The Dobermann was created in Germany during the late eighteen hundreds by Karl Dobermann, employed as a German local tax collector. He wanted to create a breed that would give him protection during his local collection rounds throughout several dangerous neighbourhoods. Apart from being aggressive, he wanted a dog to look intimidating. He set about looking at various breeds of which he thought would best be suitable for his breeding program. The breeds he used to develop the Dobermann is a matter of some speculation but it is believed that they included a type of Rottweiler, German Pinscher and the Beauceron, others breeds may well have been put into the mix since Karl Dobermann also ran an animal shelter at the time! Eventually, a breed-type became stabilised by about 1899 and in 1900 the German Kennel Club granted the ‘Dobermann’ recognition.
The Dobermann is rather elegant in his appearance, carrying himself proudly, reflecting temperament and nobility; watchful, energetic, alert and determined. The Dobermann is compact, built fairly symmetrical; head is somewhat long and fairly narrow; almond-shaped eyes are dark brown; ears are not cropped in England :he comes in colours of liver and tan, black and tan and blue and tan, the Blue/tan normally referred to as the “Izabella”, how they became described as ‘blue’ is not known!
Von Willebrands Disease – Blood clotting disorder like Haemophilia;
There are three types of status assigned to dogs about VWd. – Clear, Carrier or Affected. The status of each dog is predetermined by its genetics and breeding. The genes are for this are passed from the parents. A dog which is known to be ‘Affected’ with VWd is often (but not always) unable to produce enough ‘clotting factor’ or sticky blood platelets to allow a cut to stop bleeding and heal. Neither Clear nor Carrier animals have this issue and present ‘normally’. For Affected dogs, there is a more significant degree of risk to any surgery this animal has and any vet treating an affected dog should be told of the illness. DNA testing (Finnzymes test) is available to help find those animals who are VWd affected.
Persistent Hyperplastic Primary Vitreous (PHPV)
This is a hereditary eye condition which can cause loss of vision. The ‘skin’ which covers the immature eye does not clear correctly as the dog matures and can leave strands of fibre across the eye impairing vision. Your vet can test and confirm a diagnoses.
This condition occurs when the ball joint of the thigh bone does not fit into the socket of the hip joint with a good tight fit. This creates a rubbing of the bones which can distort the shape and weaken the joint further and allows Osteoarthritis to develop. This condition can be tested by x-raying the hip joints as they are manipulated, whilst the dog is sedated.