Unfortunately, I think it's pretty safe to say that if his mother is z factored, the breeder wasn't reputable - reputable breeders don't breed z factored dogs. If she was, then Duke is. That doesn't mean that he won't make a fabulous pet or that you should love him any less (not that I think you would). You're in good company here - several members here got their Dobes and then later realized that the breeders they chose were anything but reputable - several members here just went out and got a pup (my hand is raised here) and then later learned of all the work and research that goes into finding a reputable breeder. The important thing is that we learn from each other to avoid the same mistakes in the future...alienex said:You know I thought I did all my homework before buying a dog and I missed this one thing. I know for sure his father was ok but the mothers history was a bit shakey im a reviewing everything right now. The breeder was new. Either way I wont breed him, I was just curious if a Z factored dobe is not uncommon as far as a pet goes.
I'll second Lexus. Blackdog has a ton of great pedigree info and can find out for you.Lexus said:No Z factor here... Take Blackdog up on that offer if you want to know for sure.
Being a color other than black, red, blue or fawn is the disqualification. The judge doesn't see the catalog until after they're done judging for the day, so would have no way of knowing whether a normally colored dog was z factored or not.TracyJo said:You know, I'm not sure if a Z is a disqualification - but I'm sure someone will chime in soon that does know
And I don't think that a black z factored dobe would suffer the same health problems as an albino - but might have the temperment issues associated with albino - but again, I'm not completely sure.
Please explain to your trainer that you can enter an altered dog in obedience trials, rally & agility - Neutering just takes him out of the breed ring - (which incidentally, you can enter with natural ears, just not common)jdmomkb said:My trainer is trying with all she has to talk me out of it as she wants to show him in obdience.