document, which will be probably called the "Magna
Carta of Seattle", contains the foundation for the
future activity of the American Dobermann Association.
several years there has been the need to develop something
new that unites the North Americans Dobermann fans to the
rest of the international Dobermann community. It is necessary
that our activity of breeding and sport performance be acknowledged
worldwide, not only by bureaucratic recognition, but also
by respect on the competition field. In order that all the
Dobermann friends in North American may participate to shows
and trials recognized by the international community (FCI),
we invite to our events judges and experts from the major
worldwide authorities (DV & FCI) in the Dobermann breed.
This collaboration will allow us to remain in contact with
the country of origin of the breed (Germany) and the bloodlines
that have been the foundation of the Dobermann, as utility
dog. Also, this will broaden our competence and knowledge
for the development of the breed in our country.
The support and hard work of several members of our Dobermann
community in the US, together to our good relationship with
several leaders of the Dobermann Verein in Germany, has allowed
this collaboration that with time will surely be fruitful.
Our association doesn't want to define all the activities
for the selection of the Dobermann breed, but will show the
"main street", which considers right to improve
and preserve the quality of our dogs according to the FCI
standard and the social and historic context in which the
Dobermann lives. This will allow us to come close to the "ideal
dobermann." It is due to breeders and owners to integrate
with personal intuition the work proposed by the association.
Open to any suggestion to improve our breed in the United
States, ADA will work together with whoever wants to build
the Dobermann as utility dog.
American Dobermann community, it is essential to learn from
the experience and proposal of others to develop the full
potentiality of our country. Our Dobermann community in US
needs to become active member of the International Dobermann
the correct application of the standard, essential is a "Technical
Program for Quality." Our association's tools to
develop this program are the (1) Breeding
Regulation and (2) Trial Regulation.
in the Breeding Regulation is the FCI
Standard. Using this document we will be able to remain
faithful to the original spirit of the breed as protection,
family companion, and working dog.
first step is to regulate a national tattoos' code. Who is
interested can request official code through the Tattooer
application. Also, the official DV
Hips certification will be available. This opportunity
for official certification when the Dobermann is only 12 months
old saves time in the breeding program, and it is an important
tool for the future selection of the breed. Another vital
point in the breeding regulation is without doubt the application
to the official German ZTP.
This is surely one of the best exams to certify the quality
of the breeding. The ZTP, which includes both a structural-morphologic
section and a temperament test, holds what is necessary for
selecting a functional Dobermann, useful for protection,
family companion, and working ability. This test is a
requirement for various champion titles offered by ADA.
important appointment for the breeding selection will be our
annual "Sieger Show Championship."
This event is scheduled yearly usually the second weekend
"Sieger show" is planned as a special breed
conformation show with an additional ADA champion class for
all the Dobermann holding a ZTP and SchH1. The morning before
the beginning of judgments we will have a protection test
with 2 bite work. One of the two is the courage test. The
dogs that pass this test will be admitted to the conformation
judgment in the additional ADA champion class. In this class,
the judge can give more champion titles, both for males and
females. At the first place male and female will be awarded
the "Sieger" and "Siegerin"
title. This formula is similar to what SV in Germany and AIAD
in Italy have used in the years. Introducing this system we
look forward to improve the international reputation of our
Dobermann breeding in the US.
is our "Breeders Award
Program", which will reward the most representative
breeder of the year, according to a score system, which is
explained in the breeding regulation section.
important also are the titles of "American
Champion" and "Universal
American Champion title will be awarded to the Dobermann
that will have 3 CAC certificates with one year one day of
distance between the first and third CAC. For the homologation
of the championship title the Dobermann the minimum requirement
is a BH. The CAC can be won in open class, working class,
and champion class, according to the judge's discretion.
Universal Champion Title will be given to the Dobermann
that competes in the "Sieger Show" and the "American
Dobermann Winner Cup" national Meistershaft in SchH3
class, and obtains the best results in the two competitions.
complete this Breeding Regulation, one of the most prestigious
awards is the "Reproduction
Champion Title." This award recognizes the reproduction
quality of our male and female Dobermann, and is given according
to the following guidelines:
reproduction champion needs to have 6 offspring from 3 different
litters with excellent judgment at the CAC Special Zuchtshau
or Sieger Show
2 Working Champion (ADA) offspring from two different litters
2 American Champion (ADA) offspring from two different litters
1 Working Champion and 1 American Champion (ADA) from two
(We define a different litter when one of the parents is
different from previous litter)
give the opportunity to compete internationally at the IDC
Weltmeistershaft in Europe, we will select every year the
The "American Team" will be chosen from the
best Dobermann competing in SchH3 or IPO3 available in US.
Particular attention will be given to the participants at
the "American Dobermann Winner Cup" National Meistershaft.
The second instrument for the application of our technical
program of quality is the "Trial Regulation."
This will be based on the performance of our Dobermann in
tracking, obedience, and protection, according to the Schutzhund
sport rules. With this program we aim to select Dobermann
that will be able to endure the stress of training, as well
as to demonstrate a strong and positive attachment to work
together with its handler.
trial regulation includes four steps:
"Schutzhund Award" is for the Doberman that
competes in many Schutzhund trials, independently if they
are ADA trials or of other organizations. Each trial earns
some points, and at the end of the year, the Dobermann that
has the highest total points will become the winner of this
We will reward handler, owner, and trainer that have achieved
the SchH3 with the "SchH 3 Sport Award."
The list of those rewards will be published regularly on the
official magazine of ADA, the "Dobermann Friends."
Another very stimulating title is the "American Working
Champion", which will be given to the Dobermann that
has obtained 2 CACT certificates, given during official or
ADA recognized trials. See the rules in details in the proper
The most prestigious program of our organization is the "American
Dobermann Winner Cup" National Meistershaft. This
event is scheduled yearly usually the second weekend in October.
According to the Schutzhund rules, this competition will award
three prizes to the best Dobermann in each class with the
Leistung Sieger for SchH 1
Leistung Sieger for SchH 2
Sieger Winner for SchH 3
are clear ideas on the technical program to accomplish, but
they are not helpful if they remain on paper, that's why everyone
is invited and welcome to participate in such program. The
result of this project depends on the faith and commitment
that each member will demonstrate.
can summarize our driven inspiration as the "3 Ts"
scheme of Teaching, Training, and Testing.
TEACHING: Teaching refers to the knowledge that we
will gather from seminars, specialized articles, comments
of judges and other experts that will be present at our national
TRAINING: Training refers to our national sport activity,
which reflects our constant commitment toward a common goal:
the quality of our Dobermann. We focus on the functionality
of the breed, where "every part of the Dobermann has
its reason to be for a specific job that needs to be done."
We want to distance ourselves from the distinction between
show and working line to come closer to the concept of the
Dobermann as utility dog. The functional beauty is the
natural expression of the Dobermann's talents and ability
to accomplish an outstanding work for its owner.
TESTING: Testing refers to the results of our commitment
on the international stage, and to our participation as "Team
America" to IDC events, competing both in working trials
and conformation shows. The constructive collaboration that
we will build together will improve the reputation and respect
of our dobermann breed in US.
we work united with positive attitude and share our diversified
experience for the common good of our Dobermann, any undertaking
will be possible.
May the blessing of God be always with us!
Zorzi, FCI International Judge