So if he looked more Dobe, it would give me the right to breed him?
I'm sorry for what happened with your Dobe, you just hear far too many stories of health problems with Dobermanns I think perhaps I was in a similar position to you. I loved the breed (certain examples at least, not really any of the ones in Australia) and I wanted to have one in my life. I visited so many breeders, I even stayed with a couple. I had always planned on getting a Dobermann as soon as I knew that I could afford one and always have a home for one. I was fortunate that this happened to me fairly young but it wasn't for another 4+ years after that until I got my dog.
He's not a pure Dobermann and I would never pretend otherwise, I think the difference is my view has changed and I no longer think that's a bad thing.
My views are subjective of course, like you said, everyone thinks their dog is great and that's the way it's supposed to be. But I'm not the only one who has assessed him and formed these views. In fact, in his 4.5 years (and this is a dog who gets around and has met and trained with a lot of people), I haven't met anyone who felt otherwise. They've had their fair share of things to say about me as a trainer and I've had a lot to learn, but they've always admired Sammy. I am someone who is very interested in the opinions of others, of just about everyone in fact because I can be better than what's possible for a single person if I have the input from many. I don't really make decisions by myself. So one of the reasons I'm so confident in my position in regards to considering breeding Sammy is that the thought didn't come from me, it didn't even come from just one source.
I'm not a dog breeder and I don't want to be. I have a full time job and I would never want more than 2 dogs at an absolute maximum. I want other people to breed the dogs I want. But they don't, or maybe what I want is asking too much, or not what other people want? I don't know. There is no registration body that tests for the things I value. Breeders put all over the websites, oh our dogs are intelligent and you ask them, oh what do you do with them, where do they excel? Or breeders who try to justify the problems their dogs have, like one who told me it was just that because she wasn't breeding small dogs, it was normal for their cruciate ligaments to go. And they're like, oh don't worry, it doesn't happen to all of them...
And as for homing their dogs properly - 2 girls showed up in a park near my old house in Dover Heights (in case you want to go look for him) a few weeks ago with a giant male Dobermann. I asked where they'd gotten him from and they told me, same breeder who lost some of her fingers to one of her dogs during a training session. Anyway, they have no control over this dog. Every time someone walks past he rushes up and bails them at the fence. They call and laugh but I didn't find it funny, the people on the other side were probably terrified. They ask me how I got Sammy to be so obedient. They ask if I can let Sammy 'sort him out a bit' so he's less dominant and listens to them. I ask, why did you get a Dobermann? Girl responds, oh I wanted a Cavoodle, but my Dad had Dobermanns when he was growing up so I decided on this one instead. They were completely enthralled with Sammy, I don't think they'd ever seen a dog sit or lie down on command before - which is the kind of the thing I hate - where people think complete disobedience is the norm. And they're like, oh when he gets a bit older will he be like that as well?
The dog was only 7 months old but I told them they needed a professional to get involved now. They explained they'd been kicked out of puppy school because he had attacked the trainer. They laughed and said he really doesn't like being told what to do. There's no way I would give a large dog to these girls, I half wanted to take their off them before he seriously hurt somebody.
But this lady is a registered breeder with the ANKC, her dogs are pure and she meets all of their standards to my knowledge. Is she an ethical, responsible breeder?