Second, and even MORE important to YOU and the BREED...
There are several "big name" 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!
I have never felt like life was a "popularity contest"; I would rather speak the truth and if that gets me called names and disliked by those whom the truth harms, I have no problem with that. As you can imagine, my attempts to educate the public on this issue has not made me the most popular person among some breeders, and that's just fine. My loyalty is to the BREED, not them.
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 many 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 known carriers who passed it on. They are listed in no particular order:
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
And in my opinion, while ANY kennel can and probably will at some point produce Dobermans with DCM, some kennels are "notorious" for producing DCM dogs. 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. In my opinion, it would be foolhardy to purchase a pup or dog from any of these kennels 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
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.