What. I have never seen this color on a Doberman. bendragon-cumbersmaug please explain
Unfortunately, some people breed doberman lines that carry what’s called Oculocutaneous Albinism, which is similar to OCA4 (one of the types of albinism that affect humans). These dobermans suffer from the same health problems, including coat, skin, digestive, and ocular issues. They also sunburn incredibly easily, and are extremely photosensitive. As you can see, this poor girl is sitting in the shade and still squinting her eyes tight against the light. It also severely ups their chances for several types of cancer, including skin cancer.
All albino doberman trace back to a single “white” (albino, cough) female named Sheba. Sheba was from lines that were already not being used by good breeders due to poor conformation and unstable temperament concerns. Due to the intense inbreeding on an already physically and mentally unhealthy pedigree, many albino doberman and doberman from those lines die very young from cancers and other maladies. Not to say that dobes are a particularly healthy breed in the first place, but why add to that when it’s only going to make things worse? Sadly, I know far too many albinos which died at 2… 3… 4… from aggressive forms of cancer. Even if the average lifespan of the breed is only 8-10 years, that’s still less than half!
All albino doberman and normal colored doberman from lines that carry albinism are designated with a “Z” in their registration numbers if they are registered through AKC. The “Z” is a warning to good breeders- do NOT breed to this dog. Sadly, there are people out there who see the “Z” as a “$” and will purposely breed “Z-factored” dogs together and sell the resulting albino puppies as “rare”, “white”, “cream”, “blonde”, or “leucistic”. They claim that all doberman breeders get “whites” sometimes and the good breeders just supposedly kill the “whites”. “White is right” is a frequent quote used by albino supporters, and they reject the recent studies proving that yes, these dogs are indeed albino and should not be bred.
To add to that, those who support albino doberman also refuse to health test or title their dogs- and with a breed that has a 50% chance of dropping dead from a heart problem called DCM, why wouldn’t you be fervently checking the heart to make sure it’s okay? With a breed so stigmatized by the general public re:aggression, why wouldn’t you shoot for some obedience/working titles at least to prove that your dogs are stable enough to be happy companions? If you are so god damned concerned with proving to everyone that albino doberman are “just as good, if not better” than non-albinos, why don’t you put your money where your mouth is? The reason is because genetics, science, and experience with temperaments tells them that they’re wrong, and they refuse to accept that.