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I have a problem with the term 'Reputable' breeder, probably because I had to look the word up for a more clear definition.
Reputable means to me 'with a reputation' as in a good reputation.
Well if that is the case then it is too subjective.
Also the Doberman world does need more breeders, not garbage BYB's but good well educated, honest breeders with a conciousness aim to producing good healthy pups to the interest of the breed as a whole as close to standard as possible.
However just saying buy from a 'Reputable' breeder is no good for the long term as you need to have been breeding a good while to have a 'reputation'.
If there is no support for 'new start' breeders that have 'done their homework' as it were then any hope of using more of the available, very narrow gene pool, becomes a problem.
A responsible, educated/knowledgeable breeder with the express aim to improve health in general and structure/performance of the dog in all aspects of the breed including it's working capability both physical and mental is a mouth full but a better definition.
'Reputable' just smacks of opinion and 'jobs for the boys' to me.
I have seen 'reputable' breeders websites saying you need not train your dog to bite, protection comes naturally, that is horseshet.
Reputable breeders that talk about 'form following function' yet don't test their dogs for physical capability in any way shape or form, some of these dogs have necks that I would be scared to put a collar on, let alone have the dog sent to hit a target at any kind of velocity.
The standard is probably the best thought out standard in terms of detail and logic yet for this present moment in the dobermans history is far too particular for the present available genepool.
It's a very complex standard compared even to similar 'working breeds'
If it is so hard to breed dogs with the 'correct' angles front and rear then there is a pretty good chance that those angles are unnatural for a canine to have. Nature always tends towards the most efficient design, even in species we 'mess about with'
This narrows down the usable genepool, which is already very narrow anyway and WILL spell disaster for the breed, if it hasn't already.
The modern Doberman generally does not resemble the vintage doberman very much anymore which is a real shame.
Aesthetic has taken priority over function to a massive degree with a few underhanded standard changes along the way as far as I can see and tricksy little methods of hiding dogs flaws, such as stacking to hide them and long ear crops for rubbish heads.
One can see this in other breeds such as Neo Mastiffs, basset hounds and the brachycephalic breeds and go 'OMG what have they done to this breed!' yet it has happened with the Doberman in a more incremental way, with the added 'bonus' of developing and sometimes even enhancing one of the most hideous diseases 'DCM' along with it's sidekicks, wobblers and Von Willebrands.
As far as I can make out 'DCM' is pretty much a crapshoot for breeders at the moment, both 'BYB' if they even know about it and 'Reputable breeders' alike have no real method of controlling or even mitigating for it.
Even the pedigree-o-philes have no guaranteed way to mitigate effectively and are themselves narrowing the options.
New lines need to be generated by improving maybe substandard lines in terms of conformation which have good health and working temperament.
The reverse is also true IMO.
Statistically speaking this is the only way to 'breed out' DCM without an effective test available.
The gene pool is being narrowed not widened, by our own selfish, vanity, ego and opinionatedness (holy crap that is a word!)
This is not aimed at all 'Reputable breeders' as such but as a whole picture of how I can see things have progressed, are progressing and what needs to gain real progress.
That is my opinion, if anyone doesn't like it, take your own advice and ignore it.
I am however perfectly happy to debate the subject if anyone fancies it.