Breeder of Working Line Dobermanns for Work, Sport or Active Companions
Vor Allem Dobermanns
I've been enamoured with the Dobermann since I can remember. No other breed of dog moves me like the Dobermann. Their loyalty, aloofnes, structure, expression, movement and courage all combine into a magnificent creature that wants and needs to be with you - whether its on the sport field, in nature or on the couch - the Dobermann is always watching over you.
I have been a student of the breed since 1990 and Dobermanns have been a part of my life since 1996. My views and opinions have changed and evolved a great deal in that time. My goal is to produce healthy, temperamentally sound dogs that are versatile in many venues of the dog world. I only breed when I am ready to add a dog to my training program and hopefully to further my breeding program. That means that I may only have 1 litter every 2 or 3 years. This gives me ample time to research the next possible breeding combination, complete health testing and train, work and title my dogs. This also gives me the time to raise and socialize a litter properly, as well as carefully screen the prospective homes my puppies will be a part of.
The puppies I produce should have the qualities that are required to succeed in many venues, whether that is in bite sports like IPO, ringsport, PSA, or work like Personal Protection and SAR. These puppies will also be successful in Agility and Obedience venues, among others.
I DO NOT breed dogs geared for the North American conformation ring. My focus for breeding Dobermanns is health and character. Conformation is important, but the showring trends should never take precedence over health and character. A dog with functional conformation will be capable of performing the work it was bred for, safely and for many years.
I will ALWAYS choose a Dobermann that HAS the character to perform its job, over a Dobermann that LOOKS pretty, or impressive.
The Dobermann is a working dog. Originating in the late 1800s, the Dobermann was created to be a personal protection dog. The Dobermann's strong reputation and world-wide popularity is due primarily to its looks, versatility and working heritage. Yet, often when people hear "working dog" or "working bloodlines", those who are unfamiliar with these dogs are under the false assumption that these dogs are hyperactive, dangerous, and in general unsuited to family life. Nothing could be further from the truth. My dogs possess the courage and drive to excel in bite sport or personal protection work, yet are gentle enough to play with a room full of kindergartners. They are high drive and will give their all in training and work, but when the day is done they will turn off and happily lounge about with the family watching television.
As a working breed, I firmly believe that it is the responsibility of all Dobermann lovers, but especially breeders, to maintain it as such. But, I also feel very strongly that no matter how much a dog may excel in working endeavors, if it is unable to be a stable and trustworthy family companion, it is not a good representative of the Dobermann breed, and certainly not a breeding candidate. I strive for this balance between work and home life in all of my own dogs, and in the puppies I produce.
At the same time, this does not mean that a Dobermann is an appropriate dog for everyone. When asked if they make good pets, the answer is always "Yes, but...". While they are reliable, devoted and enjoyable companions, Dobermanns, and the working lines in particular, need owners that are experienced with dogs, lead active lifestyles, and enjoy involving their dogs in all aspects of their lives. These dogs are highly intelligent and have a strong, inborn desire to work with their owners and utilize their natural drives. While this makes them highly trainable, it also means that they are not couch potatoes. In addition to regular physical exercise, these dogs also need clear, fair, consistent leadership, mental stimulation through training, and quality one-on-one time interacting with their people in order to be happy, well adjusted and well mannered companions.
If you want a laid-back, low maintenance house pet, a Dobermann is not for you. If you want a dog that will work tirelessly for you, be your constant and faithful companion, defend you and your family with its life AND you have the desire and ability to properly raise, socialize and train your dog and ensure that his needs for mental and physical exercise are met, you have come to the right place.
A WORD ABOUT HEALTH TESTING
While health testing is an extremely important tool to assist a breeder in breeding decisions, it is only that - a tool. There are no guarantees when it comes to health, unless the testing is of DNA material. In the case of the Dobermann breed, the ONLY health testing guarantees are for Von Willebrands disease and Vestibular Deafness. All other tests performed, at this time, are a snapshot of the dog's health at the time of testing.
With that being said, Vor Allem Dobermanns encourages regular health testing of all dogs, whether they are breeding stock, sport dogs or loved companions. Please see the LINKS page for more information.
I am a member in good standing with the following organizations:
Canadian Kennel Club
United Doberman Club
German Shepherd Schutzhund Club of Canada
Alberta Doberman Pinscher Club
Doberman Pinscher Club of Canada