But who is to say our standard is right? It isn't the same as the German standard.
Well, our standard (as most standards do) resulted from the parent club hammering out a blueprint for a dog--in this case the Doberman Pinscher. Todays standard is not the same as the German standard--but up until fairly recently--the German Standard and the AKC standard were nearly identical. For the first few standards they were identical. If you talk to some of the German (or other European) breeders you'll find that not everyone was entirely happy about the change in the German standard about 16 years ago that allowed for a longer dog, made height a disqualifying issue and deleted blues which had been OK in the German Standard since the second year of the recognition of the Dobermann in German (something like 1899).
A standard is an OPINION of a group of people. The same people who for right now won't agree to restrict the registration of White and Z factor dobermans. If they think it is such a bad thing why don't they restrict the registration on them to cut back on the demand for them. I know there would still be demand but it definitely would cut it down some.
Someone else already explained to you why the DPCA can't restrict the registration of either albinos or Z list dogs. The AKC is a registering agency. They will register any dog who is the product of two registered parents. The DPCA can, and did, open the Doberman standard to disqualify "Dogs not of an allowed color." That was in 1982. The disqualification ONLY applies to conformation. A Dobe not of an allowed color is eligible to compete in all other AKC events.
They don't do it because as of right now there is not enough proof that it is bad for the breed, but argument could be made very strongly that blues and fawns are bad for the breed.
That's not why--albinism is not good for any breeding population--whether you chose to not believe that albinoid isn't a type of albinism. Much of the information on albinism stems originally from the study of the phenomenon in human genetics. The basic information hasn't changed in years. What is changing is the ability of geneticists to locate and identify the specific gene which causes a particular phenotype.
I suppose you could argue the point that dilution is not good for the breed. And I'd be more inclined to agree with you if I hadn't talked to at least one PhD geneticist (who decided that she'd rather be a vet and who now is) who thinks there is a good bit of evidence that it's quite possible that the CDA issue (that's the hair loss part--not all dilutes have skin problems) is controlled by a separate gene from the color issue. But it's sort of a moot point since a good many breeders now ALWAYS test for the dilution factor to make sure the breedings that they are doing will not result in dilute puppies.
Just as a good many Australian Shepherd breeders that I know are not (since there is also a genetic test for merle) breeding without testing for the merle gene.
There are Dobes who are blue or fawn and don't have CDA. There are other breeds who have both blues and fawns who never display the alopecia that plagues the Doberman. And there are breeds who have the same problems.
Breed standards do change, so if the breed standard is perfect then why would it ever need to be changed? So just because the opinion of the AKC says they are bad then that means they are? So what about in the case of pomeranians? Merles are proven to have health issues and if bred to each other have huge issues, but they are allowed. So it is ok for a known color to have issues but one that is still being tested and has proof both ways not to be just because a group of people says? Sorry I see some bad logic in that reasoning. I am not saying that they should be able to be shown. I am just saying all the bashing on them until proper evidence comes to light is not good.
Yes, breed standards do change. Great Danes recently had a change in their standard which allowed a color that had always been a disqualifying color. The AKC Doberman standard didn't allow fawn (and Germany has never allowed fawn--having deemed it a "degenerate" gene way back when they did allow blue) until 1969 and the first fawn champion earned her title in 1972.
Changes in the standard take place for a variety of reasons. Some good, some not so good and some for reasons that I think are very bad indeed. I don't think that you are going to be able to argue the logic issue--if you want to do that there will be a contingent of people who will surely decide that because of the huge incident of cardiomyopathy in the Doberman that they should not be a breed at all. Good luck trying to get a go on that theory with the number of people who would rather have Dobes than any other breed regardless of the various built in health issues.
I agree with the folks that think you need to do more research but to be a lot more selective about which information is valuable. I've been reading the output of the albino breeders for years--they've kicked me off of nearly every forum and list that they've ever had--they don't like to be questioned. The source that you have used as a cite is a person who spent a lot of time on a Dobe list trying to convince me that she could prove her albino male was just a faded fawn (at the time there was no test for dilution and she based her arguement on the fact that the male color tested red.) He would still test red--there isn't a test for the albino gene--I have not doubt that there will be in time and then we'll have to revisit the Z dogs to see how many of them no longer are carrying an albino gene--but to date we don't know and have no way of finding out and I certainly would be dead against letting the albino gene loose in the general Doberman population.
Once again. I don't favor one side over the other yet there is just nobody else standing up for the other side right now so I am bringing up points that are valid in my opinion and others as well (some that are against whites still feel that some of these points are valid and hope that they are discredited soon)
Well, the bottom line for me is that I think that an albinoid animal of the Doberman type is an albino--not a white dog. White dogs are dogs like Samoyeds (and albino is a disqualification in that breed too) or even Boxers where the white Boxer is a result of extreme extention of the "spotting" gene. Or white Shepherds. Those are "white" dogs.