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Hello,

I am interested in purchasing a Doby from a breeder and they claimed that the puppies were born with the Z factor in their genetics, but they are still black and rust. I researched the Z factor and noticed Doby's have a lot of health concerns associated with it. Just wondering if the same health concerns would be applied if the pups are not albino????? Please help!!!!

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Some say they are more prone to both temperment and health issues than without the Z factor.   The big thing is you will not ever want to breed your pup. 

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ok thank you so much!

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I think the #1 concern here is that the breeders obviously don't care what they're breeding if they're producing albino factored Dobermans, so why would anyone support that by purchasing one of their puppies?

The black puppies with albino ancestors may not have the same health concerns regarding their skin and vision, but they're still coming from highly inbred lines that were built on poor quality dogs.  They're not exactly from generations of health tested, conformationally sound, temperamentally stable dogs so they run the general risk of health, conformation and temperament problems that any byb dog runs. 

The bottom line is that responsible breeders do not breed dogs with albino ancestors, and you can do way better than this. 

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I agree!  Thank you for the reply!

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The Z factor is the easiest health concern for a breeder to recognize, it's plainly stamped in the 2nd digit of the dog's regisration number, if it's AKC registered.  As glengate points out, if the breeder didn't care enough about the breed to look at the regisration numbers to assure his puppies would be "Z-free" then did he do any type of health testing?  Short answer, "No". Bottom line, we don't need any more Z factored dogs in the Doberman population. 

Personally I would go a step farther and tell the breeder why I am not buying his puppy.  Let him know there is a downside to irresponsible breeding.  Who knows, maybe next time he'll at least look at the regisration numbers of the dogs he throws together.

Some will say, "All Dobermans deserve a good home", and with that I do agree.  But not all breeders deserve my money, especially those who will continue to keep the Z factor, or other health issues, in the breed.  The harder it is for them to move these puppies the less likely they will be to breed again.  The Doberman breed will be better off without these breeders.