Are we watching the extinction of a breed?
This don't come out of the blue.....maybe now it is a eye opener for the ones who follow the herd and think it's the right path......Thank you for sharing this, still it makes you sad.....but sometimes the truth does that . Time will tell....there is less, I know.
We lost our last Dobe with DCM. He dropped dead in the hall. He was only 7. I had heard of DCM but didn’t realise it was so prevalent in the breed.
The Doberman breed is in Dire straits, a fact increasingly evident over the last several decades. The most tragic part of it all is that this perfect breed, that stands ready to literally lay their lives down on the line to protect and serve us, is so indefensibly disserved by "breeders" including more than a few of whom **knowingly choose to use dogs already diagnosed with occult DCM** for breeding.
The newly coined term "preservation breeders" is the most vacuous, jackass, hypocritical, Doberman-disserving one of all: these people largely are the very ones addressed in your writing, those suctioned onto the grand Show Win at ALL COSTS and wholly dismissive of the FACTS you presented. Their Dobermans are mere tokens in their personal subway car crusades to ego fulfillment and self-aggrandizement. (But, their dogs ears are ALL cropped, which is what counts, after all, in serving and saving our breed, of course.)
Thank you, I hope what you wrote will be widely shared. And I hope and pray there are enough individuals who GENUINELY care about the Doberman breed, able and willing to do what it takes to GENUINELY preserve its very existence.
The author may have a number of credentials but she's a misguided kook.
"The Doberman doesn't die of inbreeding. It dies of human ignorance. This is the video I made for Doberman lovers in Germany 3 years ago: https://youtu.be/mL4wuv26068. And still the German Doberman club neglects the existence of the disease and does NOTHING to preserve it. And he does this under the roof of the German Kennel Club which calls itself the club with the strictest rules. Well what are rules worth if they are not enforced? The whole dog breeding world is just a false system in which human greed and ego comes first and the dog's well being comes last. That's the sad reality. And it does not change."
Go get a cup of tea and watch her moving video about the tragedy of DCM in Dobermans.
This is not a problem breeders or clubs will be able to solve themselves. This will be comparable to the rescue of a wildlife species in imminent danger of extinction. These kinds of rescues are very challenging under any circumstances, but rescue of the Doberman will take this to another level of difficulty. Real animal populations get sucked into the "extinction vortex" as inbreeding increases above about 10% because of low fertility, poor health, and short lifespans. Endangered species don't usually hang on until the level of inbreeding is 40% or 50% and a good fraction of the population is dropping dead before they are old enough to breed.
Breeders will need some serious expertise to help them fix this. It's going to take a lot of time, a lot of effort, and a lot of money to turn this boat around. Don't waste time worrying about what should be done and how to do it. Call in the doctor and get busy building a long-term plan. The longer you wait to get started, the harder it will be, because inbreeding will continue to increase and more and more of the gene pool will be lost. And, of course, more Doberman owners will experience the anguish of losing a beloved member of the family to a known genetic disorder.
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