In a five generation pedigree there are 62 dogs listed (with line breeding some dogs may appear more than once in the pedigree). Line breeding is used to emphasize certain characteristics, hopefully desirable ones. Outcrossing introduces other genes. Dominant genes suppress the expression of recessive genes.
While any Dog can produce an excellent or a terrible specimen, it's more likely that a good specimen will be produced when the dogs being breed are of excellent health, temperament and ancestry. You'll find that many of the ancestors in our dogs'pedigrees are listed in the book, "In the Beginning...A History of the Doberman" by JM vd Zwann. By breeding Dobes with common ancestors were are incorporating a degree of line breeding in our program.
For example, in Mia’s pedigree 24 of 62 dogs are in Zwann’s book. Int.CH, Ger.CH Don Dayan v Franckenhorst, SchH1 appears three times. DV-Sg Hertog Alpha v Le Dobry, SchH3, IPO3 Angek appears twice and Helena v Eschenhof, SchH3, FH Angek appears twice. And Mia's dam, BSG, Ger. CH. Future's Unique A Helluvan Angel, SchH1, ZTP1B is also listed in Zwann's book.
In Micah's pedigree you'll find 26 of 62 dogs in Zwann's book. Bryan v Forell, SchH3 appears twice, Int.CH, Ger.CH Don Dayan v Franckenhorst, SchH1 appears twice, Bingo von Ellendonk, SchH3, IPO3, KKL1 appears four times, Nicolai vom Kloster-Kamp, SchH3, FH, IPO3, Angek appears twice, Ger. CH, Int. CH, Guy's Hilo v NordenStamm, SchH3 appears three times, Int. CH, BSG, Ger. CH, DV-Sg, IDC-CH, VDH-SG, Euro-SG Ali v Langenhorst, SchH3, KKL1 appears twice.
In Rufina's pedigree there are 35 of 62 dogs in Zwann's book. DV-Sg Hertog Alpha v Le Dobry, SchH3, IPO3 Angek appears twice, Ger. CH, Int. CH, Guy's Hilo v NordenStamm, SchH3 appears twice, Orpheus v Eschenhof, SchH3 appears 3 times, Helena v Eschenhof, SchH3, FH Angek appears twice. Euro-SG, BSG, DV-Sg, Int.CH, VDH-SG Berenike v Nymphenburg, SchH3, FH appears 3 times, Feus vom Nymphenburg, SchH3, IPO3, FH, Angek appears twice, Int.CH, Ger.CH, D-Ch, W.CH. Bronco v Zenn, Angek SchH3 appears twice and Int.CH, Ger.CH. Ceecillus Cassander v Diaspora, SchH1 appears twice.
(Note: In this update I have not yet included the lists of ancestors who were chosen by Zwann.) You can also see a list of the Dobes in each pedigree who are included in Zwann's book by using the links on their pedigree pages. Please use the drop down menu to access each pedigree page.