Okay, this might sound silly... but... I'm going ask for thoughts on it anyway. It is just interesting to me, and I would like some educated answers from all you smart doberfolks.
How do they "test" temperament? Or do they? Is it only extremes that are ruled out? Like the overly shy dog that shies away, or the overly aggressive dog that tries to bite the judge when they get near? Other than actively competing in Schutzhund or Obedience, how do they test the character of these dogs?
I know that health testing, conformation, and such is a priority before breeding. Do breeders/owners just go off of what they know about the two dogs that they are breeding?
I guess what I am saying, is .. (1) Are most dogs close to the "standard" and (2) Do you think Dobermans getting away from the temperament and purpose that they were originally bred for? Just curious what you all think.
Quoted from the DPCA website: "The Doberman temperament is the "essence and persona" of what the doberman is and what sets it apart from other breeds and even other breeds of Working dogs."