THE PROBLEM WITH ALBINOS

White or Albino Dobermans are not rare and they are not a color, it is a genetic fault. ANY white (except for the permissible 1/2 square inch chest patch) is considered a disqualification. They can be traced back to one dog, "Padula's Queen Sheba" and her sire (dad) and mom (dam).

This lineage tracing is known as "Z factor," and the pedigrees of any descendants are marked with a Z in the registered number (WZ######## instead of WS########). They are "true albinos" having pink nose, pink skin pigment, and ice blue eyes. The coat is a white/cream color and where the normal rust markings would be they instead have white.

The reduced pigment in skin and eyes causes photosensitivity (squinting or shut eyes in sunlight) and increased risk of solar skin damage including cancer. Albino Dobermans are known to suffer from other deleterious health conditions and temperament problems.

INFORMATION ABOUT ALBINO DOBERMANS

THE SCIENCE OF ALBINISM

The ABCs of DNA, the Z-LIST, and ALBINOS

A LETTER FROM THE OWNER OF AN ALBINO DOBERMAN:

Once again Aspen has been dropped off to have more cancerous and precancerous growths removed off her body. Know we mention this time and time again, but PLEASE conduct proper research about these special needs Dobermans before considering one. Not research found on Wiki, not research from online groups who support unethical breeding and certainly NOT from breeders who profit off this genetic mutation.

White, cream, champagne (oh my), etc. Dobermans are actually Dobermans affected with albinism. DNA testing from reputable labs is available to the public proving this scientific fact again and again. So much misinformation is being spread about about these "white" Dobermans who have captivated attention around the world. Many owners of younger albino canines highlight their unique beauty, but do not educate about their sensitivities to sunlight as well as increased risks of cancer and vision deterioration over time. Our girl is the perfect poster child on this controversial subject. She LOOKS healthy, but that sadly isn't her reality.

Aspen has a team of vets behind her we trust while she endures surgery for the third time this year. Fingers crossed all goes smoothly today and she heals well. Send some prayers, positive juju, anything you have her way! Thanks as always for the amazing support you guys give.