Welcome to our passion
I’m a doberman lover. I fell in love at first sight 15 years ago and since then, there is always at least one Doberman in my house. Then one evening, I go to the park near my home and meet a European travelling to Montreal with his Dobermann. At that moment, it was like a revelation and I understood that it was what I wanted, a European Dobermann.
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.
2018 CERTIFICATION IN CANINE NUTRITION
By Karine Simard Agronomist and holder of a master’s degree in animal nutrition.
2017 Structure and Movement Assessment
Deberlac Handling School
2017 IPO Coaching
With Camille-Audrée Lefebvre.
2017 Show Handling
2016-2017 Dogs Training
With Carl Girard ( Educ O Chien / S.P.A. Des Cantons) 600 hours.
A friend has already asked me the question: why make more dogs when the shelters are overflowing?
To protect them precisely.
My breeding project is based on the notion of responsibility towards my breed.
And I take it very seriously. I’ve spent the last 10 years taking Dobermans for rescue, rehabilitating them and finding new families for them (when possible).
All these dogs had things in common:
They had not been adopted for the right reasons
They had not been sold (“products”) for the right reasons
They had not been well socialized among the “producers” (the period between 0 and 3 months is crucial in the development of the dog)
Their parents were not mature dogs with the right temperament (generalized anxiety, anxiety, bite inhibition problem, raw nerves, PICA, OCD…).
They had genetic health problems/chronic pain (neurological, dysplasia, liver problems, malabsorption (ALT)…)