Haverhill was registered as a Dobermann breeder with the Kennel Union of South Africa in 2001. We are a small kennel, and breed selectively only once or twice each year, taking a great deal of pride and care in producing show quality, healthy Dobermanns with sound temperaments.
Breeding is not an exact science, and the health of the Dobermann is arguably more important today than ever before. Besides conforming to the breed standard, we ensure that our puppies possess temperaments to become ideal companions, working dogs and family pets, and we are diligent about their health. On this site we include information regarding common genetic disorders that Dobermanns can carry – it is simply not possible to eliminate all of them, but we believe that responsible breeders should try and clear their kennel of avoidable conditions, e.g. HD, vWD and PHTVL/ PHPV, and work toward gradually eliminating other serious conditions that may only manifest at a later stage of the dog’s life. Dilated Cardio Myopathy Mutation (DCM) is the biggest threat to the breed that we know of. There is simply no pedigree that does not have this invidious disease in it somewhere, and it can emerge at any stage. Until such time as research and responsible breeding is conducted to ensure diversity of our breed, DCM will continue to reduce the average life span of our dogs. The statistics are frightening.
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