GCH. Mistel's Anything You Can Do,
CD, ROM, Sch BH
DPCA Top Twenty, DPCA National
Award of Merit
Dam of one litter
with 6 champions, 3 of which are
Top Champion Producing Doberman for 2014
Mistel's Can Can
Owned by Bob & Nancy
Multiple Group Firsts, and Multiple Group
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The Mistel Breeding
foremost, Mistel is not a commercial kennel. Mistel
is a hobby kennel dedicated to producing occasional
very high quality litters. We do not breed for the
purpose of income, as we have full income from other
sources. produce show
quality dogs with outstanding temperaments so they
can contribute to the happiness of a family
environment. We usually keep only one Doberman
puppy, with the remainder being placed in show,
obedience, or companion homes.
The few grown
dogs that we have are all AKC champions and all live
in our home with us. The litters are whelped inside
our home, and the puppies are individually
socialized and trained.
Since we breed so seldom, it is imperative that we
thoroughly research our choices and breed the best
possible combination of sire and dam. We simply
cannot make mistakes and maintain our limited, but
highly successful breeding program.
Mistel Breeding Fundamentals
Our dams are
always champions. We do not subscribe to the
practice of breeding a bitch that was not good
enough to complete her championship to some champion
male in hopes of getting a good Doberman puppy.
Though having a
champion dam does not guarantee that the pups will
be outstanding, it does guarantee that impartial AKC
judges (not the biased breeder) assessed the bitch
and they determined her to be of champion quality .
Quality bitches bred to quality dogs usually offer
the best possibility of having quality Doberman
in crucial. We do not breed to a mediocre dog with
an outstanding pedigree. We also will not breed to
an outstanding dog with a weak pedigree, as they
often do not produce well. Rather, we find a
superior dog that has a strong pedigree filled with
high quality champions and champion producers.
not a criterion for our breeding program. We
determine the best match for the bitch irrespective
of location, and breed to that dog … even if it is
completely across the continent (and it often has
been). Breeding based on how close the dog is to the
bitch limits the opportunity of breeding to the
of the sire for genetic health problems is a must.
Sires are usually tested for thyroid function, sound
hips, VWD status, heart testing, and other genetic
issues. These test results become an important part
of our evaluation and selection process.
At about four
weeks into the pregnancy, we ultrasound the dam to
determine that she is pregnant and that everything
is proceeding normally. Late in the pregnancy, we
will ultrasound again and x-ray the dam to determine
the expected number of pups and to reconfirm that
all is normal.
About a week
before whelping one of us will sleep in the whelping
room until the Doberman pups are born, ensuring that
we will be available if anything unusual occurs.
After whelping, one of us will continue sleeping in
the whelping room to monitor the progress.
docked and dewclaws removed at three days.
puppies are weaned at 3 to 4 weeks of age. After
weaning socialization begins. Friends visit to play
with the pups, and the dam leads the pups on
explorations of our 4 acres of fenced woods and
Shots are given
on a predetermined scheduled.
At eight to
nine weeks the ears are cropped by an veterinarian
with years of experience in cropping show Doberman
with socialization and begin show training during
this period. Puppies are allowed to go to their new
homes after the ears are healed and they have been
posted for the first time.
Doberman Breeder Knowledge
requires knowing the pedigrees and the strengths and
weaknesses of each animal in the pedigree.
Knowing names on the pedigree and counting the
number of champions is not an indication of
knowledge of the pedigree. Knowledge
requires the Doberman breeder to see many of the
dogs in the pedigree in person, to speak with top
Doberman breeders, and to observe first hand the
results of other’s breeding programs.
kind of knowledge to be a successful Doberman
breeder can only be accomplished through dedicated
effort. Resources for this information are available
by reading, by being active in dog clubs, and by
attending many dog shows. Of particular
importance is attending the annual Doberman Pinscher
Club of America National Specialty Show to exchange
thoughts with other top Doberman breeders, attend
educational seminars, and observe the best Dobermans
in this country. We are proud that we have
attended 36 of the last 40 DPCA National
as an exhibitor also allows us
to evaluate potential sires, and to see the results
of other’s breeding. Since we still
show, we are in attendance at shows throughout the
year. As an
AKC approved judge, Bob also has the
opportunity to have his hands on many Dobermans in
all parts of the country for formal evaluation.