The First White Doberman
Padula's Queen Shebah
|The first "white" Doberman, registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) as Padula's Queen Shebah, was born on November
10, 1976. She was sired by Rasputin VI and her dam was Dynamo Humm, both of which were black and rust. When Shebah's
application for registration was sent in to the AKC, they had never before been asked to register a Doberman of this color before
so they implemented an investigation. The AKC determined that Shebah was, in fact, purebred, since she was produced by two
purebred Doberman Pinscher parents, so her registration was approved and accepted in 1978.In the following years, many tests
were performed on both Shebah herself, and on her offspring. It was determined from this testing that the gene which produces this
color is a masking gene. In other words, it "takes over" and masks the color that the dog would be otherwise. (Incidentally, this is
the same gene which produced the famous white tigers and lions owned by Siegfriend & Roy in Las Vegas). There is no evidence
however, that this gene carries with it any deleterious or adverse health concerns that are sometimes associated with all white
animals such as deafness, blindness, or unstable minds.The parent club for the breed, the Doberman Pinscher Club of America
(DPCA) considers this genetic & "anomaly" to be a defect and therefore does NOT promote the breeding of this color. In fact, the
DPCA appealed to the AKC and now any descendants of Rasputin VI and / or Dynamo Humm are listed with a "Z" in their AKC
numbers instead of the usual "p".
Please keep in mind that the Doberman Pinscher breed itself is a mixed breed that's a little more than a 100 years old. It was
developed in the late 1880's by Herr Louis Dobermann, who, as the tale goes, was a Tax Collector and Dog Catcher in his town.
Therefore, he had many diverse breeds at his disposal to "create" his "perfect dog". Some of the breeds used, mostly notably, the
Greyhound (introduced by USA breeders into the US gene pool in approximately 1908), come in many colors including solid white,
so it was only a matter of time before the anomaly occurred.
The coat color is a creamy white, but can vary with individuals from a very light snow white to a dark almost fawn color. The tail,
on the chest and on the lower legs). The eyes are blue, the pads, lips, and skin are pink.
|In loving memory