This beautiful girl above is named Bella and is currently being fostered by Sizzledog on the Doberman forum Dobermantalk.com. And although she looks a slight bit different to most, she is, in fact, a Doberman.
Every so often, a Doberman is born with what appears to be a little bit extra fuzz. But as they grow, that fuzz gets longer and longer. Some end up so wooly, you can’t even tell they’re a Doberman.
To your average joe like me, this seems quite natural; if not, at least very plausible. In my opinion, the coated Doberman is simply a deep seeded recessive trait, most likely introduced by one of Louis Dobermann’s many mongrel street dogs. He was, after all, owner of the local dog pound. With the Doberman being such a young breed, it’s no surprise at all that traits seemingly pop up out of nowhere.
I was taken aback the first time I saw one Doberman pup listed on an online classifieds website. She had quite fuzzy ears while her sister in the photo looked like a completely normal Doberman. I guessed she must have just been a mongrel, especially since she wasn’t registered, and thought nothing more of it; until I came across Lucas. I thought to myself “If I’ve managed to happen across two accidentally, there must be more out there.”
Sure enough, there are more. And there is quite a bit of controversy surrounding them! I decided to write a question to the DPCA in regards to the matter.
Pennypup [Dec. 12th 2011]: “Hello, I’ve come across quite a few Doberman with a coat longer than the standard suggests it should be. Some are quite wooly while others simply have a bit more extra fluff. I just wanted to know the DPCA’s stance on these “coated” Doberman. I’ve come across one who was AKC registered. I know that this trait should not be passed on to maintain the standard; I just want to know if the DPCA acknowledges the existence of them.”
The DPCA never responded.
There is, however, two questions asked on their Q&A board:
Is there such a breed as a coated Doberman? Thank you, Suzanne
asked by: Suzanne MacDonald April 05, 2011
from Holly Schorr, PennyLane Dobermans
Suzanne – No, there is no such breed or “variety”. A Doberman is a Doberman is a Doberman. There have been many attempts to sell all manor of “special Dobermans”, King, Hammer Head, long haired, etc. The Doberman Breed recognizes only the Doberman as per the Standard set by the American Kennel Club. We have only four colors – black/rust, red/rust, fawn/rust and blue/rust. Run hard from anything else.
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from Marj Brooks, Manorie Dobermans
No there is not such a breed as a coated Doberman.
Is there a such thing as an AKC registered “long haired, or coated” Doberman? I say no, but others argue yes.
asked by: Susan Sinclair July 14, 2011
from Holly Schorr, PennyLane Dobermans
No Susan, there is no such animal as an AKC registered long haired or coated Doberman. Our standard is very specific about the coat being short and hard. Tell the others that they are just wrong!
For many breeders, it’s very hard to acknowledge their breed isn’t perfection, and never will be. Many adamantly deny that a mutation can pop up in even the most “pure” lines.
I honestly think these Doberman are beautiful. Should they be bred? Well, that’s another matter entirely. Perhaps Herr Dobermann would have liked the long-coated variety? Maybe they would have been better suited to Germany’s winters with a bit of extra fur! The first Doberman didn’t have the tight coat we know today, that’s for sure.
The fact of the matter is, no “reputable” breeder will ever breed for this trait, so any long haired Doberman you do get would most likely come from poorly health tested (if health tested at all) lines.
On a side note, when first seeing the long haired dobermann, it reminded me very much of the long haired Weimaraner. =D
Sources for Images: http://www.dobermantalk.com/doberman-rescue/59673-new-foster-coated-dobe.html