Hey, just out of curiosity, I was wondering about why a dog needed to be "in tact" to be a show dog? Or do I have that wrong and it is not a necessity? I don't want to show my pup, but I was just wondering about this. I hear so many stories about leaving them in tact or not until it kind of confused me. I mean if the "show" people leave them in tact but it is not good for the bred then why do it? Or if it is good to leave them in tact unless there is a medical issue why not do that?
It's been pretty well stated already but Conformation shows are a measure of breeding stock. They are designed to evaluate the animals and pick the ones who are the best representatives of the breed. These great representatives of the breed should be able to go on and produce the next generation. It is kind of pointless to give a "stamp of approval" for breeding when the dog can't pass on it's genes. This ideology and the rule comes from way back when shows where just starting.
When it comes to leaving them intact beyond their show careers, some choose to leave them intact and others are happy to get them neutered or spayed. I am HAPPY the day I can get my bitches spayed. Going through seasons can be pain, the bitchiness and mood swings that can come with it can be a royal pain. Plus I compete in performance events, bitches in season cannot compete. Trying to plan entries around when they will be in season is a gamble (one which I lost this weekend- it gets expensive to just throw away entry fees). Their mood swings before and after their season make it difficult to compete or train too.
I plan to leave my bitch (still can't get used to typing that LOL) in tact for as long as possible until my vet and I think it is a health risk for her or something and then having her spayed. If someone could maybe shed some light on this topic for me that would be awesome. Again I'm not showing my pup, i'm just interested in this because well it's interesting to me... :-)
Everyone will have a slightly different opinion on when to spay or neuter (if at all), and you could probably find just as many articles supporting differing opinions, along with what risks are increased and decreased with each option. My personal opinion is I would prefer to wait until at least two, it allows the dog to mature physically. What I recommend to people though depends on how well they can handle an intact dog, and the dog itself.
Oh also, with show dogs I've seen where they have the dog shows like on t.v., but I was wondering are the dogs in the US held to the same standard as the ones in other countries? I know in the US the males have a certain height range they have to be within and the females, but is that the same for the other places? I have not been able to see if there is an "international" standard for dobermans or just a national one which varies from place to place.
There are a few different standards around the world that different countries/clubs adhere too, but the differences in the standards are very minor, they all call for essentially the same dog. You will see a difference in "types" between different regions, but that comes more from different tastes and interpretations of the standard in the region than it does from differences in the actual written standard. All of the Doberman(n) standards have nearly identical height requirements with small differences.
The different standards: Some of these are identical except for changes that have been made in regards to cropping and docking.
The American Standard (set by the DPCA) used by AKC and UDC - Doberman Pinscher Page
Canadian Kennel Club - http://www.ckc.ca/en/Portals/0/pdf/breeds/DBP.pdf
New Zealand Kennel Club - NZKC - Breed Standard - Dobermann - Utility
Australian National Kennel Council - Australian National Kennel Council
(same as NZ I believe)
The Kennel Club (United Kingdom) - The Kennel Club
FCI Standard (FCI has 80+ member countries) - http://www.fci.be/uploaded_files/143GB2003_en.doc