What is conformational test

Doberman Pinscher. breed

The modern European Doberman Pinscher is a beautiful, healthy animal with a great character.Over the past 20 years, the breed has become very popular.But every medal has a disadvantage: popularity does not always improve the breed.

According to the author, it is encouraging that under the influence of a series of tough measures (health and test studies) by the German Doberman Club (DV.EV) and the International Doberman Club (IDC) (President Mr. Hans Wiblishhauser), the number of animals allowed for breeding is substantially limited.

In order to protect the breed from so-called breeders who speculate on its popularity in order to satisfy their immediate commercial interests and practically not in breeding but with "mass reproduction" of Dobermans (with all the consequences), a series of tests was carried out in Europe developed in the most important research areas:
Character test - character tests;
Health check - health check;
Conformation test - assessments of the exterior.

With the full arsenal of tests, studies, established norms and rules, the European community of national Doberman clubs maintains the necessary control over breeding through rigid selection.

The author considers it inadmissible for Doberman Pinscher breeding to be guided only by its own ideas about the breed. Primary is the preservation of the main type, which should be controlled by European Doberman clubs, which in turn should adhere to the rules of IDC. Unfortunately, most European Doberman Clubs have no real power in their countries, but it is encouraging that in the Doberman’s home country, Germany, the German Doberman Club has the most successful control over the breeding and protection of the breed.

It is necessary to realize that the developed system of tests and rules is not without its drawbacks, but its advantages and advantages are undoubtedly more important. Most importantly, it preserves the genetic basis and stability of the breed and maintains its condition at a sufficiently high qualitative level. This system controls not only aspects such as the general level of the breed (species), the perfection of the appearance under certain conditions of the content, but also the working characteristics, the condition of the breed and allows the importance of the individual "genetic set" and health to recognize and recognize the race as a whole.

During breeding, you can't get carried away with just one aspect; for example, beauty at the expense of work quality or vice versa ... It must be firmly understood that even an ideally beautiful Doberman is far from ideally suited to the standard.

The goal of a true connoisseur of the breed is that the breeder gets a healthy, harmoniously built Doberman, with a strong, balanced character (temperament) and great ability to work. With all these advantages, the Dobermann meets the FCI and IDC rock standards introduced in Germany.

Dogs that have a fighting spirit, protective instincts, but light-boned, with lowered mouths, hunched back, etc., and anatomically correctly folded but unable to protect their master, do not deserve the right to be called Doberman Pinscher.

The problem is that the standard gives an idea of ​​the ideal Doberman, and the breeder is forced to work with the stock material that is available to him (very far from ideal). Do not think that this or that representative of the breed is an ideal. You can find flaws in anyone.

The art of breeding is considerate and competent, with love and dedication, to work with the available breeding stock to find the best mating options, to avoid manifestations and repetitions of inadequacies in the next generations and to meet the requirements of the standard as much as possible correspond.

Every serious breeder dreams that the dog of "his breed" will receive TWO higher titles: a performance winner and an ex-champion (for example national winner).

Before starting breeding, it is necessary to clearly define the purpose and ultimately desired result of the work - to obtain dogs of the ideal type with enviable health, harmoniously combining a great outside and a good temperament. Which method you will use - inbreeding, line breeding or crossing - it doesn't matter until you manage to achieve the right combination of individualities.

The masculine and the feminine must complement each other in virtues and do not have the same disadvantages. It is necessary to carefully study their family trees, the analysis of which will either confirm your choice or force you to reconsider.