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You mentioned clear Embark results—likely some of the results they are talking about are whether either parent has one or both of two genes that may have something to do with the development of DCM in the doberman.
But DCM is apparently caused by the interaction of multiple genes. A dog can be negative for these two genes and still develop DCM; they can be positive for these genes and not develop DCM. Some breeders run these genetic tests in addition to many other tests, in an effort to gather information as we try to understand the development of DCM in the doberman, but it is almost of academic interest only at this point.
The tests you want to see in terms of DCM and doberman heart conditions are good results on a 24 hour holter and an echocardiogram, performed on both parents within 1 year or less of the breeding.
When you are looking at a puppy's pedigree, you look for things like DCM or short lifespans in the parents, grandparent, siblings from previous breedings, aunts, uncle, and so on—examining that history is important in evaluating the bloodline's health, but like Rosemary said, there are no lines of dobes that are absolutely free of DCM, and a good breeder should know that.