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- My name is Gerald Antoine, I'm from Jackson, Mississippi.
I've been living in California since 1994 now,
ever since I got out of college.
And I always wanted an animal.
And my mom always told me I couldn't have a dog
because she had enough two-legged dogs in the house.
So when I decided to get on my own and have place to live,
I decided I wanted to get an animal
and my first dog was a Doberman.
I wanted something with size,
but I didn't want nothing that shed a lot of hair.
I wanted something that was low maintenance.
And I started doing my research about the Doberman
and it was the ideal pet.
They're part Greyhound, I used to like to run,
and they're very athletic.
I didn't start with the European Doberman at first.
It was a trial and error thing,
I didn't know what I was exactly looking for.
So I started with one dog that I got from a local breeder,
paid minimal amount, and the dog didn't work.
I wanted something to be active,
he wanted to be a lap dog and I didn't need a Labrador.
So I gave him to somebody who had a better use for him
'cause I wanted something that had some activity to him.
So I went to another breeder in the Southern California area
and I was impressed with the size,
the size and the darkness.
The dog was part Euro, part American.
Didn't know any better to check back two more generations
versus just looking at the sire only.
You have to look at both the sire and the dam
and then that pedigree.
He was about 32 inches to the whither, 100 pounds,
but he had no drive.
But he was pretty.
And so I donated him, I gave him to another person
who had a better use for him.
That dog is now in Arizona.
Then I started doing more research, I said I'm not gonna go
for the banana in the tail pipe twice, alright?
So I did more research, and it seemed like
some of the best breeders were in Eastern Europe.
So I did my research.
My first dog, of course, Alonzo, the big chocolate male,
I made a choice, I said you know I did a lot
of black and tans with no luck.
So I wanted to do something different
'cause I always liked the chocolate Labrador,
let me get a chocolate Doberman,
'cause he's a little bit darker than most.
My breeder, her name is Andrea, Andrea out of Hungary.
So it's King of Darkness, where I got Alonzo from,
she was very interactive in 2010.
Where versus going off of pictures,
they would post a video.
So now I could see live video,
the maturation process, when they're eating,
when they're playing, who's the bully.
When she throws a bottle with rocks inside of them,
who's jumping away and who's going to it.
And I saw them bring her dog's pedigree
and it had all these IPO2s, IPO3s.
My firs trainer was Lewis Williams of Black Mass,
He introduced me to the things that you had to do
to stimualte the dog, you know, the ball work, the rag work.
Throwing things out at him, water, you know,
shooting out water bottles, distractions, to see the dog's
temperament so I learned how to pick out dogs.
At that point I said, you know what?
I still like the black and tans.
Alonzo was by that time three years old,
I had already put and IPO1 on him.
He's got a CGC, a CGCA um, he's got a BH
and he recently completed his Bravet in ring sport.
And he's almost seven in October.
So I said, I still wanted a black and tan,
you know, and I got Brodey.
The breeder was not as communicative on the internet,
you emailed her, she emailed you back four days,
you send the money, you don't know if it went to her
or she took it and dashed so that's the risk
you take when you're buying dogs and animals over seas
unless you've got a great rapport.
Needless to say, fastforward, Brodey was a great pet,
Alonzo took him out on his wings, how to show him
how to be an alpha male.
Right now we're working on an IPO3.
All his health tests came back, hips are great.
He's three years old, still working.
But the point of it was that I had to get...
The reason why I got European Dobermans versus
the American breed is because for the past 30, 40 years
the American Doberman has become watered down pets
where the drive has been taken away, you know.
Sweet temperament but, again, they're working dogs.
So I noticed that there are very, very tangible differences
between the two.
Number one, the size is different.
The bone structure is different.
The European line has bigger bone structure.
They have versus tan markings, they're called mahogany.
Alonzo's marks you can't really even see them
because he's almost as dark as his markings are.
And I like the size of their head
and they have boxy muzzles.
With all the tangibles I was also wanting the intangible.
The temperament, the willingness to work.
That part Greyhound so they never really walked no where,
they run everywhere.
They never said Doberman walk unless you're walking
So with these things I knew that in order if I wanted to be
into a sport where my second trainer,
Albin Waylos, great trainer here in L.A.,
he told me that there are certain things
that you have to focus on, some of the dog's strengths,
some of the dog's weaknesses.
They both love me unconditionally and I can't
even go to the restroom if they're in the house.
But the one thing that I also revered about the Doberman
as far as the breed and the breeders
is the purposefully intent health testings
because the Doberman, every canine species,
every dog species, has a genetic issue.
The Doberman has a, they're known for having VWD,
DCM, DMC1 and you have to get annual tests
to make sure your dog is at the health that he needs to be
in order to have a longevity life.
The lifespan is probably 10 to 12 years,
if I get 12 years out of my dogs I'm doing good.
In regards to the size, the American standard is,
if I'm not mistaken, for a male is at
29, 28 inches to the wither.
Well, the European line, my dog is at about 29 and 1/2.
And I deliberately don't want to oversize dogs
because an oversize dog ends up having health issues,
hip issues, they tend to have probably health issues.
A good height for me is 29 and 1/2 inches,
that's my max I like.
And I like them to be no more than 90, 91 pounds.
I want to see the last two ribs,
a V-shape and that shows me that he's in good shape
as far as symmetry.
I feed him, after the year I'll only feed him probably
one big meal a day at the end of the day
between four and five o'clock,
no need to feed them twice a day if they're not training.
When I was a police officer back in uh,
in my later, later, earlier years,
a lot of the guys, still now, they deal with Malinois
They work real hard.
But it's hard to find a pretty one.
A couple of guys now, an officer in Menlow Park
that I talked to, he's got a Doberman as a working dog,
he's in the K9 unit and so now they're becoming
I would say that I'm not a trailblazer
but I'm an avid fan,
I love the breed.
You ask me anything about particular bloodlines,
90% of the time I could tell you,
depending on what you're looking for,
if it's a good one or not.
Some breeders here in the United States who are
100% European breeders, they tend to breed more for
the look if their dogs don't have any working titles
and extensive screening.
A lot of people get dead spin on the fact
that they're selling point is well, this dog right here
is the great grandson of Maxim di Altobello,
which is a great dog.
But that's three generations, two or three generations back.
I say "Well, my great, great grandfather was a Frenchman,
"I don't look like him".
So we can't go by what my great, great grandfather,
we go by what the parents are, what they look like.
That's why when I went, that's why when people ask me
how to pick out puppies I say "Go see both parents"
just don't get caught up on seeing what the pop look like.
Cause I've seen a lot of times where the puppies
actually come out looking like the mom.
- Hey, this is Khary Lee, I'm out here again checking out
the difference between the Europeans and the Americans.
The difference I'm seeing that I noticed between
the American and the European Dobbies is about
eight to ten pounds and that eight to ten pounds
makes a big difference when it's coming at you
about 20-25 miles an hour.
Their strength is a little more intense.
Their bite is almost the same but pretty much
the dog's structure is different.
The European's bone structure is a lot more heavier,
a lot more man-stopping weight than the American Dobermans.
He's done a very good job with the foundation
and the training that the dog's have received
from Brodey with the Schutzhund and the IPO
and Alonzo with the French Ring.
They both grabbed superior foundational training.
- If a person is into the sport,
whether it's Mondio, French Ring, PSA,
IPO, or personal protection, they have to be able to
look for dogs that have workability, see both parents work,
because it's in their DNA.
Either a dog gonna have it or he ain't gonna have it.
He either gonna ball or fall.
One or the other, right?
So, when you're looking for a working dog,
look at the working, make sure they have pedigree
that goes back two generations at least.
And make sure they have some kind of working titles.
Or demonstration of working titles.
Or demonstrations of even working.
But we're in America and it's all about image first.
It's all about what the dog looks like.
A lot of people buy animals off of pictures.
You take the right picture at the right angle,
that dog gonna look big.
He's gonna look great.
They got photoshop for a reason.
Alonzo and Brodey has had litters in the past.
And what I try to tell people is,
if you're looking for a dog to be a house dog,
somebody that'd be a great pet who's going to be
with you by your side,
this dog may not be for you.
The number one complaints with Brodey and Alonzo's
off-springs are these dogs are tearing up my yard,
they biting everything, they want to run
and play all the time.
I say "That's what they were bred for".
So understand what you get.
And these particular European working bloodlines
deserve households with active parents.
It's just, you gotta do it.
Or you're going to do the dog a disservice.
At the end of the day, my animals, for me itself,
like I said, again, for me this is a hobby.
They keep me very active outdoors, I go hiking with them.
I go bike riding with them, they keep me active
and I get more out of it than I would if I was to,
in my previous hobby, collect cars.
My dogs will always love me no matter what type
of day it was, rainy, sunshine, bad day, broke day,
rich day, payday.
And so, with that being said, you get as much out
as you put in.
But in regards for me, for me, I like the 100% working
European line, health tested, and my slogan always will be
"If you don't have any working line, you wasting your time".