Doberman from Germany's finest Working (Schutzhund/Police) Lines
Solid Gold Genotype / Phenotype for Working and Health

General information

Dated:  September 2014 (last revision)
PUPPY prices:
     Canadian Kennel Club Registration:  Full Breeding Rights - $2,250.00-$2,000.00 (US or Cdn funds). 
     Prices can vary, depending on the combination (Travel/Frozen semen/Stud fees, etc). 
     Canadian Kennel Club Non Breeding Registration: - $2,000.00-$1750.00 US or Canadian funds 

Prices may be reduced $250 = large litters (9+) for males or females whose ratio is higher than normal (8/1, 7/2). 
     Additional Price rebates to make working quality Doberman more accessible to working homes: 
     "Working homes" defined as those where the puppy will be worked - including Sport, police, tracking, agility, 
     obedience, etc... 
Price rebates ($250.00-$500.00) may be available to assist some working homes, depending on level and type of training.  For example: $250.00 rebate upon attainment of Schutzhund 1, with additional $250.00 rebate upon attainment of Schutzhund 3.  (This offer may not be available in the case of a small litter.)  Please contact Breeder for more information. 
     These bring above Puppy Price as low as $1,250.00! 
(See bottom of page for Health Guarantee and Longevity information.)

Deposits and Delivery 
Deposits are requested in the amount of $750 US (certified cheque payable to Deanna Anslow). Upon receipt of deposit,  the Breeder will send you the Blitzkrieger Contract and Health guarantee.   Deposits are non refundable but transferable (both at the Breeder's option). 
Pups leave with Health Certificate from qualified veterinarian.  Tails are docked and dew claws are removed.  Pups are tatooed and initial vaccination is given.  Written history of vacine date (including future due dates), worming, food/schedule, etc.. is also included.
Ear cropping:  For clients who want a cropped dog,  I recommend you have your pup cropped by your own vet - who will be responsible to provide the crop you desire...AND to supervise on-going care/taping to ensure proper stance.   Although uncommon, if there is any problem with the crop, your vet will be nearby and able to do any necessary repairs (immediately after surgery, the ears are taped and cannot be fully viewed prior to leaving). 
In cases of rare necessity, cropping may be arranged for additional fee ($450.00US including govt.taxes, antibiotics & initial taping.) 
I also recommend a medium length crop (German style) vs. traditional N.American "show" length crops - which can take "forever" to stand.   Pups are asleep when cropped.  It is the "after care" and  taping which causes discomfort and/or problems.  In my opinion, the earlier the ears stand, the better for everyone - especially for the pup who does not have to endure sticks and the various contraptions that can cause problems/pain during normal play encounters! 

SHIPPING:  I will supply a new "200" VariKennel style crate for transporting the pup - cost $100.00US (including taxes)..
Air fares range from $175US-$350US (most N.American destinations - last fare increase in 2008).  Airfare must usually be prepaid to the Airlines prior to the pup leaving. 
I have sent pups/dogs to various places all over the world without encountering any problems.  When local (Canadian) direct flights are limited due to temperature restrictions and/or customs hours, I may offer additional delivery service ($175US) to access direct USA flights. 
NOTE: A new USA law (as of August 11, 2014) prohibits dogs from all other countries (except "rabies free" countries) from entering the USA without having rabies innoculation.  The earliest date allowed to administer a rabies vacine is 3 months of age (plus there is a 30 day wait period).  This means pups are no longer exempt and must be 4 months of age before entering the USA.   Special arrangements to import your pup at 8 weeks of age, can be made in advance if clients contact the U.S.A. Center for Disease Control.  If you are a U.S.A. resident, be sure to address this because pups leave Blitzkrieger Kennel at 8 weeks of age.   
For destinations outside of North America, I regret I can NOT recommend airlines using Swissport as their Vancouver agent.
Pups must be fully paid for prior to leaving (8 weeks of age), unless other arrangements have been made in writing.  Payment must be in form of certified cheque or by wire.  Please make all payments to Deanna Anslow.

Deposits are ranked by date received but "suitability of the pup for a particular home" is always the foremost consideration.
I do NOT advertise the concept of "first pick" because this can be VERY misleading.   There is no such thing as "first pick" that applies equally to all buyers - ranging from schutzhund to ring homes and/or obedience/pet to protection/police homes, not to mention conformation criteria.   On the occasions I have allowed people to make "first pick", I have personally seen 3 or 4 people choose 3 or 4 different pups as "their first pick" (while I considered yet another pup as the best choice). 
An experienced Breeder:
1.  Knows their lines/pups.   2.  Sees the pups daily AND has the best insight to interpret early behaviors in terms of later aptitude for sport, etc...     3.  Will do their best to apply this knowledge/experience so each PUP gets the very BEST (most suitable) HOME and  PUPPY BUYERS get the BEST (most suitable) PUP!!
However, test results are communicated to puppy buyers.  Their input is encouraged and often they make the decision as to which pup they will take. 

Blitzkrieger litter mates exhibit strong consistency in character (variations are more common between litters, depending on the combination) but pups are tested at every opportunity.  These tests are ongoing and can vary with the opportunity to subject pups to novel situations.   Standard temperament tests are included and tests become more reliable as the pups mature. For visual phenotype PROOF of consistency within litters, see photos of all(10) "B"Litter, all (9)"G" Litter .
Pups are raised in my home.  They are handled (and color coded)  from the time they are born.  The most aggressive feeders are noted.  From 2 weeks on, mild stress is applied and reactions noted. (Apart from collecting temperament data, Dr. Michael Fox (and the Monks of New Skete among others) found this to develop dogs that are superior when put in learning or competitive situations.  From 3 weeks on, pack behavior is noted.  General notes include: which pups are the noisiest, which squirm and/or cry or settle down and enjoy being handled, which win or lose in competition with litter mates, etc...  Responses to noise and change of environment, footing, etc...   From 4 weeks on, socialization begins and more individual attention is given each pup (separated temporarily from litter mates) as well as introducing pups to new places and people..  From 6 weeks on, tests focus more on specifics, for example:
Dominance (response to challenges, restraint, elevation, etc...); 
Social attraction/trainability (attraction to humans, following, willingness to retrieve, independence & adventurous attitude, ability to solve problems, etc...); 
Confidence: (strange places/situations, reaction to strange looking people, independence & adventurous attitude,  investigating/attacking strange toys, noises, heights, tenacity in solving & overcoming barriers to various goals, etc..) ; 
Drive levels; food, prey (chasing balls, biting rags, etc...and tenacity to find/win food)
Prior to leaving, pups are prey biting and engaging in tug of war, often with plastic bottle of rocks shook over their heads.   Drive levels, nerve fiber, tenacity, confidence, hardness and many other factors (including reaction to gun fire) are noted.   Very near to 8 weeks conformation is evaluated. 

(Photos/Location of Kennel and more information: The Breeder, The Kennel,  BOOKS& VIDEOS )


  "The Blitzkrieger Type" (photos shown from "in-bred" combinations)
A Litter -Aisin
A Litter -Allee
B Litter - Bo
B Litter - Baron
B Litter - Bren
B Litter - Bogart
D Litter - Dax
F Litter - Faroh
G Litter - Gorby
G Litter - Giselle
G litter - Gatlyn
H Litter - Hakim
I Litter - Icaro
K Litter - Kali
M Litter - Marshall
N Litter - Nero (9mo)
O Litter - Orion
O Litter - Orion
F Litter - Faroh (4 mo.)
P Litter - Phalco (3mo)
 P litter - Pharo (10 mo)
Q Litter - Quarro (3 mo.)
Q Litter - Querido
Q Litter - Querido
Blitzkrieger pups are rated for conformation but the Blitzkrieger Kennel "standard of excellence" is to improve the working ability of the dobermann.  Thus the Blitzkrieger Breeding Program selection is PRIMARILY for working ability (see Breeding Program/History) and health   This does not mean that conformation is ignored.  Structural integrity is a "must" for any working dog!  It does mean that excellent/"show winning"conformation PLUS exceptional, natural working ability rarely (if ever) come in one neat package and breeders must chose breeding animals, and compromise, according to their goals/primary selection criteria.  If the Breeder's goal is to win in the competitive show arena  (primary selection being conformation) and this selection proves successful in the show ring, it follows that a second (or last) ranking for working ability (in that same selection) will reduce the quality of working ability! (especially over many generations) 
Blitzkrieger pups will always be selected primarily for working ability. 
For example:  The 11A German Koerung dobermann (secondary rating in conformation) most consistently earn the HIGHEST rating for hardness and working drives (protection instinct, courage & fighting drives).  Although dismissed by "show" breeders, these dobermann have passed stringent conformation standards and Blitzkrieger Kennel believes it is tragic to eliminate these exceptional 
(and all too rare) "working" dobermann from the gene pool. (see: Gero v.d. Mooreiche, SchH3,IPO3,FH,Ang.(zva),2xDV.Lstsg.,Hd1). 
Many people admire the appearance of Blitzkrieger dobermann and some have/will won/win conformation championships (see: Gorbachov vom Blitzkrieger, PP2 & Mexican Champion) but many do not have the opportunity to prove themselves in the show arena!   Furthermore, many North American judges do not prefer the German "type". The conformation and substance of Blitzkrieger Dobermann can be seen throughout this web site and "the Blitzkrieger type" is illustrated above.  Judge for yourself. 
However, if puppy buyers want a "show prospect",  their best chance of success is a  puppy from a combination/reputable breeder who selects PRIMARILY for that.  If you want a "working prospect", your best chance of success is a puppy from a combination/reputable breeder who selects PRIMARILY for working ability.  (Those odds are further increased by line breeding/inbreeding on those qualities.)  Simple LAW OF PROBABILITY and not a claim that "show breeders" never produce excellent working dogs.  Nor is it a claim that "working breeders" never produce excellence in the show ring.  Many years experience, observing many "working" and "show" ("show" usually called "Total Dobermann" or "Total GSD")  litters enter schutzhund training, proved to me the differences in working ability (especially in young pups whose natural ability is not yet enhanced or diminished by training) and that the above Law of Probability is not a myth!

The Blitzkrieger breeding program is based on linebreeding/inbreeding excellence in genotype and phenotype.

To quote Phillip Gruenig, ("The Dobermann Pinscher" - a classic book on the genetic origins of the dobermann, written by a founding breeder and judge - See History of the Dobermann)
"The BEST dog is the one which has the greatest hereditary potentiality (genotype), that is the one best style to transmit...  Many specimens of a breed may resemble another in general appearance (phenotype) but differ entirely in hereditary and potentiality (genotype)...  The most unreliable individual (Genetically and from a breeder's point of view) is the one having the most unrelated ancestors in it's pedigree."

Inbreeding creates prepotence!  Genetics tells us that if we have a prepotent dog with a pedigree that seems to show no close inbreeding, 
THE INBREEDING IS STILL THERE!!  - LIKE GENES HAVE MET!!   Inbreeding simply helps a breeder to create prepotence with more accuracy.

To quote Kyle Onstott ("Breeding better dogs"),
"Inbreed to strength and strength in even greater measure will result!!  Inbreed to weakness, and the result is further degeneracy of type!"

Inbreeding is the most powerful (and misunderstood) tool a breeder has (to perfect their stock).  Outcrossing MASKS many genetic faults.  Spreading unwanted recessive genes throughout ones genepool does NOT mean you have rid your line of them.  These are buried NOT LOST. 
Inbreeding UNMASKS what is good and bad in your stock (including diseases that were hidden...but it does NOT "create" them).
Research/know your stock!  Inbreeding is a "loaded gun" that must be guided by proper SELECTION and knowledge.

To quote Ottmar Vogel, (Zucht und Sport mit dem Dobermann, page69)
There can be no argument that great genetic influence is only created by narrowing the genetic spectrum (inbreeding).  The bloodline (pedigree) tells us very clearly - if we compare the genetics the animal shows with what we have seen in the ancestors.  But it does depend on how this is done (selection).  It is NOT inbreeding that is the problem but the inadequacies of man. 
In any kind of close inbreeding, the breeder must know ahead of time if success is possible.  When the genetic spectrum is narrowed, not only positive characteristics of a breed are intensified but also defects which may have been hidden, then appear to a larger degree.  Particularly in these cases, one sees the quality of the Breeder - how thorough his observations, how realistically he views his stock.

Inbreeding is common practice with cattle, horses, etc...   The thoroughbred horse comes from 3 stallions and 9 mares.  Subsequent selection allows breeders to diminish or enhance what is wanted in future generations.

The incest taboo in human culture serves to protect the family unit and has nothing to do with genetics.  Onstottexplains why this becomes a stupid prejudice when we apply it to our dogs. Gruenigcomments on successful instances in human history:
"Whole dynasties of Ancient Egypt had their origin in incestuous marriage.  At least 9 of the kings and queens of the 18th Dynasty of the middle empire owed their origins to this relationship.  They were by far superior to the others in their methods of government and, during their reign, the Empire reached the zenith of it's cultural development.  Marriages between brother and sister, father and daughter, etc..were frequent."

COLOR & GENETIC COAT PROBLEMS:The dobermann breed comes in 4 colors (black; brown; blue; fawn).   Black & Brown dobermann can be born with FD (follicular dysplasia) but this is rare.   Blues and fawns are referred to as dilute colors.  Dobermann with dilute coats are more likely to be born having CDA (color dilution alopecia).   CDA is a defect of the hair shaft due to unevenly distributed melanin cels, which can weaken it and create a thinner coat as the dog ages (problem appears by 6 mo. - 3 years).  In those dogs that are affected, this is a cosmetic problem - usually very minor in nature (Purchase price will be reduced to non-breeding rate -See Health Guarantee below). 
CDA is NOT linked to thyroid or any other health issues!     NOT all blue or fawn dobermann are born with CDA!!
The first dilute (blue) dobermann from Blitzkrieger dobermann  was Nika who, as an adult, has a beautiful, healthy coat.   There have been very excellent and influential blue dobermann - For example: Vestra v.Ellendonk was German National Show champion and dam to Yago v. Ellendonk (foundation male Bayern  & Weyermuhle Kennel).  While not advocating breeding intentionally for dilute colors, Blitzkrieger Kennel (& Norbert Schmitz/Weyermuhle Kennel) do not believe dilutes should be eliminated from the already small working dobermann gene pool.  The choice to work and/or breed any dog should be based on that dog's character - never it's color! 
Culling or not breeding dilute colors will NOT eliminate dilutes from the gene pool.  Most black or brown dobermann carry the hidden dilute gene - INCLUDING: Bingo v.Ellendonk, Adux v.Merkurek (police dog), Gero v.d.Mooreiche,Gero v.d.Weyermuhle, Ilo v.d.WeyermuhleBronco v.d.Doberwache, Eric v.Strundertal, Asco v.d.Burgstatte, Dax & Lazer v.Blitzkrieger, etc...  Selecting to eliminate the dilute gene would almost always be at the expense of working abililty (plus every other selection criteria)!  Furthermore there is no test available to detect the dilute gene except to breed the dog.  Both parents must carry the dilute gene in order for it to express itself.  If you breed  blue (or any color) dobermann to one not carrying the (hidden) dilute gene, you can NOT get any blue or fawn puppies. 

NOTE:  Demodectric mange & thyroid can be the cause of coat problems but these are entirely separate issues -  which can stike all colors/breeds.

Von Willebrand's disease (vWD) refers to the lack of blood clotting factor in those affected dobermann that are also symptomatic. (Not all affected dobermann are symptomatic!) 
According to Vetgen(who provide & obviously promote testing), this disease occurs in a mild form in Doberman,  (referred to as "vWD Type 1")  and it is "autosomal recessive" which means affected dobermann have two doses of the mutated gene and a mild to moderate risk of bleeding under serious, high stress surgery.  (NOTE:  A veterinarian can administer clotting factor to prevent this.) 
The Vetgen dna test rates dobermann in 3 catagories:  1.Clear (do not have the mutated gene), 2.Carrier (carry one mutated gene but can NOT be symptomatic for the disease) &  3. Affected (carry both mutated genes & can BUT very often are NOT symptomatic for the disease). 

vWD  is NOT tested in Germany or in most countries outside North America. Puppies are offered without ANY vWD information.  Prior to DNA, tests in North America were unreliable and could not be transported to other countries.  My foundation bitch (Chauka v.Warringhof) and many of my "B" Litter were later rated vWD affected but were NEVER symptomatic (including in surgery)!   It is good to remember that many affected dobermann (including those unidentified in countries outside of North America = estimated  35%-70% of all dobermann are vWD affected) not only never became symptomatic but also achieved outstanding success in working arenas and produced outstanding progeny!

The Doberman gene pool is not large and decreases dramatically in the selection of working Dobermann.  Blitzkrieger Kennel will select combinations that guarantee puppies can not be rated affected for vWD only providing more important criteria (working drives, conformation & serious health issues) are not sacrificed.   (See Health Guarantee below)
vWD Guarantee is offered on: Any combination with ONE vWD clear sire or dam (can NOT produce vWD affected puppies).
     Combinations that can produce vWD affected puppies:  Affected to affected (100% affected),  Carrier to affected (50% affected), *Carrier to carrier (25% affected)
Since Blitzkrieger Kennel "vWD guaranteed" combinations can produce both carrier and clear puppies, (and "carrier to carrier" can produce clear, carrier & affected puppies) clients are advised to test for vWD.   Blitzkrieger Kennel believes clients should have the (informed) choice to breed an affected dog based on that dog's merits.  (NOTE: Breeding an affected dog to a clear dog will produce only "carrier" status puppies)
*Vetgen notes that selecting to eliminate the mutation gene must be done with care and "carrier to carrier" is a reasonable step towards that.

TITLES - "All that glitters is not gold"! 
Schutzhund titles, by themselves, do not prove strong working character, much less the many excellent qualities required in a stud dog!   At best, Schutzhund titles more often reflect the skills and perseverance of the owners/trainers vs. the innate ability of the dogs.  Certainly "biddability" has high value in terms of attaining high schutzhund scores but less value in terms of selecting a strong working stud dog.  A knowledgeable breeder will never rely on a schutzhund title vs "knowing what the dog is made of" when selecting a stud dog (phenotype) ....and will, of course,  give at least equal consideration to the pedigree (genotype).  While I have proudly shown the titles of the stud dogs on my website, these doberman were selected for strength of character in their performance - NOT the title(s)! 

There are a few United Doberman clubs in the USA but NO Internationally recognized Dobermann ZTP's or Dobermann Koerungs available in North America.   Therefore, ZTP & Koerung titles are NOT a realistic prerequisite in breeding working dobermann in North America.   In Canada, only GSD Schutzhund clubs have ZTP & Koerung titles and these are exclusively for GSD's!  Most of these clubs also have "alternate breed" restrictions. Training is modelled after the drives and responses of GSD's (herding breed).  Many excellent local SV/GSD helpers/trainers studied their (GSD) lines and worked with the original German breeders and/or trainers to implement training/bitework theories to bring out the best in these lines ...but implementing the excellent working doberman helpers' training methods from Germany was of NO interest to them! 
Until the above mentioned situations change, the dobermann breed can never reach its full working potential in schutzhund in Canada - or in the USA!   Without the right genetics, you cannot produce a reliable working champion but most experts agree that only about 20% of a dog's performance is due to genetics.  The balance (75%) is created (genetics enhanced or diminished) by shaping/training. 

Germany, Denmark, Sweden, etc... have Doberman Schutzhund Trials, Dobermann ZTP's, Dobermann Koerungs, etc... In Germany, in particular, there are numerous, excellent Schutzhund Clubs/trainers (experienced with good working doberman), available - usually within a 5-10 mile radius! 
In North America it is a sad FACT that access to competent, consistent Schutzhund training/helper work is NOT available for MOST dobermann/owners - much less access to helpers who have extensive experience with good working dobermann.  One Scandinavian working dobermann breeder (who used to live in the USA) will only sell her puppies to USA/clients who will train with her helper in the USA. 

Schutzhund does provide a superior forum for demonstating working ability but performance must always take precedence over titles and/or scores.   Providing pups with the "Opportunity" to achieve schutzhund titles is a function of  the Breeder's marketing skills (importance they put into titles) and availability of training clubs.  Obviously if a Breeder has experienced schutzhund homes/training for every puppy in a decent quality working litter, every one of those puppies can get titled!  However, perseverance and talented helper work has resulted in schutzhund titles for the majority of the dogs from "show line" working breeds in countries such as Germany (where skilled training is available) plus Collies, Golden Retrievers and lesser quality character dogs of all breeds!   Trials on a home field/helper can also make the difference between success and failure.  Even assuming competent, fair judging, "marketing titles" can still be misleading.  I  owned, trained and titled a North American Doberman (Sundance) who was H.I.T. (High in Trial - the only doberman with GSD's) and the first Doberman to get a SchH. title in Canada. (since 1976 when the first doberman in N.America received this title)   I did NOT advertise, promote or breed this doberman because my ETHICS prevented me claiming he had the strong qualities I consider necessary in any working stud dog. 

Those few Blitzkrieger dobermann, who received proper Schutzhund training/handling, proved their excellence in that arena!   Their Schutzhund 1, 2, 3,  ZTP, etc.. performances were rated by SV &/or DV judges as pronounced and excellent and they were HIT ("High in Trial" - in trials with GSD's).  Two are the TOP FH2 (highest tracking test) Dobermann in North America!!  Others proved their abilities in the show ring (Championship) or in Sports in other countries. However it is a FACT that Blitzkrieger Kennel has produced other dobermann of equal or higher Genetic potential!  Blitzkrieger Kennel will NOT exclude any doberman from the gene pool simply because they did not get the OPPORTUNITY to prove their working ability on a Schutzhund field.   There are many ways to test working character. There are many forms of personal protection work/testing (including suit, hidden sleeve, muzzle work and subjecting the dog to various challenges) that provide more demanding testing that is not repetitive and therefore, can be more revealing. 
Although I no longer work my dobermann in schutzhund, I DO test and work them (including bitework - personal protection)

*The dam to the legendary Ali v. Langenhorst, SchH3, Ang, International Champion, was NOT schutzhund titled! 
*The sire to the legendary Erik v. Strundertal, Twice IDC WORLD Schutzhund Champion (2000 & 2001), DVG & Multi Schutzhund Champion, was NOT schutzhund titled! 
*Since Bronco v.d. Doberwache passed on at 10.5 years of age, his younger brother, Chico v.d. Doberwache (pedigree brother to Bronco) has been used as a stud dog by many prominent working Kennels in Germany.  (Through no fault of his own), Chico has no Koerung or Schutzhund title! 
*There are many more examples. 
Fortunately those knowledgeable breeders did not rely on schutzhund titles in their selection process. 
From my experience,  these lines produce doberman with character traits that are as valuable off the schutzhund field as on it.  (See: Blitzkrieger Doberman as Companion/Protectors).  Although Blitzkrieger Kennel often gives priority to working homes, I have also refused some working homes (ie: in favor of a ranch - See:Ice vom Blitzkrieger) because, first and foremost, I value the quality of the dog's life.

Blitzkrieger Kennel supports Schutzhund and all those who participate.   It is obvious that a Breeder cannot recognize the genetic qualities required in a schutzhund prospect without having many years of hands-on experience in that sport.    While I do not value "marketing titles", I certainly respect the sport of Schutzhund and consider it a valuable tool for a Breeder. 
Breeding "Excellence" has NEVER been a function of breeding to titles (of any kind).  As one German Dobermann judge wrote, "A true breeding animal's success is NOT measured by popular vote - which is shallow, transient public susceptibility brought on from concerted exposure to its owners high profile marketing campaign." 

Breeding "Excellence" is a function of a Breeder's experience, knowledge and ethics! 
The Proof is in the ongoing quality of the Dobermann from that Kennel

Blitzkrieger proven quality working litters (since 1995) are illustrated throughout this web site. (for List: click here)    Past generations illustrated in Breeding program history.

Blitzkrieger pups arrive with a medical certificate from licensed veterinarian. 
They are guaranteed to be:
* Free of genetic disabling diseases. 
* Hips are guaranteed to pass OFA or OVC.  (Exrays to be taken/submitted prior to the dog's 30 month birthday)

* Genetic Coat problems (See Color, above): Any Blitzkrieger dog having CDA or FD will be reduced to Non Breeding price.

vWD:  (See above)  Blitzkrieger Sires and Dams are dna (Vetgen) tested for vWD rating.  Blitzkrieger Kennel will select combinations that guarantee puppies can not be rated affected for vWD only providing more important criteria (working drives, conformation & serious health issues) are not sacrificed.  If a combination is made that could produce vWD affected pups, the vWD status of the parents will be disclosed on the litter page of my website. 

I stand behind every pup and offers Blitzkrieger puppy buyers a full refund or replacement pup (at breeder's option) but, the best "guarantee" is the one you never have to use. 
I do not believe any line can claim to be free of health diseases but I am happy to report that my lines enjoy a superior reputation in this regard.

Cardiomyopathy (disease of the heart muscle)
I mention cardiomyopathy because one form, dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), ranks as the most common health threat in dobermann. Some experts claim that at least 28% of ALL apparently healthy dobermann will develop DCM! Other experts quote an even higher percentage and believe that 50% to 70% of all dobermann will be affected with at least some form of cardio! (That translates to 3 to 6 pups out of a litter of 8 or 9!!!)
Present tests cannot tell us cardio's mode of  inheritance but we know that DCM is breed related and does NOT follow any other specific genetic patterns.   Cardio tests should include electrocardiograms (EKG) followed by echocardiograms ( ultra sound) and, in later stages, exrays.   The Holter test is useful for the type of cardio (detects irregularities) found in Boxers, etc.. but my veterinarian says it does NOT detect DCM in dobermann.   (An affected dobermann's heart does not exhibit these irregularities and the dobermann can die within weeks of  being tested "clear" by Holter testing.).
Since cardio is breed related, no line can be considered free of this disease. Regardless of clear test results, IT IS VERY MISLEADING FOR ANY BREEDER TO ADVERTISE "CARDIO FREE" DOBERMANN! 
Statistics rely upon proper testing and disclosure. The most reliable data I have found was based on known cardio deaths in combinations. This data was applied as a risk percentage ratio based on those combinations appearing in pedigrees.   My combinations came up with a 2% chance (while others were as high as 20%).  Although these percentages are not represented herein as "published/scientific fact", Blitzkrieger Kennel has found many instances where forecasts (based on this data) were substantiated by actual early sudden deaths. 
When a dobermann dies suddenly, I urge owners to conduct a proper necropsy! This should include a microscopic histopathology (which shows fatty infiltration of the heart muscle cells BEFORE the heart actually shows much gross enlargement).  .. And PLEASE report the results of any necropsy to your Breeder. 

Certainly longevity is the "best proof" for the puppy buyer!.  Blitzkrieger Lines are known for superior longevity (see below).
The average life span of a doberman.
I am not sure anyone can answer this question unless every breeder posts actual records of longevity for all the dogs in their pedigrees.   I have heard a lot of "claims" regarding longevity. ie. One breeder I purchased a North American dobe from "claimed" his dobes/lines lived past14 years!  BUT the dobe I got from him died at 9 years of age!
My experience (seeing dobes from all different lines)  has been that, by the time most are 9 years old, they are prone to many ailments and most do not live far past that age.  In fact my veterinarian tells me, according to recent survey, 7 years is the average age at death for Doberman.
To answer this question with information from MY lines:   The information I have been able to gather is that their average life span was 11+ years of age and these are all working dogs that endured a lot of stress throughout their lives. 
Note regarding Longevity:  Stress is one factor to consider in longevity but food, exercise and general care MUST also be considered.
The Doberman I have used in my Breeding Program
That crossed the Rainbow Bridge 
Kleo v.d. Weyermuhle (Bronco's dam) lived 12.7 years (19/07/90 - 26/02/03)
Dunja vom Worringer Bruch, (Dam to my foundation bitch - Chauka) lived past her 11th Birthday.
Cora v.d. Mooreiche (dam to Gero v.d. Mooreiche) lived past her 11th Birthday.
Cona v. Niederkassel (a bitch Blitzkrieger Kennel has inbred on - along with Bingo v. Ellendonk) lived to 14.5 years of age!!! 
Amor v.d. Weyermuhle (Sire to Kleo & Ilo v.d. Weyermuhle) died at 11 or 12 years of age.
Bingo v. Ellendonk died at 10 years of age (bloat)*  (*this information not confirmed by owner)
Gero v.d. Mooreiche (Sire to Blitzkrieger A litter & Bronco v.d. Doberwache) died at 12 years of age.
Gero v.d. Weyermuhle (Sire to Blitzkrieger D litter) died at 11.5  years of age.
Erik vom Strundertal (Sire to Blitzkrieger K litter) died at 9.75 years of age.
Ilo v.d. Weyermuhle (Sire to Blitzkrieger B Litter) died at 9.75 years of age (06/20/89- March 1999)
Bronco v.d. Doberwache (Sire to Blitzkrieger F & H Litters) died at 10.5 years of age (05/23/95-10/18/05)
Bo v. Blitzkrieger(Dam to Blitzkrieger G litter) died at 9.5 years of age
Eick v. Blitzkrieger  (Stud dog) -euthanized (cancer) 10.25 years of age  (Dec. 1996 - April 2007)
Baron v.Blitzkrieger (Sire to Blitzkrieger I Litter) was euthanized at approx. 8 years of age (crippled from elbow damage)
Dax v.Blitzkrieger   (Sire to Blitzkrieger G, J &N litters) was euthanized at 11.5 years of age.  (Nov.1997-April 17/09)
Allee v. Blitzkrieger (Dam to Blitzkrieger C,D,F & L Litters) -euthanized (cancer)10.75 years of age. (05/3/95-Dec/05) 
Kali v. Blitzkrieger  (Dam to Blitzkrieger N & O Litter) was euthanized at 6 years of age due to pancreatic cancer (Mar. 2003-2009)
Hagan v.Blitzkrieger (Sire to Blitzkrieger P Litter was euthanized at 11.6 years of age due to cancer (July 7, 2012)
Lazer v.Blitzkrieger (Sire to Blitzkrieger O Litter) euthenized at almost 10 years of age due to cancer (nasal) (Born Mar.28, 2002)
Orion v.Blitzkrieger (Sire to Blitzkrieger "Q"Litter &"S" Litter) euthenized at 5.5 years of age due to cancer of the mouth (Born Jan.2008)
Briska's Yennie (Dam to Blitzkrieger "S" Litter) died at 10.75 years of age (Born Dec.2003)

Average Life Span: 10.75  years

Cancer has also taken a tole on many brood bitches, but not before 8+ years of age and this can often be eluded by spaying your bitch. 
Those brood bitches that died of cancer between8 and 9 years of age  include: 
Chauka vom Warringhof (my foundation bitch - dam to Blitzkrieger A & B litters), 
Bren v. Blitzkrieger (dam to Blitzkrieger H litter),
Alfa v.d. Weyermuhle, (dam to Bingo & Boris v.d. Weryermuhle) 
Gina v.d.Weyermuhle,  (dam to Ilo & Kleo v.d. Weyermuhle)
Hera v.d. Weyermuhle 
Faroh v. Blitzkrieger (Dam to Blitzkrieger I & K Litter) was euthanized at approx. 4.5 years of age (autopsy result: poison)
Hakim v. Blitzkrieger (Sire to Blitzkrieger L Litter) was fatally hit by a truck at 2.5 years of age
Icaro v.Blitzkrieger  (Sire to Blitzkrieger M litter&Briskas Yennie) was euthanized at approx. 8 years of age due to owners inability to handle him. (2001-2009)
Doberman I have used in my Breeding Program
That have NOT crossed the Rainbow Bridge (Revised January 2013)
Briska's Zarina (Dam to Blitzkrieger P Litter& "Q" Litter) is 8.5 years of age (Born August 4, 2005)
Shaitan v.Blitzkrieger (dam to Blitzkrieger R Litter & T Litter  is 3.75 years of age. (Born Nov.9, 2010)

Owner information unavailable
Bela v. Blitzkrieger (Dam to Blitzkrieger E Litter) Owner information unavailable
Titan v.d. Kusthoeve (Sire to Blitzkrieger C & E Litter) Owner information unavailable
Sheba v.Warringhof (Dam to Blitzkrieger J Litter) Owner information unavailable
Jazz v. Blitzkrieger  (Dam to Blitzkrieger M litter) was 10 years of age last noted (Born Dec.27, 2001) Owner information now unavailable

  The above lists include the Sires & Dams of every Blitzkrieger Kennel combination!
  (For complete list of Blitzkrieger combinations:  click HERE)

List of Blitzkrieger Dobermann - Deaths due to cardio (revised Dec/06) : 
1. Bruxa vom Blitzkrieger.  Died of dilated cardiomyopathy 2.5 mo. short of his 7th Birthday.  Brux was born with irregularities and was very ill as a pup.  Unfortunately my veterinarian tells me there is no way to know if this was a factor. Bruxa was Holter tested yearly and found cardio clear up until his untimely death
2. Gorbachov vom Blitzkrieger   Died suddenly at 6 years of age.   Medical confirmation of cardiomyopathy (DCM) NOT received to date from owners in Mexico. 
NOTE OF INTEREST:Out of litter of 9 pups, 7 of GORBACHOV'S LITTERMATES LIVED PAST 10 YEARS OF AGE & 1 PAST 9 YEARS!   Gorby was the only pup (out of 9) to die prior to 9 years of age! 
NO known cases of cardio deaths have been ommitted! 
I believe all Breeders should know and inform clients about the health and longevity of their dogs/lines.  I encourage all puppy clients to expect this information from their Breeder and, in particular, enquire about the longevity of the dam, sire, grandparents, etc...   Unfortunately there are many Breeders making superior health "claims" but you will find very few (if any)who back up such claims with full and in-depth Health & Longevity disclosure!!

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Lower Mainland German Shepherd (Schutzhund) Club (Surrey,Canada) (1988-1998)
 United Doberman Club, USA (1988-1998)
President (1997) Pacific Coast Schutzhund (DVG) Club.
Richmond German Shepherd (Schutzhund) Club (Canada) (1998 - 2000)
Training Director (2002) Pacific Coast Schutzhund (DVG) Club.

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