Showsight Presents the Doberman Pinscher

Q&A

“A DOBERMAN IS A WORKING DOG, THEREFORE, HE SHOULD BE SOUND.

His uP AnD BACk sHouLD Be As CLose to tHe stAnDArD As PossiBLe; CLeAn.”

THERESA HUNDT

9. What, if anything, do you feel non-breeder judges get wrong about the breed? I feel that non-breeder judges pay too much attention to showmanship. Many of them get fooled by this. Since Dobermans, in general, are show dogs, they lose the dog’s good points and bad points. 10. What previously campaigned Doberman(s) come close to your ideal? Please explain. There are many Dobes that I have liked over the years for different reasons. There are two that, for me, were good examples of the standard. Ch. Brunswig’s Cryptonite— a beautiful red male that did a great deal of winning. He possessed a lovely head and beautiful front assembly. The other was a black bitch that also did much winning. Her name was Ch. Blue Chip’s Purple Reign. She was a lovely, well-balanced bitch with a fabulous personality and temperament. 11. Do you have anything else to share? That this is a fabulous breed. I have owned and loved this breed since 1963. LINDA KRUKAR 1. In order, name the five

1. In order, name the five most important traits you look for in the ring. First trait is temperament, as this is extremely important. A Doberman should be elegant and possess pres-

ence and a sense of importance. He should have a short coupled body with good bone and body substance. he is a moderate dog without over exaggeration. 2. Are there any unforgivable faults in the breed? Temperament faults first and foremost. I’m not happy with missing teeth. I also put emphasis on a good, strong rear. 3. Do uncropped ears and/or undocked tails affect judging? Undocked tails would not be considered in my judging. Uncropped ears are a huge controversy in our breed at this time. The DPCA does not want judges to consider them when they are in the ring. 4. What are the most controversial breed topics? Obviously uncropped ears are a big controversial point. Since I haven’t been faced with the situation I haven’t had to address it. 5. Which traits, if any, are becoming exaggerated? I think overly angulated rears and improper neck place- ment have become too prominent in our breed today. 6. What do handlers do in presentation that you wish they would not? They move the dogs way too fast, throw bait and overuse bait. 7. What traits do you see popping up these days that are going in the wrong direction? What’s better? I think the over angulated rears and neck sets and lack of bone and substance are going in the wrong direction. I can’t say that Dobermans are getting better on the whole. 8. Describe ideal Doberman movement and its impor- tance in judging. In judging, movement is important. A Doberman is a work- ing dog, therefore, he should be sound. His up and back should be as close to the standard as possible; clean. The go around should be strong with balanced reach and drive.

most important traits you look for in the ring. It is difficult to place the five most important traits in order of importance because they are all so essential. However, the dog’s profile would be at the top of my list because it

includes the other elements that help define breed type. The following traits must all be considered because they all fit into the first element: proportion and balance, size, head, movement and temperament. These can all be observed when the dog is standing or moving and must all be present to define the total Doberman. 2. Are there any unforgivable faults in the breed? Judging involves compromises and it has been the rare occasion that I have found a dog with faults that are unforgivable. A dog totally lacking in type, with a DQ, or poor temperament would be faults that I consider unforgivable.

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