. This happened not only in their lifetime, but even until the present day. Neither dog carried the dilution factor, nor did their black descendant, Top Skipper.

Doberman доберман DictatorТs owner was the breeder of the first litter sired by Storm. The dam of the litter was Damasyn Sikhandi, DictatorТs daughter out of his granddaughter. When Storm won the Garden, the puppies were six months old. In two months, Dictator would be dead, and with him, their 3-year old dam. One of the puppies, Damasyn the Easter Bonnet, would later produce Top Skipper.
Neither dog was ever campaigned, and their show careers were very short with Dictator shown eighteen times and Storm twenty-five. Dictator achieved national fame when he won the Cleveland Classic at two and a half, retiring 11 months and 14 shows later when he won the Working Group at Westminster. Storm achieved national fame when he won Westminster at the age of two, retiring 14 shows later when he repeated the win at the age of three. Dictator was shown under specialty judges and all-rounders. Storm was shown under all-rounders, except for one breed specialist. StormТs prime contender in reaching the top spot was Bangaway, the Boxer; DictatorТs were two Boxers, El Wendie and Warlord.
In the brilliance and brevity of their show careers, the two stand alone in American Doberman history. Each, during his lifetime, captured the imagination of the press, the adulation of the public, and the admiration and respect of those in other breeds, including the judges.
They were always good copy. When Ferry, the black German import, had won the Garden in 1939, the judge who awarded the win was quoted: УThe only thing I didnТt like about him was that I couldnТt touch the devil.Ф To a press, whose opinion of Dobermans was based on this sort of publicity, the friendly red American-bred was a contrast and a happy discovery.

Doberman доберман The country was at war. The male half of DictatorТs ownership was a Marine Captain on active duty and never present. The female half, in the eyes of reporters (who never read dog magazines) was an ing?nue with a nice pet given to her by her husband as a Christmas present and discovered by experts to be a pot of gold. Dictator was piloted to his victories by an unassuming man in a blue serge suit (his breeder) or his mistress who, as one reporter put it, Уseemed so all alone out there against those men professionals.Ф
Well, there was nothing professional about DictatorТs show career or any other aspect of his life. Professional handlers kept their dogs in crates in order to keep them fresh and sparkling for the finals. Though never unattended, Dictator was on a show bench, literally smothered by an adoring public. He ate it up. But by the time of Best-in-Show judging, it was a sheer miracle that he had anything of himself left to give. This, in fact, was his undoing at Westminster, on the final show of his career.
He was three and a half, in prime condition, and the reporters were so sure he would be the winner that Life Magazine spent the afternoon photographing a judging series with Anton Rost the judge and Tator the model. A professional could have insulated him against the public and photographers. Well-intentioned though they were, their demands were insatiable.
By the late hours, of that second day, I knew that only a miracle could help us. The greatest dogs in the country would be in the final competition, but I had heard that a spunky newcomer had fought his way into the charmed circle. He alone could provide that miracle if I could just get near him when we first came into the ring. A snappy challenge from the fiery Scottie would be the life-giving injection Tator needed.
But destiny was to thwart us, as she did on many occasions. The clock was nearing eleven as Tator and I waited downstairs on the bench by ourselves. Everyone else had gone home, or upstairs to watch the judging. I didnТt realize the loudspeaker system did not include the basement where the dogs were benched.
Suddenly, there was Dick Webster, who had so often been our good fairy. He had been running and was out of breath. УYouТre supposed to be up in the ring. Hurry, theyТve been calling for you and the judging has already begun. Van Meter isnТt there either, УI pulled Tator off the bench, snapping the leash on him as we ran the long way up into the big ring.
The dogs were set up and partially judged. The Scottie, already gaited, was minding his own business, eyes glued to his handler in perfect decorum, I knew immediately that there would be no miracle. We had arrived too late and all was lost. When the dramatic announcement was made that the Office of Defense Transportation had banned the big sporting events for the Duration, I decided that I would never show Dictator again. It was too nerve wracking, not for him, but for me.
The Life Magazine people were sympathetic, as indeed they should have been, for I had been reluctant about the pictures they had planned to run. In their issue covering Westminster, the only finalists they showed were the triumphant Scottie, and underneath, a big picture of Tator with the caption: Sentimental favorite was the Doberman, given by a Marine Captain as a Christmas present to his wife.Ф
The next day, Dictator received as much publicity as the result of not winning as the winner himself. Well, thought I, such are the fortunes of war, we can never look backward.
Dictator, throughout his lifetime, was as nonprofessional as could be conceived. He didnТt even have a stud card. The only movies of him were made, not in his prime but at the age of nine. They were done by Curt Sloan to illustrate McDowell LyonТs lectures on his theories of what really was correct gait.
Everything about Storm, on the other hand, was smoothly professional. His owner was an advertising executive of one of the best New York agencies in the business Ц Batton , Barton, Durstine and Osborn, the famous УBBD&O.Ф In the publicity, the movies made of him, Len CareyТs fine hand could be seen everywhere. Except on one occasion, when he handled him himself under Mrs. Dodge, Storm was always handled by the top professional in Dobermans, A. Peter Knoop.
Comparing the two dogs is like comparing home movies to a Hollywood production. Storm was a handlerТs dream. Dictator was an exhibitorТs nightmare. No dog could compare with him when he saw something that attracted his attention, but this happy circumstance could never be counted on, not foreseen, at least by me. Years later, Nate Levine would offer to campaign him for me without charge, saying that he had never really been seen, that a novice could handle a dog in a showing mood, but it took a professional to keep him showing when he wasnТt. However, StormТs showmanship could be turned on as easily as water from a faucet, a quality he inherited from Jockel von Burgund, rather than Jessy, as had so often been stated.
They were of totally different breeding, but I have spent the years trying to combine and consolidate the best of both. They were two great dogs, the like of which is rarely seen in any breed, each making a tremendous contribution to the prestige of the American Doberman.
Peggy Adamson"

 21 January 2011
- Tess Henseler on Breeding Doberman доберман
Breeding is an art to be learned only by experience and faithful study. An animal may have all the qualities desired, yet for some reason fail to pass them on to its offspring, while another not nearly so perfect, may produce better offspring than does the better dog. For this reason, when choosing breeding stock demand first that they have good pedigrees, which means that the immediate ancestors were good individuals: second, that the individual in question be of good type and have as many desirable characteristics as possible. Third and most important that he or she has proven itself as a producer. If possible, examine as many of the offspring as you can. Do it yourself; donТt listen to others, because to ten questions you will probably get ten different answers and opinions.

Prejudice is the most redoubtable foe of reason. We must battle against it, without allowing ourselves to be deeply moved by the opposition of our contemporaries. There is quite a bit of question and discussion as to whether the sire or the dam contributes the most qualities to the offspring, and which is the most prepotent. Let us say that all things being equal, there is as much probability that at times the bitch will be more prepotent as at other times the stud dog. The parent that is the more intensely bred will in most cases be the more prepotent.
Trying to predict an offspringТs success can be risky business. Bloodlines obviously are a key to the determination of a dogТs future; however, in breeding, desirable genes can forget to co-operate. There is only one basis of successful breeding by the selection of parents; bloodlines must be taken in account. A breeder should not be influenced because a dog has one good ancestor four or five generations back. He should study the consistency of the ancestor as a producer throughout the pedigree; an established record cannot be denied. Just because a dog is a good showman and winner it does not prove that he can produce.

Doberman доберман It is not all unusual when listening to some people, or even reading their advertisements, that they only mention the sire. It is not only in dogs but also in horses, and one has to wonder whether or not they had a mother! In my own experience I learned fast that the bitch is the backbone of good breeding. For example, a stud dog (1) sired 55 Champions. My own bitch (2) produced 17 of them and two other bitches (3 and 4) produced 5 Champions each; thus, 3 bitches produced 27 of the 55 Champions. In horses, the Arabs traced the pedigree of the mare and considered her much more highly than the stallion; a good stud cannot make up for a poor bitch, or vice versa. So, when starting a breeding program, it is wise to get the best bitch you can afford, she will be the backbone of your breeding program.
Remember; it is better to marry the worst member of a good family than the best member of a bad family.
Tess Henseler has bred 70 American champions under the vom Ahrtal affix during the past 35 years. The dogs and bitches referred to in the articles are as follows:
1.AmCH Delegate v d Elbe 3. Tauzieher Lady Ambercrest
2.Meadowmist Isis of Ahrtal 4.AmCH RavenburgТs Roda

 20 January 2011
- Beauty and the Doberman heh-heh Impressive! Not sure who is more impressive, women or dobes...

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 22 December 2010
- Just pics of Josie and Delberta

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 8 December 2010
- I am totally in love with this dog. Guess who that is. We would like to use him in one of the breeding combinations in 2011. Here winning Regional all-Doberman show.

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 7 December 2010
- How to make natural ears look good:

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 5 December 2010
- Looking through the old files, husband found this cute picture of our Canis Maximus Dea Dorres in Texas. She was a super strong, stocky and thick pup from the very first days.

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 3 December 2010
- The new DCM results have now been released. There are a couple of results which might be surprising and shocking.
Bronco vd Doberwache (Gero v Mooreiche - Kleo vd Weyermьhle) Positive Homo. This male comes from a sire who died at 12 and dam who died at almost 13 years of age! He himself died at 10.5. He was quite often used in the USA by kennels focusing on working type Dobermans. But what a shocker!

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Ernst vd Burgstдtte (Chico vd Doberwache - Carla vd Burgstдtte) Positivie Het
Dori vd Burgstдtte (Tall vd Kusthoeve - Casari vd Burgstдtte) Positive Homo
Gabor vd Burgstдtte(Chico vd Doberwache - Carla vd Bugstдtte) Positive Homo
This means that both dams Casari and Carla are both at least Positive Het.
Another shocker - INT CH. Baron Nike v. Renewal. Died at 12. Believed to be negative since he passed longevity to many offsprings for sure. One of his offsprings (Betelges Unita) tested Positive Homo which means Baron Nike had at least one affected gene!

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CH.Unita Betelges is 11.5 (!!!) years old and is 100% DCM affected according to the DNA test!

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These results are unbelievable! They will turn everything upside down: breeding principles, evaluations, disease understanding. The mechanism of the DCM inheritance is more complex than we expected.
The biggest problem, in my opinion, will be the buyers. If they are afraid of vWD-affected dogs, what can we, breeders, expect from them when they read that any particular dog is Positive? I doubt many will understand the difference between Positive Homo and Positive Het. But just the mere word "Positive" will scare them away despite such excellent examples as CH. Baron Nike v. Renewal and Bronco!
I think all breeders HAVE to test their dogs. No doubt about that. But should we disclose the testing results?
Even the creator of this DNA test strongly discourages removing Positives from breeding, will the buyers be as understanding? Because if they won't, we will rid the breed from this particular problem, but by means of dramatical increase in the number of close relative breedings since there will just be not enough negative options to breed to.

 2 December 2010
- More cookies:
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts or 1 pound of ground chicken
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp garlic
Process in food processor until it's a sticky gooey paste. Grease your hands and spread it on a lightly greased cookie pan. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Let cool and cut in small cubes. Refrigerate or freeze.

 1 December 2010
- Merlyn's favorite cookies...recipe
(amounts are approximate)
1 can pink salmon, rinsed and drained-save the can
2 carrots
2 eggs-including shells
1/2 to 1 cup parsley
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil or salmon oil
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
Place all ingredients in food processor with bottom blade until thoroughly blended.
When everything is blended put it in a big bowl or mixer with bread blade.
Add flax meal/flour - usually 3-4 salmon cans full-mixture should be very dry, but moist enough to hold together.
Once mixed, roll out onto a floured surface and cut. I use a pizza cutter.
Dehydrate until rock hard LOL

 27 November 2010
- A few small studies suggest that CoQ10 appears to aid healing and reduce pain and bleeding in those with gum disease, and speed recovery following oral surgery.
- Tip: How to remove stains and tartar from the teeth. There are liquid solutions sold at various petstores. It works well if you pour some on the tooth brush and clean the dog's teeth once every week or two. Various Holistic supplements and raw feeding help maintain teeth in a perfect condition.

 25 November 2010
- Dilated Cardiomyopathy Mutation (DCM) is a form of heart disease in the Doberman Pinscher dog. It is inherited and our laboratory has identified a mutation responsible for the gene in some Doberman Pinscher. However, it should be noted that in human beings with the same disease, there are many different genetic mutations which can cause this disease. We do not yet know if this is the only mutation in the Doberman Pinscher or if there will be many different mutations. Please keep in mind that we are continually learning about this disease and recommendations will be altered as we obtain more information.
Negative results:
The absence of the mutation in this dog, DOES NOT mean that it will never develop the disease. It means that it does not have the only known mutation that can cause the disease in the dog at this time.
Positive Results:
Dogs that are positive for the test will not necessarily develop significant heart disease and die from the disease. Some dogs will develop a very mild form of the disease and will live quite comfortably, some may need treatment.
Importantly, breeding decisions should be made carefully. At this time we have do not yet know what percentage of Doberman Pinscher will be positive for the mutation. However, removal of a significant number of dogs from the breeding population could be very bad for the Doberman Pinscher breed. Remember that dogs that carry this mutation also carry other important good genes that we do not want to lose from the breed.
Positive Heterozygous (1 copy of the mutated gene and 1 copy of a normal gene)
Dogs that are positive heterozygous should be carefully evaluated for signs of disease (Holter monitor and an echocardiogram). If abnormalities are detected, possible treatment options should be discussed with your veterinarian. Adult dogs that do not show signs of disease and that have other positive attributes could be bred to mutation negative dogs. Puppies may be screened for the mutation and over a few generations, mutation negative puppies may be selected to replace the mutation positive parent and gradually decrease the number of mutation positive dogs in the population.
By Kate Meurs

 18 November 2010
Understanding the Triggers of Canine Separation Anxiety
Have you ever had the misfortune of walking into your house to find overturned furniture, inches-deep claw gouges on door frames, blood-stained tooth marks on window sills, and countless messages on your answering machine from neighbors complaining about your dog barking and howling for hours on end in your absence? If so, you're probably familiar with the term "separation anxiety" - a mild label for a devastating and destructive behavior.
Dogs are naturally inclined to become anxious when left alone. Many well-intentioned but misguided owners of new dogs inadvertently set the stage for SA by doing all the wrong things when they first bring their new dog home.
For example, lots of families adopt their new dog or puppy at the beginning of the summer, when the kids will be home to spend a lot of time with him. Other new-dog parents may take several days off from work, or at least arrange to bring the dog home on a Friday afternoon so they have the entire weekend to help the new kid settle in. On its face, this is a thoughtful approach to acclimating the dog to his new life. What better way to help him feel comfortable and welcome than to give him a couple of days of your loving company?
It's true that spending extra time with the newcomer can help smooth the transition for him, but unless you take some important precautions, you could be setting him up for a rude awakening on Monday morning when you go back to work, leaving him alone all day to wonder and worry the pack is ever coming back to rescue him from solitary confinement.
Search online for more details and advice on ways to prevent and cure canine separation anxiety.

 17 November 2010
- New pics of Delux and his newest baby boy :)

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 10 November 2010
- My take on the DCM test: it is a great thing! However, there are certain things I need to share. Most people with Positive HOMO dogs will keep that to themselves, pride and money involved, until their dog passes or no longer breeds. Many people with Positive HETERO dogs will share the news, and it will help adjust the breeding program of many-many lines. And everybody with Negatives will brag about it everywhere, for some breeders it will a great selling point. Many breeders with Homo and Hetero Positive females will keep breeding their dogs, most likely using Negative males. A dog's breeding life lasts for about 4-5 years. Only after that period of time a Buyer should expect significant changes in the percentage of DCM Positive Dobermans. Not sooner. It is UNWISE to take all positive dogs out of breeding. The narrower the gene pool, the higher the risk of inbreeding and bringing in other genetic problems. Buyers should know that even if their dog is positive, it can still lead a normal life, it can still live to be over 10 - a lot depends on the ancestors and their longevity, nutrition, overall health and care. A great example: INT.CH, Multi-CH, Smart Wood Hills Elisir.

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Although, he hasn't been tested, judging by the test results of his offsprings and simple mathematical calculation, he turns out to be Positive HETERO. Meaning he carries one DCM gene. With one gene a dog might or might not develop DCM. Elisir is 10 years old! A great age for a doberman nowadays. So, while the breeders worldwide are testing their dogs and making changes to their breeding, the Buyer should be knowledgeable about making a good decision. Negatives and Heteros are predominant nowadays and the Buyer should not be afraid of buying a Positve Hetero. They can live as long as a Negative!

 1 November 2010
- WSU DCM test results: They have just over 300 DCM tests completed now with hundreds of requested kits mailed out which they are expecting will be returned. Dr. Meurs will be publishing the population results when they have reached a total of 1,000 Dobes tested.

From just a rough estimate based on the results that have been emailed to owners more than half of the tests are coming back either positive heterozygous or homozygous. Homozygous is rare thankfully representing slightly less than 5% of the overall tests that have been completed to date.

 31 October 2010
- Happy Halloween!

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 29 October 2010
- Just found these cute pics of our L-litter.

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 28 October 2010
- New pics of our Nash Leo - show prospect from the N-litter.

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 25 October 2010
- Socializing a young puppy is extremely important. Today we took two little ones + a boxer to see DC with us. Birds and ducks impressed them the most.

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 23 October 2010
- Fun pics from my parents' house. Dedicated dad moved onto the floor to tend to the cropped boxer pup, Rus Elodser Yularita. SK Shaherezada is always by his side.

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 14 October 2010
- Before leaving for Europe, here are some new photos of us and the N-litter. More pics on the litter page.

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 13 October 2010
- CH. Kadir z Padoku in the States.

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 12 October 2010
- We want the ball!

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 6 October 2010
- Thank you, Jesus, for this person who wrote it all in such a self-explanatory way! Read on, draw conclusions. "I must tell you and all who will listen that I am unconditionally ashamed of the Doberman community as a whole. I have had Dobermans since 1972-ish and have always been proud of the breed. That has not changed BUT having recently had an hour long discussion with a Papillion breeder and I am ashamed of US as a whole. This particular breeder spoke of many breeders in the area, different bloodlines, the local club and the national club and and breed problems and never once said anything negative about ANYONE. Too bad we canТt get along like that. It was really a pleasure talking to her and I learned a great deal from her about that breed. What is it about us that we must denigrate others to make ourselves feel better? Why canТt we look at the problems we have whether itТs rescue, health, showing and not have to tear someone else apart? Why canТt we be supportive of each other and try to work through the problems. (...) So, In My Opinion, IF YOU CANТT SAY SOMETHING NICEЕ.SHUT UP! (...) Just my outspoken opinion. Back to lurker modeЕ..Karen P."

 5 October 2010
- I love this Doberman:

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 4 October 2010
- Puppy happiness comes in three!

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 30 September 2010
- Our precious little girl flew to far-away Brazil. Our first dog to go to Brazil. Good luck, cutie!

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 29 September 2010
- Hooray! IDC now has an official website: www.intdobermann.com What is IDC? It is a European Doberman Mecca. Hundreds of breeders and doberman fanciers gather together for this annual specialty show held each September. IDC 2010 had over 600 entries! It is the biggest event in doberman breed in Europe. Unfortunately it always falls on or around my Birthday.

 12 September 2010
- Musically talented family!

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 26 August 2010
Which side are you on?
"California SB250.

Assemblymember Swanson rose in opposition to the bill (as he has stated he has done every year). He states that what happens to our pets should be between the owner and the pet and a simple understanding of that relationship.
Assemblymember Devore pointed out that California has been ranked as the 47th "least free state in America." He said that the numbers of dogs euthanized in the past 15 years has DECLINED because programs are working. He says that this is a very personal issue. A family issue. Why do we punish others because of a few? This measure is a one size fits all measure. California is not all the same across the 58 counties. We ought to allow local jurisdictions the flexibility to do what is right for them. He urges a "no vote" for this over reaching measure.
Assemblymember Torres rose to speak about a fire she had years ago and had to live in temporary housing. She stated her gardener allowed the gate open and her 14 year old dog got out. Her family continued looking at local shelters and learned that her dog was put in confinement. Had they forced her dog to be spayed she would NOT have survived that operation. She urges a "no vote" as well.
Assemblymember Deleon rose in support of SB250 because it is about personal responsibility. It is about fiscal responsibility, too, because on an annual basis we have one million dogs/cats sheltered in the state. 60% of all animals seen in shelters WILL BE KILLED of the one million documented on an annual basis. 600,000 will be killed annually!!! That is not to house or shelter but to KILL. He states a quarter of a billion dollars on an annual basis because people are not responsible. He says if you do not want your pet spayed or neutered, you can purchase a license for it. The Senate seat he will assume in December has a rendering plant. What happens to the 600,000 animals that are killed? They are taken to waste facilities or rendering plants. He tells of boiling them and taking the meat from the bone. This happens because individuals are not responsible enough. It is a common sense measure.
Nava then speaks and says bill does not affect older animals (maybe 14 years of age) if that animal is unable to tolerate the procedure, there is an exemption. Guarding and herding dogs for "red counties" associated with agriculture are exempt. This bill provides an exemption. Hunting dogs and field trial dogs are exempt provided the owner has already purchased a license. Guide dogs are not included in this legislation. If anyone has told you that these dogs would be effected, someone lied to you. We are dealing with those people who have failed to exercise responsibility and control over their pets. This is a common sense issue. None of you have been around the shelters on the day they identify the animals that are going to be put to death. He described the veterinarian that has to put the animal to death. This is not a simple process. Once those animals are put down, they are piled into 55 gallon drums and stuck in the back in a refrigerated room until they are boiled to their very essense. This bill has been working in Riverside County for some time. The bill works.
Assemblymember Ruskin says previous speakers have been eloquent. He supports this bill so that we take some significant action. He says we cannot continue euthanizing. The better word is killing. The owner has the ability to purchase a separate license. We face a signifcant moral issue here. He supports the bill.
Assemblymember Connie Conway says that this is a very emotional issue. She stated that she says her faxed machine has been jammed and she has received more faxes that any other issue "combined." She is going emotionally with those against the bill. With respect to Blumenfield and the author, the cattlemen do NOT believe that this bill exempts the working dogs. I do not think we can legislate personal responsibility. She asks for a "NO" vote.
Blumenfield rose to close the issue and asked everyone to consider the facts. He says there are exemptions and some people are pushing those exemptions too far. There are exemptions in this bill for health and safety. No one is going to come into your home and ask you to spay/neuter your dog. This bill authorizes anyone to get an altered dog license. It does not force anyone to do anything.
At 12:21pm, a vote was taken on SB250.
Brat Zinsmaster"

 25 August 2010
- I attended the parole hearing for Juan Daniels today along with many other animal advocates. There were people there who came as far as Rhode Island and Boston, Mass. to protest DanielsТ parole bid. Almost three years ago here in Montgomery, Juan Daniels asked to use the family car. Permission was denied and Daniels took out his rage on the family dog, now named Louie Vieutton. Daniels tied the helpless family dog and beat him without mercy with a shovel. Then, he doused him with charcoal lighter fluid and set him on fire. Louie suffered horrific burns and other injuries. It took him months to recover. Louie was at the hearing today and allowed to come in to the hearing room. Juan Daniels was charged and convicted of felony animal cruelty and sentenced to nine and one half years in prison. It is the longest sentence for animal cruelty in Alabama. He has served about 18 months. The vet who treated Louis testified along with the Montgomery County District Attorney. The Board DENIED Juan DanielsТ request for parole. Thousands of letters and petitions from all over the country as well as foreign nations wrote the Board urging denial of the parole. The Board chairman commented that Juan DanielsТ conduct while in prison has been terrible, one violation after another. This monster who inflicted such unimaginable pain upon Louie, a gentle and loving Pit Bull Terrier, will stay in prison where he belongs. Louie now lives with a wonderful family. This case has received nationwide attention and is a big step in the fight to end such heinous acts of violent cruelty to animals. Today is a good day for animal lovers and advocates. - Richard E. Koerner (Bureau of Special Investigations, Alabama Department of Mental Health)

 19 August 2010
- Oh no! A puppy attack!

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 18 August 2010
- My son with our puppy Konni at the vet. Entrusting a child with holding a dog leash means a lot for both the dog and the child.

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 17 August 2010
- A tip regarding ear posting from one of our previous buyers: "A local breeder said that he puts cottage cheese and powdered milk in his pups food for calcium. I started using it and within 2 weeks her ear was standing".

 2 August 2010
- I would like to quote the breeder of Kalora Dobermans. Why very few buyers are interested in showing? Why we go to Europe to title our dogs? Why don't we try here? Here is a good insight into the modern world AKC show ring and what really stands behind the hunt for titles: "I love this breed with all my heart, but I must admit I find myself disliking the show ring more and more over recent years. To me and my family, breeding and showing dogs is a hobby. It is something I used to never mind spending my money on, and I enjoyed going to shows, but in this economy I find it hard to justify spending that money on something that has become less about the dogs and more about cash value. I am truly not sure what has happened to the breed, and with it, the sport. As time moves forward, I have given many newcomers a show quality puppy, but they become disinterested in the show world quickly. As common sense steps in, and the "games" of the show ring become blunt, they shy away from it. Unlike so many of us that are addicted, it's not hard for these newcomers to walk away. It's hard to lose hundreds of dollars for three days of unsuccessful showing and still feel good about the lost time and money afterwords. Entries are down everywhere. AKC registrations are at a minimum, yet showing expenses continue to rise. How can middle America afford to participate in showing dogs? It's inevitable that where you live and where your show affects your ability to be a successful owner-handler. But on top of that, I believe quality in the ring has changed, shifting away from the things that should be important. Emphasis, now is about the quantity of champions versus the general health and welfare of the breed. Part of what is going on in the show ring has now pushed me to finally go for my judging license. Because we all believe we obtain that opportunity - that chance - no matter how small, to make a difference, I hope to insinuate what we all hope for. The ripple affect."

 27 July 2010
- How to make all-natural treats for your dogs:
Cheri's Liver Brownies

Х1 Pound liver
Х1 Teaspoon Pureed Garlic (you can get this in the produce department of your grocery store)
Х1 Package LIPTON DRY SOUP MIX - either Onion, Onion-Mushroom, Beefy Onion (whatever)
Х2 eggs
Х3 Cups Oatmeal (any brand will do)
ХGarlic salt

1.Puree liver in a blender or food processor. If you use a blender, LISTEN carefully because it can get wrapped around the blade and wreck the unit.
2.Add eggs and blend some more.
3.Add garlic. If your dog is a hard sell at baiting, add more.
4.Add LIPTON dry soup (or any comparable flavoured dry soup) and blend some more.
5.Find a BIG bowl. Dump liver mixture in bowl.
6.Slowly add the 3 cups of oatmeal (if you do this enough, you will stop measuring the oatmeal because you'll have a feel for it).
7.Grease a BIG cookie sheet (or whatever) and dump mixture on it. Spread it around. It's like the consistency of brownies, sort of. You can decide on the thickness of the brownie by how you spread it around. About 1 inch thick is right.
8.Cook at about 300* for one hour. CUT IMMEDIATELY, stick in plastic sealing bags - sprinkle with garlic salt, seal and freeze.
If you've got someone really sensitive to liver, you can add more oatmeal to dilute the effect of the liver. You can't make it with anything but oatmeal or it will disintegrate in your pocket. One pound of liver goes a LONG ways with this. I'd guess those of you who are BARF fans could add other stuff too -- veggies and whatever. Play with it.

 1 July 2010
- A tip in order to get cropped ears to stand: by massaging the inner ear until it gets warm you make the blood flow better and the ear to produce calcium to help them stand.

 28 June 2010
- I just received an email from one lady asking why we breed vWD-carriers.
There are only 25% of all dobes that are clear. But breeding only clear to clear we significantly lower the gene pool thus inbreedings are eminent which will eventually lead to more serious health issues.
Here is a good quote from an experienced American breeder: "If only 25% of the gene pool is CLEAR - and you breed ONLY those specimens to one another - you risk creating many other problems, not the least of which is the demise of hybrid vigor and the solidification of numerous other faults/health issues that may be inherent in that small 25%. Imagine this: imagine what it would be like if we were only "breeding" 25% of the human population - what would you have in the way of GENETIC DIVERSITY? Where would you go for hybrid vigor? You might have hundreds of thousands of people with genuis level intelligence that didn't have the common sense to look both ways before crossing the street (so they'd all be run over by cars!) and/or - the manual dexterity to tie their own shoes. For EVERY "action" there is an OPPOSITE BUT EQUAL REACTION. It's the law of nature".

 27 June 2010
- Heart Problems

In heartworm disease, adult worms lodge themselves in the right half of a dog's heart. Only when the dog is heavily infested will the worms move over to the left side of the heart. Heartworms are spread by biting insects. Preventative tablets should be given to dogs that live in areas prone to heartworms (such as the continental United States).

Myocarditis is when the dog's heart muscle becomes inflamed. This can result as a side effect of a previous illness such as Lyme disease. Bacterial endocarditis is a disease that causes the heart valves to become inflamed. This is caused as a result of an infection. Dilated cardiomyopathy is a disease of the dog's heart muscles. The cause is unknown, but does appear in some breeds more than others. The most common dog heart disease is chronic valvular disease, which occurs mostly in small dogs. The cause is unknown.

A heart murmur makes a noise similar to a murmur because of a disturbance in the blood flow. Many dogs have a murmur, but not all murmurs are signs of a serious heart condition. Dogs can live all of their lives with a heart murmur and not have it affect them. Murmurs still should be monitored through regular veterinary check-ups, however, and the dog's weight kept in check to prevent any chance at developing a canine heart disease.

Heart problems in dogs tend to manifest in similar symptoms, no matter what the cause. Dogs will tire more easily, faint, collapse and pant more often. Many dogs develop a cough. Dogs also can develop circulation problems, which appear as bluish colored gums and/or tongue.

 16 June 2010
- A study conducted several years ago with a reply rate of over 800 Dobermans found the average longevity to be about 9 1/4 for males and about 9 1/2 for females. That study was the basis for the DPCA's longevity program setting inclusion in the program at 10 because if they lived to 10 and beyond, it was further than the average as evidenced by the study.

 15 June 2010
- Running Dobermans - beauty in action!

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 3 June 2010
- Germany (and all FCI members) does not recognize either fawn or blue as allowable colors. They may not be shown (or registered). Germany originally did recognize blue--black was the only color allowed in the first German standard but the following year blue and brown (red) were added. About 15 years ago the German standard was revised and blue was removed as an allowable color. Fawn has never been allowed.

 2 June 2010
- What I Learned at the Dog Show
I spent this weekend at the Myrtle Beach kennel ClubТs all-breed dog show in Florence, South Carolina. The club invited me down to talk about the threats its members are facing from the Humane Society of the United States and the rest of the animal rights movement. Since I had never been to a dog show, I said yes. (I grew up thinking that УfancyФ was an adjective. Silly me.)
IТm not a big fan of people who pooh-pooh things theyТve never tried or seen up-close. If one of my children says she УdoesnТt likeФ something on the dinner table before taking even a tiny biteЧwell, letТs just say that doesnТt wash in my house.
And IТve always thought the whole Уdog showФ community was rather mysterious, a kind of benevolent secret society with its own rules, customs, and vocabulary. Sorta like Deadheads, but with a lot better grooming and a lot less fleas.
Truth be told, the dog breeders I met this weekend do have their own peculiar ways of saying and doing things. But theyТre really just ordinary people with a shared hobby. TheyТre really into what they do. And they taught me a lot in just a Saturday. HereТs some of what I learned.
When you go to a dog show, bring your own chair. But donТt be surprised if someone offers to lend you theirs. (IТm typing this in someone elseТs customized, embroidered lawn chair.)

Dog shows are competitive, but the people involved are remarkably supportive of their human opponents. I heard a steady stream of Уcongratulations!Ф offered to blue-ribbon holders from handlers who were trotting away empty-handed.

If youТre a first-timer who asks Уwhat kind of dog is that?Ф too loudly, somebody might look at you funny.

These people treat their dogs like royalty. It was 90 degrees in the shade on Saturday, and the dogs had shade, electric fans, and cold waterЧeven if their owners didnТt.

Judging from this weekend, the typical show-dog handler isnТt a stuffy Brit wearing Saville Row tweed. SheЧyes, sheЧis an energetic 40-year-old married mom whose husband packs up the kids and brings them along on the trip.

Sometimes the kids strut the dogs around the ring. The under-18 handlers even have their own judging category in which their skills are being judged, not the qualities of their dogs.

The name of the game is УconformationФ (not Уconfirmation,Ф as I used to think). Dog show breeders are trying to breed animals that УconformФ to a set ideal of how a breed can look, Уgait,Ф and behave if they do everything right. (I read an article in Wired this week about how Cheetos in the factory are checked every 30 minutes against a Уreference sampleФ from Frito-Lay headquarters, just to make sure the ideal color, texture, and crispiness is being matched. ItТs kinda like that, but it takes years for these folks to make a single Cheeto. And Cheetos donТt pee on you.)

Watch where you step in the parking lot.
If this particular dog show is any indication of whatТs typical, the Уdog fancyФ is a lot of fun for a lot of people who contribute a lot of money to the economyЧand arenТt hurting anyone. УIf weТre not having fun here,Ф one judge told me, very much off-the-cuff, Уwe shouldnТt be doing this.Ф
For the life of me, I canТt figure out why the Humane Society of the United States has such a visceral hatred of everything they stand for.
I think whatТs going on is that HSUS, PETA, and other animal rights groups are conflating breeders whose main goal is to sell puppies with those who just happen to really love Pomeranians, Pinschers, or Poodles. This latter clique of people (far larger than the former) shows their favorite animals because theyТre proud of them, not because they believe it will make their next litter worth more money.
ItТs not hard to understand HSUSТs stated motivation for attacking people who breed dogs. The group wants everyone to believe that rampant pet overpopulation in America is all their fault. But personally, I just donТt see it.
I didnТt meet Уpuppy millersФ this weekend. I met hobbyists, just like if I were at a model railroad convention, an antique fair, or a swim meet. They ask after each othersТ kids. They visit each other in the hospital. They have knitting circles where the dogs watch approvingly. TheyТre 50 percent garden club, 50 percent church pot-luck. Zero percent animal abusers.
I asked one breeder how much money she had spent raising her champion dog, a mammoth Anatolian shepherd. УWho knows?Ф she answered. УI never really added it up. If youТre pinching pennies you probably arenТt treating the dog right.Ф In addition to the two purebred dogs she was showing, she had Уtwo rescue mutts at home, and they have the same food, supplements, and everything else my show dogs get.Ф
And when I asked one of the veteran breeders how many of her peers raise dogs so they can sell the litters commercially, she looked at me like I was from Mars. УWe all sell dogs, son,Ф she told me. УBut none of us make a cent doing it. And I know where all my dogs live. If anyone canТt provide for them, we take Сem back.Ф And then, almost as an afterthought: УI sure donТt want any of mine going to the pound or a rescue.Ф
Everyone I asked about this had the same kind of answer. If they found out that any of their puppies wound up in a shelter, theyТd sure do something about it.
So why all the hostility from the Humane Society of the United States? Why did I hear from North and South Carolinians who had beaten back attempt after attempt from HSUS to have them taxed, registered, regulated, raided, and otherwise priced out of their hobby? What is it about these men, women, and children, so passionate about running up and down a concrete floor with their pets, that demands intervention from activists who think they know better?
Maybe itТs that HSUS thinks the only way to shut down Уpuppy millsФ is to paint every dog breeder with the same broad brush. Maybe. I havenТt yet really wrapped my mind around why HSUS is opposed to everything I saw this weekend. I just know that it is.
As with pretty much every group of ranchers, dairymen, biomedical research scientists, and chicken farmers IТve met, the breeders I spoke with this weekend had varying levels of awareness about the looming political threat from HSUS. Some of them canТt be bothered to be bothered. Others are fired up at the mere mention of Wayne PacelleТs name.
УSomebody has to take that guy on,Ф one 50-ish man barked when I brought up the name of HSUS's CEO. УThat whole movement is nuts. After I showed up to lobby against HSUSТs last North Carolina breeder tax, I started getting calls in the middle of the night, untraceable phone calls, from these people saying they were going to come on my property, take my dogs, and burn my house down. I told Сem my new rifle has an awesome night scope. That pretty much ended it.Ф
I spoke to the crowd after the Best In Show was awarded, in this case to a fluffy pekingese named УNoelle.Ф I told them that their problem is the same as the one faced by pork producers, egg farmers, dairymen, and even cancer researchers. But it was up to them to reach beyond their circle of friendsЧoutside their comfort zoneЧif their kids and grandkids were going to keep being Junior Handlers and continue to raise the dog breeds theyТve come to love.
At the end of the day, I have to be skeptical of HSUS's blanket condemnation of pet breeders. I'm confident that there are some horrible ones out there, as there are with any group of people (including animal activists...), but any legislative or cultural movement that lumps the people I met this weekend in with the bad actors is just plain wrong-headed.
Because the dogs I met in South Carolina were among the best-cared-for animals I've ever seen. Anyone who's truly interested in animal welfare would want to make sure more dogsЧnot fewerЧare treated this way. So how 'bout it, Wayne? Why aren't you promoting dog shows?
Probably because you've never been to one.
- Julie Hagen

 28 May 2010
- Warning to all people traveling through the states of Georgia, N. Carolina and S. Carolina. The above states will confiscate your dogs if traveling through them and they stop you and you can't show proof of vaccination for rabies. Also, the state of Georgia can euthinize immediately.
Always have a shot record with you!

 22 May 2010
- Here is a fine example of the American type. A true Doberman lover can see beyond types and differences, beyond tails and ears!

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 6 May 2010
- All-natural diet ideas:
1. A wide variety of foods: beef, bison, chicken, turkey, fish, beef heart.
2. Veggies: no less than two to three different colors in each meal like, green beans, yellow squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, kale, mushrooms, romaine lettuce, etc.
3. Fruit: add a large apple to each meal. Bananas, pears, peaches, blueberries, cranberries, kiwi, melons, apricots,etc...
4. Herbs, rosemary, sage, mint, fennel, cinnamon, parsley, etc.
5. Dairy: eggs, yogurt, kefir, cheese, cottage cheese.
Basic rule: 85% meat, 10% veggies and 5% herbs, friuts and dairy.

 5 May 2010
- Some vets believe that "...dogs are more aggressive than they were 20-30 years ago..." and "dogs are dying at young ages, 2, 3, 4, 5 year old dogs are dying of old age dog diseases such as cancer, heart attacks, and autoimmune diseases. . . ." and the vets attribute this to poor diet, over vaccination, side effects from topicals such as flea/tick repellant, and side effects from chemicals in heartworm prevention medicine. These are all controllable things that we are doing to our dogs.

 4 May 2010
- I like posting what people of the Doberman community think about current problems of a modern-day doberman. Quite educational for the reader. "Cardio is such an insidious disease permeating all lines. It is the bane of Doberman existence. Yet we still have people telling others that they have none in their lines (NOT) and that they won't breed to a dog who has it in the first 3 generations. So they breed to someone who meets THAT criterium only to find themselves with CVI, auto immune problems, and temperament/personality problems. And let's not forget structural deficiencies that make the dog look like a caricature of the breed. Having a wonderful dog that is a joy to live with die suddenly earlier than expected is devastating because the loss of a wonderful companion. Having a dog who is a constant medical challenge with iffy temperament live to a ripe double digit age, is disabilitating for conscientious owners. It's a double-edged sword.
Once again, I ponder just what will happen when the marker is found. Just how much breeding will be done then?
Owners of the giant breeds have to contend with dogs who die regularly at approx. 6 years old. I was shocked to read recently at the estimated longevity of some other breeds. (They have a shorter life spans than our dobes on the average)". (by Penny Cary)
Penny Cary

 3 May 2010
- A good quote on vWD-carries. Well written and self-explanatory:
"Regardless of the fact that breeding only carriers will reduce the occurrence of vWD in the population - vWD is a small fish in the pond of Doberman malady. If a breeder wants to breed only clear dogs that's fine, as long as the breeder isn't fixating inappropriately on vWD. In other words, if a logical and rational breeder spends one minute worrying about vWD, he/she needs to spend - oh - 100 years worrying about Cardiomyopathy and dysplasia. But if EVERY Doberman breeder suddenly stopped breeding carriers, not only would the gene pool shrink and cause all kinds of other hidden genetic diseases to appear - it would also destroy 100 years' worth of good traits. And the funny thing about the whole Doberman vWD is that it hasn't affected the Doberman. Even Dobermans positive for vWD don't have bleeding problems. And how could they? Puppies get their tails docked and usually get their ears altered. Other dog breeds do suffer serious bleeding problems from vWD. But the Doberman community only worries about the possibility that it one day will. So let's all be steady and sure - just like our dogs - when we talk about vWD and realize that it's just good practice to avoid breeding Dobermans positive for vWD, and breeding carriers is fine. And if we're talking about a pet - well - there's no reason. There is nothing wrong with a carrier. If I were choosing between two Dobermans and the breeder informed me that one was a carrier and one was clear - it wouldn't affect my decision in any way".

 2 May 2010
- European vs American ears
Most European countries banned ear cropping decades ago. Although this hurt the popularity and image of the breed, a true Doberman lover can see beauty beyond long ears and a funny tail. In the US, here and there, congressmen sometimes propose a crop&dock ban. The American Veterinary Association issued a statement that they do not support cropping and docking for cosmetic purposes. But what do you do with a man-made breed that was created to look as it used to look before all these bans? Dobermans traditionally had cropped ears and docked tails. That's how the breed creator saw it and utilized it.
Another thing. American showing is all about glamor. Tiny toe nails, conditioned coat, laser treated teeth, shaved ears. Ears not done the expected way - no chance to win. European exhibitors are so far from this.

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 1 May 2010
Not just a bragЕnot just a stepping stone to a higher titleЕnot just an adjunct to competitive scoresЕa title is a tribute to the dog who bears it. A way to honor the dog, an ultimate memorial. It will remain on record and in memory for about as long as anything in this world can remain. Few humans will do as well or better.
And though the dog doesnТt know or care that his/her achievements have been noted, a title says many things in the world of humans, where such things count.
A title says your dog was intelligent and adaptable and good-natured. It says that your dog loved you enough to do the things that pleased youЕhowever crazy they may have seemed.
And a title says that you loved your dogЕthat you loved to spend time with him/her because he/she was a good dogЕthat you believed in him/her enough to give him/her yet another chance when he/she failed and that, in the end, your faith was justified.
A title proves your dog inspired you to that special relationship enjoyed by so few; that in a world of disposable creatures, THIS DOG with a title was greatly loved and loved greatly in return.
And when that dear, short life is over, the title remains as a memorial of the finest kind, the best you can give to a deserving friend, volumes of praise in one small set of initials after the name.
An obedience title is nothing less than love and respect, given and received and permanently recorded.
Printed with Permission
SandyMowery - 1998

 20 April 2010
- This is primarily a result of work completed by Michael O?Grady, DVM, MS, ACVIM (Cardiology), at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. Dr. O'Grady is reporting:
1. Dobermans, free of heart disease, have hearts that are normally weaker than those of other dogs.
2. Dobermans are affected with dilated cardiomyopathy more than all other breeds combined.
3. At least 28% of all apparently normal Dobermans will develop DCM.
4. Both males and females appear to be equally affected.
5. Dobermans that appear to be healthy but demonstrate even ONE premature ventricular contraction (PVC) detected on a routine electrocardiogram (EKG) and cardiac ultrasound results consistent with DCM can be expected to die within 1.5 to 2 years if left untreated.
6. Sudden death (death within 5 minutes of onset of visible symptoms) is the first and only physical sign in 17% of the Dobermans with DCM.
7. There is no cure at this time, but therapeutic measures are possible.
The pattern of inheritance is not known.

 15 April 2010
- VCA and Banfield are large corporate interests inhaling veterinary clinics - buying them out - by the hundreds in recent years. When a business model defined above all else by profits and financial proceeds replaces an operational hospital model of attentive, compassionate patient care, our animals WILL suffer the physical fallout and our hearts WILL suffer the resulting fallout of such a paradigm shift. When your beloved dog, friend, family member is no longer seen as such but is considered instead- yeah, really- an ATF (Average Transaction Fee), trust me, believe me, I can tell you from *the inside*- YOUR DOG IS IN TROUBLE. (quoted)

 7 March 2010
- So, here I am at Tractors Supply. Their selection of dog food brands inspired me to write this post. I am very well versed in what ingredients are considered best in a dog food formula. Here is my analysis.
1. 4Health. Probably best ingredients for a relatively low price. Large Breed Formula: $30. 2 first ingredients - chicken. Awesome! Then some grains but no corn which is great too. 23pc protein. Chicken and rice. 30$. Same thing. 26 percent protein. Will definitely try it on my dogs as it is very similar to Authority that you can only get at Petsmart.
2. Taste of the Wild. With BISON and VENISON. A bit expensive $43. But the ingredients are worth it. No corn. No cheap meat, no by-products. High meat content. But very high protein - 32percent. Not for couch potatoes.
3. Blue. $47. 2 first ingredients - chicken. No corn. Good food.
4. Science Diet. $40. Large breed puppy. First and third ingredient - corn. 2nd - chicken by-product meal. I don't know about you but I don't see my dog growing up on corn. Not for this money.
5. Proplan. $41. 26percent protein. 2 corn ingredients. By-products.
6. Nutro. $40. Lots of rice, one corn ingredient. All of this outweighs chicken meal as the 1st ingredient.
7. Eukanuba. $40. A whole bunch of grains and by-products. Uhm, no!
8. Nature's recipe. $45. Very good content. A bit pricey. 25 percent protein
9. Diamond. Revised formula. $28. Great ingredients for the money. 26 percent protein.
10. IAMS. Caused massive diarrhea in my dog. Will pass that one.

 27 February 2010
- Learn to enjoy simple things. Your dog will help you. Go hiking. Mountain climbing. Bicycling. Picnicking. Go visit dog-loving friends. Attend a dog class. Go sightseeing. Traveling. All with your dog!

 26 February 2010
- Would like to share a very interesting post - a great insight into Doberman's health and breeding. Posted by: Lori Ringelberg.
"Here, Here! It is exasperating. I have been looking for a stud for my bitch for half a year and of course I start at dobequest looking for cause of death history. I lost my male to cardio last year, my first dobe. You come into the breed being told of the devastation that cardio ravages on the breed, but they are just words, until you actually live it, now I am stonewalled. I read a post on cyberdobes a long time back. They were throwing around cardio. I read that a breeder shouldn't breed a bitch or a male if cardio has shown up anywhere three generations back. Try working with that, especially if you are starting with an older male (eight years or older) just because you figure it is still breathing, good sign, and the health records will cover a greater period of time. It's like writing your own epitaph even before you start. Danny, the omissions of cause of death on the records, is nothing short of fraud. The DPCA Code of Ethics ask the members to support them and their concerns over the health issues in the breed. It also asks its members to breed only with the intent to better the breed with health, structure and temperament in mind. It is hard to live up to this code when so many don't disclose. As Mommy always preached when growing up, "to not admit the truth is the same as telling a lie". I think Dr. Phil says something like that too.
I have spent 6 months looking at pedigrees. There is more omissions to cause of death than carter has liver pills. Many of these dogs on dobequest were breeder's show stock or breeding stock and to believe that they had no idea what they died from is ludicrous. Some lines never acknowledge cause of death (unless it is an occasional cause of bloat, torsion or cancer). In my exasperation when I see a line of animals that have left this earth and travelled to the great beyond in the unmarked coach car, I either think the breeder was so callous and irresponsible to the breed that they didn't give a rat's ass what demons they had in their lines or they knew, and then of course, were just deceitful. Just for fun, I pull off the pedigrees and write cardio beside every dog that has passed on without any comment from the breeder. Doesn't leave much to work with. It would be nice to even get (it was a complete surprise but didn't bother to do an autopsy for cause of death, or didn't even bother to take it to a vet when it was failing to see what was off so I could hazard a guess).
It is the big "hush" "hush" game. You don't rattle my world and I won't shake a rattle at yours. There is an insider crowd that secretly knows the ghosts in each other closets, but they are part of that society and the code word is "shush". So we stumble along, repeating each others mistakes, again and again at the expense of our animals, even profiting from realized mistakes, but doesn't that litter look good!!! We are racing into the tunnel that Peta and AR groups have painted for us. Purebred dog breeders breeding sick, inbred mutants. Damn the purebred! Hail the Mutt! Buy a rescue! The media is painting purebreds in a very negative light. The Canadian Veterinarian Medical Association has identified certain breeds for "recommenced discontinuation" due to genetic health problems. The doberman and cardio is one such identified breed. That rather puts the onus on us to clean house, pull up our socks and do better. It must be us. I don't know who else it would be.
Taking the search to the next level and fine tuning your information with the owner of the stud, sometimes doesn't get much better. If they fail to answer any of the questions I send them, that wasn't an accident, it becomes an instant character assassination and I move on. Many stud owners are wonderful, truthful, answer all questions, even if the answers aren't perfect. To me that is essential. It is their obligation if they offer their dog out as stud to fully inform and disclose all information requested by the buyer. No one dog is perfect, it is merely a game of weighing the facts against what you have and finding a balance, but you cannot due this without information."

 22 February 2010
- Just got back from Germany. Story coming...

 18 February 2010
- Pinkie sleeping in a box with baby clothes! This dog manages to sleep in the weirdest places!

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 10 February 2010
- When you are searching for a sport dog. The dog needs many drives to be successful in the sport. The dog should be balanced in conformation and health so he is physically able to reach the heights and demands for the sport. The scaling wall is vertical. A dog with too straight a front, front assembly to far forward, will have difficulty climbing this wall, with the added weight of a Schutzhund dumbbell. Same for any extremes. Longevity for the sport is compromised. Tracking requires another drive, that should be maintained throughout the pedigree. Hunt drive is often neglected in breeding decisions. It's difficult to train a drive that is not genetically sought after. Bite work requires a strong , confident dog. These dogs must still engage with the helper as the stick hits continue. There is a lot of pressure from the helper. Even in watching AKC obedience. You can see some of the dogs with a weaker nerve , unsettled by the judge moving into his space. Physical soundness affects mental soundness as well . You are fortunate if you have the mental and physical soundness, with the balances of drives, health, and conformation needed for the sport. That also will determine the dogs working longevity. Being true to the Dobermans heritage as a working breed, these balances should be sought for in breeding decisions.
By pamtotaldobe@aol.com

 9 February 2010
- A few years back, Darlene Young wrote a very informative article on dentition with photos: http://www.dobequest.org/dentition.php

 20 January 2010
- The day you pick your puppy has arrived. Please come prepared. With a leash and a collar and paper towels and a doggy blanket.
Also, you need to be able to examine your pup right there:
- Clear eyes, clean ears. Some wax is normal. But look for the redness and odor.
- Bite
- Touch your puppy all over, look for hard spots or sensitive areas.
- Testicles if buying a show/breeding potential.

 17 January 2010

- Finding the right breeder:
1. Check the breeder's expertise in breeding and raising puppies.
2. Don't be afraid to contact a show breeder. Not every puppy is born a champion.
3. Field trials, obedience, shows - the more the better!
4. Health is important!
5. Plan, visit, talk.
6. The breeder has to be experienced enough to be able to select the right puppy for you depending on your criteria.
7. An ethical breeder will not trash another breeder but will ethically try to educate you which breeders are not considered reputable AND why.
8. Intuition.
9. Quality of dogs used in breeding.
10. Quality of past dogs, puppies and breedings.

 16 January 2010
- Kaysar - if this is not a picture of perfection, then what is?!

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 10 January 2010
- Happy New Year everybody! All the best to you and your canines! We've been busy with our little ones, but now we are back!

 15 October
- If your dog has kennel cough. First of all, it's a combination of various viruses and Bordetella bacteria - all of them cause similar symptoms but they are actually different in nature. Bacteria is easily treated with antibiotics. While viruses cannot be treated the same way. Only the immune system can fight off a virus. A virus can also cause a secondary infection which needs to be treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics, in their turn, kill the immune system. As you see, it's like a cirlce. So, the best thing is to provide a lot of immune support. Herbal remedies should not be overlooked. They take longer but they are very effective in the long run.

 10 October
- On my front page I talk about what an ideal doberman should be like. A friend. A protector. Just wanted to share one story which describes what our dogs are like IN REALITY.
So, my parents quite often spend time in their country house. One night dad was walking one of our dogs, Kadir z Padoku that was. All of a sudden Kadir froze and started growling at the trees. Then my dad heard threatening voices telling him to keep his dog away or else. Shortly after, one huge guy showed up yelling at my dad. Kadir was where he was to begin with - right between dad and the drunk guy. Growling, hair up, standing on the tips of his toes, not moving. Right behind the drunk guy, was standing another big guy, both threatening dad. Kadir was still there, frozen, growling. His whole look was so fierce that the only thing the guys were capable of was yelling threats. They were too afraid to confront a growling doberman! I would be too. LOL. That's the kind of dogs we have!

 3 October
- Happy Birthday to our G litter!
Happy belated Birthday to our D litter!
Many happy and healthy years!!!

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 21 September
- Dobermans and kids. Can they co-exist? Pics...

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 19 September
- I am in Russia

 10 September
- Our Canis Maximus Dea Dorres flew to Austria to be bred with multi-CH, IPO-3 Titus Tarantula v. Jahrestal.

 9 September
- It finally happened. Our new litter arrived today! So thrilled...
So sleep deprived

 22 August
- IDC - a magic word to any Doberman fancier in Europe. It's a Doberman mecca! IDC stands for the Internation Doberman Club. The Nationals of all nationals. The most important and prestigious Doberman show in Europe. Being in the top 5 in any class is an honor. This year there are over 600!!!! registries!!! Can you imagine the size of this show? Over 600 dobermans in just 3 days!!! The best of the best and not so best are all united during these magical 3 days in the beginning of September. Unfortunately my Birthday constantly falls on the IDC weekend. But one day I'll give myself the best gift ever - a trip to IDC!

 21 August
- Is there a difference between a German doberman and a European doberman. - Not really. Unless you are talking about a pure working German breeding. Dogs of such breeding usually lack in conformation but prove to be some of the best working dobermans.

 20 August
- Not all vets are as competent as we wish them to be. It's a fact. Accept it. I have enough experience to be able to say so. Two different vet on two different occasions, after reading the hip xrays, concluded that the dogs' hips were bad. Well, the OFFA said otherwise. Just recently we received an upset call from our buyer whose vet was yelling at her for wasting money on a dog that couldn't be bred and wasn't show quality because... "something was wrong with his eye"... ???? .... and he said it was genetic... well, if it were genetic and something was really wrong, then that something had to have an official medical name, right? When I asked the buyer if the vet named that 'something' anyhow, if it were a 'cherry' eye, she replied that he didn't and it wasn't a 'cherry' eye... but the vet sure took liberty to yell at the poor woman. As per my advice, she took the dog to a new vet and the new vet didn't see anything bad in his eye. It looked more like irritation after a long flight, and a couple weeks later, whatever that 'something' was, it went away by itself.

 17 August
- One breeding pair of dogs and their offspring can produce 67,000 dogs in six years. Every year nearly 30 MILLION cats and dogs are born in the US. Only 10% will find safe and loving homes. Every year 6-10 MILLION are killed. Most are adoptable but can't find homes. Euthanasia is the single largest cause of death for cats and dogs in the US. Nearly 65% of animals in shelters are killed. The single biggest cause of animal overpopulation is people who do not sterilize their pets. Nationwide the costs of trying to manage animal overpopulation may be 2 BILLION dollars. SPAY AND NEUTER! Not everyone is born a breeder and not every dog should be bred!

 16 August
- Tethering is disgusting and degrading to human nature. Persistent chaining of dogs causes mental, emotional and physical problems. If you see a chained dog, here is what you can do: find out if there are anti-tethering laws in you area, report, or ask your local humane society for help. Donate to organizations that work on such legislations.

 15 August
- While browsing through the shelves at Petsmart, I stumbled upon a catch tag saying "New" pointing at the new looking Authority dog food. It was a few dollars cheaper than what my dogs are eating right now - ProPlan. Usually cheap doesn't mean the best. But something made me turn over the bag and look at the protein % and the ingredients. Turns out it's the same - 26%. Just what I consider the right amount. And then the first two ingredients out of 3 (first 3 comprise the greatest part of the food) were chicken and chicken meal. What could be better?! I keep looking and I find myself thinking that I like what I am seeing. And so 5 bags land in the cart. Even such well established brands as Science Diet, IAMS, ProPlan cannot boast 2 first ingredients being of high grate meat or poultry!
So, we started yesterday. There is no transition in my pack. It's normally: "Okay, guys, we are switching to Nutro today!" Today I discovered more solid waste than after months of feeding Proplan. Will keep you all posted!

 12 August
- We plan on moving end of August.

 10 August
- Gortenzia is pregnant. We are eagerly awaiting our first '09 litter.

 1 August
- A lot of buyers ask me what the best time to start training their dog is. The best time is NOW. You start small. Potty training. Talking. Basic gesture commands. Basic commands: sit, down and come. Your dog has to listen to you and respect you. You are the pack leader. Before you start serious training, you need to accomplish two things: the dog has to be controllable (without fear), and your need to get to the point when your dog becomes either food motivated or toy motivated (fixated will be a better word here). Add praise, and you are off to a great start!

 25 July
- I love dogs that are not afraid of water. Swimming provides a lot of exercise and fun time. Here is what you need to know:

1 Use a dog life jacket
2 Be in the water with your pup
3 Start small
4 Keep it short
5 Make it fun!


1) put a well fitting harness on the dog,
2) attach a long floating rope or leash to the harness,
3) play fetch with the floating toy on the shore at first,
4) When the dog is happily playing fetch then start throwing the toy closer to the water,
5) Then throw it into the water at least five or six feet,
6) Gradually increase the distance of the throw,
7) If your dog is still reluctant to go after the toy get out the other dog who does love to swim,
8) Continue to play with the fetch toy near the water and in the water until the dog is venturing into the water and swimming out to retrieve the toy,
9) practice this until the dog is swimming easily without lots of splashing and thrashing.

 20 July
- The critical time frame for socialization is from around 8 to 16 weeks of age. How to socialize your puppy:
1) Invite a range of people and friendly, healthy pets to visit your home and visit their homes with your puppy.
2) Enroll your puppy in a puppy training class or kindergarten.
3) Introduce your puppy to noises that she'll encounter throughout life. Be very careful with fireworks.
4) Take your puppy to the vet's office. 5) Expose your puppy to unusual things.
6) Go places!

 18 July
- The general principles recommended by OFA for breeding away from
HD (hip dysplasia) are:

1) Breed only normal dogs (meaning, not dysplastic) to normal dogs.

2) The normal dogs should come from normal parents and grandparents.

3) The normal dogs should have over seventy-five percent normal siblings.

4) A dog with excellent hips from a litter having more than twenty-five percent dysplastic pups is a worse breeding choice than a dog with fair hips from a litter experiencing less than twenty-five percent dysplasia.

5) Choose replacement dams that have better hips than their parents and the breed average.

 15 July
- Got an email: "Have a 1 year old black/tan male. Not fixed. Registered. Will you be interested in using him?" NO! First of all, I want to keep my breeding choice solely mine. I pick studs keeping in mind their conformation, show and working titles as well as health test results. And this male, sight unseen, without anything behind his name... why should I use him? Just because he is a doberman and has two testicles?! Please, DO NOT email me with your stud offers.

 11 July
- We DO NOT give other breeder referrals. Do your homework and search online for a breeder or a dog you like. There are hundreds of breeders in the US - do we have to keep up with what they are breeding and selling thus taking away time from our own dogs and pups?

 8 July
- I received an email from one of the people interested in one of our dogs. Just wanted to quote it here to describe what can be considered a total ridicule. Not that the person was completely wrong but rather overbearing in demands. NONE of the tests listed will tell you if the dog is going to be your soulmate for many years to come, if the dog is going to fit in and be of sound mind. The email showed no trust and concern for the breeder. And this is not a way to build a trusting relationship for the dog's lifetime. A normal vet check-up would reveal more than an xray or blood work on a little puppy! Enjoy: "What my vet recommended and I concurred with is that we did not want the vet that knows the dog to perform the pre-purchase examination. We wanted to know the area you lived in and pick a vet of our choosing that had no previous contact with the dog. I always do that or have my vet handle the pre-purchase exams on any horse I am thinking of buying (though we are talking a lot more money for the animal). My vet wanted to tell the vet exactly what tests he wanted performed, x-rays to be taken, blood tests to be done, ultra-sounds, etc. This way we have a pre-purchase exam that we feel comfortable with."

 1 July
- You can't have a BMW for the price of a Toyota. A $2000 pup will not and should not cost less. " hi im tiye i would like to buy ur puppy but im affaid that i dont have enough money the MOST i could spend is $450-500 plzz i realy want him."

 26 June
- The stench of garbage, urine and feces is unbearable. Ammonia hangs heavy in the air, and flies are everywhere. Dim lighting and the constant barking of dogs in distress create a sense of chaos. Row upon row of stacked cages hold dogs matted with fecesЧsome too sick to move. This is the world in which a puppy mill dog lives. MORE - http://www.aspca.org/news/national/06-26-09.html#1

 24 June
- Breeding ethics of European breeders is so different! Traveling thousands of miles to go to a stud deserves admiration. Traveling on buses, trains, plains for hours, borrowing money to just get to the annual IDC show, not to win but to just participate - this is the true spirit of a European breeder. No wonder that with such dedication you won't find puppymilling an issue in Europe. A few years ago we traveled to the World Dog Show which was held in Argentina that year - we had our Daphne, thin wallet, I was pregnant, Argentina was a day of flying away... and yet we went. This will remain one of the fondest memories of our family life until we die.

 15 June
- Sometimes I hear people ask for a discount or a price reduction due to the slow economy. Well, the economy doesn't give us discounts, why should we? We spend just as much and sometimes even more on airfare, travel, stud fees, show fees, training fees, vet bills. The demand is high, the supply is low. We don't have enough litters and pups for everybody interested. So, as you see, the economy is not that slow after all.

 3 June
- I haven't had puppies since November 2008 and I am SO EAGER to have a new litter that I can't wait for one of the girls to come into heat. We plan exciting litters! That just adds to my impatience. A gorgeous male in Austria, a huge, powerful male in Russia, and our Delux - these are the candidates.

 2 June
- Hip displasya is an inheritable disease BUT there is another factor which can cause it as well. Overfeeding and underexercising.

 1 June
- To breed or not to breed. If you can come up with 5 good reasons why you should breed your dog (reasons like making money, "my dog is so..." and seeing the miracle of life do not count), then maybe you should...

 29 May
- When to fix the dog? I'd say that males have to wait until they are a year old to reach full size. With females it'll be best if she is spayed before her first heat. Spaying/neutering is beneficial health-wise, no doubt. But if you have a dog, let's say a male, who's got behavioral issues, like being male aggressive, fixing him won't solve the problem.

 28 May
- AKC registration of a foreign-born dog is not hard, folks!

 21 May
- Male or Female? I hear this question all the time. I think I am a male person but I still enjoy the company of female dogs. Males are more independent, quite often more stubborn. If in tact, they'll take their time marking all visible bushes before they are done. And can run away. Some males can be male dog-aggressive. Males are bigger and stronger. And look more intimidating. Females seem to be better with kids and other dogs. Male-female combination usually works best for those who want more than 1 dog. In tact females have heats 2 times a year. This can get slightly messy. They can also have false pregnancies. Alpha females need to be the only females in the house. Training-wise it does't matter what gender you decided to go with - it will all depend on the temperament of each particular dog.

 19 May
- Are dobermans good with kids? Depends. We've had dogs that were awesome with them and we've had those that barely stood them. We've got three little kids of our own but you never know what kind of personality the dogs are going to develop. In any case, kids have to be taught how to handle dobermans, and vice versa. And kids have to be supervised at all times.

 18 May
- The pups are doing fine. Eventhough we had a bunch of inquiries about the two remaining, they are still waiting for their special one. We never hurry this process. The yellow-collar is gorgeous conformation-wise. He's got everything I'd like to see in my dobermans. Love his angulation! Love his chest! The no-collar male is a total sweetheart. After a vet visit, he decided that was a bonding experience for him so now he follows me everywhere. Sneaks up on me and puts his paws on me. LOVES eating. He's got a very compact body and totally outstanding head, strong, long, powerful with strong jaws.

 12 May
- Three pups arrived from Europe. They come from Zhemchuzhina Chernozemya kennel. A great kennel dedicated to quality breeding. Many champions came out this kennel!

 10 May
- I decided to start the blog because I quite often have great ideas regarding breeding, dogs, Dobermans, showing, dog problems, and writing a whole article is too time-consuming, thus having a blog will suffice greatly.

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