Marine War Dogs of WW II

Forever Faithful.

It’s a emotional part in the history aswell for men as Dobermann, learning about the breed deserves that this chapter can not be neglected. If it’s out of respect, interest, read about their temperament and abilities, study or just to read about loyalty and the bond we share through all ages with our Canines makes it worth  to sit, read and try to think about how men and Canine must have deal with the hardness of War and from the moment that they turned back into the civilian world.

Marine DevilDogs, this term migrated to the Dobermann during WW II. This because of the fact of the fighting tenacity of the American Marines in the 2nd Division in 1918 during WW I, the German regard them as “devil dogs”.  Last year I have watched the video about The War Dogs of the Pacif, it was very impressive and heartwarming to watch and hear the men shared their personal stories about what some call their Brothers. https://vimeo.com/ondemand/wardogsmovie/173560419?autoplay=1

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 Young veterinarian Dr. William W. Putney was the chief of the War Dog Sick-Bay on Guam.

A broader insight came when I readed two books about the War Dogs also in relation to the Dobermann breed, a breed what is still been loved by many. The article, chapter 14, Jim Engel wrote about The Dogs of War did raise a question with me. I have shared this with him and he recommended to read the following books : War Dogs, a history of loyality and heroism by Micheal G. Lemish and Always Faithful, a memoir of the Marine Dogs of WWII by Captain William W. Putney. To read these books could help me with my thought about some written lines ( these I will share later ) and my thought with it. The lack of working dog culture, knowledge about breeding and trying to promote the Dobermann as vicious dog could have had a impact and influence at the whole situation before, during and after the War. 

http://www.angelplace.net/Book/Ch14.pdf

War Dog Background

You will probably never look and feel the same after reading and see the photo’s in the book from Always Faithful. To read the stories behind the photo’s has make me even more dertimend and eager to study and try to preserve this special breed. To quote a line from William W. Putney, it was in relation to the first rehabilitation program : Now they needed us and I was eager to return the favor. Resonate these words and place it in these days context, They Need Us and maybe more then ever but are we capable enough  ?

 

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Peppy with his handler, Benton Goldblatt. A bullet fired by a Japanese sniper that pierced Peppy’s ear and lodged in his skull had been succesfully removed.

Above photo was shared in the book with some other photo’s just later reading though the chapter Coming Home I find out what had happened to Peppy. It’s hard not to be emotional to see this photo and see the loving and affactionate bond between those two souls. Makes me sad and ask myself why on earth need we WAR…….? To find this out I ordered the book Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passion of War by author Barbara Ehrenreich. But to continue with the story, I share some lines from the book, there was a debate what had to do with the remaining dogs on duty. Some of the dogs from overseas that had been sent back to the War Dog Training School had already been euthanized without ever having been given the chance to be rehabilitated. Peppy, for example, had been destroyed after Benton Goldblatt was wounded and evacuated, though I had no doubt that a dog as intelligent as Peppy could have been quickly detrained and returned home. At Benny Goldblatt’s urging, I asked why this had happened and was told that ‘there was not time’ for any solution. William W Putney was not satisfied with this answer, and shared that he was determined that this would not happen again. End. He kept his promise. Reading this and look at above photo what do you feel and think……….

Who was this brave in heart man called William W Putney, he was assigned to the Marine Corps, War Dog Training School in 1943, following his graduation from Auburn University’s Veterinary School. As the commanding officer of the 3rd War Dog Platoon. part of the Marine’s third division. In 27 August 1945 he was the founder of the War Dog Detraining School. What follows was an exact copy of the memorandum establishing the ward dog detraining program, one of the most important documents in the long history of dogs in the United States military. In 1994, Putney established the War Dog Cemetery on the U.S. Navel Base on Guam. The reason was as he decribed in his book : In 1989, I returned to Guam and found the Marine War Dog Cemetery that we had begun 1944 in total disrepair. He was shocked to find the little grave markers with their imprints of Dobermann’s head overturned and scattered about and the area covered with waist-high grass, weeds and jungle vines. It was painful to see the final resting place of these gallant animals so desecrated. These dogs have given the live for us. I can only imagine how he must felt to see what had happened, our species can be so disrespectful.

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A real caretaker

The interest in using dogs by the U.S. Marine Corps began in 1935 when central American gurerilla soldiers used dogs s sentries to alert the soldiers. Additionally, the German utilized canine troops in WWI. This lead to the use of dogs in combat during WWII as scouts, couriers, and infantry dogs, where the dogs were ideally suited to the dense tropical vegetation of the Pacif Islands.

Camp LeJuene, North Carolina was the home of the War Dog Training School, where dogs began their training with the rank of private; war dog actuelly could out-rank their handlers.  Seven War Dogs Platoons were trained at Camp LeJuene. The breed of choice  for the combat was ( mainly ) he Doberman Pinscher. The breed were trained for police dogs in 19th Century Germany. During WWII approximatelly 75 % ( most males for a reason the Marines prefer them above females ) were Doberman Pinscher and 25 % German Sheperds. Through a non-profit organization, Gogs for Defense, the public could loan their family dogs to the Marine Corps. The article from J. Engels decribes very well how this lead to a aggressive way of promoting the breed.  Most of those civilian enthusiast, with no real  militairy dog knowledge or experience, generally misunderstood the actuel attributes necessary in war service, and selected  for overtly  aggresive dogs, both in breeding  before the war and in recruiting candidates. This could be also have contributed to the fact that the  decision not to accept the Dobermann Pinscher as replacements in the future. The Dobermann Pinscher Club of America also supplied many of the war dogs, this was a substantial amount.

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In the War Dog Traing School both men and Dobermann would be trained for combat.

Each dog went through a rigorous course of obedience for a period of 6 weeks. After basic training, because it was, the dogs were divided into groups for spezialized training : scout, Messenger or infantery. The dogs use signals to alert the soldiers of Japanese presence as they were trained not to bark. The dogs could detect human scent up to one half mile away. In August 1945, the War Dog Platoons were disbanded. Many of the dogs were retrained for civilian life and sent back to their families, while several remained with their handlers. There were 1,047 dogs entlisted during the war, with 465 serving in combat. Twenty-five dogs died during service in the Pacific during the War. After the retraining and health checks the dogs were well enough to reenter civilian life safely, certificates were signed what was reguied for them to be discharge. By the fall 1946 all of the dogs had been sent home. In the final analysis, of the 559 dogs in the Marine Corps at the end of the war, 540 were discharged to civilian life. Of the 19 that had to be destroyed, 15 were euthanized due to health reasons, and only 4 were so incorrigible in their behavior that they had to be destroyed: 0.73 percent. Of those four, three were Dobermann and one was a German Sheperd, almost the exact percentage of each breed a represented in the Marine Corps in WWII. William W Putney had mention that he never sign an unnecessary death certificate and he never did.

Soon after the end of the Second World War, many canine behaviorists said that all militairy dogs had been destroyed because it was not possible to detrain dogs after militairy service to the extent that they would be safe or return to civilian life. The reader of this book knows differently. We brought our dogs home with us from the battlefields. Our dogs were not destroyed: How reliable was the detraining ? There was never a single case reported where one of our dogs attacked a human after returning to civilian life. Yet for years the militairy persisted in a policy that was both stupid and inhumane.

Through of the effort of William W. Putney a life-size bronze of a Dobermann was unveiled on the U. S. Navel Base on Guam during the 50-th anniversary of the liberation of that Island.

 

 

The report, a basic overview of operations and future reccomendations !

The following shared lines has my interest because behavior is a close to my heart subject. In relation to the Dobermann it has for me the first prior, it’s the reason why I’m focccused if I read behavior traits, temperament in relation to our breed. Regardless if this was in the process of wording, during the both Wars, or after these periods and all what is written about it in between. The Dobermann’s natural spirit what include his temperament and nervous system is for me mostly inherited and has less to do with nurture. In the 6 years I’m learning about the breed temperament and nervous system problems are like a thread through the breed. To refer at I mention earlier in my blog I will try to explain what triggerd me and gave me food for thought and with this a question I shared with Jim Engel. 

From the book War Dogs, a history of loyalty and heriosm. The commonding officers of both platoons, Taylor and Putney, furnished a report to the commander of the Marine Corps providing a basic overview of operations and future recommendations. In concern of the Dobermann Taylor emphatically stated :

Although a few of the Dobermann performed in an exellent manner, it is considered that this breed is, in general, unsuited for combat duty due to its highly temperamental and nervous characteristics. They also failed to stand up as well as the others types under field conditions. On the whole, the Dobermann proved to be more exicitable and nervous than the other breeds under combat conditions, and required much time and effort on the part of his handler at all times in order to keep him properly calmed down and under control. Although admirably suited for certain types of security work, dogs of this breed are not desired as replacements for the 2d and 3d War Dog Platoons. Further Taylor highlighted the attributes of the German Sheperd. Taylor’s report, accepted on face value, meant the beginning of the end for the Dobermann as a militairy working dog.

Above words from Taylor still resonate in my mind and although it’s now 2018 I recognize and think to understand them. After many generations and decades further they didn’t get rid of many unstable and nervous lines/traits. Through own experience I can truly say that many can not cope with  all day life issues and show a to reactive, unstable, fearful and nervous behavior what is very undesirable. Besides my own experience it seems a red thread through the breed’s life, from the beginning until now. It seems rather rare then common to find a stable and trustworty Dobermann. Speaking about the beginning the creator of the Dobermann Pinscher ( Dobermann’s Hunde ) was Herr Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann (1834-1891) his meaning was not to create a sweet and nice pet dog. He choose what he was thought were sharp, watchful, intelligent dogs with a brave heart from nature. Looks had no value, function was the purpose. The dogs known for their vermin killer traits and harsh strenght of character. This foundation, although many other influence from the Greyhound and the Manchester Terrier ( 2 x ) were introduce after, could be still in a very less amount represented in their blood. What not means that this is only negative it comes to selection and knowing how to read their language and the details of their temperament if it wise to breed with certain types who are to aggressive. 

What could be the main reason and why I read so less about the fact that this was also probably so common for and during the wars. Is there a real proper study about this subject or has it only to do with poor breeding management or needs it all a deeper insight in the breed, it’s creation, needs and understanding what suits the Dobermann. One thing I dare to say that if you have unstable dogs and you will breed with them over and over again because for example they are so ‘popular’  this trait in lines will inherited and pop up in the offsprings and their offsprings, it’s a huge challenge to fix this , if it ever will be possible.

My impression is also that from beginning and through the founder effect, first War (bottleneck) not to forget the promotion to use the Dobermann in the second War had a huge impact on temperament and their nervous system because of the lack of breeding knowledge and what was desirable in the war. But I also not exclude the fact that this breed was maybe not suitable as describe by Taylor for all jobs. A Dobermann is not a German Sheperd and a German Sheperd is not a Dobermann, it has a reason and both you can not compare. The Dobermann was meant to be a presonal protector, it was the only breed with a purpose for this job. I personal think they are a one man dogs and function best in this setting, if proper bred.

Book Always Faithful

If I understand it correct the report in relation to the Dobermann was the view/conclusion from Taylor. I can not find something that also Putney had this as a truly believe because of his words in his book Always Faitful share for me almost the opposite or my interpreation of it. What makes it for me as a student of the breed even more interested to understand what both officers experienced and shared. Some lines from Putney: The 295 rejected dogs  demostrate improper recruiting. Thirthy one percent of all dogs arriving at the War Dog Training School were found unfit for duty, the vast majority because they were emotianally unstable. Dobermann Pinschers-although they are fine dogs and did some of our greatest work on the field-were rejected for this reason in a lager percentage than other breeds. Perhaps because of they were a breed small in numbers, the demands of the Marine Corps was too great to be satisfied, and subpar dogs were taken to the school for our review. Their owners also often suffered a misguided impression that we needed mean attack dogs. Dogs that are naturally mean usually have psychological problems; they are not dependable under stress of combat. In my years of practice since the war, I have found that Dobermann are naturally as emotionally stable as other breeds. They are sharp, fast and very tractable, train easily and retrain their training perhaps better than most breeds. They are wonderful dogs. Oh yes they are and fully agree ! But the words emotionally stable I can not match with some words of Taylor. Probably, but this is just a guess, meant Putney that breeding with awareness and eye for temperament they are naturally stable.  Would have love to talk with those two officers to get a more accurate insight in what they thought was the main problem in relation to behavior.

So after reading Jim Engel’s article and specially the report from Taylor this was my first thought and shared it;  It is so unfair to select in general a breed what is mentally not capable of doing what you would prefer in a war and what must suits a war dog. It must be so stressful because many had a poor nervous system. The words from Taylor are still accurate these days and I wonder if the breed is truly understand by the community and not only because of the name Dobermann and it’s so called persona. After reading the two books I would have hoped to get one clear answer but there is none. It is a combination of matters as describe in the article I shared and through some lines from the books. But even these days temperament is a important issue still in the breed Dobermann besides all other complex health matters, what needs certainly our attention !

Combat Dog
In life the firmest friend, The first to welcome, foremost to defend, Whose honest heart is still his master’s own Who labor’s, fights, lives, breathes for him alone.- Noel gordon, Lord Byron.

The story of Rocky from the book Always Faithful.

Among the large number of our dogs and handlers that distinguished themselves in combat, Pfc. Marvin Corff and Rocky stand out. Rocky had been one of the dogs to alert to the banzai attack of July 25, 1944, and the pair went on more than fifty patrols during the mop-up that followed, staying out over two weeks again and again. On one of these patrols, Corff had singlehandedly killed four Japanese after Rocky’s alert ans was awared a Silver Star for “conspicuous gallantry……fighting spirit and cool courage”.  When I was preparing this manuscript, I wrote to Corff in the process of checking my recollections against those of mu comrades. Corff wrote back, primarily about Rocky. Rocky, he said “was not an affectionate dog. I could horse around with him and pet him but he didn’t like to be touched very much”. After Corff and I discussed how we should assert himself over Rocky, the dog’s behavior changed for the better, but during combat Rocky would revert:

When the star shells lit up the sky, I could see his eyes turn green and glaze over. He went for me,getting in a few bites before I got my arms around him and put a muzzle on him. In a few minutes, he calmed down. we were assigned to many different units and went on many patrols. Rocky did a good job. On many missions, he alerted me to enemy movement, once saving our patrol from ambush. Rocky would seem to get that green glaze in his eyes and go after anyone who was close, which usually was me. The worst bite I ever got when I wasn’t expecting it and endedup with a festering wound in my belly and flat on my back at some forward outpost. These attacks by Rocky were of a short period and then he would act normal, as if nothing had happened……….I feel that outside of the numerous bite wounds that I suffered, I was lucky in the war. When I moved to Chicago after my discharge, I found that Rocky’s owner had reclaimed him. I went to see him a few times. He was glad to see me and would obey my commands, but I felt it best not to go back to see him anymore because my visits were making it difficult for him to adjust to his new civilian life.

Why, I asked Corff, had he not told me about Rocky’s behavior ? Because, he said, he could not take the chance that I would take Rocky away.

Rocky 1

 

My sources I have shared in this blog and will end with some links. Through this blog it can make you eager to read and learn more about this chapter form our beloved breed Dobermann.

https://vetmed.tennessee.edu/home/Pages/war_dog_biography.aspx

http://www.stargazer-dobermans.com/USMCDevilDogswars.html

https://m1pencil.wordpress.com/2011/12/14/marine-dogs-of-wwii/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Littera Scripta Manet, the written word will remain.

Faith, hope, love … does 3 words had a different but not less important value for me this weekend. Never was the breed Dobermann so emotional presented in one weekend and has it given me even more insight in its potential, if bred with intelligence.

On a Sunny Friday I drove to Rotterdam, it had been many years that I was in the area of Bergschenhoek, where I would watch a part of te test what would be done by Colonel Cajo vom Schlossrudwalde and his owner and handler Reül Manichand for KNPV PH2. This young male is the only titled KNPV with now also PH2 in the whole world. So if this is not something to give you faith, hope and love for the breed and in particular this individual boy I don’t know what else is needed to give you these feelings. 

 

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Top Gozert, that is Rotterdams. Source photo from the info page, shared link.

 

Let this unit be a inspiration !

https://colonelcajo.weebly.com/character.html

Respect for the breeder, owner and Cajo himself, this needs also discipline, willingness and passion, whitout it this would not be possible. I’m glad that I have watch them both this time, out of admiration and respect also for the breed and it’s history. Would almost say how could you not be there or have watch them on other occasions. Calling yourself a Friend from the breed has I guess many faces………  

The day after, it was again Sunny and the temperature rising, it was on the same date one year ago that all faith and hope was gone. Love will give you answers and through love you learn Tough Life Lessons. It was of love and interest I decided almost 6 years ago to be a student and owner of the Dobermann Breed. I know now that the Community, or so called Friends, and the Breed itself has many faces and it’s so divided. The Dobermann has been and still goes through some very Tough Lessons, they are a victim mostly because of very poor breeding management. I’ll be thankful for the fact that ,and only god knows the reason, I decided after 7 Boxers and a Saarloos Wolfdog to live my life with for me a total new breed the Dobermann. From that moment till one year ago it was if I was in a roller coaster and have experienced the many faces with hidden agendas. The Eyes See and the Eyes don’t Lie. Today I can share that I feel sorry for all the ones who did not taken us but mainly Ruben seriously or the ones who just sit and did nothing after many help requests. They all were not capable one way or the other. They have given me a accurate insight in their world what has nothing to do with being a Steward or a Friend from the breed. You can not simply leave a Friend out in the cold, you don’t have to be Friend’s with the owner to reach out for help or advice. At the end we didn’t need them and oh dear some have shown their true faces, hope they are proud of themselves. Thank you all for the wise lessons and through this given me even more passion to learn more about the origin of the Dobermann and what is normal and what is being used as excuse for the ‘new normal’, just because there was no better alternative or they did know better or didn’t care at all.

 

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Beloved Boy, my Ruben Boy, the Eyes and a Good Heart never Lies. You know and that is enough we let the unaware be.

 

Speaking about Sunshine, her name is Zena a Greek name what means guest. Are we not all guests on this Globe. Since november 2017 she is our new family member because her former owners emigrate to New-Zealand and didn’t want her to go through the long travel and quarantaine policy. Only by seeing her sweet face and eager eyes on a photo my feeling was good about her natural spirit. Because we had less faith in the Community as we have been experience we had no interest to support the ones with other benefits. The important and crucial thing for us was that she was trustworthy and not be reactive or had  some fear for no reason. We had our share with Dobermann with unstable temperament and unsound nervous system, what the cause or reason for this had been. Never blame the individual for it they can help it and are full with unhealthy stress and tension. Temperament and nervous system is all about genes and what is inherited, it been neglected far to long in many lines generations after generations. Many laugh if you share this but what can you do else than laugh if there is a lack of intelligence. 

Zena is a young not neutered girl with no pedigree from almost 7 years and is a free thinking spirit. She is used  mainly as a guard dog and protected the outside property together with a male Dobermann. She created her own job as being a watch and guard dog as also being a natural vermin killer. She has some great terrier blood and her focus is at the environment for some vermin or hares and rabbits. She has learned some obedience but not trained on a field for specific goals. We are glad to have met her and  can experience a whole other type of Dobermann with no fear and eager to explore the outside for some hikkings. During the months I’m proud of her that she seattle in so fine and is a happy dog. She can do her job with the same passion as she did with her former owners we have enough room outside and are surrounded by the rural landscape. We tested her through Embark/ Dobermann Diversity Project and participated with UC Davis/Betterbred and divers she is so that could be a positive contribution for her health state. Without or with a pedigree she is for me recognizable through penotype and genotype as representative for the Dobermann Breed.  A new chapter in my life will be written also through the eyes of Zena and wish her many Sunny years. Faith, hope and love are emotions where would we be without them.

 

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Being not a common type can have its value.

 

Littera Scripta Manet, the written word will remain.

 

 

Women Who Run With the Dobermann

Dog’s are the magicians of the universe”- by Clarissa Pinkola Estés.

The Dobermann is a men-made breed, let it be now the women who give them a safe haven and preserve their spirit for a healthy future. Let it be women who are willing to cooperate and become a unit of interest, let it be women who share their knowledge, power, endurance, strenght and discilpine to do what in essence must be the main priority.

Run with them, feel free with them, follow them on their journey through life, give them back their proud and noble appearance. A breed with as purpose to be a personal protector from nature and nature we must find again in our own female psyche…………

 

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Give them Back their Natural Energy and Stamina.

 

I have shared above photo also in a earlier blog, it represents not the type I personally prefer but it as a symbolic meaning. I like to translate it, a Free Spirit……free from diseases, free from a poor nervous system, free from a unsound temperament, free from fears and compulsive behaviours, free from testing and medication, free from the ones who create and destroy, free from some human selfhisness.

 

We are Keepers of stories through many decades..

The value of telling stories and what we could learn through the hidden words and what these try to tell us. The Dobermann Community is full with stories, fairy tails and probably also with some myths, so I guess one more will do no harm. Interpretation and a deeper insight in relation to the Dobermann is in the eye of the beholder. It’s a little share about the Wild Women Archetype ( jungian) .

There is a story about La Loba, the wolf woman.

Her work was collecting bones of wolves and singing life into them. The story symbolizes the soul-voices. It conveys the truth of woman’s healing power over anything that is ailing or in need for restoration. Thus, the wolf is the representation of the Great Mother an archetype, which carries female images, ideas, and unique behaviors for humankind to help people to find their soul, and as warrior to help people to protect their survival. The wolf is also a strong female archetype. As Clarissa Pinkola Estés describes in her book that healthy wolves and healthy women in particular share certain psychic characteristics : keen sensing, playful spirit and a heightened capacity for devotion. Female wolves and women by nature are relational, inquiering and posses great endurance and strenght.

 

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The Book, Women Who Run With The Wolves

 

Living the life and doing what is pure and transparant isn’t possible when we lose touch with our instinctive spirit. Jungian  study and many books about wolves describe the mysterious connection between Wolf and Women. Inside every Woman is a Wolf.

Like to share a quote from the book, Women Who Run With The Wolves

“Wolves and Women have much in common. Both share a wild spirit. Women and Wolves are insticntual creatures, able to sense the unseen. They are loyal, protective of their packs and pups. They are wild and beautiful. Both have been hunted and captured. Even in captivity, one can see in the eyes of a Woman, or a Wolf, the longing to run free, and the detemination that should the opportunity arise, Whoose, they will begone….”

Wheter or not you believe in myths, stories, studies, books and all other subjects you can read and educate yourself about the Wolf, believe we must conclude that we own them as a species a lot.

One way or another the Wolf is important in our life, they can be our guide and teacher also in social aspects. They need a safe haven and are crucial for biodiversity on the Globe, many studies have proven that it had a positive benefit by introducing them for example into the Yellowstone National Park. Since 2015 they are back also in the Netherlands and I support their welcome through participating in some groups and try to keep being informed about future plans also in relation to the farmers in our country. Why sharing all this and what has it to do with the Dobermann a domestic dog and created through using many different breeds. I’ll try to explain my reason for above share.

The Story about the Dobermann.

 

Old photo with child.
Story about being a trustworthy friend !

 

Reading through history or on forums, blogs, articles, facebook groups or just by sharing with breeders and owners worldwide. The stories people share are very divers and  personal, it can also depends in which part of a group you belong because the Dobermann Community is divided in different groups and they have their own truth and benefit. If it’s about origin, purpose, temperament, lines, jobs what suits the breed and even culture or country can play a role in how people see and read the breed. We know through history about the story from the Dobermann as a War Dog, the story of a breed for show and being only a pet, the story of what called in the past Schutzhund, the story of policedog, the story about that not all, pedigree or not, Dobermann are Dobermann, the story of preserve their abilities and health and last but not least the heartbreaking stories about DCM and Cancer…….Through stories and sharing we can learn and make a plan for better if we want and are aware. Refer to the Wolf, without them we would not have domesticated dogs, without domesticated dogs we would not have breeds and no breeds would mean no Dobermann. If we don’t respect origin and the source of becoming we can also not understand our dogs and what their needs are, domesticated or not. If we as Women don’t have the energy and power to believe in our natural instinct and live our life fully aware from that crucial aspect…..we don’t even know how to deal with problems and make a turning point. From nature we know deep inside what is a priority and necessary for our environment, family, ourselves and all creatures great and small.

So if we truly feel passionate connected with the Dobermann let it be Women who now make a step to a Global interest for preservation. Each Country could be a source and by cooperation around the Globe it is possible to make a plan with  using scienctific tools and genetics. Breeding Dobermann for a healthy future is not a myth, is not a fairy tail, is not some blabla, it is possible but our spirit for willigness must be awake.

Breeding a Dobermann is not about us, not about competition, not about ego, not about titles, not about a huge amount of fake likes on social media, not about money making but it is about doing what suits the needs of the breed. Only with a good head and good heart this is possible. It’s all a Matter of the Heart……the breed have given us enough signs through their Heart !

Are we capable of it , time for a new story…..

The Story about the Dobermann Keeper’s.

 

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And Man is wondering, wondering what he have missed………still his teachers are loyal, they know, they have given him enough signals !

 

to be continued.

The End of Tolerance

A look inside the world of the Dobermann can give you many sleepless nights and make you shake your head for hours. I’m realistic enough that not all you read is true and a story has always two sides. The only thing I wish and do hope that what I have experience, see and read in the past 5,5 years is not representative for every breed. I can not express how sick the world of dogs can be, how people can do so much harm to a breed and the individuals in the population. Why why why…….the end of tolerance has many faces one is written at November 2011. It probably all depends on what side you are and attach great importance to transparancy.

Transparancy isn’t possible in a world what is lead by money, power and ego, this is a world for only the ones who have no heart and no head,  between us dear blog readers our species got a lot of these walking around the Globe. A nice amount of them are involved in the world of the Dobermann. They call themself a Friend of the Dobermann Breed and share their love and passion through their insight in breeding and future breeding plans, are board members or a member of a Club Association and visit events as for example IDC . These are the ones with knowledge and the best intentions for the breed, they know all about transparancy and being a breed steward ! Would be nice if this was true and we could depend on the system and see it as a source for education, information, particiaption, cooperation and the intrest of being united for as only reason to preserve a noble breed what share it’s name from it’s firts creator with the only purpose in mind and that was function…….

Function is becoming very rare in the Dobermann and what ones was just normal is now almost through selection and poor health not common anymore. Do we care ? I ask myself…….probably not enough, sure there are moments we talk in forums and share our thoughts and make Big Plans on the great social ( destructive ) media Facebook or through private messages but at the end of the day what have we really achieved. Nothing and more nothing because we didn’t need scientific tools and genetics to share that the breeds needs a other management plan for survival. We had notice this long ago and made a turning point in the past ( 1970-80 ) and we would not have such a huge problem, we could be proud of being real breed stewards. That would be a reason for some coffee & cake to celebrate some  healthy progress. Coffee & cake will be served very soon ,if we don’t wake-up, but the reason will not be to celebrate victory.

Victory, such events are not possible these days because it will be called animal abuse. Cruelty or animal abuse has many faces and if facilitate with awereness and common sense I see no harm in it.

Dobermann trekkar
Ready Steady Go, South African sporting events

Daring Dobes they call them ones in South Africa, different time, different breed, different club. Reading through a article what mentioned these Sulky Races makes you ask again Why why why…….how on earth is it possible that so many follow a system what has no benefit for a breed.  With no members there is no system and no system means no power, money, ego and maybe a possibility to do what had been done decades ago. Use all the time and energy for preservation and maybe we can introduce some Sulky Races in the distant future, would that not be nice ?

Through the Daring Dobes I came across to someting what is still accurate these days, sadly it stopped publishing but it would not suprise me that behind the scenes some outsider is making a new access. We still can read what is written and I share it with you but don’t read it before bedtime there is a possibility you be awake all night.

http://inside-dobermann.blogspot.com/2014/02/wdb-or-rather-wtf.html

 

 

The Elders Matters

In youth we learn; in age we understand. This is a wise and truth quote from Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach. I’m reading at the moment the new book from Jim & Jamie Dutcher, The Wisdom of  Wolves, Lessons from the Sawtooth Pack. The chapter about teach the young, respect the old has rise up some (indirect ) questions in relation to our purebreds. 

Many times I try to go back to some basics and origins to understand certain matters in relation to our dogs social structure and behaviour. The source in some of these questions is to find in the many articles, books, videos about our dogs ancestor the Wolf. If you don’t have intrest or respect for this beautiful and social species I guess better not start with a dog, they have still so much in common. We, as we our species, had in the past also the same social structure as you can see in a pack of wolves, still you can experience certain social structures for example in Native Clans or some cultures around de world. In my country the Netherlands I have the feeling that we don’t have respect or appreciate the value of family or our Elders.

I like to quote some lines from the chapter : If young wolves represent the future of a wolf pack, then old wolves represent its past. The soul and wisdom of the pack lives in its elders. In the deveoped world, where we prize youth and vigor, Always looking toward the next technological advance and all too eager to forget past, the eldery are often marginalized. We tend to think of our senior citizens as a group that needs to be cared for but not necessarily venerated. How often do we acknowledge our elders as ones who remember history firsthand, as the holders of knowledge and experience, as the keepers of our culture? Wolves, do and they do so far a very good reason : survival. End quote……..gives enough to think about also in relation to our purebred dogs but this needs some deeper line of thought.

 

Elder matters
A group of Dobermann together can only function if they have a good social structure.

 

Our dogs have of course a other social ( family ) structure than their ancestor and I also believe that some purebreds as for example the Dobermann suits not at it’s best as a pack dog among it’s own kind. Especially the working lines it can be safer, relaxter and better to keep  them alone or two different sexes, mostly the pack is their human family.  To many times you can read or experience that at a certain point some will not get a long and separation is the only option. It can depend at the breed and needs deeper view. But this would be a other topic and for sure a interesting one. 

What about our Dobermann Elders and the importance for the population.

We know that many purebreds are very unhealthy, have less genetic diversity and longevity becomes rare. Besides the cause of this what is awefull enough and I mention it in many of my blogs, what does this mean as you see it in the perspective of value of the Elders towards for example the younger ones or in the matter or gene structure. The expected lifespan of the Dobermann is 5 years, source http://www.instituteofcaninebiology.org/blog/are-preservation-breeders-preserving-the-doberman-no  

What is a age from 5 or 6 or 7 years, nothing. I would say 5 years is a perfect age to start to think of  breeding because of maturity, personal character, tests, training, development to name some points. I see more value to start breeding from the age of 5 years or older than with much younger dogs but this can become rare and what does this have for consequences to the genes at the long term in a population as the Dobermann ?  It’s a fact that if  generations after generations human childeren let’s say from the age of 15 year start with children and their children will also get at the same age or even younger children. This must have a impact to the genes and a consequence for health and mental well being. What about experience and just life lessons these are also valuable and are important for the next generations. Longevity is so important for different reasons and the subject I now brought up in this blog is something I haven’t read about but this will not mean that it is not relevant and don’t needs to be studied or give some food for thought. Our dogs live not in a natural environment and in social packs so for example extinction is a slower process in the matter of what I try to describe in this blog.

Whatever your thougts maybe or not after reading, one thing must be clear and that it is very alarming if breeds as the Dobermann don’t live a healthy and happy life and reach in general a normal age. Don’t have to mention that 5, 6 or 7 years isn’t normal and must also not become the new normal ! 

Cannot help thinking that it’s important that our breed the Dobermann needs also it’s Elders in the population…….

 

Gess
The Elders Matters, if I understand it correct from the source Dobermanns of USSR-History in photo this boy Gess reach the age of 14 or 15 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knowledge Is Power

 

Different type
Power is not about size and Knowledge has to do with respect also for history.

 

Education with the subject Dobermann and it’s future can give more insight about what to do or better what not. This personal quest for more understanding and trying to make a difference for the breed and it’s population isn’t a easy road to follow and seems impossible. There are less reliable sources, you have groups in groups and transparancy is rare. It is even worse than Kindergarten, speaking about knowledge…… It seems if almost every individual follows a other path and has many time the opposite idea or believe what preservation for the breed means and what is needed. In this matter I see Facebook not as a source to learn or make real contact with like – minded people who are passionate and have a good head and good heart. Only if you follow a certain believe or idea what a group or a individual person preach than you will be less ignored and you make some ‘ friends’……And they always look forward to see you and meet you at a certain Facebook group, you can reach out and participate in their sharings, sure.  So again and I have shared it also earlier in a blog, Facebook is a destructive source for proper Dobermann education, cooperation and for making a long term breeding management plan. A plan what has a benefit for the next generations of admires from the breed. Through following the same path year after year I’m not sure if the breed will be there about 50 years. We can not say exactly what the progress will be but if it follows the same curve it could be that the breed could get extinct. The Dobermann genes belongs together with all the other purebreds in the Canine World. They derserve that we now serve them, they serve us for so many decades.

But don’t be to sad if it doesn’t work, we still have the Good Old Vintage Pictures………..

 

1955-56 Vintage
April 1955, different time, different breed. 

 

When there is no or less willingness, there is no way for better. It needs a certain commitment, discipline, awareness and intelligence. Sometimes I have the feeling that some who say they love the breed do the opposite, maybe they need to compensate throught the breeds intelligence their own lack of it. It’s all about education, education and education with this you must have a huge amount of breeders/owners, some genetics and a good helpful team in relation to observation and monitoring if you want to make a real difference for the breeds future and the population as a whole.

As a admire and owner I have tried to educate myself the latest 5,5 years through: participating with The Doberman Diversity Project/Embark and  US Davis VGL/Betterbred, follow a online course Managing Genetics For the Future and reading the book Managing Breeds For A Secure Future, be a member from the AVLS ,Saarloos Wolfdog, not only because I was a former owner but also because I can learn so much because of their outcross project, visit lectures given by the AVLS, Dutch Kennel Club about heart problems in breeds and informative eveningen about the benefit from genetic diversity. Be a member from DogWEllNet and try to share question with some genetics around the globe. Just a few things what I think is useful for more understanding and to do something. It amaze me to see that during some lectures or informative evening in my own Country there is besides me 1 other person also from the Dobermann Community, what does this say ? For me it says enough, or they do not care or they have given up hope. I also think it’s a shame that the Dutch Breed Club don’t give more lectures , also for newbies, about the problematik in the breed and what the plans for the future will be or what the suggestions are. I have asked many times if they had some projects to participate but so far nothing constructive is going on. That doesn’t support me to become a member and I will not waste my time energy and money if a Dobermann Club what calls itself a Friend from the Dobermann doesn’t make a turning point in their policy and do everything to preserve their Friend. I’m not interested in some club joinments and drink some coffee and eat cake. Sorry but I’ll really think that there is a need for other priorities.

Last but not least the community as a whole must get rid of their bad vibe !  

 

Dobermann coffee
Coffee & Provocation

 

 

Tick-Tock,

Tick-Tock

Tick-Tock

There is still some time………..but hurry hurry !

I will not throw in the towel and let it be, not yet.

 

 

When You Don’t Fit In.

Being different can have a value, being not a common type or a representative for these days trends  (as we see in many breeds ) is not to prefer in the eyes of the majority but what if the consequences of this can have a benefit. A benefit for the individual not the population .

We met Zena and her former family in November 2017, I saw from a photo that she was a free spirit,very lively and did remind me a little at the breed in the beginning. Because of emigration to New-Zealand her former family was looking for a new place for her where she could be the dog she was been the former 6 years  in her life. She was a guardian and most of the time outdoors also during the nights. Now she is with us and we prefer to keep a Dobermann most of the time with the family and I notice that she likes and prefer it also. But there is no doubt that she developed  by nature and genes a stable and sound character, has a good nervous system and quick recovery. For me the value is that she is 6,5 years, not neutered, had in her life only one puppy vaccination and further no chemicals etc….she loves Raw Meat & Bones, is very athletic, has a good focus and loves to go for long walks. She is not trained for a specic goal, she has created her own way of being from nature. I appreciate  just the way she is and we let her be. Last but not least she has no pedigree this can be a benefit for a Dobermann these days, you can probably figure out why I mention this.

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Zena a Free Spirit female.

The Dobermann is not a healthy breed, the population is small as so is their genepool. Besides this and the consequences of a poor breeding strategy through many decades,the bottlenecks, the use of popular sires has make their immune system very weak and vulnerable. To study the breeds pedigrees is a must but you need to have knowledge about lines, the victims but also the affected producers from many genetic heritable diseases. Everyday you can read the heartbreaking stories how owners lost their beloved friend at a far to much young age. Most of the time the causes is because of DCM or Cancer although that is so far my opinion.

I’m a admire of the breed  it’s purpose and beginning years, between the 1920 and 1950 I prefer them as being recognizable, the Dobermann of 2018 is sometimes unrecognizable and for sure the show lines are. But also these types belong to the population as a whole, they are far in the majority. But how much valuable traits do they share or are beneficial for the breeds standard and it’s future. I don’t have the answer I only have my own thoughts and that is that I would’t choose them ( anymore) as I also don’t prefer the many extreme types, European-American, or the hypertypes or everything in between. The Dobermann must have a medium size to be fit for function, athletic, with a intense preydrive all the other traits is describe so well in my blog about The Total Dobermann, written by Vic Monteleon. The Dobermann and it’s natural skills is rare and they are in general a shade of what is often describes in articles from the past. Personal I think dat many pedigree Dobermann are not what you must prefer and better to give them a other name, they don’t deserve to carry the name of the ones so noble breed. It’s not about all these individual dogs called Dobermann it’s about the people who don’t breed with respect for origin and purpose..

 

 

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 Pedigree or not for me she is recognizable as belonging to the Dobermann breed.