582 Pleasant Hill Road
Bowling Green, KY. 42103
breed Dobermans for a
long and successful life.
dogs that will impress
any dog enthusiast.
What type of health testing do you do with your dogs?
OFA is a certification for hips that are free of hip dysplasia.
CERF is a certification for eyes that are free from congenital and
vWD is a DNA test that evaluates if a dog is a "hemophiliac"or
Thyroid profile evaluates the dog's ability to maintain normal thyroid
Echocardiogram is an ultrasound to evaluate the condition of the heart.
Holter monitor is a 24-hour ECG that evaluates the heart for
PDK4 is a genetic test for one mutated gene associated with DCM (Dilated
Cardiomyopathy Mutation). It is believed that there is more than one
gene associated with Dilated Cardiomyopathy in the Doberman. In humans
there are over 100 genes associated with Cardiomyopathy. At this time we
have the ability to test for one in Dobermans. PDK4 is a
"regulator of the entrance of glucose into the heart's mitochondria."
This is a quote from Dr. Meurs. In layman's terms, it helps regulate the
energy in the heart cells. When tested, there are 3 possible results:
Negative, Positive Heterozygous, or Positive Homozygous.
Dr. Meurs has made this information available to the public concerning
Negative Results-the absence of the mutation, does not mean that the dog
will never develop Cardiomyopathy. It means that the dog does not have
the only known mutation that can cause the disease at this time.
Positive Heterozygous (1 copy of the mutated gene and 1 copy of a normal
gene). Dogs that are positive heterozygous should be evaluated for signs
of disease (Holter monitor and an echocardiogram). Adult dogs that do
not show signs of disease and that have other positive attributes could
be bred to mutation negative dogs.
Positive Homozygous (2 copies of the mutated gene). We recommend not
breeding the homozygous dogs.
At this point in time, the best way to screen for Cardiomyopathy is to
test all dogs using the echocardiogram, holter, PDK4, veterinary
recommendations and combine this information with knowledge of each
dog's pedigree. To be considered in each breeding decision is the health
results and longevity available within the pedigree.
Q: How are your puppies raised?
We raise our puppies in our home. We keep them in a very clean
environment with a lot of time spent socializing them. They are
socialized with people, children, other dogs and puppies. We crate train
them and begin traveling short distances with them as early as 5 weeks
of age. We expose them to a variety of situations and stimuli to prepare
them for dealing with the stress of competitions later in life. They are
temperament tested and have their ears cropped when they are 7 weeks
old. They are ready to go to their new homes at 7 and 1/2 weeks old.
Q: What is Schutzhund and why is it important?
There is a wonderful article on Schutzhund