About the Breed
The American Doberman is sleek and powerful, possessing both a magnificent physique and keen intelligence. The Doberman Pinscher is one of dogkind's noblemen. This incomparably fearless, and vigilant breed stands proudly among the world's finest protection dogs. Their bravery makes them a unique one of a kind dog. No task is out of their league. (And that includes the job of lap dog, even if you’re less enthused about it.) They are the 5th smartest breed of dog overall, and are extremely easy to train. So smart in fact, that Dobermans have been used for a variety of jobs and sports, including police work, scent tracking, coursing, diving, search and rescue, therapy, and guiding the blind.
First created by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann (by carefully mixing the German Pinscher, Weimaraner, Beauceron, and the Rottweiler) around 1890, a tax collector from Germany, as a protector and a domestic family pet. They are not as aggressive as they seem! They are wonderful family pets, that love to please their owners, love kids, and snuggle up on the couch.
Dobermans are compactly built dogs, that are muscular, and fast. Standing between 24 to 28 inches at the shoulder. The body is sleek but, substantial, and is covered with a glistening coat of black, blue, red, or fawn, with rust markings, on their face, chest, and legs. Their coats are short, and shiny, which makes grooming a breeze! These elegant qualities, combined with a noble wedge-shaped head and an easy, athletic way of moving, have earned Dobermans a reputation as royalty in the canine kingdom.
A well-conditioned Doberman on patrol will deter all but the most foolish intruder.
I know that buying a pure-breed, can cause some concern, especially when it comes to their health. I just want to make sure that you are aware of any health issues that may occur. I also, want you, as the buyer, to be assured that I do health testing on all of my mating pairs, both dam and sire, to ensure health, and quality of your puppy!
- Dilated Cardiomyopathy- commonly known as DCM- An inherited, irreversible heart muscle disorder . It affects Dobermans more than any other breed. DCM can cause ventricular arrhythmia, or erratic heartbeats, and sudden death. Normal heartbeats are interrupted by rapid beats that fire too closely together, subsequently shorting out the heart, and the dog faints. Cans can be carriers of the disease and never be affected.
- Deafness and Vestibular Syndrome- commonly known as DINGS- Deafness with vestibular dysfunction, or DINGS, is a neurological disorder resulting from improper development of the inner ear. This includes both the cochlea (the part of the inner ear that produces nerve impulses in response to sound vibrations) as well as the vestibular labyrinth (the elaborate set of interconnected canals of the inner ear assisting with balance, among other functions). In affected dogs, improper development of the cochlea prevents proper transmission and amplification of sounds from the ear to the brain. The vestibular labyrinth, which is directly connected to the cochlea, provides information regarding motion, spatial orientation, and head position to the brain. An affected dog may have vertigo, dizziness, balance issues as well as spatial orientation issues. Symptoms can present as mild to severe, but are early onset and can be progressive. Not a lot is known about DINGS, but there a two types of DINGS. I have a WONDERFUL boy, named Gunner, who has DINGS. He is a special boy, who is probably one of the happiest dogs I know! His tail is constantly wagging!! You can follow his journey, in his own blog on my website, called Gunner's Spot.
- Hip Dysplasia- Hip dysplasia is a degenerative condition, which can affect any dog. Although the causes may vary, the effects are always the same: loss of mobility, increasing pain, impaired gait, even behavioral and mood-changes in your dog, including snappishness and depression.
- Von Willebrand's Disease- commonly known as vWD- Von Willebrand's disease is the most common inherited bleeding disorder of, both humans, and dogs. It is caused by a deficiency in the amount of a specific protein needed to help platelets (the blood cells used in clotting) stick together and form clots to seal broken blood vessels. The deficient protein is called von Willebrand factor (vWF). Without this protein bleeding risk of bleeding is increased. However, most dogs do not show signs of the disease until later in life.