wondering if the health problems often attributed to blues are as bad as reported.
I know someone with a blue bitch mated to a black/tan male puppies due soon and I can get one if I want.
I just want this empty feeling to go away.
I don't know what health issues you've heard about, attributed to both blue and fawn (the dilutes). Could you elaborate a bit.
The big problem with dilute Dobes is CDA (color dilution alopecea) and it's primarily a matter of cosmetics. Loss of hair.
Sometimes this doesn't happen. I know several fawns and a few blues who didn't lose hair.
I regularly hear about dilutes with skin problems--for the record many Doberman puppies have staph infections growing up--no matter what color they are--vets tell people over and over that it's a matter of an immature immune system. Having lived through staph with many Doberman puppies I have to say my fawn dog who not only lived to 14 also had fewer skin issues than most of the black dogs or the one red dog I had.
As far as the other health issues--Dobermans are Dobermans regardless of color so the health issues affecting the breed will show up in dilute pups as well as any other color pups.
The blue bitch may or may not have blue puppies--it will depend on the color genetics of the pair. Unless they've both been tested for color heredity and the owner "knows" exactly what both the sire and the bitch are genetically there may be puppies of any color.
Here's why--the bitch could be Black carrying recessive red and definitely has two genes for dilution--that's why she's blue or she could carry two genes for Black and two genes for dilution--she'd be blue with that combo too.
The black sire could be carrying two genes for Black and one gene for dilution and one normal gene (no dilution). Or he could be carrying one gene for black and one gene for red plus one no dilution gene and one dilution gene or no dilution genes.
The end result to make this a lot shorter could be red, black, blue or fawn.
My fawn dogs parents were both back but the litter was rainbow--2 black dogs, 1 fawn dog, 1 blue bitch and 1 red bitch.
So if you want a Doberman and you aren't freaked out about the possibility of having a dog with a less than perfect coat as an adult--including possibly a bald dog with tan markings (markings aren't affected by CDA.)
I know all about how empty a house is without a Dobe--even one of my cats complained about it. I borrowed a puppy from a Dobe club member--he's still here. Puppies make sure the house never feels empty.
Good luck and I'm sorry for your loss but it's kind of like that saying about when one door closes another opens...