I am going to have to disagree. I think if a person was to go to shows, studied what is out there, they would become educated and could determine what is a good mover.
and to DLS, it appears on this forum, a back yard breeder is anyone who breeds dogs and is not in the ring. I politely disagree. I think that there can be a good backyard breeder. One who is not doing it for the money but to put forth a good quality dog that is healthy, and with even temperment.
You have received very good advice and lots to think about if you will think about it. There are not good back yard breeders, they are either back yard breeders or they are not. If they were not they would be a responsible/reputable breeder.
Horses are not the same as dogs on many levels, so you can stop comparing apples to oranges.
First of all, you say go to shows and study what is out there. Why not enter those shows? If your dog is such a good quality why not be competitive? Why not breed the best? Why not learn what is out there?
Why settle for less when Dobermans are in shelters everywhere from BYB's? The pet overpopulation is out of control, and if you took a minute to study why - you would see - it is mainly the once or twice backyard breeders.
It is a serious problem and I have no doubt American BYB's cannot continue producing such large amounts of animals so thoughtlessly, shelters and rescues will not be able to keep up. Legislation will be put into place for all breeders from the mistakes and careless placements and breedings of BYB's and puppy mills, and almost has been already as we saw in California.
You can go to shows, you can study the breed, but some people just never get it. It is more than just years; some people own Dobermans for years but still remain clueless. They don't take the time to understand the information out there; they can't understand how it applies to them, their dogs, the breed, the puppy owners, and the future generations of Dobermans. There is a bigger picture.
If you health test you need to know how to understand those health tests, evaluate both sides, that means know the pedigrees, know the dogs in those pedigrees, etc. What is the longevity behind those dogs? Did the sire of one die of cardio at 3, how many of that sire’s offspring did too? Pedigree knowledge is vital. There is a lot that must be taken into consideration.
It is much more than just randomly health testing two dogs you think might have a good temperament and breeding them. What you might think is an even temperament for a Doberman, many might think is not. That is why there is the Doberman STANDARD, and working titles and temperament tests, to help properly evaluate a proper Doberman temperament. Good work ethic, good drive, good nerve, confidence, energetic, fearless, loyalty, these things matter.
Do you know what kennel blindness is? It means you don't see the faults since they are your own dogs. You become biased. That is why I enjoy showing and titling in the various venues so much; in the conformation ring it gives somewhat of an objective measure from several judges against several Dobermans of high quality. It is more than a beauty contest too, form follows function in the Doberman breed and the Doberman standard reflects a well put together sound working dog.
Also, working titles like SchH which involved obedience, tracking, and protection also shows a somewhat objective measure from the scoring and titles. Temperament testing shows that someone besides just you saw some stableness in that dog. Obedience titles show the dog can work and follow commands; Dobermans are working dogs and are a correct temperament is obedient.
No, all of these venues aren’t perfect, but they do help prove a reason for that dog to be bred, and DO say something about the dogs inherit temperament and trainability, work ethic, structure, etc. and that that dog is contributing to the breed in a good way. Not just that someone thought the dog was pretty, or the vet said it was healthy, or it was “registered”, etc. etc.