Bob and Nancy Vandiver purchased their first show Doberman puppy from a well
known show breeder. She completed her championship, and became their
They were recognized by the American Kennel Club as
an AKC Breeder of Merit, a program
that requires a high level of breeding
responsibility, including health testing of sires
Since the early seventies, Bob and Nancy have bred occasional Doberman litters
(about every one or two years) under the Mistel kennel name. Their breedings
have been quite successful considering they have produced only 16 litters of
show age. To date they have had 25 American Doberman champions and 14
others that have won AKC championship points.
Our first Doberman
litter was due on Christmas day many years ago. We wanted a German name
that celebrated the season of our first homebred Doberman puppies. We
chose "Mistel," the German word for Mistletoe, a seasonal favorite.
In those days we did not have progesterone testing or ultrasound for dogs.
The whelping date was a "guess" based on one of the breedings (of which there
are usually two or more.) Mother Nature decided that New Year's Eve
would be a better whelping date. The name stayed.
Top Champion Producing Dams
Grand Champion Mistel's Anything You Can Do, CD,
ROM, Sch BH was the AKC Top Doberman Champion
for the year 2014.
Another highlight of Bob and Nancy's breeding career was receiving the
Pinscher Club of America's Award For Top Champion Producing Dam awarded
to Champion Mistel’s Derrick Doll.
Bob was an AKC licensed Doberman handler in the seventies, when AKC still
regulated handlers. He applied to judge Dobermans in 1995 and is now approved by
the American Kennel Club to judge most all working breeds, all sporting
breeds, and all herding breeds, plus Best-in-Show, and all
breed Junior Showmanship.
Bob is an approved
He is approved to judge all Working, Sporting, Herding, and Non_Sporting
breeds as well as Best In Show. He has judged many prestigious specialty and all breed shows all over the
United States. He has judged Westminster Kennel Club 3
times, including judging the working group in 2013 and the upcoming
Herding Group in 2018..
He has judged the
Doberman Pinscher Club of America
National Specialty , the Doberman Pinscher Club of
America Top Twenty Competition, three DPCA National
host clubs, the Canadian National Doberman
Specialty, the Philippine National Doberman
Specialty, the Victoria Doberman Specialty in
Melbourne, Australia, the Western Australia Doberman
Specialty in Perth, Australia, the Southeast England
Doberman Championship show, the Brazilian National
Specialty, the Mexican National Specialty, and the New Zealand Central District Specialty.
He has also judged all breed shows in China multiple times, Japan,,
Argentina, Brazil, England, Canada, Mexico,
Bob and Nancy have both been very active in the dog organizations. Bob was
Chapter Club Secretary of the
Doberman Pinscher Club of America (DPCA) for two
years, and a member of the DPCA Board of Directors for an additional four years.
He is presently chairman of the DPCA judges education committee. He is an
officer in the
Carolina Dog Judges Study Group. He was a member of the
Houston, Texas Kennel Club. Bob was also President of the Doberman
Pinscher Club of Houston for three years, and held most of the club's other
offices at one time. He is past President of the
Greenville, South Carolina
Kennel Club, and is past show chairman and cluster chairman for the
Classic Dog Show Cluster (one of the largest in the southeast).
Bob and Nancy presently have two Doberman's: GCH. Mistel's Anything You
Can Do, CD, ROM, Sch BH, DPCA Award of Merit, DPCA Top Twenty, GCH.
Mistel's Can Can, multi-group winning top ten Doberman.
Bob is a retired executive from the largest Engineering Construction
Company in the US. He is a Registered Professional Engineer,
and after he moved into management he was responsible for the Design,
Procurement, and Construction of very large industrial projects, typically in
the $100 million range. Nancy is a retired school teacher, having been
involved in academic activities for 25 years.