I studied, read and searched to find the female with the qualities that were (in my opinion) essential. I went to take a dog training course with Carl Girard, owner of Éduc O chien and the SPA des Cantons (more than 600 practical and theoretical hours). This allowed me to work with many dogs with different problems, different life experiences and different temperaments. Even though I met extraordinary dogs, my heart always remained attached to the Dobermans.
For the last 15 years, I have had dogs (mainly Dobermans, but also other breeds) in foster care and rehabilitation. For a long time I prevented myself from becoming a breeder, because I saw so many Dobermans with serious behavioural problems. Some of these problems were manageable, others were recoverable and some, unfortunately, very much ingrained in the dog.
This has led me to study genetics and lines more closely, to better understand what is acquired and what is innate or genetic. Continuing my research I quickly realized that my breed had many serious health problems (heart, cancer, liver…). So finding the right temperament wasn’t going to be my only challenge. I continued my training in behaviour, I went to meet breeders, sports enthusiasts (IPO, French Ring, detection…), I spoke with many Doberman breeders around the world (Google Translate was my best friend 😛), and I had discussions with geneticists, biologists and veterinarians who referred me to the Doberman Diversity Project and epigenetics.