2021 Survey on Age, Sex, and Cause of Death in Doberman Pinschers

It is time to redo the survey. I am collecting information on Dobermans who died between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2020. These dogs do need to be Dobermans, but can be from any registry and nation, and can include rescue dogs, dogs with PAL/Alternative listing numbers, pet dogs, show dogs, working dogs, dogs from commercial breeders, etc. We will be looking at color, so also collecting information on albino/Z factored dogs. Basically, if you had a Doberman who died during this period, please take this survey. Our ambitious goal is 1000 dogs. I'm not sure we will get there with just a 10 year span, but I hope so. The reason for the 10 year span is so that we can contrast and compare the numbers from the past 10 years to those over 20 years ago and see if there are differences. If needed I will expand those dates to get a meaningful number.

For this survey we will be looking specifically at deaths due to inherited genetic disease such as cardiomyopathy, Wobblers/CVI, Liver issues, etc. If your dog died of an illness such as parvo, a tick-borne disease, or an accident such as getting hit by a car, please do not take this survey.

You will be taking the survey for all dogs you owned or had in your possession at the time of death during the 10 year timeframe. Do not take the survey for puppy owners unless they have given you permission so that information is not duplicated.

The survey is only for deceased dogs and should be completed by the owner/caretaker of the dog at the time of its death. Breeders should only complete the survey for dogs who were in their household at the time of death or for dogs they are sure would not be double-reported. Breeders are strongly encouraged to share this survey with any puppy owners to complete.

This survey is to assess the overall longevity in the breed and genetic issues which lead to death, as well as the differences in both overall age at death as well as types of genetic issues by sex. We are not collecting information on deaths due to accidents or non-genetic illness such as parvo, tick borne disease, etc. Nor are we looking for dogs who may have been euthanized due to temperament issues.

No personal or pedigree data is collected on dogs or owners. All information will be used in aggregate and it will be impossible to connect any entry to any specific dog. The survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete.

Cause of Death

What was the primary cause of death for this dog?










What sex was this dog?


What was the coat color?






Was this dog altered or intact at time of death?





What bloodlines did this dog come from?











What was the age at death?

Years: Months:

Was this condition diagnosed by a veterinarian?


At what age was this diagnosis made?

Was a necropsy performed?


Did the necropsy confirm this cause of death?


Were there other conditions affecting the health of the dog?


What were the other conditions affecting the health of the dog?









Heart Disease Followup

What type of heart disease did this dog have?





Cancer Followup

If your dog had several types of cancer, please pick the primary cancer that was considered the cause of death for the dog.

What type of cancer(s)?






















Kidney Followup

What kidney issue did this dog die of?


Liver Follow Up

What Liver issue did this dog die of?



Thank you for participating!

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