Third, and even MORE important to YOU and the BREED...
There are several "big name" (big puppy volume) kennels in Europe and Russia that specialize in show type Dobermans which appear to have a very high incidence of DCM, and are bred down from KNOWN DCM carriers. These kennels produce a LOT of dogs and with their flashy ads and websites they suck a lot of novices into buying their dogs as "breeding quality" despite the shocking lack of health testing done on the breeding stock.
These dogs are flooding into America, and YOU as a puppy buyer need to do your research!
To me, life is NOT a "popularity contest"; I would rather speak truth and if that gets me trashed by those I call out - I have no problem with that. I'm proud to say "judge me by the people who don't like me!" As you can imagine, my attempts to educate the public on this and other issues has not made me the most popular person among shady breeders, and that's just fine. My loyalty is to the BREED, not those who harm it for money.
I am going to give you two bits of advice now, to help you do your research and your due diligence before you buy or breed your Doberman. First, use this very handy website, out of Russia, which attempts to list cause of death and age on Dobermans. It can be MOST helpful to check up on a specific dog or line of dogs to see how much reported DCM is in the background. Mind you - far too many people attempt to hide the fact one of their dogs died of DCM, so the records are, of course, incomplete, but it is a great starting point! Remember, a dog does not have to die of DCM to end up passing it on to his offspring.
The HEREDITY tab is most useful.
Along with this I am going to list a few "big name" dogs that either died of DCM or were/are known carriers who passed it on. They are listed in no particular order. In my opinion, animals with these Dobermans either close up or multiple times in their pedigree should BE AVOIDED!
Pride of Russia Sidor * Tigr iz Slavnoi Stai * Sant Kreal Zeus * Akuna Matata de Grande Vinko * Gino Gomez del Citone
Ebo v.d. Groote Maat * Maxim Di Altobello * Oscar Z Padoku * Fedor del Nasi * Oksamit de Grande Vinko
ANY kennel can and probably will at some point produce Dobermans with DCM but some kennels specialize in using the above dogs and others which result in an unfortunate number of pups developing DCM. I put this list here not to imply anything other than it would be a VERY good idea to be extra vigilant when researching a dog or pup from these kennels or from puppies bred down from dogs FROM THESE KENNELS. In my opinion, it would be foolhardy to purchase a pup or dog from these kennels or from American kennels using dogs with these lines, without seeing DNA results for DCM 1 and 2 and more importantly Echocardiogram and HOLTER results on BOTH parents. Of course, the other basic health testing still applies, hips, thyroid, eyes, DM, vWD, etc.
Pride of Russia * Sant Kreal * Di Altobello * Betelges
THANK YOU for taking the time to read this. If we are to save the Doberman it is more and more apparent that its breeders and owners will be on their own; no club has stepped forward in a meaningful way. Only educated puppy buyers who support reputable breeders will make a healthy, happy future for the breed.