Da Kine Dobermans

  European Doberman Pinschers Top CH lines Bred by George and Laersa Paulus

We do not raise Dilutes (Blues/Fawns/Whites ( Albinos) due to they tend to be  FAR more prone to Health issues, You need to question any breeder who is breeding dilutes...... many health issues come from Line breeding to much and over use of effected dogs in the linage. 


*We have been informed many ancestors of our dogs have had full lives through research of the lines behind our dogs. This has taken countless hrs of studying. At this time this is the best aid in screening for DCM at this time and monitoring hearts. All breeds have their issues and heart is the dobermans and until we can test for it we can only go by linage and longevity of as well as monitoring their hearts for abnormalty. The case is All lines of Dobermans have cases of DCM.  Effecting Nearly upwards of 60%( and the others just have not shown signs of it )of Dobermans. So understand there are no lines that are clear for this heart issue that plagues our breed nearly all Dobes have it just a matter of when it will strike if even in their lifetime. Many dogs with DCM do not show accute signs until they are near life expectancy for the breed. So please do not let anyone tell you their lines are free of DCM


Realize that something will be the cause of death of everything at some point. This breed has it's health issues as do other breeds. No line, no breed of dog is excluded from issues. All a breeder can do is their best to screen and study the lines behind the dogs they have. Every breed has life expectancy. Dobermans through most studies is 7-9  years, but many do live longer up to 13 years.


Hip and Elbow issues are rare in the breed only effect roughly 6% of the breed so not considered a issue for our breed :)


Our Stud dog "Lukas" is DNA CLEAR FOR vWD (blood clotting disorder) so no pups ever produced will be affected by this terrible gene





DILATED CARDIOMYOPATHY     :DCM and other Heart Issues: Pulmonic stenosis,ducts arterious,Valve disease and others.

Dilated cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle where it becomes enlarged. Effecting upwards of 60% of all doberman Pinschers at some point in their life and they say by 2040 nearly all Dobermans will be effected please take note of this :(. Eventually affected dogs die from heart failure. Early signs might include depression, coughing, exercise intolerance, weakness, respiratory distress, decreased appetite and even fainting. Sudden death may be the first clue that something was ever wrong with your Dobie. , especially in young and middle-aged adults. There is no cure for cardiomyopathy and once clinical signs appear they usually will die within 1-6 months time. Most show signs in Middle age and older. Treatment may lessen symptoms but often do not increase longevity. There is a DNA test that gives false hope for it it caused by more than just a gene... So right now the DNA test is pointless for there is more than one mutant gene involved here. Until there is positive identification this test is not worthy. There really is no screening for this dreaded heart issue, It is not picked up that easy even  part of owing this breed. Every breed has their health issues and the doberman is not excluded in this. Sad for there is nothing no test no nothing a breeder can do to prevent it. please click the link for more info  DCM copy and paste to your browser if the link doesn't work:    http://www.instituteofcaninebiology.org/blog/an-update-on-the-genetic-status-of-the-doberman-pinscher


SKIN DERMATITIS and other Skin Issues:

Dobies are just seriously prone to skin allergies,dermatitis,pyoderma,lick granuloma,color dilution alopecia,demodex mange,follicular dysplasia,sebaceous adentis,pephigus,vitaligo,calcinosis and even zinc responsive dermatitis, these are very common and come with being a Doberman. Being a single coated breed the Dobie skin can get dry and irritated easily. Addition of salmon oil to the diet can be of great benefit as well as a tablespoon of coconut oil added to the food daiily. Also  feeding a GRAIN FREE diet. Some dobies common allergies to: Chicken,Grains,Corn,Wheat.. Allergy testing is also recommended if your Dobie continues to have hot spots or dandruff and itchy skin.

Watch for scabs and  red sores and missing hair on your dobie this is often a sign your dog has a staph infection and may need a round of antibiotics some vets who have delt with and studied dobermans recommend dobies with issues being on long term antibiotics in not life long.: Extremely common in puppies and dogs in puberty. Often your dog may need to be put on antibiotics to clear it up.  As a preventive using a good chlorhexidine shampoo used weekly. I also recommend washing bedding every couple of days and cleaning your dog crate with bleach water weekly and rinsing to keep down bacteria in your dogs sleeping area. Know that all dogs have staph on their skin it is the over growth that causes infection, this can be due to allergies,injury and immune based.

HIGHTLY Recommend Chlorhexidine 3% shampoo weekly to help to keep bacteria numbers down on the skin of you Dobie. Daily baths in Chlorhexidine shampoo baths when they are having symptoms as well as antibiotics. 



BLOAT:


As with many deep chested breeds, Dobies are prone to Bloat. This can be fatal. It is a good idea to elevate the food and water dish, no heavy exercise just after eating, or after heavy drinking. Small drinks just after exercise can help prevent bloat. 


IDIOPATHIC TREMORS

Idiopathic Tremors is a harmless condition dobermans can develop that is non life threatening. the dog will often have tremors of the head. This is more disturbing to the Dobermans owner than it is to the dog. Please look for videos showing dogs with this online, so as to not be caught off guard if your dog ever has this happen.


PARVO

Dobies have the black tan gene. This makes them more susceptible to Parvo than other breeds who do not posses this gene. We here at Dakine Dobermans us a high Titter Parvo shot to help give your dog more protection against this deadly virus. Very important that you make sure your pup has all his/her shots before going out and about. They are not fully protected until they finish the entire series of shots.




Kidney Disease and Liver Disease

Dobies are also prone to Kidney Disease and also Liver disease. Owners must be very careful about Protein,Phosphorus and Calcium in the Diet. Proper ratios must be considered to prevent stress on the kidneys and to keep healthy liver function. I can't say enough about a good dog food.


Von Willebrand Disease

Von Willebrand's disease (VWD)  It is an abnormality of the blood-clotting system, similar to a hemophiliac person. Some dogs test positive and are only carriers and have no problems, while for others a small cut can be a huge problem and dogs can bleed out and loss of life. Be sure your breeder is testing parents for this one must be a DNA clear to not produce a affected pup in the litter.


HYPOTHYROIDISM

Hypothyroidism is the most commonly diagnosed endocrine problem in the Doberman breed so so very common so heads up on this one The disease itself refers to an insufficient amount of thyroid hormone being produced. The most common symptoms are lack of energy and recurrent infections. Hair loss  in large or small patches, Hair looks scruffy and rough, and obesity can also be a sign. The fawns and blues most often (although it can occur in blacks and reds) become hypothyroid as they get older. Treatment is relatively inexpensive. 


WOBBLER SYNDROME

Wobbler syndrome (cervical vertebral instability) is caused by an instability in the inter vertebral disks in the neck area. When the disk destabilizes and puts pressure on the spinal cord, the result is severe neck pain. Dobermans who are predisposed usually develop clinical signs between four and ten years of age. Strict rest and anti-inflammatory therapy are used initially to quickly reduce the amount of inflammation in the spinal canal. This conservative therapy will often improve the clinical signs but cannot be expected to correct the underlying spinal defect. There are several treatments for long term through a vet.


COLOR DILUTE ALOPECIA

Color dilute alopecia refers to the patchy poor hair coat that develops usually in the blues and fawns. The colors may be interesting, but the hair folicles that produce them eventually become dysplastic and a variety of skin and fur problems result in virtually every blue and fawn Doberman.  THIS IS WHY WE DO NOT BELIEVE IN BREEDING DILUTES.


DANCING DOBERMAN SYNDROME

Dancing Doberman Syndrome develops between 6 months and 7 years of age. Affected while walking. Affected Dobermans may eventually develop weakness in their hind legs and be reluctant to stand. Dancing Doberman Syndrome progresses very slowly and affected dogs remain acceptable pets for many years.

Know that every breed has health issues, as with humans. Some are more serious than others, often these health issues can arise even with the best planned breeding's, that is why as the perspective owner need to be aware of the problems within the breed so you can be prepared and informed in your decision to bring a Doberman into your family~


 CANCER

Dobermans are one of the top breeds that can be prone to cancer so please understand this and know this before you own one. They are prone to bone,prostate,mammary are just a few. Be on the alert for any un explained pain and lumps and bumps on your doberman that may warrant a visit to your Vet. Loss of weight etc.In your female doberman we suggest monthly mammary palpation to check for any new lumps. Most lumps will be solid and firm in  nature that are cancer and often are not movable. One of the top health issues plaguing our breed.


Prostate Issues: Dobermans and German Shepherds are the top breeds for BPH. That is why it is best to Neuter your male Dobie if he is not in a breeding program please take note of this. Signs of Prostate issues can be urination problems and blood in urine or semen.


Panosteitis  GROWING PAIN  Is a short lived condition effecting dogs 4-24 months of age extremely common among dobies almost all Dobermans go through this at some point before two years of age and often many times for weeks or even months at a time. Limping is the main symptom, but also dogs can have a fever and depression. It is seen in larger breeds during bone growth. It is a self limiting condition and often seen in growth spurts. Keeping the dog comfortable and less exercise during a episode is the recommended treatment. It will come and go and episodes can last weeks or even months and  may effect different limbs each time. Watch protein and calcium keeping them low while growing your doberman to help limit the attacks of Pano is the best preventive you can do.



 Breeding Studies: AKC Dog Breeding Symposium held at Michigan State University with key note speaker Dr. Claudia Orlandi Ph.D. (AKC's breeder of the year author of The ABC's of Dog Breeding) shocked many breeders when it was disclosed that the scientific studies to show that it is detrimental for bitches to skip heat cycles. She disclosed that once you have bred a bitch that you should never skip any heat cycles until she is completely finished being used for breeding.  The study involved following females that were bred every heat cycle and females that were bred every other heat cycle. After they were "finished" breeding, the bitches were spayed and their uterus dissected. Those showing most stress, and damage of the uterus were the females that were bred "every other" heat cycle. Part of the rational that skipping heat cycles is harmful stems from the fact that with consecutive heat cycles there is no "flushing action" of the uterus, that normally occurs by having a litter of puppies.The female will go through Estrus no matter if she is bred or not and by breeding a healthy bitch back to back,can lesson the chances of the female experiencing pyometra, infections and false pregnancy's. The choice to breed or not, should be contingent upon the goals the breeder has and for sure the mental and physical health of the female, above all else. The important information to take away from this study, is that a breeder with healthy females is far better off to breed bitches until finished for overall health of the dog. In nature there would be no break in breeding or skipped heats, this is all man deciding what to do.